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Book Review: The Plans I Have for You by Amy Parker

Posted by Julie on January 13, 2016 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |
The Plans I Have for You Devotional and Journal by Amy Parker

The Plans I Have for You Devotional and Journal by Amy Parker

Book Description:

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.

Journal Description:

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.

To purchase The Plans I Have for You devotional, click here, and for the journal, click here.

I received The Plans I Have for You devotional and journal, sold separately, from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Prayer Works by Stephen Kendrick, Alex Kendrick, Amy Parker

Posted by Julie on August 20, 2015 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

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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.

To purchase Prayer Works: Prayer Training and Strategy for Kids, click here.

I received Prayer Works: Prayer Training and Strategy for Kids in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Courageous Teens by Michael Catt and Amy Parker

Posted by Julie on October 26, 2012 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

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.

Book Description

Courageous Teens is a student-focused presentation of Courageous Living by Michael Catt, senior pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church and executive producer of the hit film Courageous.

Catt brings fresh insight to “stories of people in the Bible who displayed great courage when it would have been easier to play it safe . . . (who) challenge me to keep moving forward. They demand that I examine my priorities and deal with anything that brings fear to my heart.”
Teen readers will be inspired to resolve to live for God as they learn more about Abraham, Moses, Nehemiah, Ruth, Daniel, and many more.
Best-selling youth market author Amy Parker arranges the heart-stirring material into four categories: Courageous Faith, Courageous Leadership, Courageous Priorities, and Courageous Influence. Discussion questions are also included at the end of each chapter.
The book contains Godly examples to encourage teens, but both my teen and I felt a tad underwhelmed. We wondered if there would be more movie tie-ins as he was so inspired by Courageous. Knowing the key demographic is teens, I thought there would be added visuals or technology to enhance teens’ experience with the book. These days the kids are bored fast by a basic book. Like it or not, they want more bells and whistles, and Courageous Teens didn’t deliver. My son returned it to me and said “It has great information but I was looking for more. I found I was bored.”
It’s not a bad book but I expected more. I Am Second has videos and a web site that was publicized and that inspired my teen. Sadly, Courageous Teens did not.
Purchase Courageous Teens here.
I received this book from the Amazon Vine Program in exchange for an honest review.



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