Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The One Year Devotions for Active Boys

Research shows the more hands-on the activity, the more engaged the learner and the more likely the learner is to retain the information. That’s one good reason to check out The One-Year Devotions for Active Boys by Jesse Florea and Karen Whiting.

Although each of the 365 devotions look like they are set up in a typical way—date/ title, a short story to interest the reader, and a line or two of Scripture—they contain a refreshing added element that makes the book uniquely not-so-typical! Tween boys are encouraged to connect to the spiritual messages through activities which include visual puzzles called ‘plexers”, codes, recipes, jokes, experiments, weird (and interesting) facts, checklists, quizzes, tongue twisters, and more!

The best part about this book is what it can do. Since the devotions are short, fun, and interesting, it can help youngsters establish a habit of giving thought to Heavenly things each morning… and to carry what they learn with them throughout the day.

What I Like: The price is reasonable, the activities are fun, and the writing is solid.

What I Dislike: I don’t like that the audience seems limited to BOYS. I would have loved an activity based devotional book like this. So just because it says its for boys, don’t rule it out for your girl! I also wish there was a little bit more Scripture offered each day, but that’s a minor complaint. The authors also call the passages “Life’s Guidebook” instead of the Bible, which may be off-putting to some.

Overall Rating: Excellent

Age Appeal: 8-12

Publisher Info: Tyndale House, 2014; ISBN: 9781414394046; Paperback, 384 pgs., $14.99

Buy it Now at Christianbook.com for $11.99
OR Buy it at Amazon.com for $12.14.

Special Info: Jesse Florea has another devotional book for kids who love sports. You can buy the Kindle version of The One Year Sports Devotions for Kids for $9.70 or the paperback version for $10.21.

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