The One Year Devos for Teen Girls is written by Dannah Gresh and Suzy Weibel, who emailed 100 college girls to ask what top 10 topics they wish they had been challenged with when they were in high school. I was pretty excited to receive this devotional book to use with my 12 year-old daughter, Rachelle. I think it’s important for children to have Bible study and devotional tools to learn more about the Bible and our Lord. The book contains a devotion for each day of the year. The recommended age range for this book is 12+. The paperback can be purchased from Amazon for $10.57, or on the Kindle for $9.57. There are 78 topics discussed, with most being discussed more than once throughout the year. Some of the topics include:
Of course, the first thing I did when the book came in the mail was flip through the pages to see how the devotionals read, and all of the topics discussed. Each devotion is only 1 page long, so they do not take much time to complete at all. You can start on whatever day you wish. Each day has a different topic, followed by an Action Step pertaining to the day’s topic. Some Action Steps will refer you to certain Bible verses, and some are simply steps your daughter takes to better herself.
The first thing that I noticed is that the book is very modern in the topics that are discussed and the wording. The devotionals are very easy to read and understand, which is nice. However, reading through the devotionals makes me feel like a girl 12 years of age is way too young for some of these topics, especially the way that sex is discussed in the book. Now, mind you, I am not a prude at all, but the way that sex is discussed in the book would go WAY over Rachelle’s head. While there are plenty of Biblical references (the devotionals start with verses from the Bible), the book reads more of a “how to do this and that” without actually studying the Bible itself. The book Fifty Shades of Grey is even mentioned, and that’s not something we’ve ever read, and I don’t think my daughter has even heard of it, at least I hope not. I was really shocked that it was included in this book geared toward teen girls. Reading through the topics in the book, I really feel like this is geared to older teen girls that are closer to being an adult than a young teen. I did enjoy the devotional on Modesty, but I would have loved to see something like that discussed more in the book. There are topics such as modesty, truth, worship, and integrity that I would have loved to see discussed more, but they were only mentioned one or two days of the year.
As you probably already know, or have guessed by now, we are a homeschooling family. Thankfully, our children haven’t had to deal with some issues that are faced often in public schools. I would be more likely to recommend One Year Devos to families with older teens who attend public school. This book is very mainstream, and does not really fit into our family dynamic at all. I really do not recommend this book for younger teens at all. Maybe I’m kidding myself with what younger kids learn about nowadays, or how they think and feel. I did let Rachelle read some of the devotionals, but a lot do not pertain to her, and I feel that some are too risque for her at her age.
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of The One Year Devos for Teen Girls to review from Tyndale House Publishers, and all opinions are my own.