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It occurred to us that at the dance competition this weekend, there was no informal prayer meeting or church service, so Miss Grace asked to set one up, so she and her dance partners made use of this new book for kids, to find some great readings and discussion points!
The Plans I Have For You 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.
This hardcover book is aimed at kids ages 8-12, but even older teens can find truth in the simplicity of the messages, and inspiration in the readings. As you can see, the pages are aimed at appealing to older kids, while still keeping discussion simple and easy to relate to.
Miss Grace has used the book more as a source of inspiration for the day, or for seeking solace from at night, versus a typical devotion. It is set up for 90 days however, if your child wanted to use it as a daily devotional.
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 journal has 208 pages that correspond to the themes and topics in The Plans I Have For You Devotional, and allows for plenty of meditation of the messages from the devotional, via doodles, writing prompts and free space. For kids who may find it hard to vocally express their feelings and thought, the journal is an excellent way to record those thoughts, and be able to share them with family, if they wish. The journal does seem more aimed at the older range of the devotional, about ages 11-14.
Overall this set of 2 books is an excellent way to ease your child into seeking the word of God for both inspiration and guidance. Together they offer your child a wonderful way to express themselves uniquely and to learn about themselves. We can't recommend the set enough as a perfect way to immerse your child in daily devotion!
About the Author:
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 the illustrator:
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.
One BTHM reader will win this lovely set for both books for their own child,
who could use daily inspiration!
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One BTHM reader will win their own copy of this adorable meaningful set for kids!