And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. Isaiah 54:13 KJV

Monday, November 11, 2013

Calling for Christmas

I don't know how you do your Christmas shopping, but I have this whole process. I start making a list early (usually in the summer) and then I begin buying things. Sometimes I get the buying part accomplished really early. Since I've had the kids it takes me a little longer. No matter when I finish though, the same thing always happens. Whenever I am finished I start seeing more cool stuff that I wish I would've bought. Confession: sometimes I go ahead and buy it. And then Christmas presents become more numerous than I wanted them to be. Like my kids need extra stuff. Sigh.

Last year I had a little more self-control. Hubby was finishing his training and we were going on a mini-trip in early December so I had all our money ear-marked for the trip. I remember seeing really awesome things though and fighting the urge to buy them. 

One of those things was Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids by Sarah Young (adapted by Tama Fortner). The cute little blue bird on the cover seemed to call to me from shelves in every store! I finally found a free download of the month of December from the kids version and the adult version. Looking over those just made me want the book for Apple even more! I didn't buy it though. Over this year I've received (and shared with you) some really cool devos that she has been reading but I still kept spotting Jesus Calling on the store shelves. So when the awesome ladies at Tommy Nelson offered it as a review resource I was so excited! I received the Jesus Calling for Kids Deluxe Edition

When it arrived Apple immediately took off with it. Over the last couple of weeks she has pointed out the eye catching orange soft leather hardcover. She also loves that chipper blue bird! The blue ribbon bookmark helps her keep the day marked. The actual dates at the top of the page keep her on track. With undated devotionals she has trouble remembering if she has read for the day or not. The "Read It On Your Own" suggestions at the bottom of each page have her delving into her Bible. She's come and talked with me about some of the different passages she's been reading. The simple entries are easy for her to read and digest on her own. Plus many of them are things that she and I have been discussing lately: No Grumbling, Troubles Into Triumph, Measuring Your Day, etc. 

Jesus Calling for Kids is an adapted version of Sarah Young's Jesus Calling. I love that the daily devotionals are perfect for Apple to read on her own or for us to read together. I also think this would be a great devo to incorporate into our homeschool time. I have them each read a devotional as the beginning of our school day. Another great thing is it will work just as well for Speedy in the future. The recommended age for this one is 7-12. If Apple finishes it up in the summer, I may use it for Speedy's daily devo in the fall. See a special preview here: Jesus Calling for Kids Flipbook.

This will be a terrific gift for a special child in your life. It is made to last and could easily be passed through the family. Would you like to win a copy? Enter via the Giveaway Tools widget for your chance!

I received a free copy of this book from Tommy Nelson for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own. 


  1. I have this book on my Kindle and have started to try reading it with my one year old, but he thinks it's cool to swipe his finger on the Kindle to turn the page! I'm thinking of getting a hardback so he can actually see the book while were doing devos!

  2. My kids do their own devotions usually
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  3. We do a family devotion time before bedtime. My oldest has had a personal devotion, since that is the only one of my children that has a personal relationship with Christ. That child doesn't currently have a personal devotion, but I'm definitely looking for another avenue for that child to explore in that.


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