My daughter went through a phase when she read Robin Jones Gunn’s series for girls – the Christy Miller series and the Sierra Jensen series. She enjoyed the books and I was thrilled my daughter had some wholesome fiction to read.
When I learned Robin Jones Gunn had paired with Cindy Hannan to write a devotional book for “sister chicks” (A SisterChick’s Devotional: Take Flight), I was curious. Would the book appeal to mothers and daughters? Could it encourage mother/daughter devotional times for teen girls and their moms?
Gentle is the word that comes to mind after reading this devotional book. Now, I am the first to admit, most devotional books don’t do anything for me. I think it has something to do with the hurried feeling many of them have. Sisterchick’s was different. Instead of feeling restless after reading several entries, I wanted to continue reading to see what was next.
Gunn does a beautiful job in each of the fourteen devotionals, pulling you emotionally into seeing God work through the stories she tells. In case the reader misses the message of the story, Hannan follows each one with a brief summary of the spiritual life lessons Gunn has shared. The remainder of the devotional features quotes, several scripture passages and even some space for journaling.
The themes of this book would have little meaning to a young teen. I do think it would make a wonderful book for a mother or mentor to do with an older teen girl or college student. The devotionals would easily lend themselves for two women to share their thoughts and study scripture together as they build a spiritually supportive relationship. There is even a follow-up task for each devotional to help readers put into practice the spiritual topic of the day.
Whether you are a mom looking for a gentle, practical devotional book for yourself or a woman looking for a devotional to share with another mom or an older daughter, this one could be what you need. (If you are looking for a deep Bible study though, this is probably not what you want.) As a personal devotional book or a spiritual conversation starter with other women – young or old, this is a great, non-threatening way to discuss important topics in the life of any woman.
If you do the devotionals in this book with an older teen or college student, I would love to hear how it worked. Did it allow you to share with her how you have seen God work in your life or the lives of others? Was the material too advanced for a young woman with limited life experiences? I would love to hear your thoughts in a comment below.
This book was provided to me free of charge by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I enjoyed the devotionals and look forward to sharing them with others. There are affiliate links to the other books of Ms Gunn’s. The links are for your convenience. Clicking on them does not cost you anything. Should you choose to purchase anything, this blog will receive some compensation. Thank you for your support of this blog.