The One Year Mother Daughter Devo, by Dannah Gresh and Janet Mylin presents a fun new twist to devotional books.
This book is not just for women and not just for kids,tweens, or teens. It is intended for moms and daughters to read together. Each devotion includes a Bible passage to look up and a devotional passage that is sure to capture the attention of tweens. The sidebar on most days features “Girl Gab”—questions for the mom answer and for the daughter to answer or discuss or a quick activity to do together. A couple times a month a “Kicking Kraft” activity reinforces the theme for the day.
I think this book will be a favorite in our house. On day 2, Emily asked, “We can keep this book after we’ve read it, can’t we?” I love the discussion topics that will help Emily and I know each other better and to grow in our faith together. I’ve noticed that Emily really enjoys hearing about my experiences, especially when they involve stories of when I was little. We are enjoying that the activities and stories vary from day to day—one day, we may be discussing what makes us feel anxious; the next, we may be having a rooster-crowing contest or posting a Bible verse by the sink. Today, we looked up the meanings of our names, prayed for each other that we would live up to those meaning, talked about God giving Abram a new name and how God will someday give us a new name written on a white stone.
Most day’s readings can easily be completed in about 10 minutes, with no preparation. I love that, because truthfully, anything that is labor or time-intensive is likely to be skipped on busy days.
I think the target audience for this book is 9-12 year olds, but older and younger girls might enjoy it just as much.
I received a review copy of this book free from Tyndale House Publishers. All opinions are my own.