Part of a new brand in the Zondervan family, The Plans I Have for YOU! 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.
Part of a new brand in the Zondervan family, The Plans I Have for You 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.
The Plans I Have for You is a great way to teach your 8-12 year old that God cares deeply about you and every aspect of your life. Drawing from Biblical examples, the devotional reminds that God is faithful and He has a wonderful plan for you. Although I felt the devotional was geared toward the younger age, my 12 year old was very drawn to the journal.
Both products are visually stimulated and complement each other well. My daughter loves diary type books so for her, the journal was the bigger draw. However, I went deeper with the devotional and once she knew even more of the stories, she was impressed with the level of faith people took in the Bible when they didn’t know how it would end. I was interested in the message and visuals as well.
I highly recommend The Plans I Have for You. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
I received The Plans I Have for You devotional and journal, sold separately, from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
What’s Your Strategy?
As kids grow, their prayer lives need to grow too—but how? Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick offer a strategy that kids can use to figure out how prayer works and just how powerful it is. Lots of great explanation is combined with fun activities, illustrations, and journaling prompts to get kids thinking and praying.
This companion book to the movie War Room contains 32 perforated journal pages kids can use to write specific prayers and then post them on the walls in their prayer room—just like the characters in the movie. Topics include:
What is prayer? Why should I pray? Where do I pray? Is there a wrong way to pray? What should I pray for? Does God really hear me?
I love all the resources available to supplement the War Room movie. Prayer Works: Prayer Training and Strategy for Kids walks kids through all the important aspects to prayer. It asks questions all elementary/upper elementary kids would ask, and gives thoughtful answers on their level. It’s colorful and smart to keep interest. For those that love to write, there are places to journal that they can tear out, write their prayers, and post on their wall.
I love it because it is comprehensive without being overwhelming or over stimulating. The font is a little small, but there is so much information to include, I understand, and it is probably my middle aged eyes that notice, not the younger set.
This is a wonderful product I wish all children could have access to.
With a teen son in the house, I’m always on the look-out for resources that will challenge and inspire him through these hard years. When I saw that Courageous Teens by Michael Catt and Amy Parker was available, I couldn’t wait to receive it and share with our son.