A Mother’s Most Important Gift {Plus a Giveaway!}

**Giveaway Winner** Congratulations to “Need a Nap2!” You won a copy of My Mama & Me! Thanks to all who entered this giveaway. We loved reading how you help teach your children and grandchildren about the Lord. Be sure to check out My Mama & Me or even My Grandma & Me for your own families!


Mothers play an important role in developing the faith of their children. Crystal Bowman and her daughter, Teri McKinley, want to help mothers with this task through a devotional specifically for mothers with young children. My Mama and Me is available this month. 

In today’s blog post, Crystal shares insight into why she wrote this book.


One of my mom’s favorite Bible verses is 3 John 1:4 — I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth. Now that I am a mother and grandmother, that has become one of my favorite verses as well. My husband and I have raised three amazing children who are all walking with the Lord. As I mentor many young mothers through MOPS (Mother of Preschoolers), they want to know how we did it.

The best thing we can do as parents is give our children a solid biblical foundation by teaching them about God from the time they are babies until the time they leave home. Making time for bedtime Bible stories or mealtime devotions is a great way to teach children about God and encourage meaningful discussions. When devotions with your children are part of your daily routine, children will become aware of God’s presence in their everyday lives. Kid-friendly devotions that encourage conversation give parents the opportunity to help children apply the truths of God’s Word in practical ways.

My newest book, My Mama and Me—Rhyming Devotions for You and Your Child features twenty-five devotions, each including a rhyming message that teaches children about God, a Scripture verse, a prayer, and an activity that reinforces the theme. The devotions are spiritually solid, yet fun and enjoyable for young children.

Teaching children about God and what it means to be a Christian is the most important gift you can give your child.


Teri and Crystal co-wrote "My Mama and Me"

Teri and Crystal co-wrote “My Mama and Me”


Want to win a copy of My Mama and Me? Leave a comment below sharing how you teach/taught your children about God. One lucky commentor will win! Contest ends Friday, September 6 at 12:00 p.m. CT.

Christy Stroud

Christy Stroud

Christy is a publicist at Tyndale, working to get the best media coverage possible for our authors and products. She has worked on many campaigns including the New York Times bestseller "Winning Balance" by Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, Phil Vischer’s What’s in the Bible? DVD series, "The Devil in Pew Number Seven" by Rebecca Alonzo, "Night of the Living Dead Christian" by Matt Mikalatos, the "Courageous" novelization by Randy Alcorn, and "Cupidity" and "Unstuff" by Michael and Hayley DiMarco. Christy enjoys being a wife, mom, and pug owner. You can often find her reading, running, training for triathlons, doing youth ministry, and occasionally horseback riding. She also blogs at http://www.christystroud.com.