Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"Family Pick" . . . Gabbit: Family Faith Edition from Group Publishing!

One of the biggest challenges in children's ministry is getting children and families involved in talking about their faith and learning to live it at home during the week. Deuteronomy 6:5-9 clearly shows us it is the parents who are primarily responsible for passing on faith in God to their children -  "Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates." There are certainly many tools and resources available to help parents do exactly this, but one of the newer and potentially more fun tools is the Gabbit: Family Faith Edition from Group Publishing!

We all have heard how studies show families who have at least one faith conversation per week are much stronger in their faith and have closer relationships. This day and age families often spend most of their "together" time in the car and around the dinner table. The Gabbit is the ideal tool to help families have these "faith conversations" during these "together" times in a fun, simple way. It’s an electronic device with hundreds of family-friendly questions. "There are no rules, no instructions—just pick a category, push a button, and let the fun conversations begin!" The five categories for questions include - This or That, What if?, Favorites, Friends & Family and Zingers. The questions range from things like, "Would you rather stay up late or get up early?", "If you could change your name, what would you change it to?", "What's your favorite thing about the person sitting next to you?", "What's the most fun you've ever had with your family?" to "If you could ask God one question, what would it be?" The Gabbit has hundreds of questions suitable for generating conversations with children ages five and up and makes a great tool to get for families with elementary and older children talking, learning and growing stronger together!

The Gabbit is small, portable and easy to use - it makes a great gift for the families you know and love! The Gabbit has been my "Family Pick" for the past almost two weeks. Thank you Group for sending a Gabbit for my review and another for me to give away!  On Friday I'll be announcing my next "Family Pick" and drawing. If you have "liked" the facebook button on my blog or have "followed" me with the button on my blog, you are entered in my drawings! If you have not "liked" or "followed" my blog, take a moment to do so and you will be entered in my next drawing on February 4th! If you "like" and "follow" you will have two entries in the drawing!

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