Old Story New: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God by Marty Machowski
Filled with adventure, suspense, drama, and mystery, the gospel story easily captures the attention of children. Even better, the gospel story gives life. We are saved and our children are saved as we review the story of the gospel. So why do so many well-intentioned parents give up on family Bible study—deciding that reading the Bible as a family must only be for “super parents.”
The truth is that there are no super parents. We all struggle, and we all need help to stay on course. Old Story New makes it easy for parents to stay on the life-giving course of sharing the gospel with their family. The second volume in Marty Machowski’s family devotional series, Old Story New continues the gospel story that started in Long Story Short. Using the same effective ten-minute-a-day structure, it walks children through the great truths of the Christian faith in the New Testament.
Through 78 New Testament stories, Old Story New does the hard work for parents and caregivers. Simple discussion questions (and answers!) for each day’s devotion help children understand and remember Jesus’s life, death, resurrection, and the birth of the Christian church. Old Story New is a gospel-centered family devotional program designed to explain God’s plan of salvation through the New Testament and is suitable for children from preschool through high school.
"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, Ph.D., 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
Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church, a Sovereign Grace Ministries church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for over twenty years. He is the author of The Gospel Story Bible; The Gospel Story Curriculum (OT); and Long Story Short, the Old Testament companion devotional to Old Story New. He and his wife Lois and their six children reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.