Friday, January 22, 2016

Review/Giveaway: The Plans I Have for You

Giveaway below! Scroll down and comment on this post for a chance to win!

So my sister and I had a little conversation around Christmas time about being intentional in helping your child spend time with Jesus every day. Sure, Miss Esmé knows the Bible stories, we read a devotional and other books about Christian values each day, she’s got the head knowledge. But does she spend time with Him, talking and listening and just being?

Along comes a sweet devotional/journal combination that helps with that very purpose! The Plans I Have for You provides the inspiration for that daily time.

Synopsis of Book
The devotional is an illustrated 90-day devotional written by bestselling children's book author Amy Parker and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, teaching and inspiring kids to dream about their future, to focus on faith, love, and joy, and recognize that God has a plan and purpose for each and every one of us.
The journal prompts creative thinking and exploration of the talents and personalities that make us special, and then helps explore how God may use our unique traits to spread love and joy and make the world a better place.
About the Author
Amy Parker has sold more than thirty books for children, teens, and adults.  She has also collaborated with authors ranging from New York Times bestsellers to her very own son.  Two of these collaborations are recipients of Christian retailing's Best Awards, and she has also won three Mom's Choice Awards.  But Amy's greatest reward is being a wife to Daniel and a mom to their amazing sons, Michael and Ethan.
About the Illustrator
Vanessa Brantley-Newton is a self-taught illustrator, doll maker, and crafter.  Her passion for children's books began when she came across The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats as a child in the 1960s.  Growing up in a musical family who love to sing, Vanessa's illustrations are as fun and whimsical as a beautiful melody.  Vanessa currently makes her nest in Charlotte, NC with her husband of 20 years, their daughter, and a very rambunctious cat named Stripes.
Genre:  Christian; Devotional: ages 8-12; Journal: ages 11-14
Physical Description:  Devotional: hardcover, 160 pages; Journal: stationery, 208 pages 
List Price:  Devotional: $14.99; Journal: $12.99 
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Mom’s Review:

This is one of my favorite review products ever! I keep wanting to steal it for myself! Seriously, it’s absolutely perfect for the desires I have for my kid at this point in her life, where she’s starting to imagine the future and her role in it. Sectors include:
  • I’ve Got Big Plans for YOU!
  • I’ve Given YOU a Purpose
  • I Don’t Do Things Small
  • There’s Nothing YOU Can’t Do!
  • Find That ONE Thing
  • What I Created YOU To Do
Focus. Kids are born self-centered. I’ve been trying to fight it, but it’s natural. This devotional/journal taps into that self-centeredness, making it appealing to kids, and uses it to shift the focus to the power of God and what He can do in you and through you.

Bible-Rich. Each day’s devotional includes a Bible verse or story, and the focus is on that Bible reference. Both the devotional and journal invite the child to contemplate what God is saying to her through that passage.

Illustrations. Love love love. Everything about both the devotional and journal is just visually appealing. The devotional is full color, while the journal is muted to allow the child to add the color. It compels the child to spend longer thinking through the Bible passage.

Journal. You absolutely need the journal to go along with the devotional. This is my favorite part! The very first page is perfect for my daughter, who is all into secrets and locks on diaries at this point, with a request: “…if I don’t know you are looking at at my journal, put it down and go get your own. Please. And thank you.” Verses are repeated from the devotional, with awesome illustrations that invite the child to draw, doodle, contemplate, and think through how the verses are relevant to her.

This is an absolutely terrific, hopefully life-changing gift for the tweens in your life!


Yes, I can offer one blessed reader a copy of the The Plans I Have for You devotional and journal! We’re going simple with giveaway entries here: just enter a comment of any kind on this post, along with your email address or other way for me to contact you. A winner will be randomly selected on February 1. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, or have one the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win. You must have a US or Canada mailing address to win.

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to FlyBy Promotions for coordinating this book for review and providing the giveaway prize. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win this giveaway!


SexyBrat said...

I would love to win. Thank you.

Unknown said...

I would love this for my grand daughter.

tatertot374 said...

I would love to win this for my daughters. Thank you!

The Crazy Gengler Boys said...

Would love to win!

Denise S. said...

This would be wonderful for my daughter.

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