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The beginning of a new year is a great time to start thinking about making daily devotions a big part of your life. In fact, last week, I talked about what I’m using for my daily devotions this year. Recently, I received a set of books that would be useful in establishing a daily devotional routine with your child(ren). So, I’d like to share those with you today.
About the Books
About the Authors
Amy Parker has sold more than thirty books for children, teens, and adults. She has also collaborated with authors ranging from New York Times bestsellers to her very own son. Two of these collaborations are recipients of Christian retailing’s Best Awards, and she has also won three Mom’s Choice Awards. But Amy’s greatest reward is being a wife to Daniel and a mom to their amazing sons, Michael and Ethan.
Vanessa Brantley-Newton is a self-taught illustrator, doll maker, and crafter. Her passion for children’s books began when she came across The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats as a child in the 1960s. Growing up in a musical family who love to sing, Vanessa’s illustrations are as fun and whimsical as a beautiful melody. Vanessa currently makes her nest in Charlotte, NC with her husband of 20 years, their daughter, and a very rambunctious cat named Stripes.
Heidi Says . . .
When I first pulled these books out of the package, I was really excited to dive into them. As you can see by the cover images above, they are beautiful books – bright, colorful, and eye-catching – and that’s just the covers. The inside of the devotional book is full of colorful images that are appealing to kids’ eyes. The accompanying journal is just green and white (like black and white, only better!), but the images are fun and have a great deal of kid-appeal.
Upon closer inspection, I noticed that the daily devotionals are really short. This can be especially good for a younger child with a short attention span. But, this book is recommended for ages 8-12; so, for me, I’d prefer a bit more depth in a devotional for a child that age. My son is 9, and I feel like he could use a bit more.
The journal is geared toward an older age range (11-14), which makes me question whether these books are actually intended to accompany each other at all. I can see these working well in a homeschooling family, with a younger child getting more from the devotional itself, while an older one could use the journal as a starting point for digging deeper or turning things more inward.
For me, someone with a bit of book OCD, one of the first things I picked up on was the fact that the journal doesn’t actually accompany the devotional in that the pages don’t line up with the lessons – it’s more of a free-for-all, get-you-thinking type book. It almost reminds me of a fill-in-the-blank diary type book. As a stand-alone, I can really see this book appealing to the junior high, pre-teen crowd and would make a great gift for someone in that age range.
If these books sound like a great fit for your child(ren), then please check them out further at the following websites:
- The Plans I Have For You Devotional Official Website
- The Plans I Have For You Journal Official Website
- ZonderKidz Facebook
- ZonderKidz Twitter
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