This is the second post in our series about the best devotionals. If you missed the first post, Best Devotionals for Girls, be sure to go back and check it out!
Doing a devotional with my oldest daughter has been an easy and natural progression.
She likes being read to at night.
She enjoys chit chatting with us about her day. Despite being a preteen, she is easy and obedient in most things. So progressing from the toddler devotionals to the preteen devotionals over the last ten years has been simple.
My son has been a whole different ball game.
Is that how that expression works? Can I compare my child to a ball game?
Beginning at four years old, he demanded to read the devotional to himself.
Not like an out loud, reading together kind of thing.
In his head.
As much as we pushed back and insisted that “Mommy and Daddy read this to you,” it was always a struggle.
So we bought him his own devotional to read on his own, and we sit together and each read our own devotionals.
We also do a daily devotional as a family that has lots of questions and discussion points, and he loves that.
So a large part of finding the perfect devotional for your son is simply knowing your son.
Here are the best devotional for boys that we’ve found.
We started using this devotional before bed when our son was two and daughter was four.
It has 365 devotionals that are just one page. Each one ends with a four-line rhyming prayer.
I don’t feel like my kids really gleaned a lot of information from it, and honestly, I am totally okay with that.
The entire point of reading a devotional to them at that age was just to make a habit. If they always remember doing a devotional before bed or first thing in the morning or whenever, you reduce the pushback against doing it later.
Good habits make successful people.
So choosing an easy to read book for your toddler and establishing a habit of reading the book every day is going to start him on a great path.
My favorite thing about this devotional is that it’s for “Men Under Construction.” After reading the book, Raising Men Not Boys, I love the idea of telling our sons early and often that they are going to be men soon.
This devotional is a great first devotional for boys to do on their own.
The readings are very short and probably won’t even take three minutes for most kids.
The description says it’s for boys 8-12, but I think it would be great for boys as young as 5 or 6 as well.
3. It All Matters to Jesus Devotional for Boys: Bullies, Bikes, and Baseball. . .He Cares about It All!
This devotional for boys only has forty devotionals, but the smaller size can actually be advantageous. If they read all forty devotionals, they’ll feel successful and be much more likely to do another devotional book.
This book is best for 4th-6th-grade boys and is very simple to understand and relatable.
My seven-year-old son loves science and all facts about everything.
This is by far his favorite devotional.
In this devotional, Louie Giglio incorporates fun facts about science seamlessly with truths from the Bible. It is a perfect blend. Each devotional tells a story from the Bible and speaks directly to the reader. Then at the end, it gives some fun science facts that go along with the devotional.
Depending on the maturity and attention level of your son, this is a good devotional for boys as young as kindergarten or as old as fifth grade.
This devotional is great for boys who think that they are too cool for devotionals.
Each devotional is written very directly and ends with a call to action or dare as the author puts it. It gives a list of ideas on the side for ways to live out what the reading was about and then a small journaling section at the bottom to write about what action was taken.
It’s the perfect devotional for middle school boys to do on their own.
Much like the Three Minute Devotion for Boys, this book is a great first devotional for a teen boy that’s not used to doing devotionals. It begins with a focus scripture, has a short devotional, and then a prayer at the end. It’s great for establishing the habit of reading a devotional. It would make a wonderful gift for a new Christian.
If your son has a more developed faith, this is probably not the best devotional for him.
This devotional is written by teens for teens.
It is filled with relevant truths covering almost everything.
And I do mean everything.
There are sections about sex and pornography, so while the reading level is appropriate for seventh graders, the content is probably better suited to high schoolers.
The writing style is very conversational and easy to read. Each devotional starts out with a focus verse and is followed by an explanation written by a teenager. At the end, the teen’s name, age, school, and church is listed which is kind of neat.
This devotional by Max Lucado is awesome.
He takes big truths and breaks them down into easy to understand pieces. Each devotional begins with a short focus scripture and then has a devotional explaining the scripture. At the end of each day, there’s “One More Thought” which is usually a series of questions intended to help your son think deeper about what he just read.
At the back of the book, there are two scripture reading plans complete with tiny checkboxes.
One is a 30-day plan through the New Testament that walks through the life of Jesus on earth. The other is a 90-day reading plan that hits the highlights of the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation.
This devotional is going to be best for a more mature young man who is looking for a devotional with a little depth.
This devotional examines the successes and failures of 150 men from the Bible. God’s plan for our future was predicated on the people of the past, so I love that this devotional dives into that.
This is written in a very easy to read conversational style so reading level won’t be a problem if you’re considering this book for a young man in your life. This devotional is more of a study in gaining knowledge and insight than providing analysis of current struggles.
It’s absolutely awesome to read the Bible. Sitting and opening up the word without some sort of guide is more than a little bit intimidating. Helping our sons, brothers, and husbands read from the Word daily is the best thing we can do to help them on their spiritual journey.