Dannah Gresh's writing ministry serves teenagers, and girls who are striving to stay pure and to live in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. Her heart for purity, character, and discipleship in young girls comes through in The One Year Mother Daughter Devo. Equipping mothers with this devotional, Gresh has provided an open-and-go devotional resource that mothers and tweens (9-12) can read together.
With enough devotionals for one each day, moms and daughters can simply open to the current date (devotionals can be somewhat seasonal), open scripture together, read the focus verse, and the devotional itself which ranges anywhere form object lessons, character sketches, theological explorations, animal antics, and more. For extra fun (and bonding) mother daughter teams can do the activities and discussion activities in the sidebar. There are crafts, recipes, discussion topics, written activities, and more.
This devotional is diverse and well balanced, covering a wide-range of topics important to the spiritual growth of young girls. My oldest daughter (8) and I have read through several weeks worth of devotions together and she really seems to enjoy the one-on-one aspect of talking with me about spiritual matters (we also read the Bible together daily and discuss it). I do feel that she'll get more out of it in another year or two so I'm putting it on hold to revisit then.
The conversational, laid back writing style of Gresh is accessible and humorous, though I have to admit that the â€˜valley girl' verbal styling does grate on my nerves from time to time. Each devotional is a single page in length (with some of the additional crafts and recipes included in the appendix). The devotionals themselves take around twenty-minutes to go through together, the occasional, more involved extras will of course take longer if you choose to complete them. These 365 days of devotions for mothers and daughters are sure to draw many children closer to their mothers, and to draw both children and parents closer to God's heart.
We love spending time in our two favorite books each morning - the Bible and our Mother Daughter Devo book! Doing our daily devos together is one of the highlights of my day, and I believe my daughter would say the same! We have thoroughly enjoyed our Secret Keeper Dates (another highly recommended set of books from Dannah) and were so excited to receive her devotional book for Christmas. It has more than met our expectations. Dannah's sound biblical insight and thought provoking stories are timely conversation starters and relationship builders for moms and daughters. We have grown both in our faith and in our closeness with each other. Intentionally impacting our daughters to become world changers for Christ takes time and the right tools. This book is the perfect tool - as moms we must make the time! Side note: my daughter is on the high side of the targeted 8-12 age group, but I see us using this book for years to come.
This devotional is a great book. My daughter and I spend time each night going through it. It has many practical stories and applications and offers great chances to talk to my daughter about girl things and also to tell her a bit about myself at this age. Highly recommend it
This devotion book has been so much fun for my daughter and me to do together. Not only are the stories and biblical applications fun and interesting, but they are also very relevant for my 8 year old. She can't wait until we do them every day. We are thoroughly enjoying this devotion book!
Recently my daughter and I had the opportunity to read [for review] The One Year Mother-Daughter Devotional put out by Dannah Gresh.
We really enjoyed the variety and simplicity of these devotions. They didn't overload my daughter but did give her "food for thought".
In addition, we were able to discuss issues right there on the spot, because we were doing the devotion together.
I think it is extremely healthy and great for relationship building (of you & your daughter as well as your daughter and God) to do devotions together. Even if your daughter is old enough to read on her own. Doing them together opens up the opportunity for conversation and questions answered on the spot. Rather than having them forgotten in the midst of life, between doing the devotion separate and trying to find time to meet together later.
Dannah explores topics that young girls face and not every devotion is all seriousness. There is plenty of fun to be hadâ€”because living should be fun, too!
Each devotional is equipped with "Girl Gab" which helps create conversations about each issue discussed. I really enjoy that because often it asks me questions to help me share parts of my walk with God with my daughter so that she can see that I face struggles, too. It helps her see that living a life for God is not easy and she is not alone.
Dannah shares 5 different elements throughout these devotionals. They are:
* Bible Blast - digging deeper into Scripture
* Language Lab - help with important words in the Christian faith (like "Hallelujah")
* Amazing Animals - a couple devotions a month that feature amazing animals and what they can teach us about God
* Kickin' Kraft - some devotions offer the opportunity to make a craft (my daughter LOVES crafts)
* Meditation Moments - learning to meditate on God's word
This would make a great gift this Christmas! It's a great way for you to come into fellowship with your daughter and talk about God's word together. I honestly can't think of anything better.
*Book given to me courtesy of Tyndale Publishers in exchange for this authentic review.