Friday, January 22, 2016

The Plans I Have for You Devotional and Journal {a FlyBy review and giveaway}

My daughter, who is about to turn 10, has been wanting to do something for a devotional that is just hers, and she has suddenly decided she loves to journal.

The problem is that I don't have anything around that appeals to her, and she isn't very good at journaling unless someone gives her a starting point.

So when I was asked if I wanted to review The Plans I Have For You Devotional (meant for ages 8-12) and The Plans I Have For You Journal (meant for ages 11-14), you better believe I jumped at it.

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
Trina is loving the devotional.  Each day's reading is quite short, as in 1-3 pages. There are six "sectors" which are broad topics, with 15 devotions per sector.  Those include:
  1. I've Got Big Plans for YOU
  2. I've Given YOU a Purpose
  3. I Don't Do Things Small
  4. There's Nothing YOU Can't Do!
  5. Find That ONE Thing
  6. What I Created YOU to Do
Aside from the first devotional in each sector, the devotionals include a Bible verse, which is included in the devotional book in the NIV translation.  I've encouraged Trina to look the verse up in her Bible too.  Some days, she is encouraged to memorize the verse, which I do appreciate.

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 
The Journal is intended for someone a bit older than Trina, but she does like it.  When I asked her what she thought, she told me, "It isn't something I can look at and just write something.  Everything... well, everything so far... always is something I have to think about.  I guess that is good."
I think it is great.  

It isn't necessarily completely intuitive as to how the Journal goes along with the Devotional.  We decided it looks like a 2-page spread is intended to be done per day in the journal, to keep moving alongside the Devotional.  The Journal does include the same Sectors as the Devotional, and one thing I like since she actually started using this is that she gets to see the verses on different days.  For instance, John 3:16 is covered in Day 12 of the Devotional, and then you think about it on Day 15 in the Journal.

I think that the preview or review approach is really nice.

I have a copy to give away!  US and Canada only, please.

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
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