About a year ago, I did a survey for my readers.
I wanted to know what their biggest needs were. The variety of needs spanned everything from how to talk to kids about sex and sexuality to managing inappropriate behaviors. But the number one concern that nearly 70% of the moms said was top of their list? Raising kids with strong faith.
I get it. I'm a mom and I'm keenly aware that my children are the target demographic for many marketers and most of them could care less about my child's soul. Especially heading into the holiday season when there seems to be double the commercials promoting anything and everything except the actual reason for the season.
When I got a chance to review Adored:365 Devotions For Young Women I knew it was exactly what I needed.
A few weeks ago when the advanced copy came in, I was immediately enamored with the beautiful gold and blue cover. Not overly childish or the typical pink Bible you see for young girls, this was clearly for older girls. But looking through I saw simple devotions that took no more than a couple minutes to absorb and that's exactly what I was looking for.
I mean seriously, how pretty is this?
But beyond the appearance of the devotional, it has everything you need to make it a perfect tool to keep your little one connected to her faith and maybe if you're lucky, connected to you too.
The Word. What is a good devotional without the word? Well, it's just a book. Some kid friendly devotionals are really entertaining stories, but they don't actually have scriptures. All 365 days begin with The Word and I love that.
A healthy mix of Bible stories, anecdotes and real life. Growing up as a preachers kid, I went through a bit of a rebellious phase, not terrible, but I was clearly questioning how my faith was going to fit into my life. My well-intentioned parents did a great job teaching me about the amazingness of God, but they kind of forgot that I was a teen, and I just wanted to be like everyone else and not a "holy roller". Adored does a great job of talking about things like jealousy and freedom and other things your daughter may be facing and connecting them to God's opinion, shared through His words.
Journaling. Perhaps I'm biased as a writer, but writing is so therapeutic. The mental processing that happens when we put pen to paper is something that can't be beat. The few lines at the end of each page are just enough for your daughter to share a thought or two and if you read them together you can even drop a few lines there yourself.
If you'd like to check out a FREE week of the devotional before you buy, check out this link. You won't be disappointed.