The Very Best, Hands-On, Kinda Dangerous Family Devotions

52 Activities Your Kids Will Never Forget

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The remedy to ho-hum, not-again, "Do we have to?" family devotions

Regular family devotions are important. Unfortunately, they're often . . . boring. But what if devotions looked less like sitting still and listening to someone read and more like, say, electrocuting a pickle? Or converting a leaf blower into a toilet paper launcher? Or lighting toothpaste on fire?

These hands-on, kinda dangerous, totally unforgettable object lessons (along with nearly fifty others) are not only more fun than other family devotions--they actually deliver the spiritual impact you desire for your kids. So put away the flannelgraph, get out the safety goggles, and start bringing the truths of Scripture to vivid life in your household. Just remember to change out of your Sunday clothes first.


"Practical, hands-on, engaging, and easy-to-use family devotions. This is a must-have for a parent's devotional library!"--Danny Huerta, MSW, LCSW, vice president of parenting and youth at Focus on the Family and family therapist

"Get ready to zap, laugh, explore, explode, build, slime, slide, and think new thoughts with those kids you love so much."--Jay Payleitner, national speaker and bestselling author of 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad and What If God Wrote Your Bucket List?

"This book is fabulous! The devotions are memorable, unique, fun for all ages, engaging, and not complicated. You and your children are going to learn so much!"--Kathy Koch, PhD, founder and president of Celebrate Kids, Inc. and author of 8 Great Smarts and Start with the Heart


Tim Shoemaker is the author of fourteen books. He has worked as a volunteer with youth at his local church for over twenty-five years and speaks to thousands of students at public schools. He's a popular workshop speaker for Iron Sharpens Iron Men's Conference, Moody Pastors' Conference, Focus on the Family, and GREAT Homeschool Conventions.


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"Discipling, mentoring, and guiding our children toward a trusting, thriving, and loving relationship with God is a monumental, incredible, and essential task for Christian parents! Tim's passion for seeing God's Word passed on to future generations comes through as he provides parents with practical, hands-on, engaging, and easy-to-use family devotions. Who wouldn't like to have fire, food, money, dark rooms, flashlights, and light sticks while learning about what God is telling us in Scripture? This is a must-have for a parent's devotional library!"

Danny Huerta, MSW, LCSW, vice president of parenting and youth at Focus on the Family and family therapist

"Hey, Mom and Dad (or youth worker)! Get ready to zap, laugh, explore, explode, build, slime, slide, and think new thoughts with those kids you love so much. Tim Shoemaker has a unique gift for delivering biblical truths and critical life lessons in wacky, relevant, and unforgettable ways."

Jay Payleitner, national speaker and bestselling author of 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad and What If God Wrote Your Bucket List?

"This book is fabulous! The devotions are memorable, unique, fun for all ages, engaging, and not complicated. They're well explained, so you won't be overwhelmed. Your kids won't be either--the devotions are long enough and deep enough to think about without needing to be a Bible scholar. As Tim explains in his important opening statement about how to lead devotions so you'll be consistent, that's not the point of short devotions. How refreshing! You can lead these successfully. Mostly, though, I love this book because Tim chose to emphasize very important and relevant truths for today's kids living in chaotic times. I'm impressed! I'd love to hear the discussions you have after you drop Jell-O brains, dig up buried ground beef, and try to melt Ivory soap in the microwave. You and your children are going to learn so much!"

Kathy Koch, PhD, founder and president of Celebrate Kids, Inc. and author of 8 Great Smarts and Start with the Heart

"Two things undermine family devotions--kids being bored and parents not knowing how to do it. Tim Shoemaker knocks both of these problems out of the park with unique, attention-grabbing activities and clear, concise instructions. Start enjoying family devotions!"

Rob Currie, PhD, professor of psychology at Judson University and author of Hungry for More of God

"I highly recommend The Very Best, Hands-On, Kinda Dangerous Family Devotions from Tim Shoemaker. This book captures the creativity and practical application of what Tim has taught to thousands of men at our Iron Sharpens Iron conferences over the last ten years. If you want to have a blast, literally, teaching your children or youth group biblical truth, there is no better resource."

Tom Cheshire, founder of Relevant Practical Ministry for Men (RPM)

"As a dad and a pastor, I am thankful for the wisdom and creativity of Tim Shoemaker's devotionals. I will not only use this book for my own family's devotions but also our youth group. No more rolling of the eyes from bored kids while doing devotions! I recommend this book to every parent, pastor, and youth leader. If you are looking to have attention-keeping and life-impacting devos, these are it. They are biblically rooted and FUN to do! Be dangerous!"

Pastor Jim Olsen, First Baptist Church, Pine Island

"Today, when all kinds of technology and digital opportunities compete for your kids' time and attention, even the most committed parents can find family devotions challenging. Good news: The Very Best, Hands-On, Kinda Dangerous Family Devotions is exactly what you need to make family devotions exciting, relevant, and life-changing. This how-to book deals with the spiritual issues kids face today with a totally over-the-top style that will have your kids asking you when you're having family devotions again. It will revolutionize your family devotions and help you make this tricky aspect of raising godly kids fun--and even a little dangerous at the same time."

Dr. Dale McElhinney, licensed psychologist and author

"I have watched Tim Shoemaker present these unique and fun object lessons at workshops for many years now. What I am most impressed with is that every guy who attends his presentation comes away with the feeling that 'I can do that!' In a time when family interaction has devolved into scrolling social media together, Tim offers a unique way to present biblical lessons in a fun and interactive way. A valuable tool for any father's family tool belt!"

Roy Abbott, president of Focal Point Ministries and Iron Sharpens Iron Men's Conferences


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    Tim Shoemaker

    Tim Shoemaker is the author of 14 books. He has worked as a volunteer with youth at his local church for over 25 years and speaks to thousands of students at public schools. He's a popular workshop speaker at Iron Sharpens Iron Men's Conferences, Moody...

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