Reviewed by: Shawna
Title: Truth and Dare: One Year of Dynamic Devotions for Girls
Author: Ann-Margret Hovsepian
Primary Audience/age group: ages 9-12
Genre: Devotions, Non-fiction
# of pages: 432
Publisher: David C. Cook
Year of Release: 2011
Part of a series No (But, there is a boy's version: Triple Dog Dare)
Rating: 5 (View Scale)
Description/Review: The book title and theme are a take on the classic Truth or Dare party game where players are challenged to give a personal truth or take an embarrassing dare. The book, however, uses the concept in a positive way by giving a truth from God’s word then three challenges to encourage girls to apply those truths to their lives each day for a full year. The weekend devotions are filled with quizzes and other fun activities like art projects and puzzles that help girls to take even more steps to put God’s word into action. This fun and unique set of devotions is choked full of God’s truth. They are short; the challenges are easily applicable and can be done individually or as a group. I highly recommend this book to any pre-teen girl wanting to not only be a hearer of God’s word but a doer as well.
Positive: I cannot say enough about the positive aspects of these devotions. From putting God’s word into action to praying to making spiritual resolutions, each day encourages a new and inspiring way to grow in God’s word. Other topics covered are having a good attitude, changing bad habits, having a pure heart and body, avoiding gossip, choosing friends wisely, avoiding the occult, keeping promises, thinking of others above ourselves, respecting parents, modesty, and handling conflict in a godly manner, all of which are supported by God’s word.
Spiritual Elements: Each devotion encourages the girls to read verses or passages from the Bible that deal with the topic for the day. The devotions talk about the fruits of the Spirit, having an enthusiasm for God’s word, growing in faith through difficult circumstances, finding good role models, faithfully serving, recognizing God’s truths and dispelling lies, giving God the glory, dealing with doubts and confusion in faith and many others. With so many things vying for a teens attention, the book reinforces making Jesus the priority and not putting the focus on others like friends and celebrities. With the right focus, you are much less likely to be led astray into sin. Many of the challenges also dare the girls to memorize Scripture.
Sexual Content: none
Recommendation: Truth and Dare is an excellent resource for girls age 9-12 that are wanting not only to know what the Bible says but to take action in applying Scripture to their daily lives. I think it would be great if the girls took the initiative to start their own Bible study using this set of devotions as a guide.