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5 Stars Out Of 5
Perfect For the Teenage Girl
January 3, 2017
The book, Whatever is Lovely, is a 90-Day Devotional Journal by Allia Zobel Nolan. This book is focused on the teenage girl as an audience. The cover is pretty, it contains a pretty purple book ribbon, and the inside printing is even done in purple. The only way I would think the appearance of this book could improve is if the pages had silver edges to add to its rich look.
Topics such as drugs, alcohol, love, self image, and dress are covered in straight forward devotionals. Each devotional contains a short story, a related bible verse, "food for thought" which is a question for the reader to reflect upon, "second thoughts" which suggests more to read in the topic, "divine thoughts" which is a prayer, and "your thoughts" where the reader can journal.
Words such as duh, phrases such as BFF, and rub elbows help to relate to the teenage lingo. There isn't a ton of space to journal, but there is enough to reflect upon each devotional.
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What a delightful book. Written in a voice that speaks to teens, this book encourages, challenges, exhorts and teaches in a simple, easy-to-understand way. "Whatever is Lovely" presents scripture in real ways and uses practical examples of how to apply Philippians 4:8 in your daily life. I found it direct and gentle and I highly recommend it for individuals or for use in teen groups. It would make a great gift.
Best for Public School girls, ages 7-12; Very cute!
February 9, 2017
Age: Under 18
About this book:
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirableif anything is excellent or praiseworthythink about such things. Philippians 4:8
Did you know you can totally change your life by changing your thoughts? Well, you can, and Whatever Is Lovely can get you started. With examples based on girls just like you, each of these 90 devotionals will show you how to fill your head and your heart with virtues taken straight from Philippians 4:8, helping you grow closer to God and the amazing life he intended for you.
Featuring a trendy color interior, a ribbon marker, and journaling lines for you to write your thoughts, Whatever Is Lovely will inspire you to read and reflect on the devotionals every single day.
Series: Part of the Faithgirlz line from Zondervan.
Spiritual Content- This is a devotional for girls ages 7-12, each section starts off with Whatevers [True, Noble, Right, Pure, etc.]; 90-Day devotional each has with a Scripture, then a discussion, a food for thought, a second thought, a prayer to pray & then a note section; Many, many Scriptures are mentioned, quoted, referred & talked about; Many prayers; All about talks about God, Jesus, faiths, those & events in the Bible; Hs are not capital when referring to God & Jesus; Many mention of God & Jesus; Many mentions of Bibles, Bible reading, books in the, those & events in the Bible; Many mentions of sins & sinning; Mentions of prayers & blessings over food; Mentions of discussion Go d& Jesus; Mentions of being Christians, believers & faiths; Mentions of church going, youth group, VBS & worship; A few mentions of Heaven & miracles; A couple mentions of thanking God;
*Note: Mentions of the devil; Mentions of false gods, idols & a shrine; A mention of superstitions.
Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a crummy, a duh, a witch, a wuss, three forms of dumb, seven stupids and twelve Oh my God!s/OMGs (in a devotional about not using His name in vain); Mentions of negative and hateful sarcastic thoughts about others & yourself; Mentions of bad attitudes; Mentions of jealousy & envy; Mentions of bullies; Mentions of gossip; Mentions of stealing, cheating, lying & lies; Mentions of crude pictures & captions; Mentions of drinking, alcohol & stealing some from parents bars; A few mentions of smoking & drinking; A few mentions of R-rated movies; A few mentions of divorces; A couple mentions of binge drinking on TV; A couple mentions of 9/11 & terrorists; A couple mentions of cursing; A couple mentions of eye rolling; A couple mentions of tattoos & piercings; A couple mentions of vomit; A couple mentions of boogers; A mention of a graphic murder scene;
*Note: Mentions of brands (Nikes, UGGs, & Tommy Hilfiger), social media (Facebook & Twitter), celebrities (Taylor Swift & Justin Bieber), & vampire books (not named); A mention of the Oscars; A mention of global warming.
Sexual Content- Mentions of an ad with a kissing couple & advertisers using sex to try to sell everything; A few mentions of cute boys & actors; A few mentions of Sarah, Abraham, & Hagar the surrogate wife; A couple mentions of Solomons 700 wives & 300 concubines; A couple mentions of someone looking fat; A mention of a woman caught in adultery in the Bible; A mention of worrying about sex; A mention of a website that has sex on it; A mention of a wife that appeared unfaithful; A mention of liking boys;
*Note: Mentions of modesty (& purity), skimpy clothing, dressing provocatively & boy magnet clothes (short dresses, tight-fitting clothes, short shorts or low-cut tops) and improper thoughts; A few mentions of a bum being ginormous & other negative body comments; A couple mentions of a tight dress; A mention of a dress thats a boy magnet; A mention of tight jeans & bare midriff fashions; A mention of the word princess written on a girls bums; A mention of suggestive clothing.
Being that Philippians 4:8 is one of my favorite verses and the Scripture that this blog is founded on, Ive been pretty excited to read this devotional! Its a very pretty edition, purple and watercolor style with a nice built-in ribbon bookmark. I, of course, loved when it would mention going to a Christian website to find clean books, movies & music. ;)
Because I was raised with the Hs capital when referring to God & Jesus, I wasnt a fan that the Scriptures were quoted using NLT, MSG, and NCV, and that they werent capital when talking about the Lord, but thats just my personal preference.
This devo is definitely more for younger public school girls, ages 7-12. School issues, friendship troubles and such are all mentioned/covered. So, even though it might be geared for younger girls, it still pointed out things to me that I need to work on myself. ;)
*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher for this honest review.