Old Story New: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God
by 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 Testament—without 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.
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.
"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