October 9, 2012

Old Story New {Giveaway x3}

Parents of faith want their children to take on their faith as their own.  Author Marty Machowski gives parents two tools to help them.  Long Story Short (Old Testament) and Old Story New (New Testament) are two thorough devotionals for families that will, slowly but surely, take them through the Bible.  It's simple, yet thorough.  Be sure to read to the end for the BIG giveaway!

These family devotionals do not focus only on the story, but also the Gospel message.  It's more than just a starting point!

With five-day studies per passage and just ten minutes a day, these family devotions provide families with a near-complete look at the Bible.  Days 1-4 review and explain a portion of the weeks Scripture (with daily Bible reading), with Day 3 emphasis on the Gospel.  Day 5 examines the Psalms or a passage from a prophet that points to Jesus.  The introduction of each book provides parents with suggestions for tailoring each lesson for age groups or multiple age ranges.  These provide questions and answers, but in something rare, on day four of each week, these books also provide children with a question to ask their parents!

The short lessons provide more than just a "read it and discuss it" approach.  Read a full lesson (five days) at New Growth Press to examine it for yourself.  (Scroll down to download the chapter "Jesus Feeds the Multitude.")

Long Story Short and Old Story New connects the Bible to children's lives, making it real and personal, while connecting it to the story of Jesus and the salvation He provides.

Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God~Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God
Covers the Old Testament.  Like any devotional or children's Bible, not every story can be addressed, but most are!  I would have liked to have seen Job discussed because it is a difficult book of the Bible to discuss with children.  If you examine the Table of Contents, you'll see that much of the Old Testament is covered in detail.   The goal is to explore the Old Testament in ten minutes a day, five days a week.  Methodically, and over time (1.5 years!), your family will complete the Old Testament study and everyone will have a better understanding of it!

~ Old Story New: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God
Covers the New Testament.  Once again, most of the stories within the New Testament are covered, in detail, in Old Story New.   I think this looks solid, and I can't wait to get my own copy.  (For the review, I have downloadable PDFs since it is a super brand-new book.)  Like LSS, OSN is comprised of 78 lessons (five days each).  These are comprehensive studies for families.

I would even dare say that if families opted to only do the first lesson of each week, they would still benefit greatly.  I really like how the Bible reading is divided into small chunks, so that families can really focus while keeping the devotional time short.  Parents can do as much or as little as they like to tailor it to their own needs.

One last thing: I first learned about these devotionals when a children and youth pastor recommended it to me.  His church uses the curriculum in his church and many of the families within the church have greatly benefited from Long Story Short.  He highly recommended these!

GIVEAWAY x3 Giveaway is now closed.  The winners are Christie, The Jones Family, and Leila.
New Growth Press is providing THREE winners with their own copy of Old Story New!  To enter to win, please leave a comment below.  Be sure I have a way to contact you through email!

Extra Entries
~ Follow through email, RSS feed, GFC, Facebook, or Twitter (see sidebar).  Leave a separate comment for each way you follow.  (Be sure to let me know if you follow under a different name.)
~ Share about this giveaway and leave a link in a comment!

Giveaway will run through Monday, October 15th.  Winners will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond.  Random.org will help to choose the winners.  This is open to residents in the US and Canada.  Thanks for entering!

Thank you New Growth Press for providing my copy of Long Story Short.  I look forward to seeing the rest of Old Story New.  Also, big thanks for providing three winners with a copy for themselves!

~ Annette {This Simple Mom}

48 comments:

  1. We want one! Thanks!! Leila

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  2. And, I'm following on Facebook. Does that count as an additional entry? :-) Leila

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    1. It definitely counts! I'm glad you entered and so glad to hear that you like Long Story Short so much!

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  3. We are always looking for more ideas for family devotions- these look great! Thanks for the giveaway Old Story New!

    artandjen at juno dot com

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  4. I follow you on FB. shondaet at gmail dot com

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  5. Shared on FB: https://www.facebook.com/shonda.knowlton/posts/426221310770693

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  6. These devotional/study books look great! It looks like a lot if study went into pulling the scriptures together for each week. Would love to use with our family!

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  7. These devotional/study books look great! It looks like a lot if study went into pulling the scriptures together for each week. Would love to use with our family!

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  8. Is this connected to the Gospel Story Bible? Because the illustrations/font looks identical. Very, very interested! (Esp. if there is a connection.)

    readingtoknow (at) gmail (dot) com

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  9. I follow you on FB (which is where I FIRST saw this)

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  10. And I'm subscribed to your RSS feed. :)

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  11. i'd love to get one (sam@loftworship.com)

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  12. We love Old Story New and would love to own Old Story New!!

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  13. I would love to share this with my new grand-daughter. rgdawn at yahoo dot com

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  14. We JUST started using The Gospel Story Bible for our Bible lesson time a couple of days ago. I'd got it several months ago, but decided to wait a bit on using it. I really like this author, though!

    bluerosesheart at yahoo dot com

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  15. I shared on Twitter. https://twitter.com/BluerosesHeart/status/255808891517034496

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  16. Yay! We would love a copy of Old Story New! melissa(dot)clare(dot)jones(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. Liked you on FB! melissa(dot)clare(dot)jones(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. Initial comment: I love using the OT version with my boys and am excited for the chance to win this one! - cmariehuff@gmail.com

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  19. I liked you on FB - cmariehuff@gmail.com

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  20. I just subscribed via Google reader (oops actually my husband was logged into Google, so I guess he and I will switch since I want him to ener too!) - cmariehuff@gmail.com

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  21. Just added the RSS feed into MyYahoo

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  22. I just added your RSS feed to MyYahoo.

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  23. Also just followed you via Twitter (@PoeticTw_tology)

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  24. And I have a comment; just for fun. For some reason when my wife handles the devotions it is only ten minutes, but it takes me 15-25...must be a fluke.

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  25. Chirped: RE https://twitter.com/PoeticTw_tology/status/256562046341091328

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  26. Thanks for sharing this at suchfuntogive.blogspot.com...it will be up on the low entry giveaway in a few minutes!

    ecarian at yahoo dot com

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  27. And now it is! Here's where I blogged it: http://suchfuntogive.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-cool-thing-about-blog-giveaways-is.html

    Thanks for the extra entry!

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  28. And now I follow by twitter too! SuchFunToGive

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  29. We'd love this!

    kristen_yeh at yahoo dot com

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  30. GFC: Kristen

    kristen_yeh at yahoo dot com

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  31. I followed you on Twitter @KendalBarriere

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  32. I shared this giveaway on Twitter.

    https://twitter.com/KendalBarriere/status/257876110572937216

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  33. Would like to have you book they will make a greate addition to mr daily devotions. I follow you on Face Book TazTom.

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