Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women by Lindsay A. Franklin

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From the book:

In an ever-changing world, we can be certain of one thing: we are beloved by God. Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women tackles tough topics girls face, from bullying and social media to friendships and dating, all the while showing readers how infinitely precious they are in God’s sight.

Each day features an easy-to-read, relevant devotion paired with a scripture verse and journaling space to help readers reflect on the day’s message. With honest, poignant, and sometimes humorous text, every page will speak to the pressures and changes girls face, giving them real-world applications to find God in their hearts and in their lives. Perfect for everyday use, Adored will resonate with girls searching for truth and guidance. Gift givers will love this highly designed book featuring a beautiful, foiled cover, and two-color interior pages.


My Review:

What an “adored-able” devotional! Lindsay A. Franklin has designed a beautiful collection of thought-provoking and heart-touching reflections on God’s Word. From love to justice, from beauty to pain, these devotions cover just about every topic a young woman would be concerned about. And they are written in an easy-to-read, conversational tone that will speak easily to the hearts of teenaged girls.

If you know a young woman who longs to draw closer to God and to understand His Word more deeply, I’d highly recommend you get her a copy of Adored.

You can learn more and even get a free sample! Just hop on over to the Zondervan website.

I received a copy of this devotional from Handlebar Media in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂

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A Jane Austen Devotional by Steffany Woolsey

Are you, like me, a big time Jane Austen fan? Have you read all of her novels? Have you seen all of the movies and miniseries that have been based on those novels? Have you read any of her six novels or seen any of the multitudes of productions based on them? Last question, did you enjoy what you read or saw? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, I have discovered the most wonderful tool to help you both grow closer with God and His Word and also gain a deeper understanding of the nuances of Austen’s work. Steffany Woolsey – an obviously brilliant woman 🙂 – compiled and wrote The Jane Austen Devotional. This devotional seamlessly pairs a selection from one of Austen’s novels with a beautifully written devotional thought and Bible verse which highlight the meaning of both the selection and the Biblical lesson.

With topics like, “Vanity’s Folly,” “Honoring Your Parents,” “Idle Gossip,” and “Forgiven Much, Forgiving Much,” Woolsey brings to life Austen’s words, illuminating the moral fibers with which they are so tightly woven. The Jane Austen Devotional is a perfect gift – for any young woman, for  yourself, or for any Jane Austen fan on your gift list.

Jesus Calling Devotional Bible, NKJV by Sarah Young

I must begin by saying that the subtitle to this devotional Bible is completely accurate: “Enjoying Peace in His Presence.” As I read through Sarah Young’s (Gen. Ed.) devotions, interspersed throughout this NKJV translation of the Holy Scriptures, I felt myself relaxing into His Word. I’ll admit, it was a bit strange at first trying to get used to reading these messages which are written from Christ’s perspective. But, paired with the prayers (or diary entries as I thought of them – so poignant and so very relevant; like someone wrote down my thoughts while I wasn’t looking) and God’s Word, these readings made it feel like I was just sitting down and having a conversation with Him. Reading some of my favorite passages, I found His Word coming to life for me in a new way as I read the devotional messages alongside them. One of my favorite pieces of this devotional Bible is the section entitled, “When Your Heart Longs for Help” – a topical index which leads you to devotions tailored to what you are feeling/facing and Biblical passages to help strengthen you and give you His peace. The “Jesus Calling Devotional Bible” is a blessing and an excellent tool for anyone desiring a closer relationship with the Lord.