Wednesday, September 15, 2010

No Girls Allowed!!

No Girls Allowed - Devotions for Boys by Jayce O'Neal.

I have to start off with the fact that I just purchased Devotions books for all three of my children ages 2, 8 and 9. I wish I would have picked this one over the one I did get for my 9 year old son.

Although not presented in the format (daily) of the devotionals we do have, this presents itself in lessons rather than dates. While still having a daily (dated) devotion from the other books, I can easily pick one out of this book as the need arises. For example, if my son is not wanting to do the chores that we ask him to and is giving us a hard time (unusual for a 9 year old, right?) I can scan the table of contents to see what type of devotion would relate to our situation. One that comes to my mind is "David and the Cheese" on page 10. This devotion outlines how David had to help his father with chores and had he not completed his chores, he might not have had the chance to defeat Goliath.

I also enjoy how this book of devotions comes with thinking games for the boys to do: word searches, cryptic messages, and crossword puzzles are presented at the end of each "chapter" or devotion. Along with these puzzles, there are "things to do" which relate directly to the devotion, things to remember which relate to other passages in the Bible which also directly relate to the lesson in the devotion and "bits of wisdom" which are quotes from other famous (and not so famous) people which give meaning to the lesson as well.

This devotion book is well rounded and touches on subjects that boys relate to - Star Wars, Sponge Bob Square Pants, Super Heroes and Legos and pulls boys into the lessons that way. Hence, the "no girls allowed". I don't think that my 8 year old daughter would relate to some of these references as closely as my son would.

All in all - I enjoy this book of devotions. We will definitely be using it in our house and to give it as gifts to the special boys in our lives is not out of the question.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements in Advertising".

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