Thursday, October 2, 2014

Book Reviews - Dare U 2 Open This Book & Just Sayin' - I'm Giving One Away!

I get sent a lot of books each year to review - some are excellent, some, not so much. But, the other day Zonderkidz sent me two books for children 8 to 12 years old which I love and am very happy to let you know about! Dare U 2 Open This Book is a unique devotional for guys and Just Sayin' is for girls - if you are looking for a devotional which you can recommend to the families in your ministry; definitely take a look at these two books! Let's take a closer look at both of them . . . 

Dare U 2 Open This Book
Just Sayin'
Author - Carol McAdams Moore
Publisher - Zonderkidz
Ages - 8-12 years old

Favorite Features -
  • Each book has devotions for 90 days
  • Each devotion includes a topic, Scripture to read, devotional thoughts to consider, questions to ponder and space to doodle what it means to you, what it causes you to think about, how you might live it, etc.
Zonderkidz says, these aren't "your typical 90-day devotionals. They are 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 so much more! Let that God-given gift of creativity shine each and every day! Each of the short devotions is designed for kids just like you, with relevant topics, quotes, and Scripture, plus doodles, journal prompts, lists, puzzles, quizzes, fill-in-the-blank prayers, or unique activities. They explore Bible truths and ways to apply them—everyday. Dare U 2 Open This Book and Just Sayin' challenges boys and girls to follow Jesus every day. Best. Idea. Ever."

I totally agree! As a grandma, I look for books which my grandsons will want to spend time with to help them get into God's Word . . . Dare U 2 Open This Book is a book which I believe will do this! While my Josiah is only six, he reads like crazy, has a great vocabulary and does a lot of serious thinking; Dare U 2 Open This Book will be under the Christmas tree for him this year! I love how the devotions are short - just the right length to engage an elementary-age boy or girl. I love how the questions are focused to encourage children to really think about what God's Word says and how it lives in their lives. And, the space to doodle is not only fun, but an excellent way to help children think  about and express what they are learning and thinking! These are devotionals which will be read, doodled in and which will impact the lives of boys and girls!

I'm extremely happy to say, not only did Zonderkidz send me Dare U 2 Open This Book and Just Sayin' to review (for free, but my opinions are my own), but they are making another available for me to give away! (USA only) If you are over the age of 18 and would like to be included in the drawing for Dare U 2 Open This Book or Just Sayin'  - which will be on October 16, 2014, please comment below to let me know which book you would like and your favorite way to learn, think about and understand God's Word . . . I like to pray Scripture back to God!

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  1. I would like to try Dare U 2 Open This Book. A lot of times, boys seem distanced and this might help. Thank you.

  2. We have many boys in our ministry right now. I'd love to share Dare U 2 Open This Book with one of them. I get your posts in my Feedly reader. I've followed on Facebook as well. This summer I challenged myself to memorize all the verses the kids were learning in VBS. I found that I was able to think about them much more deeply after doing that. I need to begin another new passage!

  3. Just Sayin' would be geat for my 9 year old granddaughter. I am involved in several children's ministries and this helps me stay grounded in the Word as well. I follow on fb and email.

  4. Dare U 2 Open This Book and prayer.

  5. I would love Just Sayin. I am an e mail subscriber and I like you on facebook as Merry Sunshine
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com