{review & giveaway} Devotionals for Tween Girls

{I received these books as a part of the ZBlog Squad in exchange for an honest review. A good review was not guaranteed and all opinions are my own.}

My two older daughters are 13 and 11. It’s that hard spot between being a child and being an adult. It’s a tricky age to relate to and to shop for. It’s also right around the age when a child can really start to have their own, personal, deeper relationship with God. To help young teens develop that relationship, Zonderkidz has published two excellent devotionals for tween & young teen girls.

null.jpg_9653Just Sayin’ is unlike any devotional I’ve seen yet. Here’s a little about it from the publisher:

Just Sayin’ is not your typical 90-day devotional for girls. It’s an all-out open space for girls 8-12 to explore and learn more about themselves and their faith, using creative, wacky applications and doodles to teach Bible truths.

IMG_1834Since Alyssa, my 11 year old, loves to draw and doodle I knew this would be perfect for her. It definitely is! Each devotional contains a verse and then some kind of activity to go along with it like doodling, drawing, writing, filling in charts or answering questions. Alyssa loves this book. It’s fun and engaging while not being babyish. It talks about important topics like loving your neighbor and finding the narrow gate but also relevant topics like gossip, materialism and peer pressure.

 

 

9780310736172The Beauty Of Believing is a totally different format. It’s longer – with 365 devotions – and doesn’t have any space for doodling or even journaling. What it does have is some very powerful messages about the topics young girls face in our society. Here’s what the publisher says about The Beauty Of Believing:

New in the Faithgirlz! series, The Beauty of Believing is a 365-day devotional that combines the talents of Faithgirlz! authors Tasha K. Douglas, Mona Hodgson, Kristi Holl, Lois Walfred Johnson, Allia Zobel Nolan, and Nancy Rue, whose words of wisdom will help young girls ages 8-12 to bloom and flourish into the girls God wants them to be.

IMG_1833Each devotional starts with a verse highlighted at the top of the page and then shares a message pertaining to that verse but also one that is relevant to our society. They are one page each, so nothing long that is going to lose a girl’s interest. At the bottom of each page, there is a box with three points – More To Explore, Girl Talk and God Talk. More To Explore is another verse that pertains to the subject being discussed. Girl Talk asks a question that could be discussed together or journaled about. God Talk is a model prayer to help the reader focus her prayers on the topic discussed that day.

I so greatly appreciate that Zondervan is working to provide relevant books and devotionals for tweens and young teens. It is such a tender and confusing age! These devotionals are great for such a broad range of personalities. Is one of these books just perfect for your girl? Well, guess what?!

Zondervan will give one very blessed reader their choice of Just Sayin’ or The Beauty Of Believing! Simply just comment below and let me know which one you’d choose and why. Don’t worry, if you win you can change your mind! The giveaway will end on November 21 at 8pm and I’ll notify the winner by email (so make sure you leave me a working email address!). The winner will have 48 hours to respond before I’ll choose another winner.

So. Which devotional would you choose for your girl?


3 thoughts on “{review & giveaway} Devotionals for Tween Girls”

  1. Just Sayin would be the one i would pick for Celia. We just did a similar devotional as the one that’s shown in the book. We painted the bottoms of her feet and she walked on paper. Then we wrote things that lead us on the path of righteousness inside the feet and things we do that lead us down a sinful path outside of the feet. Great visual for young and old alike!

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