Friday, December 1, 2017

Review/Giveaway: Adored

Little kids are so adorable. I'm thankful for Facebook and other apps that remind me of how cute Miss Esmé was on this day 10 years ago, or 7 years ago, or 5 years ago.

Then they grow up.

So Miss Esmé was writing an essay on her life the other day, and she needed some tidbits to add interest, so I pulled up some old blog posts to remind us of all the adorable adventures she had. Like when she decided to make it "rain" in the kitchen with her watercolor paints. Or make sandcastles with the kitty litter. Or shove the library card into the photo computer slot at Walmart. Or name her hobby horse "Bordello." Or take the house key off the keychain and stick it into a book about fireflies that was on its way back to the library. Or insist on ketchup on her ice cream. Or color the cat blue and cut a hole in her bedspread all in the same day.

So as she was reading the posts, she said she wished I would still write about her that way. And I mentioned how she wanted us to respect her privacy and probably not share those kinds of things with the world anymore, and she said that was true.

But I get what she means. I thought she was adorable, and I conveyed that in what I wrote, and we maybe don't do such a good job of conveying how adorable we still think she is. Instead we mostly just get on her case all the time for not getting her math homework done.

Isn't she? Adorable still?

Sometimes as a teen or tween, it's hard to remember how adored one really is. You just keep hearing about all the expectations you're not meeting and how you keep falling short.

So this book is for you, the adored daughter of God. Adored by your parents, but more importantly, by the God of the universe. A daily reminder for a whole year of just how adored you really are. Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women by Lindsay A. Franklin.

Synopsis of Book
In an ever-changing world, we can be certain of one thing: we are beloved by God. Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women tackles tough topics girls face, from bullying and social media to friendships and dating, all the while showing readers how infinitely precious they are in God’s sight.
Each day features an easy-to-read, relevant devotion paired with a scripture verse and journaling space to help readers reflect on the day’s message. With honest, poignant, and sometimes humorous text, every page will speak to the pressures and changes girls face, giving them real-world applications to find God in their hearts and in their lives. Perfect for everyday use, Adored will resonate with girls searching for truth and guidance. Gift givers will love this highly-designed book featuring a beautiful, foiled cover, and two-color interior pages.
Genre:  Christian young women's devotional; ages 13+
Physical Description:  Hardcover, 384 pages
List Price: $14.99 (on sale now!)
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Mom’s Review:

Physical Book. This book is available in Kindle format, but I recommend the print version to utilize the journaling spots on each page. The book is sturdy and small enough to be easily portable in a backpack if desired. The graphics and layout are attractive and, in blue and gold, a nod to girls who are ready to graduate from bright colors to a more "mature" look.

Focus. I love how this book juxtaposes God's adoration of us with our adoration of Him. As we sing "O come let us adore Him" this season, the word "Adored" takes on fresh meaning. As we adore the greatness of who He is, His adoration of us becomes more significant. The breadth of topics is great - from Cookie-Monster-impatience to betrayal of BFFs to the use of the Internet to the concept of perfectionism, but that adoration of God remains a theme throughout.

Short and Sweet. As this school year progresses, our mornings get shorter and shorter. This is easy to fit in - I confess to reading it aloud sometimes as Miss School Girl puts on her shoes in a rush to get out the door. With a Bible verse to start, I know it's a great thing to insert in those busy mornings.

Relevance. I'm enjoying the book as much as my daughter is. The concepts are mature - for someone who already has encountered Christ and wants to progress in the relationship - but are presented in relation to every-day activities and concerns.

Start the new year knowing the young girl in your life feels adored by sharing this book with her! Better yet, share the journey with her and feel that sense of adoration for yourself...


Would you like your own copy of this book? Simply comment on this post for a chance to win! Make sure I have a way to contact you if your name is randomly selected on December 7th, 2017. Continental US shipping addresses only.

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Julieanne said...

Looks like a great book for girls!

Lynn @ TDHGP said...

Oh, my Elisabeth needs this book! I want her to know she is simply adored by her FATHER no matter what and sometimes 16 makes it hard to understand that. I’d love to win for her.

Dawn said...

As a mom of 4 spirited daughters, I understand what you’re expressing. We revel in each milestone when they are small...then the teen years hit and it’s more of a juggling of emotions, opinions, hormones. We pull back our outward adoration as we are helping guide them down this particularly difficult part of their life’s path. We sometimes forget they still need to feel adored and cherished. It’s a dance for certain

ann said...

Yes Esmé you are adorable and adored and will always be! I love your Mommy's writing and especially when it is about you ♥️

Wendy Glassford said...

I love reading your posts! I, too, have a teen and I pray everyday that she knows how important and loved she is not only from me but most importantly from God. It's tough being a teen girl in our society today...especially one who is a Christian. Thank you for your writings. They encourage me.