KIMBERLING CITY — Have Baptist churches given up on getting families to have a weekly devotional time? That’s the question asked by a Kimberling City author of two scripture-based books aimed at children. While some groups promote family togetherness by encouraging their members to set aside one night each week as “family night,” Pat Lamb believes Baptists have not emphasized the need for a special Bible teaching time at home in the way they possibly should.
“To think that our children can get all they need in an hour or two at church is a fantasy,” Lamb said.
“In most situations, by the time the Bible story is told and the children are disciplined to pay attention, the time is up and the application of the Bible truths to real life has not been addressed.”
The the two books — Let the Children Come and it recently released follow up, Children Come to Me — are aimed at children 3-12 years old.
The books address topics not ordinarily covered in church, but are aimed at molding children into a Christ-like behavior. The books contain a lesson for each week of the year and are divided by months to go along with happenings in society.
Each book has been endorsed by Dr. Morris Chapman, former president and CEO of the Executive Committee of the SBC. Jeff Hardy, Lamb’s pastor at First Baptist Church in Kimberling City, has endorsed Children, Come to Me.
“The lessons are flexible and can be shortened or lengthened, depending on the need,” Lamb siad.
Let the Children Come and Children, Come to Me, are available at most major book stores, on Amazon.com, from Tate Publishing, or from the author at www.patlambchristian author.com. They are priced at $12.99 or two for $24.00.
Who is the book’s targe audience?
According to Lamb: “Parents who want to make sure their children understand how to live for Jesus will find these books helpful. Homeschoolers, grandparents, who want something to use when the grandchildren visit, and church workers will also find them useful. They can be used for children’s sermons or even as lessons for backyard Bible clubs.”