Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Review of The One Year Devos for Teen Girls!

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The One Year Devos for Teen Girls by Dannah Gresh and Suzy Weibel is a great devotional for teenaged girls who are finding their way in the world and tackling some big topics associated with growing up and becoming a young woman of God. There is one topic per day, and the reading is relatively short with really great content. It starts with a Bible verse which the topic is based around and ends with an application challenge. The authors of the devotional do a great job of incorporating the big topics girls are faced with and interested in—everything from social media, world issues, dating, fame, drugs, self-image, to money, and more in a biblical context and what being a Christian should be in the environment of our modern and rapidly changing world. These topics are great in the fact that they not only give a biblical perspective but also leave many things open for the reader to think about and form her own opinion.

This is an excellent premise for parental discussion, especially with a mom. I believe this devotional is perfect for girls aged 12 to 15 to converse with their mothers about what the Bible says and what they believe about it. It opens topics up for discussion that a mother and daughter may not necessarily discuss in passing. The pre-teen and teen stage are a time of great change, not only physically and emotionally. There’s a huge spiritual and intellectual growth that takes place, and its critical that the adults in a girl’s life foster growth. As a college student, I know these kinds of discussions (either with a parent or adult a girl looks up to) are essential to developing critical thinking skills in evaluating one’s worldview and the worldview of others and compare them to Scripture. This really helps the process of helping a girl transition from child to woman, and I believe this book is a great method of opening up conversation and fostering that transition.

The devotional is well-written, easy to understand, and very much geared towards questions, concerns, and attitudes teen girls may have. I give a five out of five for this one!

Note: Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book for reviewing purposes.

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