Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tween Devotions with Pizzazz ~ A Review of Just Sayin’ and Dare U 2 Open This Book

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"Mom, I need a picture of me and some dirt. It's for my devotional." A mischievous smile tilted across his lips.

The boy knew I wanted to encourage a morning devotional time, but dirt? What was I supposed to say to that?

From the time each child can read well, we've required them to read at least a chapter of the book of the Bible of their choosing each morning when they get dressed and make their beds. Sometimes reminders are needed, and we've learned that a good devotional book can be an even greater encouragement.

So when I saw the child's smile and his eagerness to complete the devotional, I knew we'd found a winner.

Carol McAdams Moore has written two devotionals for tweens, one for boys and one for girls, published by Zonderkidz. But they’re not just any ordinary devotional. They’re safe places for tweens to explore faith, filled with prompts to write, doodle, and pray.

Isn’t that dog with the glasses adorable?

Dare U 2 Open This Book: Draw It, Write It, Dare 2 Live It is for boys.


A dog with goggles! J

Here’s what my children had to say about the devotionals.

The 15yo girl ~ According to the age range for readers, I’m a little old. But I don’t care, because it’s the best devotional book I’ve ever seen. It’s not just reading the cute little devotional and the memory verse. You actually do something, like draw or glue in pictures or dried flowers. 

The 13yo girl ~ This devotional book is fun and easy. It has helped me to realize things I hadn’t thought of before, and I love her word choice, like calling family and friends, “peeps.” I loved the one where I glued pretty wrapping paper into the book, and sparkly gel pens are a must. J

The 11yo boy ~ I really like it! It’s crafty, and each devotional is two pages, not ten pages of really hard questions. At the end of each day’s devotion, I like to peek ahead to see what’s coming next.

Meghan again ~ My only problem with these books was that Carol and the publisher sent them to us, and now I can’t give them to the children for Christmas. J

Oh, and the dirt? Not gonna happen. But it was a terrific life lesson about being good soil.

I received a copy of one devotional from the author directly and two other copies from Zonderkidz. I was not required to do a review, and all opinions are my own and those of my children.

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  1. These look really neat! My kids are still little, but I'm pinning to come back to when they're older. :)

    1. Good idea, Jessica! Thanks for pinning, despite my lack of a proper image.... :-) {I need to do better with that!}

  2. It's neat to see more tween devotionals coming out. We just reviewed Battle Gear. :)

    1. Yes! A good devotional can add so much to a quiet time. I'll have to look into Battle Gear. Thanks for the suggestion. :-)


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