Did you know Our Daily Bread now has resources for chil- dren? Our Daily Bread for Kids and Our Daily Bread for
Preschoolers are beautiful devotionals,
and I recently had the chance to talk with
the mother-daughter team who wrote
them, Crystal Bowman and her daughter
TOS: What is it that makes the Our
Daily Bread for Kids devotional unique?
Teri: It’s not a storybook Bible; it’s more
of a devotional. We hit on a lot of the main
stories children are familiar with, but
then we also go into some lesser-known
stories and ideas. One of the things that’s
most unique is a fun fact on every page.
You start with the daily verse, and then
there is a devotional, key idea, and suggestion to read more. Then the fun fact
ties back into the devotional somehow.
It’s fun and helps them remember a little
bit about the devotional.
Crystal: The other thing is that a lot of
devotionals for kids are either written in
first person or are fictional. What makes
this unique is that it’s written in second
person, so it’s written to the child. It focuses on “you.” Instead of creating a fictional story, we take them to Scripture. We
use the Bible stories and characters as an
example for the lesson we want to teach.
We always make sure it was clear, “What
does that mean for the child?” I think all
of those elements set it apart. Plus, Our
Daily Bread for Kids is the first product for
children from Our Daily Bread.
TOS: Our Daily Bread for Kids is for
6-10-year olds, but there is also a preschool version available, correct? Is it
Crystal: Our Daily Bread for Preschoolers came out in the middle of 2016.
Teri: It’s similar in that it’s written to
the child. Instead of a fun fact, we have a
question we ask that’s more age appropri-
ate. There’s a rhyming prayer also.
Crystal: The question is something that
engages the child. For example, in the
story of Jacob and Esau, we ask, “How
many people are in your family?” and relate it back to how these were the descendants of Abraham and that God had told
Abraham his family would be really big.
TOS: What was your favorite part of
working on this project as a mother-daughter team?
Teri: Our Daily Bread for Kids was actually the second book we wrote together, so
we’ve gotten to work together quite a bit.
I think what we’ve learned through all the
projects is we really balance each other out
well. It’s really nice to have someone who’s
good at the things that aren’t your strongest and vice-versa. And with the length
of Our Daily Bread for Kids, it would not
have been possible to do as one person.
by Bonnie Rose Hudson Cystal Bowman Teri McKinley
I think today’s parents need to
present the truth of God’s Word
as a special treasure children have
to guard with their heart.
Our Daily Bread
for Kids and
The Elementary Years