Since I started blogging about Christian books one of the most popular things readers ask me about is about Devotionals and Bibles for kids and tweens. Most parents want to find something they know will introduce their kids to the word of God but they also want to make sure it includes all the elements they want in a bible or devotional for their child. Some ask about the text of the bibles, is it full text, mostly stories, even specific versions. Devotionals for adults are always popping up on the market and parents want to find devotionals for their tweens to help them with studying and reading the bible. I’m a member of the Z Blog Squad and this month we received a shipment of books for review. Any opinions expressed are my own.
The Beauty of Believing
If you’re a fan of the Faithgirlz then you are going to love this devotional from the authors of this series. Written for girls ages 9 to 12 it’s the perfect bible companion. There’s 365 devotionals, one for each day in a year. Although the devotionals are numbered it’s not dated so you can purchase it any time of the year for your daughter. The devotional touches on topics that affect tweens all the time. Dealing with peer pressure, being obedient and listening to their parents, being honest, being strong, love, growing their faith and so much more. It’s a great devotional for girls. It includes the scripture at the top, the short story/essay, an additional scripture verse for more insight on the topic, a girl talk snippet and a God talk snippet. It’s about medium-sized and can easily be carried in a girl’s purse or book bag.
About the Beauty of Believing:
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.
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.
You can purchase The Beauty of Believing from the Zondervan website – $12.99
Dare U 2 Open This Book
Dare U 2 Open this Book is a 90 day devotional for boys ages 8 to 12 years old. It’s a softcover devotional that isn’t like any other devotional you’ve seen. It’s filled with scripture, stories, lessons and pages each page has a section for your child to either draw or write their own words. It’s the perfect devotional for getting your son started with studying the bible.
About Dare U 2 Open This Book:
D-I-R-T. What kind of dirt are you? Eyeballs are on U. U know it. What kind of light R U?
Dare U 2 Open this Book is not your typical 90-day devotional for guys. It’s an all-out open space for you to explore and learn more about yourself and your faith. With prompts to get your mind thinking and your creative ideas flowing, turn your thoughts and emotions into dynamic doodles, fill in the prayer blanks, solve puzzles, and more.
Each of the short, single-page devotions includes a topic, quote, Scripture summary, plus doodles, journal prompts, lists, puzzles, quizzes, fill-in-the-blank prayers, and unique activities that explore Bible truths and ways to apply them—everyday. —Dare U 2 Open this Book challenges guys to follow Jesus. Best. Idea. Ever.
You can purchase Dare U 2 Open this Book from Zondervan – $9.99
Just Sayin’ is the girl version of Dare U 2 Open This Book. It’s a 90 day devotional for girls ages 8 to 12 years old. It’s a soft cover book that and just like the version for boys it’s very different from other devotionals you may have seen before. Just Sayin’ has sections for your daughter to write down her thoughts and feelings or to draw how she’s feeling to go along with whatever they are discussing on that page. The devotionals aren’t dated so you can gift the book any day of the year and your daughter can start studying and learning from the bible. It’s targeted at tweens and created just for them. It’s a great book to give your daughter to introduce her to studying the bible and starting devotionals. My daughter loves hers, she’s even shared the book with some of her classmates and friends.
About Just Sayin’
Soft heart, hard heart, which R U? Throwing stones? No! Stop the rocks. Silver, gold—B.L.I.N.G. That is Y-O-U in God’s eyes.
Just Sayin’ isn’t your typical 90-day devo for girls. It’s an all-out open space for you to explore and learn more about yourself and your faith. Prompts get your mind thinking, ideas flowing, and help turn your thoughts and emotions into dynamic doodles and more!
Each of the short, single-page devos were designed for girls just like you, with relevant topic, quotes, Scripture, plus doodles, journal prompts, lists, puzzles, quizzes, fill-in-the-blank prayers, and unique activities that explore Bible truths and ways to apply them—everyday. Just Sayin’ challenges girls to follow Jesus every day. Best. Idea. Ever.
You can purchase Just Sayin’ online from Zondervan – $9.99
Adventure Bible for Toddlers
The Adventure Bible for Toddlers is really designed to go on any adventures your toddler would take the book on. It’s a hard cover book but the padding is soft with curved edges so you don’t have to worry about the sharp edges you would normally see on book edges. The pages are a durable cardboard so they can’t just rip the pages out of the book and also perfect for easily wiping off any spills on the pages of the book. The book is really more bible stories that parents could read to their children and help them start to understand the very popular parts of the bible. The illustrations are out of this world, they are colorful and very engaging which makes them perfect for toddlers who starts with reading along with those drawings before they do the words. It’s a great story beginner bible for young kids ages 2 to 5.
About the Adventure Bible for Toddlers:
The Adventure Bible for Toddlers starts children ages 2-5 on the journey of a lifetime, teaching them about the Bible’s great stories and themes. It helps young children grow in their relationship with God using stories and art from the wildly popular Adventure Bible Storybook. With ten beautifully illustrated and beloved Bible stories from the Old and New Testament, this sturdy padded board book will stimulate toddlers’ minds and fill their hearts with love for their heavenly Father.
You can purchase the Adventure Bible for Toddlers from Zondervan – $9.99
Adventure Bible, NKJV
The Adventure Bible is a great bible for tweens. This bible is the New King Jame Version of the bible. It’s a hard cover bible and it includes the full text of the bible. This isn’t just stories pulled from the bible. I love all the amazing illustrations included in this bible because it really does draw kids into the text they are reading, making it a little more fun for them to read and enjoy the word. I love how this bible breaks down everything for your child in the introduction of the bible. Giving them a guide about how to use the bible. The words to treasure section is one that should be in all bibles. It’s scriptures that are key and probably great to memorize. I really like that section because there are scriptures that even I sometimes forget and to find the ones that are very important in the front of my bible, at the tip of my fingers is perfect for the times when I need to use them the most. I’ve seen other “kids” bibles and while they were very pretty and fun on the outside for kids the inside was just the standard text of the bible. One even had it in very fine print. The NKJV of the Adventure Bible is nothing like that, the editors really made this bible to be a resource for kids, one that they’ll love and use over and over again. One they can truly call their own. It’s a great baptism gift or if you’re just looking for a bible for your child.
About the NKJV Adventure Bible:
Ready for adventure? Embark on a fun, exciting journey through God’s Word with the full-color NKJV Adventure Bible. Along the way you’ll meet all types of people, see all sorts of places, and learn all kinds of things about the Bible. Features include: “Life in Bible Times – Articles and illustrations describe what life was like in ancient days; “People in Bible Times” – Offers close-up looks at amazing people of the Bible; “Did You Know?” – Provides interesting facts that help you better understand God’s Word; “Let’s Live It!” – Includes hands-on activities to help you apply biblical truths to your life; “Words to Treasure” – Highlights great verses to memorize; a concordance for help in finding verses; book introductions for basic facts about each book of the Bible (who wrote it, where it took place, and why it was written); 20 special pages with Bible facts and fun, all with a jungle safari theme; and 8 pages of color maps.
You can purchase the NKJV Adventure Bible online from Zondervan – $29.99
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