Review: VeggieTales Devotional (and a giveaway!)

Every Day with God covers VeggieTales Every Day with God: 365 Daily Devos

All three of my kids (7, 5, and 2) have loved VeggieTales, so when I found out they offered a devotional I jumped at the chance to look at it. I thought perhaps it’d be something we could do as a family during our morning Bible time – the suggested age range is 4 to 7.

While it could work for that, it’s actually written in such an accessible way that it also works for my oldest to read for himself, and that’s how I’m going to use it. He doesn’t know it but the devotional is going to go into his Christmas stocking.

Why I Like it

Each page has one days’s devotional on it, and it’s short enough to not be overwhelming to newer readers (my son is a good reader, but he still doesn’t like reading things when then text is too small or there’s not enough white space on a page). Each day has a scripture reference (from a variety of translations), devotional text, thought of the day, and prayer starter.

I like that the days are not dated, but numbered, and that the content is age-appropriate, without being babyish. I really liked how the thought of the day connected the scripture to things my kids may be experiencing. It felt like a great way to begin learning to apply scripture to their life.

My only real complaint with the book is that the designating the books either for boys or girls seems unnecessary. Flipping through the boy’s version, I didn’t notice anything that wouldn’t work for girls as well, although I admit that I didn’t read all 365 entries yet. I’m assuming it was more of a marketing decision than anything else, and realize that my older two would probably both love it being “for them” so specifically.

Want Your Own Copy?

Would you like a copy of the devotional? I have one copy to give away (boy’s or girl’s version – your pick). Enter below – the giveaway ends at 12 AM October 10th. I will contact the winner who will have 24 hours to respond, or I’ll select another winner. Good luck!

Find the book: Boy’s version | Girl’s version | Goodreads

Publisher’s Description:
Every Day with God is the latest 365-day devotional (one for boys and another for girls) from VeggieTales. The updated content and art offer the perfect opportunity for parent and child to share time together each day. Each entry includes a Bible verse, short devotion, Thought of the Day, and prayer. The content will help children learn more about God and develop a daily practice to keep Him close in their lives. The book is perfect for bedtime reading, family devotion time, or as a fresh way to start each day!

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Savor

SavorSavor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You AreSavor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are by Shauna Niequist by Shauna Niequist

Full disclosure: I haven’t completely finished reading this book, but I don’t want to wait to gush over it. It’s a devotional, with entries for each day in the year, and a year is way too long to wait to share. I’ve dipped into it here and there, reading the entries for various dates of significance to me, and have probably already covered a quarter of the book that way.

I don’t even typically like devotionals and yet I am loving this one. Not really a surprise, because I’ve loved her writing so much previously, that this was an obvious one to go onto my books I’m excited to read this year list.

(And so far? That list has been filled with winners. Yay for books living up to their expectations!)

The book itself is really physically nice, and would make a great Mother’s Day gift. (I really hope my mother-in-law doesn’t read this, because I’m sending one to her for her birthday next month.) While it is available in an electronic version, this is ideal for setting beside your bed or next to your reading chair and reading that day’s entry. It’s almost too pretty to go for the e-version is what I mean. 🙂

A heads-up though, if you’ve read her previous books. Some of the content in this has been recycled from those earlier works. There is some new material, but not all of it. I own all of Niequist’s books in one form or another, and I still like this one, but I am a huge fan of her writing, so my opinion might be a bit biased.

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On the Road to Joyful Motherhood

On the Road to Joyful MotherhoodOn the Road to Joyful Motherhood by Jessica Fisher

A heads-up if this book sounds appealing: it’s currently being offered for $5 through the end of May, and then the price will go up. If you’re interested in it, grab it at the introductory price while you can!

I know, I was just recommending another book by Fisher yesterday, and I’m back today with this one. I don’t want to hold off on writing about it though, because of the special pricing that only lasts through the end of the month.

Devotionals are often hit-or-miss for me. There are seasons in my life where I love love love them – finding their bite-sized content a perfect fit for my time, energy, and brain power. Other times they can seem simplistic and trite, and I long for a bit more depth in what I’m reading.

This book manages to fit perfectly with my current mood and reading desires, and also manages to include enough information to avoid feeling shallow, while still being easy to read in a short session. The daily format includes several pages per entry, rather than the one paragraph I’ve seen in other books, and that length allows her to delve more deeply into the topic.

The writing style is very approachable so it never feels overwhelming, and is still something that would work in even the busiest of seasons. Reflection questions are provided after each topic, and lots of thoughtful ideas about how to apply the concepts discussed.

There may be a bit of an identity crisis with the book: the title doesn’t claim it’s a devotional (although it’s how I thought of it), instead billing itself as 31 “meditations.” This may be because not every topic includes a scripture that ties into it, although many (most?) of them do. The description does say it’s a devotional though, so consider this a heads-up if you want lots of spiritual content in every entry of your devotionals: this doesn’t always deliver that. Instead, it provides encouragement as you make the most of your days as a mom.

The book is definitely focused on moms, so I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re not a parent. If you are though, this was a very encouraging and motivating book. It reminded me a bit of Loving the Little Years, and as much as I adored that book that’s definitely a compliment.

I really enjoyed it, and got a lot out of it, and would recommend it.

Publisher’s Description:
Years ago Jessica Fisher determined that she wanted to enjoy this life as much as possible, even if it was hard. She’d look at snapshots of her children and remember that day or week or season and realize she’d been far too crabby in that moment to fully appreciate the gifts God had given her, her children at the top of the list.

On the Road to Joyful Motherhood, is a 31-day devotional to redirect our hearts, minds, and hands to this glorious calling of motherhood.

Each reading is accompanied by Scripture to meditate on as well as journaling questions to help moms and other caregivers work through hard issues to make their lives more enjoyable and the attitudes more positive.

Book Details

Title: On the Road to Joyful Motherhood: 31 Meditations to Help You Enjoy the Ride
Author: Jessica Fisher
Category: Nonfiction
My Rating: 4 Stars

I received a copy of the book for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting The Deliberate Reader!

31 Days of Great Nonfiction: Deeply Loved

Deeply LovedDeeply Loved: 40 Ways in 40 Days to Experience the Heart of JesusDeeply Loved: 40 Ways in 40 Days to Experience the Heart of Jesus by Keri Wyatt Kent by Keri Wyatt Kent

Often I find devotionals to be a little too light on content, but that was not at all the case with Deeply Loved. Kent’s book is thoughtful and thought-provoking and the action steps that finish each section allow you to go much deeper in application.

While it’s structured to be read in 40 days, the action steps are so worthwhile, and many of them are such that aren’t a one-time thing, it would be easy to use the book as a weekly resource, to then focus on the follow-up action throughout the next week, instead of limiting it to one day. However, if you’re looking for a devotional for Lent, I’d highly recommend this one as the timing works so well.

My only complaint with the book is that the cover and many of the examples make the book seem to be more feminine in focus, and are likely to be off-putting to many males (or at least they would be to the guys I know). It’s a shame, because the content itself isn’t exclusive to women. I don’t reread many books, but this is one that I plan on rereading, because the material is so good.

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Book Review: FaithGirlz! Whatever

Book Review: FaithGirlz! Whatever - The Deliberate ReaderFaithGirlz! Whatever: Livin’ the True, Noble and Totally Excellent LifeBook by Allia Zobel Nolan

A fantastic devotional for tween girls based on Philippians 4:8.

Why “whatever?” Zobel Nolan explains why in the first day’s devotional: despite it being used so often to express “who cares,” “whatever” was used by Paul in Philippians to emphasize that, well, whatever we use to fill our mind is important to God. And so it does matter, and isn’t a “who cares” thing at all. It matters because “you can change your life by changing your thoughts“.

Nolan’s devotionals are thought-provoking, even to a decidedly non-tween reader. The book is organized to follow the verse, and topics in each section include a wide range that will be applicable to her audience: friends, school, gossip, fashion, family, entertainment, and more.

For each day’s devotion, Zobel Nolan concludes with “food for thought” and “second thoughts,” which give more insight on the topic or related verses, or give a question to ponder, and “divine thoughts” – a brief prayer relating to the day’s topic.

The book is strongly targeted to it’s audience so even though the subject matter might be appropriate for older teens or boys, the language and examples make it a poor choice for any readers other than tween or young teen girls. That’s not meant as a criticism; I’d happily give the book to my tween nieces, but would search out another volume for my tween nephew.

One of the aspects that I most appreciate is the practical steps Zobel Nolan suggests for putting the principles she discusses into action, and I wish she’d included them for every day’s topic.

Recommended.

Publisher’s Description:
Did you know you can totally change your life by changing your thoughts? Well, you can, and WHATEVER can get you started. With examples based on girls just like you, each of these 90 devotionals will show you how to fill your head and your heart with virtues taken straight from Philippians 4:8, helping you grow closer to God and the totally abundant life he intended for you. Girls will learn how to shut out gross, crude, impure, stupid, and just plain dumb “stuff,” that leads to sin and estrangement from God and substitute what’s true, noble, pure, lovely, admirable, praiseworthy and excellent. What’s more, this book will help girls look at the word WHATEVER in a fresh, new, and exciting way, so they’ll be able to live the 4:8 life, 24/7!

Book Details

Title: FaithGirlz! Whatever: Livin’ the True, Noble and Totally Excellent Life
Author: Allia Zobel Nolan
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction / Devotional
My Rating: 4 Stars

Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting The Deliberate Reader!