Friday, April 24, 2020

Review: 30 Prophecies: One Story

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any way.

Christian Focus has been producing books for over 20 years with the express purpose to reach out to people with God's unfailing word.  We've recently received 30 Prophecies: One Story  from the company and my youngest and I have been reading it as we start our school day.  It's recommended that parents read it to children ages 5-11 and that children ages 6-12 can read it alone.  My son seems to comprehend better when I read to him, so that is what we have been doing. That also gives us the chance to discuss as we read which I always enjoy. The book consists of 96 pages and each prophecy is discussed in just a few short pages.  Each of these "lessons", as I called them, consist of the following:

  • Prophet & Dates
  • Prophecy Made
  • Then and There
  • Prophecy Fulfilled
  • Scarlet Thread
  • Application
  • Prayer

 This commonality makes for greater understanding and discussions.  The lessons are broken down in three sections: From the Fall to King David, Major and Minor Prophets and Prophecies made by Jesus about himself.  There is also a timeline in the front of the book for reference that lists each prophecy for a better understanding of the timing.

I enjoyed this book because it really wasn't like any that we've previously read.  These prophecies were more of a jumping off point for discussions than just something that I would read to my son. For example the 9th prophecy written was Jesus: Betrayed by a Friend. Here the prophecy made is "All my enemies whisper together against me; they imagine the worst for me... Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me" (Psalm 41:7-9) Here the prophecy that was fulfilled is regarding Judas.  One evening Jesus said to the disciples that one of them would betray him.  Judas responded that surely Jesus didn't mean him. Jesus responded "You have said so yourself" (Matthew 26:20-25.

The scarlet thread here is explained as to how the religious leaders had been plotting to kill Jesus.  Judas was the one that told the religious leaders that Jesus could be arrested at night where there were no people around to protect him.  Making this prophecy even more clear is that Jesus handed Judas bread and confirmed that he was the traitor.  Even after all the he still went ahead and betrayed Jesus.  The application area is what I found most helpful for my son. It takes what we just read about the betrayal and puts it into a perspective that he might understand better.  We were able to talk about what it's like if someone turns against you that proclaimed to be your friend.  We can talk all day long about our love for Jesus, but do we share that love with others? Then we end with a prayer that truly brings the prophecy lesson to completion.  "God, thank you that even though Judas Iscariot sinned in the worst sin possible, you used that to make the prophecy come true.  It was part of your plan to save your people from their sins.  Please help me not to pretend to be your friend like Judas did, but to really love you and show it in the way that I love, the things that I say, and by praying to you and reading the Bible.  Amen"

There are so many great prophecies reviewed and shared in this book that it was hard to pick just one to use as an example.  I wanted to be able to give you a little idea of how we were able to take the prophecy and see how it applies and can be used in our own lives.  This is a great book to start off your day or maybe to end your day before bed.  I can see us reading this again and maybe this time having my son read it on his own to see what his thoughts are without my involvement.  I'm thankful to Christian Focus for all their hard work bringing biblically sound books to families such as 30 Prophecies: One Story .  For more information on their products check out their social media sites:

Our review crew had a choice of three different items to review this time.  Besides30 Prophecies: One Story reviewers could choose Psalms for my Day or Not If, But When.  Check out which books the reviewers chose and how they used them with their families.  

Psalms for my Day, 30 Prophecies: One Story & Not If, But When {Christian Focus Reviews}

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