Thursday, April 8, 2010

How should a Christian Live?-the Word of Promise Next Generation Devotional

How Should a Christian Live? is a devotional and journal from The Word of Promise next generation. Geared toward the preteen and teen crowd this devotional guide includes twelve sessions based on 1 Corinthians through Philemon. Each session begins with listening to the included cd of that portion of scripture usually around 5-6 chapters narrated by popular teen stars such as Emily Osment, Cody Linley, Corbin Bleu and more. Then the session includes Get It, Grab It, Hold It, Live It, and Give It activities to dig in to the Word, along with define it and quizes and games to keep the teens engaged in the learning activities. Then at the end of each session are blank journaling pages for the participants to write what they've learned and taken away from each lesson.

I loved the devotional guide each session was short enough to keep most teens interest but had plenty of background and pertinent info to really understand the scripture being studied. The define it portions had words such as sovereign, sanctified, salvation and idol with definitions in an easy to understand language perfect for teens or those new in their faith. Then the games and quizes reinforced the scripture and made the learning fun and easy to remember. I was suprised to see so much room for journaling, most devotional guides are lacking in that area, having inadequate space to record your thoughts and insights, but not so in this guide there is plenty of room for writing all you want to remember or have learned.

The scripture cd's would be very appealing to the younger crowd with the recognizable voices of teen favorites. The version selected was easy to understand with music and background sounds that were soothing but not distracting. It made you feel like you were sitting and listening to Paul transcribe his letters.

I think this would be perfect to use for a homeschool devotional time or in a teen group setting. It is easy to do without being too simplistic.

I recieved this copy to review free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their reviewers program. All opinions expressed here are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.

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