The Word of Promise Next Generation New Testament Devotional: How Should a Christian Live? (The Word of Promise: Next Generation Devotional & Journal) is an awesome resource. I was blown away at the thought that went into developing this book. I’m a student pastor and always looking to review teen oriented Bibles, Bible studies, devotionals etc. To be honest most of the stuff that comes across my desk is lame.
Here is what I really liked…
(1) The scripture in MP3 format that goes along with this devotional. I love the idea of having audio files of the Bible on my students ipods and in their ears. By the way this is one of not those boring audio Bibles where some dude with a British accent reads to you (my apologies if you are British). The readers are mostly teenagers and read with passion ensuring that each file has a chance of being listened to. I’m a 30ish year old dude and I still didn’t mind having a teenager passionately read the scriptures to me on my ipod.
(2.) The message of salvation is front and center in the book.
(3.) It has games like cross word puzzles and jumbles to help get the message across. Though I’m not a big fan these kind of games personally, I do see the value in how it engages the mind and kind of makes it fun.
(4.) Teens are encouraged to listen to four or five chapters of scripture at a time.
The only draw back I saw was that each section may be a little long for a daily devotional. This resources is probably better suited for a weekly Bible study (there are only 12 sessions).
I would recommend it to middle school and high school freshman & sophomores who are willing to make a serious effort to get into God’s Word. The retail price is $15.99 (Paperback), and is available at places like Amazon.com for $11.51. I gave it four stars.
Disclaimer: As a blogger I received a complimentary review copy from the Thomas Nelson’s Book Review Blogger program (http://booksneez.com/ ). There was no requirement to give it a positive review, just for the reviewer to call it like they see it.
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