You never know when I might play a wild card on you!
Today's Wild Card author is:
and the book:
David C. Cook (October 1, 2011)***Special thanks to Audra Jennings, Senior Media Specialist, The B&B Media Group for sending me a review copy.***
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ann Margret Hovsepian is a published author, freelance writer and editor and amateur artist. She has published more than 210 articles for dozens of Canadian and U.S. print periodicals and has become a sought-after author of pre-teen girls’ devotional books. She has published Blossom: The Complete New Testament for Girls (Thomas Nelson, 2006) and The One Year Designer Genes Devo (Tyndale, 2007). She speaks at conferences and events and is actively involved on the board of Canadian Baptist Women of Ontario and Quebec, Canada. Hovsepian resides in Montreal, Canada.
Visit the author's website.
SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:
Is your pre-teen daughter ready for more—more excitement, more adventure, more joy? Then dare her to discover the secret to a life that sparkles for God. Show her she’s got what it takes to make an impact on the world. Ann Margret Hovsepian’s newest book, Truth and Dare: One Year of Dynamic Devotions for Girls, is designed for girls 9 to 12 and filled with powerful wisdom on everything from godly friendships to worshipping God.
It can be easy for young girls to neglect their Bible reading. Perhaps they feel Scripture doesn’t directly relate to them. Maybe they may lack encouragement or accountability, or they may just have too many distractions in their everyday lives. This lack of spiritual food can stunt girls’ spiritual growth and make them vulnerable to the temptations and ungodly influences around them. It can also prevent them from developing a love for Scripture early in life, making it even harder to get into God’s Word when they get older.
Truth and Dare encourages tween girls to discover how exciting God’s Word can be. They will see it make a difference in their daily lives and experience the blessings that come from doing it and not just hearing it. Daily challenges (dares) based on Scripture (truth) will provide opportunities for them to make their faith come alive as they learn to serve others, build character and make a difference.
Scripture will be transformed from something learned to something lived. Girls will delight in discovering how God’s Word can become real in whole new ways as they learn to apply it with each day’s dare. It ideally suits anyone looking to inspire a young girl to boldly live out her faith. So encourage the tween girl in your life to take the dare and discover the truth! It’s her time to shine as a girl who knows what it means to live a fierce and fearless life of faith.
List Price: $14.99
Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook (October 1, 2011)
AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER (To enlarge, click on the images):
My take on this devotional:
I think this is a wonderful devotional geared toward girls from age nine thru twelve. The cover is very eye appealing and the title "Truth Or Dare" really took me back to my childhood days of playing this game. I also remember loving to keep a diary and writing, and this devotional sort of had the diary sort of feeling for me. This devotional is set up very simular to the one for boys. There is a Bible verse to look up each day that goes along with the theme for the days topic, each day there is also a truth shared that are nice little nuggets of wisdom. There is also a dare and then a triple-dog-dar and then a place to write about how things went when the ideas are incorperated into the young girls day. It is suggested that the user of the devotional set aside 15 minutes in the morning to read and work on the devotional, and then set aside fifteen minutes in the evening to review jot down notes and pray.
I think young ladies are going to love the concept of this devotional. It is very user friendly and wouldn't be overwhelming to use. I really like the idea of having the user look up the Bible verses daily. What a neat way to incorperate daily study of the Bible into a pre-teens life.