I have read this with my 2 daughters twice when they were 9 and 10, both times we thouroughly enjoyed it. Although some of the stories were difficult to read due to the emotional content, it was a great tool to teach compassion to my daughters who lead a very sheltered homeschooled life. We were able to glean wisdom from every story. I loved the Checkup Time (personal reflection), things to do, Bible Verses & Quotes. My daughters & I all wish there were a second one. I grew in my walk from reading this with them, because we all need to be reminded of the basics...Love one Another & God is Always with us. Great Book!
I gave this to our middle school age girls so that they would be able to have daily devotions. The feedback so far has been that the girls have really liked the readings and feel good about reading. They say that the stories are relevant.
I bought this devotional for my 9 yr old daughter to get her into the habit of having her own quiet time with the Lord. Within the first couple of days, she has already shared with us of what the Lord is convicting her, what she is learning and how excited she is to continue.
Both my wife and I skimmed through this before giving it to our grandaughter, and were surprised about several subjects mentioned, that we thought were just really inappropriate.
1. A girl is mentioned who gets into her mothers purse and steals her mothers credit card no. to buy things. Why even put this sort of idea in front of this age group? This should be parent/child taught stuff, books aren't the way to discuss issues like this under the pretext of a book about "devotions".
2. Another of the "devotions" mentions a child listening to her parents having a violent argument smashing chairs and dishes around. Do you want your child taught ethics by this book occurrences as if these things happen to lots and lots of kids? They mention the girls body "shuddering"at this occurance...Is this appropriate for a 8-12 year age group devotional book?
3.Another "devotions" story includes a father coming home, getting drunk, mean, angry and throwing things.
4.There's more including divorce, a girl who "She'll do about anything to get a guy to like her" "what Amy had been doing with about six different guys over the weekend" "Amy was sleeping around".
5.Sure, there are some positive stories included. But we don't think these issues and the mentioning of them are appropriate for a book, especially one claiming to be a "devotions" one on the Front cover. Is this truth in advertising? Do you want these ideas introduced to your child this way?
We don't. Just because some of this evil exist in the world, we much prefer to discuss those issues ourselves with our grandaughter,-not have a book awkwardly mention them in the manner this does, under a "devotions" pretext.
Sorry the writer did this. Wonder if the other readers totally read what is in this material. -We ended up tossing it out, to take it out of circulation.
The several other devotional books we purchased at Christianbooks.com for girls...were just fantastic and wonderful. All of them. Consider those perhaps.