Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God

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"Long Story Short is the best material for family devotions I've ever seen. If you're looking for something careful, creative, and Christ-centered without being corny, confusing, or condescending, look no further. Pastors would be wise to buy this book by the boxful and get a copy into the hands of each family in their church."
Justin Taylor, Blogger at The Gospel Coalition; managing editor of the ESV Study Bible

"This is simply an outstanding book, and Christian families need it right now. I have never seen a devotional book that is so well suited to family devotions and to children, even as it is faithful in relating biblical truth. This book will help any Christian parent lead family devotions that will be memorable, faithful, and practical for Christian living. I'll admit this too, parents will find that they love the stories, illustrations, and learning suggestions along with their children. Marty Machowski has written a wonderful book."
R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"I love the simplicity and practicality of Long Story Short. Marty Machowski gives parents a valuable resource to make disciples in our homes by highlighting the gospel story and the Hero of Scripture. I plan to strongly encourage the use of this book throughout our entire network of churches."
Scott Thomas, Pastor of Pastoral Development at The Journey Church

"In Long Story Short, Marty Machowski provides what my wife and I needed when we were struggling to find good tools to disciple our young children. We got by, but this resource would have helped us so much. I envy the parents who will have it available to them. It is simple, interactive, and faithful to Scripture. It avoids the pitfalls of moralism that is prevalent in much of the children's Bible literature today. Marty insists that you and your children meet Jesus and see the gospel of grace in every story. I can't recommend this resource enough."
Timothy S. Lane, Former Executive Director, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation; coauthor of How People Change and Relationships: A Mess Worth Making

"Parents, you know that teaching your children God's Word, especially with children of varying ages, is never easy. But Marty Machowski has just made it easier. Long Story Short guides your family through Old Testament stories, each one highlighting the love and faithfulness of God and the hope of a Savior to come. To use this guide is to have an experienced father and pastor assisting you every night. These moments together, informed by Marty's book, will help your children understand and be amazed by the grace of God as revealed in the Old Testament."
C. J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville; author of many books, including The Cross Centered Life

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21 Reviews

  • 4
    Take-Home option

    Published by KELLY HAANEN on 07 06 2019

    I have used this book with my own children as well as recommending it to parents as our Children's Ministry Director. I really appreciate the church-home connection that this book offers. However, I would love if this could be condensed into a one-page take-home option as well. We have liked the Gospel Story Curriculum, but I wish there was something simple created to better fill the gap between home and church.

  • 5
    Wonderful devotiona book!

    Published by Eli on 09 28 2018

    This devotional is written to present a biblical gospel from cover to cover. It is intended to aid you in passing this treasure on to your children . . . passing on the truth of God's Word is our unique responsibility as parents._ (Page 1)_The goal of this devotional is to . . . pass on a clear gospel message showing our children how every story in the Bible points forward or back to the gospel of Jesus Christ and God's story of salvation. (Page 2) The target audience is parents of younger aged children (i.e., parents who have children ranging from toddler age to young teenager years). The content is directed toward the children. Marty Machowski does a broad overview the entire Old Testament in his work. He also ties in the central theme throughout the entire Bible that it speaks of GodÕs redemptive plan and points to Jesus as the ScripturesÕ fulfillment (John 5:39). Long Story Short is biblically well

  • 5
    Great book for family devotion

    Published by Daniel R on 09 28 2018

    Really liked how the chapters are short enough to keep attention of the young ones but detailed enough to be a challenging reflection on Gods Word

  • 5
    Great Jesus-centered devotional for the family.

    Published 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
    The one I've finally been looking for!

    Published by D Couse on 09 28 2018

    "After many attempts at finding a devotional that our entire family (2 kids one a teenager and one almost a teenager) can get into, we have found the one.
    Most were too cutesy and wouldn't keep the interest of our teenage son. This one however, provokes thought and when you ask the questions in front of you, you can have a cute answer for the younger crowd, but also draw out a more serious answer from the older kids. This is a fantastic devotional and I won't hesitate to buy the other editions (there is reference to a 2nd one covering the NT)."

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