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I love Disney World. I’m pretty much always planning my next trip, at least in my head. I talk about it all the time. It’s a problem.
And I work in children’s ministry, so I’m always looking for good devotional books geared towards kids and families.
It’s no surprise that several people suggested I check out Albert Thweatt’s “Disney Devotionals: 100 Daily Devotionals Based on the Walt Disney World Attractions.”
Thweatt, a member of the Crieve Hall Church of Christ in Nashville, Tenn., wrote the book after he started working the night shift as a paramedic. He had to miss his nightly devotionals with his two boys, so he started writing devos for them to read later. After the first few, he decided that he needed a theme. He went with what his family loves most — Disney World.
As much as I love the Lord and love Disney, I was skeptical. How was he going to make Disney World a spiritual experience?
The whole idea seemed … goofy.
The first devo starts at the Welcome Gate, explaining the excitement of arriving at Disney. Thweatt gives some fun Disney trivia and then compares this anticipation to the overwhelming joy we will feel as we stand at heaven’s gate someday.
He gives scriptural references and ends with encouragement for us to strive for that goal. The devos are simple, easy for kids of all ages to understand and well written.
Thweatt moves through each attraction as if you’re walking through the theme park. He tells Disney facts that even I, a self-proclaimed Disney afficionado, didn’t know. And his biblical application is really clear and good.
Each devotional is two pages or less — a great length for families with young kids. And the biblical application can spark some great discussion with older kids, too.
AMY BOWMAN is a children’s ministry assistant for the Brentwood Hills Church of Christ in Nashville, Tenn. She co-hosts “Sunday Lunch,” a podcast, available on Apple podcasts or sundaylunch.libsyn.com.
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