Thursday, December 1, 2011

Book Review: Truth and Dare, One Year of Dynamic Devotions For Girls by Ann-Margret Hovsepian

"Dear Jesus, thank you for being the truth. Help me to dare to live for you. Amen."
Published October 1, 2011 by David C. Cook 
Non-Fiction/Christian/Devotional for Girls
384 Pages
For ages 9-12

This book has a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/truth.dare.devotions?sk=wall



Link for book @ Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Truth-Dare-Dynamic-Devotions-Girls/dp/1434702081/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322787805&sr=1-2
Paperback $10.79

Link for book @ Christian Book:
http://www.christianbook.com/truth-dare-year-dynamic-devotions-girls/ann-margret-hovsepian/9781434702081/pd/702081?product_redirect=1&Ntt=702081&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCP
Paperback $9.99

The first thing I noticed about Truth and Dare, One Year of Dynamic Devotions For Girls is the eye-catching front cover. The cover is in pastel hues, predominantly pink. Pictures of girly stuff are decorated on the front cover: a diary, mirror, dress, fashion ad. Also in the menagerie there is a feminine hand reaching for a large ornate gold key.Could this possibly be a metaphor in that the key stands for God's Word.
"He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure." Isaiah 33:6
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline." Proverbs 1:7
I know many Christians who never open their Bible. It sits on a shelf, somewhere, although it might even be misplaced, a little dusty perhaps, maybe still in a plastic wrapping case, it was probably a gift from a friend who thought they needed comfort from the words within---yet was never opened to reveal its treasures.
But, if when a person is young and they begin to read and hide God's Word in their heart, seeds will be planted that will certainly bear fruit.
The devotionals are brief: a Bible verse to read followed by Truth which is a small devotional paragraph, then Dare which is to help the reader apply what has been read, then a journaling area. The author states in the introduction that 15 minutes for each day in the morning reading the 1 page, then another 15 minutes later in the day before bedtime to review. 
The devotional can be started at any point and repeated in the next year because the days of the week are the only dates given.
For the weekend 2 pages are given for devotional reading. Also included in weekend readings are testimonies and applications from girls that love God.
The devotional impresses upon the reader God's love for them no matter what others tell them, no matter if they feel "different" or not fitting in, "inner beauty is worth more-lasts longer-than outward beauty." Most importantly, "God's love for you and the love you have for others-is free."
This devotional for girls would be a wonderful Christmas present! Is there any better gift than God's Word?

Thank you to David C. Cook and B and B Media for my free review copy!

Blissful Reading!
Annette

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