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The Plans I have For You Devotional Hardcover – December 29, 2015
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Amy Parker has written and co-written more than forty books for children, teens, and adults, with more than a million copies sold. She has collaborated with authors ranging from New York Times bestsellers to her very own son. Two of these collaborations—Firebird and Courageous Teens—are recipients of Christian Retailing’s Best Awards. But Amy’s greatest reward is being a wife to Daniel and a mom to their amazing sons, Michael and Ethan.
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 loved 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.
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My search however was proving a bit difficult with most books and magazines being geared more toward older pre-teenagers. Things like boyfriends, cellphones, and fashion which most other devotions are filled with didn't really fit her criteria.However after I came across The Plans I Have For You Devotional and Journal set by ZonderKidz my search ended!
The hardcover 160 page devotional is meant to be gone through over the span of 90 days. It's based upon the Bible verse Jeremiah 29:11 " For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". There are six sectors; I've Got Big Plans For You, I've Given You a Purpose, I Don't Do Small Things, There's Nothing You Can't Do, Find That One Thing, & What I Created You To Do. Each sector focuses on something different that all ties together beautifully.
The illustrations throughout the book are awesome! The text and devotions give one something to think about. There is always a Bible verse for each day and questions to go along with each devotion if you pick up the corresponding journal. My daughter has seemed to enjoy this devotional and feels that it appeals perfectly to girls around her age. I personally think it's wonderful that it is not overwhelming to her. She'll pick it up all on her own and really contemplate and share her thoughts whether with me or in the journal. It's growth in her walk that I am so very proud of!
This devotion overall guides the reader through their present each day and encourages them to look to the future in discovering God's purpose for their life. In turn, they will find peace, security, and the love and acceptance that we only can receive from the Lord. I highly recommend getting the journal and the devotional together!
*I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.*
I’ve Got Big Plans for YOU!
I’ve Given YOU a Purpose
I Don’t Do Things Small
There’s Nothing YOU Can’t Do!
Find That ONE Thing
What I Created YOU To Do
Focus. Kids are born self-centered. I’ve been trying to fight it, but it’s natural. This devotional/journal taps into that self-centeredness, making it appealing to kids, and uses it to shift the focus to the power of God and what He can do in you and through you.
Bible-Rich. Each day’s devotional includes a Bible verse or story, and the focus is on that Bible reference. Both the devotional and journal invite the child to contemplate what God is saying to her through that passage.
Illustrations. Love love love. Everything about both the devotional and journal is just visually appealing. The devotional is full color, while the journal is muted to allow the child to add the color. It compels the child to spend longer thinking through the Bible passage.
Journal. You absolutely need the journal to go along with the devotional. This is my favorite part! The very first page is perfect for my daughter, who is all into secrets and locks on diaries at this point, with a request: “…if I don’t know you are looking at at my journal, put it down and go get your own. Please. And thank you.” Verses are repeated from the devotional, with awesome illustrations that invite the child to draw, doodle, contemplate, and think through how the verses are relevant to her.
This is an absolutely terrific, hopefully life-changing gift for the tweens in your life!
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.
God has a BIGGER purpose for all of us and that is just all there is to it. The quicker we realize that all of us have a mission as His children the better off we will be in this thing called life. According to Jeremiah 29:11 this is so true for each person not just teachers, preachers, and missionaries. For a young person this can be a huge turning point for them. Zonderkidz along with the author Amy Parker have put together a very engaging series to show our children how much they matter in the Kingdom and how important their job really is.
This is a 90 day devotional but in the series there is also a journal that I will soon tell you all about. Each devo entry is complete with a short lesson and scripture. The book is divided into 6 sectors or sections. Titled as follows: I've Got Big Plans For You, I've Given You a Purpose, I Don't Do Things Small, There's Nothing You Can't Do, Find that One Thing, and What I Created You to Do. This is a short journal with a mighty message and its perfect for 8-12 year old children.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.