As the mother of a 12 and 13 year old, I'm instantly intrigued by teen devotionals. Afterall, inspiring my children to dig into God's Word is priority one. Therefore, it's no shock that this book drew my attention.
The crux of this devo is stated on the cover, guiding teens to know Jesus through His life, His ministry, and His character.
The book itself is well-constructed and able to withstand the handling of the rambuxious teenage life. Content is chronological, progressing from Day 1, entitled Author of Creation (Genesis 1 Reading) to Day 365, To Reign Forever (Revelation 22 Reading). Oftentimes, multiple scriptures are referenced. Each day contains a focal passage, highlighted verse, Ask Yourself questions for reflections, and prompts designed for response.
The questions are thought provoking and delve deeper than the superficial, as are the response opportunities.
From Day 28: Think about the stories you've seen on the news or read about. How do you see evidence of the "groaning of creation" in our world today?
Sample Response Opportunity:
From Day 155: Meditate on the Scripture you read today. What is the true way to heaven? Are you focused on Jesus and living His way?
Overall, this devo is on target for the teen population in many ways, although I do have a few concerns that would depend upon the individual and time constraints in general.
Schedules these days are tight, especially for kids in this target audience. These daily devos are miniature bible studies, requiring a separate source for Scripture (the passages are not presented on the page) and a journal. Again, I think digging deep is ideal for our kiddos, but this gem of a book might be more appropriate for those who are already in the habit of blocking a minimum of 30-45 minutes out per day for study. Consistency is key, and I would hate for the consumer to purchase this book only to have the first two days completed and the rest to remain undone, wedged between forgotten books on a shelf.
Personally, I plan to do this Bible study, and then pass it on to my son next year. He will be in high school then, and I feel it would be a better fit.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.