Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Book Review: Jesus Calling
The devotional has an appearance that looks fun and inviting while possessing a vintage look at the same time. It's a cute book, and that alone may inspire some kids to pick and up and use it.
This particular devotional book is ordered by the calendar year. Each day has a heading followed by scripture. The reflections are written as if Jesus is talking to your child. I liked how the reflections were written in a way that makes Jesus feel like a good friend talking to you. It makes the devotional and a relationship with Jesus something that feels approachable for kids. The reflections are followed up with a "Read on your own" section that has more Bible verses to be looked up. If you have a child who isn't very good at looking up scripture a year with this book will certainly help your child become very familiar with finding verses in their Bible.
This book is suitable for gift giving and has a dedication page. Since the devotional starts on January first, it would make a nice Christmas present.
I think this is a nice devotional but I'm wouldn't recommend it for Catholic children given that many verses that are taken from Protestant translations of the Bible. Of course, this devotional is published by a Christian publisher and not a Catholic one, so that doesn't surprise me and I can't fault the book for not being Catholic. If I were looking for a devotional for a Catholic youth, I'd want to see something that followed the liturgical year and highlighted major feast days.
I was provided with a free review copy of this book from BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review.