Jeremiah 29:11 is my favorite verse in the Bible.
For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord; plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
I love it so much I chose it as my “life verse” and had it as my senior quote in my yearbook in high school. Ever since then I’ve focused on that and recited it whenever things don’t go according to MY plan, which happens quite often!
It’s such a significant verse in the Bible and one that’s important to instill at a very young age. Kids need to know God always has a plan and while we may not see it no, it’s definitely there!
The Plans I have you Devotional is a 90 day devotional with daily readings broke into six sections starting with “I’ve got big plans for YOU!”
The devotional is really well designed with cute fonts, illustrations and words that just jump off the page, designed to attract the young. It doesn’t say the age recommendation but based on the content I’d say upper elementary.
Flipping through I really liked the emphasis on the word YOU throughout. It’s hard to comprehend that the God of the universe cares for YOU so I appreciated the focus on that.
I liked the questions that were thought provoking to tie in to the Bible story and lesson shared. It’s all about the application and in this case it’s very well done!
The Plans I have for you Journal is the perfect companion to the devotional. It directly correlates to the questions asked in the devotional and you can just do them as you read. I do like that you could actually do this as a stand alone if you wanted. You just wouldn’t have the same foundation but I could see someone still getting a lot out of it.
It asks very specific question that are really thought provoking and will hopefully make kids really stop and think about them in the depth they are intended.
The lines to write in are nice and big and spaced far enough apart which makes it functional. The design is adorable and even though it’s not designed for one sex or another, I could really see it appealing more to girls.
The Plans I have for you Devotional and Journal go hand in hand and are great tools for the young!
About the Book
Part of a new brand in the Zondervan family, The Plans I Have for YOU! 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.
Part of a new brand in the Zondervan family, The Plans I Have for You 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 Contributors
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.
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 loved 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.
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