Friday, January 22, 2016

"The Plans I Have For You" Devotional & Journal Review & GIVEAWAY! (1/31) #PlansIHave #FlyBy

*Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. 

About The Plans I Have For You Devotional
The devotional is an illustrated 90-day devotional written by bestselling children's book author Amy Parker and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, teaching and inspiring kids to dream about their future, to focus on faith, love, and joy, and recognize that God has a plan and purpose for each and every one of us.  

Hardcover; 160 pages
Age Range: 8-12 years

About The Plans I Have For You Journal:
The journal prompts creative thinking and exploration of the talents and personalities that make us special, and then helps explore how God may use our unique traits to spread love and joy and make the world a better place. 

Stationery; 208 pages 
Age Range: 11-14 years 

 About author Amy Parker:
Amy Parker has sold more than thirty books for children, teens, and adults.  She has also collaborated with authors ranging from New York Times bestsellers to her very own son.  Two of these collaborations are recipients of Christian retailing's Best Awards, and she has also won three Mom's Choice Awards.  But Amy's greatest reward is being a wife to Daniel and a mom to their amazing sons, Michael and Ethan. 

About illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton:
Vanessa Brantley-Newton is a self-taught illustrator, doll maker, and crafter.  Her passion for children's books began when she came across The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats as a child in the 1960s.  Growing up in a musical family who love to sing, Vanessa's illustrations are as fun and whimsical as a beautiful melody.  Vanessa currently makes her nest in Charlotte, NC with her husband of 20 years, their daughter, and a very rambunctious cat named Stripes. 

My Review:
I love the idea of "The Plans I Have for You" Devotional and Journal.  I like that the Devotional highlights verses with a little bit more writings about God's plans for children as they grow older and closer to Him.  The journal takes the devotional further and helps children think deeper, write, and even doodle, about their thoughts on the subjects discussed in the devotional.

The kids and I have never done a 90-day devotional before.  We usually do yearly devotionals together.  I like that if we miss a day doing devotions, we can just pick up where we left off, instead of missing a day in the devotional.  On the other hand, I feel like this devotional was meant for children to read on their own and not necessarily with a parent.  The devotions are short and the deeper thinking comes with the journal that is meant just for them.

As much as I enjoy the devotional and the journal, I think I'd change the layout a little.  I'd love for it to say "Day 1" and so on.  It was hard to see where one day ended and the other started at times.  I think it would be neat to do the same in the journal and have the journal run more closely with the devotional.  In looking through the journal it's hard to see where the days' thoughts line up. Maybe they aren't suppose to but, personally, I'd like it better if they did.  (Each 'Sector' lines up with the devotional though.) 

Buy it!
The Plans I Have For You Devotional can be purchased for $14.99 from Zondervan, while the Journal is $12.99.  Click on the following links to go to the site and purchase them: DevotionalJournal


Congrats to the only entry, Ken Ohl!

One lucky reader is going to win a copy of The Plans I Have For You Devotional AND a copy of the journal!

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will end January 31st, 2016 at 11:59 EST. Winner will be chosen shortly after and contacted via e-mail. The winner will have 48 hours to respond otherwise I will have to choose a new winner.


ken ohl said...

love to win this for my little niece. thankyou, ken

ken ohl said...

email subscriber. thankyou, ken

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