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For a very long time, I have been searching for a good devotional book for my girls. I want something that isn't too babyish but also isn't too old for them. When I was given the opportunity to review The Plans I Have For You Devotional and The Plans I Have For You Journal, I was excited to see if they would be a good match for what I was looking for.
About The Plans I Have For You Devotional:
The devotional is an illustrated 90-day devotional written by bestselling children's book author Amy Parker and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, teaching and inspiring kids to dream about their future, to focus on faith, love, and joy, and recognize that God has a plan and purpose for each and every one of us.
Hardcover; 160 pages
Age Range: 8-12 years
About The Plans I Have For You Journal:
The journal prompts creative thinking and exploration of the talents and personalities that make us special, and then helps explore how God may use our unique traits to spread love and joy and make the world a better place.
Stationery; 208 pages
Age Range: 11-14 years
About the Author, Amy Parker:
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.
About the Illustrator, Vanessa Brantley-Newton:
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.
Looking at the age ranges for both the devotional and the journal, I figured these would be a good fit for Little Red, who just turned 11, and I was right. She loves to journal, especially if the journaling is in response to a prompt. Both books were exactly at the level she needs. She decided to read a page or 2 in the devotional book and complete a page in the journal each day.
The devotional book takes a Bible verse or passage and makes it relevant to a young girl's life. It also challenges the reader to DO something with that verse - "Thank God for His message of hope" or "Choose faith over fear today."
The journal has pages with prompts to respond to the Bible verses/passages. For example, after reading Proverbs 3:5, the prompt asks "What does it mean to trust the Lord with all your heart?" and "What does that mean for you today?" There are fun doodles on the pages as well as places for the reader to draw and doodle.
Little Red's Thoughts:
The Plans I Have For You Devotional explains the Bible in a way that I can understand it. The Plans I Have For You Journal is fun because it helps me learn how to use what I read in the Bible.
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Not only was I given the opportunity to review both The Plans I Have For You Devotional and Journal, but I also get to give away a set to one of my lucky readers. Just enter the giveaway below for your chance to win.