Old Story New: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God

Marty Machowski
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Best-selling children's book author Marty Machowski helps families connect to the Bible with a theologically robust yet simple and relatable devotional program. Old Story New is designed to explain God's plan of salvation through the New Testament.

Suited for children from preschool through high school, this gospel-focused book is full of ten-minute devotions to continue the gospel story that began in Long Story Short. The consistent and short structure helps children walk through the life-changing truths of the Christian faith in the New TestamentÑwithout overwhelming them.

The gospel story told through Old Story New is filled with adventure, suspense, drama, and mystery, captivating young readers. Machowski makes it easy for parents and caregivers to stay on the life-giving course of sharing the gospel with their families.

Through 78 New Testament stories, Old Story New does the hard work for moms and dads. Simple discussion questions (and answers!) for each day's devotion help children understand and connect with Jesus's life, death, resurrection, and the birth of the Christian church.

Old Story New isn't devotional material preaching half-truths and moralism. This creative devotional program helps parents shepherd their children to see redemptive history, with the central theme of Jesus illuminated clearly in every story.

Don't give up on your family devotions. Machowski recognizes how well-intended parents and caregivers can struggle to maintain a family Bible study. A fuller, richer understanding of the gospel will be found in Old Story New.

Old Story New is a companion resource to the Gospel Story Curriculum, The Gospel Story Bible, Long Story Short, the Old Testament Gospel Story for Kids Coloring Book, and the New Testament Gospel Story for Kids Coloring Book. Each week of devotions corresponds to a lesson in the Gospel Story Curriculum and a story in The Gospel Story Bible.


Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for over thirty years. He is the author of The Gospel Story Bible, Long Story Short, Old Story New, the Gospel Story Curriculum, the Prepare Him Room advent devotional and curriculum, Wise Up family devotional and curriculum, Listen Up family devotional and curriculum, Dragon Seed, and The Ology. He and his wife Lois have six children and two grandchildren, and they reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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"Marty Machowski has done it again! This book, along with the earlier Old Testament devotional book, Long Story Short, is another masterful devotional book for families. It is simple without being shallow. It is theologically robust without being pedantic. It is comprehensive without being overwhelming. Best of all, it is doable for busy parents with children."
Tedd Tripp, PhD, pastor; conference speaker; best-selling author of Shepherding a Child's Heart

"So much of the family devotional material available today does little more than use the Bible to teach half-truths and full-out moralism. The reason my wife and I love Marty Machowski's books and the reason they have become important resources as we seek to raise our children in 'the discipline and instruction of the Lord,' is their consistent focus on the big picture of the Bible's big story. Old Story New is yet another wonderful resource that we gladly commend and look forward to reading with our children."
Tim Challies, Author; pastor; blogger at Challies.com

"Marty Machowski 'gets' families. Even more importantly, he knows how to connect them to the Bible with simple, relatable New Testament studies that make much of Jesus in every lesson. If you want your kids to see the Savior through his Word, spend some time in this exciting new devotional."
Dave Harvey, Pastor; author of When Sinners Say I Do: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage

"Finding time for family devotions is a high hurdle. But finding something enjoyable to do as a family that also illuminates God's Word can be an even higher impediment. In this wonderfully helpful book, you've found the answer to the second challenge. And Marty's clear writing and creativity will help you make the time (even if you don't think you have it) to clear the first hurdle. It's my pleasure to recommend this book and the devotional experience it provides to you and your family."
Robert Wolgemuth, PhD, author of The Most Important Place on Earth: What a Christian Home Looks Like and How to Build One

"The church wants parents to lead their homes spiritually; the parents don't know how. Marty Machowski's Old Story New is the answer for both church and parents. Marty has invested his time in the best way possible helping parents shepherd their children with more than stories and morals, but with the central theme of Jesus illuminated clearly in every story."
Scott Thomas, Pastor, 'The Journey Church', St Louis, MO; author of Gospel Coach: Shepherding Leaders to Glorify God

"Marty Machowski's Old Story New, like Marty's children's ministry curriculum and Old Testament devotional,Long Story Short, is a great asset to parents, pastors, and children's ministry teachers. I am particularly excited about the way Marty connects each New Testament story to the gospel of Christ. Marty's book will help your kids learn to see Jesus as the center of every part of the Bible. And what might God do with such a generation raised to rightly handle the word of truth, the gospel of our salvation?"
Josh Blount, Pastor, Living Faith Church

"Nurturing our children requires us to gain the attention of their hearts as soon as possible. So, what should we use to seize their interest? Thinly veiled morality tales that leave our children wandering in a desert of demands? In Old Story New, Christ is the beacon that captures the imagination of our children. Let this beautiful book lead your children out of the desert and into the oasis of Jesus, so he can quench their thirsty hearts."
David E. Tate, Pastor, Manor Presbyterian Church

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19 Reviews

  • 5
    Great Book for Family Devos

    Posted by Josh on 02 19 2024

    We are using this church-wide and we have found it to be a great book for both new and mature believers. It appears to do a nice job of working through the entirety of the New Testament. Would recommend.

  • 5
    Old Story New is a great devotional survey of the New Testament

    Posted by Scott Reel on 01 08 2021

    We used the first book, Long Story Short, and our families found it very accessible. It was an easy decision to also order and use Old Story New. The selection of Bible stories is comprehensive and hits on key characters, events, and themes from throughout the whole Bible. The illustrations and explanations for the main ideas of each Bible story are very plain, clear, and helpful for the average Christian family. The discussion questions offer a good balance between asking about what happened and examining how the story applies to the lives of children and parents today.

  • 5
    This is a great family Bible study that really brings the Old Testament to life for kids and adults

    Posted by Hannah on 09 28 2018

    You can easily modify the lessons to meet the ages of your children. I do this study with my 2 1/2 year old and am able to use the tools they give to make it interesting for her. It will also be great as she gets older and I truly feel that it has no age limit. It is Gospel centered and very well put together. I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a bible stidy that is not too complicated but still full of truth and meat.

  • 5
    Great little devotional!

    Posted by Kristin Buus on 09 28 2018

    e are just finishing week 4 of this devotional and just love it! I have a 4, 3, & almost 1 year old. Some things are a little over the older ones heads, but I'm able to explain in a way that they can understand. My 3 year old has a difficult time sitting still to begin with, but my 4 year old is really retaining what he has learned from day to day. And, he's asking lots of questions. I really like how there is a basic lesson that you work through for the week, and it shows how events in the old testament point straight to Jesus. Each lesson takes about 10 minutes, so we're able to do it at breakfast, and is short enough that they don't lose focus. I would highly recommend this for all ages, as it's clarified a few things for me.

  • 5
    My 10-year-old daughter and I read this in the car every morning!

    Posted by Kim Fultzon on 09 28 2018

    My daughter is 10 yrs old and this is a great devotional for us while we wait in the car at her bus stop each morning. I let her read the scripture, I'll ask a few questions, and we pray together before she gets on the bus.

  • 5
    I love it. I love how it guides me

    Posted by Danielle Ludwick on 09 28 2018

    My family and I are through the first week of this devotional and I love it. I love how it guides me as the parent to ask thought provoking questions centered around the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I would highly recommend it.

  • 5
    Great Jesus-centered devotional for the family

    Posted by John Carr on 09 28 2018

    ByJon Carron Apri Great Jesus-centered devotional for the family. Not just moralistic teaching or Bible stories detached from the gospel. Short and sweet lessons.

  • 5
    Thank you Marty Machowski!

    Posted by Calvin Henderson on 09 28 2018

    My two oldest and I are 95% of the way through this book. The amount of time required on a daily basis is just right for us. Once we complete Long Story Short, we'll be moving to Old Story New.

  • 5
    WONDERFUL devotional book!

    Posted by Runner Mom on 09 28 2018

    WONDERFUL devotional book We used for our morning devotions before school with our 12 & 13 year old. Good, thought provoking questions which sparked our interest in the kings! We just spent all summer studying the Kings as a result of this book. THANK YOU!!

  • 5
    Love this devotion!

    Posted by bruce casciere on 09 28 2018

    love this devotion! it is something we can do in the morning that isn't too long, but gets you reading the bible with your kiddos and talking through scripture as a family. highly recommended!

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