Yesterday’s Feast of the Epiphany marked the return of The Good Book Club.
If you’ve been part of our Grow Christians community for more than a year, then you’ll know we are big fans of The Good Book Club. If you are new to this community (welcome!!), I hope you’ll join us in this daily spiritual practice of reading God’s Word. It’s really easy to participate: open your Bible to the appointed text and start reading. The full schedule, including the list of daily readings is available at goodbookclub.org.
This year we are exploring the book of Exodus, specifically we’ll read the first 20 chapters between Epiphany and Shrove Tuesday. If you’d like to finish up the book during the season of Lent, Forward Movement will publish a reading plan for those days, too.
Exodus recounts the journey of the Israelites from slavery to freedom, and much of it will be familiar to young children. The opening stories of the crafty midwives and baby Moses in a basket among the river reeds were certainly favorites of my own children in their younger years. They know story of the burning bush, the plagues, the parting of the Red Sea, and the Ten Commandments. However, these are usually stories they discuss in church formation classes rather than with their parents. The Good Book Club will allow us to read them aloud as a household, then wonder about it all.
Of the first nine plagues, which would be the most inconvenient?
How many second chances will God offer the Israelites?
What does redemption mean to you?
What would our family covenant include?
Our family of four will take turns reading from our blue Adventure Bible over dinner. This Bible was recommended by Melody Shobe in a Grow Christians post four years ago and has been through four Good Book Clubs with us. Once a week I plan to check in with the Good Book Club partners for additional questions and resources to incorporate into our nightly practice.
There are a few resources I commend to anyone planning to participate in The Good Book Club with children. If you are even a little bit worried about your lack of Exodus knowledge, sign up for the weekly email from Forward Movement called This Week in Exodus. One email a week that will offer context and background on what you’ll be reading over the coming days. Sign up and find archived emails here!
The Bible Project offers two videos for the Book of Exodus. Part one covers chapters 1-18 and part two covers chapters 19-40. The live illustrations mesmerize my kids, while I’m drawn into the solid theology that’s easy to comprehend. Of course you don’t have to watch them with your children; you could instead wow them with your tremendous knowledge of the second book of the Bible once you start reading.
And finally, I’m excited to share that this year Grow Christians teamed up with Building Faith to prepare weekly activities for adults and children to explore the Book of Exodus at Home. We zero in on one of the readings for the week, offer a short teaching, then follow it up with questions to ask your little ones and activities that will help further the conversation. You can download the weekly guides HERE.
I’d love to hear your feedback regarding this final resource as it’s the first time we’ve offered it! For more information or to access the reading list, a toolkit, and resources, visit the Good Book Club website.