We have been very privileged in the last few weeks to have the opportunity to review The Plans I Have For You Devotional and Journal by Amy Parker and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. At first, I was wanting to use this as a devotional with the whole family in the evenings. It was not designed for that, and it didn't work too well for that. The Bible readings are very short, and although we used the discussion questions for our group discussion, it didn't work well without each child having the journal, and my older children lost interest.
The strength of this devotional is the "total package" it offers for one child or preteen to use for personal devotions. With a Bible reading, questions for thought, places to write, and places to color or doodle, it encourages deep thought and the use of different learning mechanisms for the student. I gave the devotional book and the journal to my 12-year-old daughter to use, and she loved it! Her own review is below.
The Plans I Have For You is a brightly colored devotional book with lots of places to draw and create, and is sure to impress younger children. This book is very interactive, and will be a fun learning experience for the whole family. The Plans I Have For You teaches us that God has planned out our future, and He can (and will) use us for His big plan. The Plans I Have For You has two books. The first book has Bible scripture to read, and the second has devotional questions to discuss. I liked the books. The illustrations were pretty, and the questions and reading were pretty well written.
--Madeleine, Review-writing debut
This book is a great devotional to use along with the journal, especially if you have a child who loves to write, draw, and create. It is an original concept and a fresh way of getting your teen or pre-teen to spend time in the Scriptures and to enjoy it. I highly recommend The Plans I Have For You Devotional and Journal, especially for pre-teen or young teen girls.
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 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 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.
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Of course, I'd love to give one of these away! If you would like to enter the drawing to win your own copy of The Plans I Have For You Devotional and Journal, leave a comment here or on my Facebook page with the name of your favorite children's Bible storybook or devotional book. Or you can just say, "I don't have a favorite"; maybe this one will be your new favorite! The drawing will be held one week from today, on Thursday, January 28.