Wednesday, April 07, 2010

"How Should a Christian Live?" devotional and journal by Brenda Noel

Information from the BookSneeze (Thomas Nelson) site:

Going deep into The Word of Promise Next Generation . . . the audio Bible for the "wired generation!" You've heard the dramatized New Testament featuring the voice talents of many of today's top young Hollywood stars. Now dig deeper and embrace the truths and knowledge of the Bible like never before. This new devotional study guide series is available in four volumes. Each volume includes an MP3 CD, a devotional guide, and journaling section. The devotional guide is presented in 13 lessons with topical articles, exciting and fun 2-color graphic design, and creative interactive games and activities for youth to enjoy! Also included is a journaling section at the end of each lesson of the each book.

Volume Three – the "How" focuses on the study of how Jesus' continued presence can and should impact our lives. It is based on the books of 1-2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1-2 Thessalonians, 1-2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon.

Features include: GET-IT (help to understand difficult concepts); GRAB-IT (how does this look in your own life); HOLD-IT (how to maintain in everyday life); GIVE-IT (how does this affect others in your life); DEFINE-IT (in-depth look at key words); and LIVE-IT (presentation of ideas, questions, challenges to support each session's content).

My Opinion:

I was impressed with this devotional and journal set, this is something that I can would bring teens to God and closer to Him. This softcover book with a MP3 CD has 176 pages and it is chock full of how to live a Christian life without compromising the Bible. Topics include Promised by God, All Good Things, Live in His Love, Enjoy Expectant Life and much more - there are a total of 12 sessions. The MP3 CD has the book of the Bible that correlates to the respective reading. Sean Astin, Jordin Sparks, Corbin Bleu and Emily Osment are just a few names that will be easily recognizable to the teens today. I can't say I agree with what goes on in each lives but I will say the audio recordings are well done and makes for a wonderful listening experience.

The format of the book will be enticing for a teen to journey into God's Word and learn more about Him and how He says we should live as His followers. There are define it sections throughout each session which gives definitions of words that some may not know as they read. Games in each session helps to retain the information read and listened to such as word finds, unscrambles and cross words are just a few of what games will be found. Each session also includes an 8 page lined spread for the teen to journal in, perfect for a teen who wants a place to record their thoughts as they go through the study and not have to remember a separate notebook or journal each time.

I'm even thinking of letting my 8 year old daughter use this, she would get a lot of great information and it be a great learning tool for both parents and children to share God's love with each other and keep lines of communication open. While this does teach how a Christian should live I didn't notice a lot of study regarding other aspects such as things I hold dear as a Christian wife and mom such as modest, feminine clothing or head covering (I say this since I Corinthians is studied) but I do think this is a good starting point for teens who feel distanced from God by their church or children who are unchurched and want to find more out on their own about this awesome God!

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review through BookSneeze, no other compensation was given. For full disclosure see my right side bar.

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