God, Girls, and Getting Connected; by Robin Marsh and Lauren Nelson
This devotional written for teen girls has a lot going for it. First of all, the devotions are more or less one page each, meaning they are straight to the point and concise. Each has a question or text message representing common problems these girls face, then a scriptural response. It’s as if a girl sends God a text, and He responds from His word. The authors then elaborate about the topic, often including examples from the Bible. There are always lots of reflection questions, so that the reader can put this into the context of her own life. Each ends with an application, something the reader can actively do.
I liked that the authors told a bit about themselves and how they met each other in the beginning of the book, so that the reader knows where the thoughts are coming from. I also liked the way the devotions were divided into four sections: God, Identity, Relationships, and Life (acronym GIRL).
I’m very careful about what devotional books or Bibles I buy for my two teenage daughters, because I recognize that not all Christians have the same viewpoints about sticky topics. I didn’t find anything within this book that gave me a red flag, however. Even issues about dating or relationships with guys were handled with care, and I didn’t feel like I’d have to go behind any of these topics and add my own commentary.
This is a devotional I’d definitely give my own daughters, and it would make a nice gift for any teen girls I know, whether they already have a relationship with the Lord or not.
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