Monday, August 20, 2012

Around the Word in 60 Seconds (Book Review)


Around the Word in 60 Seconds, new from author Mary DeMuth and Tyndale House Publishers, bills itself as "the ultimate tween devotional."  I'm in no position to draw such a conclusion, but I think it's a good devotional for this age.

Each week has a topic; for Week 16 it's "Stuff."  A verse or two is given; in this case, Mark 4:19.  That's followed by a 1- or 2-page story, usually about a young person learning a lesson.  Week 16 is about having to have the latest gadgets, as opposed to being content with what we have.  Take Action encourages the reader to do something with the lesson content--for example, weeding through her room to find things she no longer needs, then donating them.  Connect with Jesus is a short prayer.  For days 2-5, each day presents a verse and a thought-provoking question.  The reader is encouraged to respond to the question in writing, by drawing, or in another creative way.  Over the Weekend gives a final verse and question.

These questions could be done, in a cursory fashion, in a minute or two.  But I think the hope is that reader will meditate on the verses, spend some time thinking about the questions, and try to apply the principles to daily life.  I believe that this book would be best for young people who are just developing the discipline of a daily quiet time.

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book, at no cost to me, for review purposes.  Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers and the Tyndale Blog Network for the opportunity.  I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions in this post are my own.  This post contains an affiliate link:  if you click through my Amazon link and complete a purchase, I will receive a small commission.  Thanks for supporting my blog. :)

1 comment :

  1. I just read the sample on this one and it is in the style that I'm looking for. It has an interesting story, Bible study that relates to the story, prayer suggestions for the life application. I've read a few others and didn't find all of these components, and I'm hoping to find a book that has more of this than just one day. Do you know off hand do you know of one that has those areas?

    Mike.heim@me.com

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