Disclosure These books were sent to me for my honest review from the Z Blog Squad and Zondervan.
Just Sayin’(Zonderkidz, 2014) is a 90-day devotional for tween girls, where Carol introduces this age group to Bible verses, prayer, Christian teachings and fun–all in one book. Each two-page spread includes a Bible verse, either further thoughts on it or a reference where kids and adults can read “more of the story”, and an activity: doodling, gluing, making lists, writing thoughts and more. For example, on day 63, Carol explores Isaiah 9:6, “And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Then she goes on to write, “Ever heard someone say, ‘Peace’? What does that really mean? No fighting. No worries. Calm. Trust. ‘Peace’ is an expression, but Christians know the Prince of Peace.” On the next page, girls are asked to “doodle” a time when Jesus gave them peace and a time when they need Jesus’s peace. At the end she has a prayer they can say, along with a checklist where they can mark off how often they need God’s peace. Brilliant. I love it. I would have loved this when I was in junior high youth group, and I know so many tweens that will love it, too–we just need to get it in their hands. They are learning about the Lord in a non-threatening and casual way, which is awesome and what this age group needs. This book will be going to one of my 4 nieces when they are a pre teen, unless I decided to use it myself.
Beauty of Believing combines the talents of Faithgirlz! authors Tasha K. Douglas, Mona Hodgson, Kristi Holl, Lois Walfred Johnson, Allia Zobel Nolan, and Nancy Rue, and their words of wisdom will help your faith bloom and flourish as you grow into the girl God wants you to be. Faith is like a flower. In order to grow, it needs soil, water, and sun—food for the spirit. That’s just what this devotional is. Spiritual food to help your faith grow strong and beautiful. Featuring 365 days of wisdom from your favorite Faithgirlz! authors, as well as quotes and questions from real girls like you, this devotional offers pages of inspiration on everything from navigating friendships, to taming the tongue, to trusting God in everything, big and small. Growing up can be tough, but Jesus is guiding you every step of the way. This a great book for teenagers to use to learn more about themselves and God. Another book for my 4 nieces, which will have a nice collection by time they are teens.