Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sophomore: Stepping Into Maturity

I received a complimentary copy of the book, Sophomore: Stepping Into Maturity, and a promotional item to help facilitate my objective and unbiased review. 

Welcome to 10th Grade and Navigating the Sophomore Year.  Remember those exciting and tumultuous teen years….well mine are back as I ride the roller coaster of high school with my teen daughter!  All the intense fun and drama are back from my yesterdays… with the added adrenalin kick of Starbucks and Social Media. 

Whew, she’s an amazing kid and we’re very blessed that she has a strong foundation provided by her Christian faith.  Our church community provides for an engaging high school youth program where the students participate in weekly youth group meetings, social activities as well as an annual mission trip.  Kristen has also helped to organize a special weekly Bible Study Group with some girlfriends at the local tea shop.  We were very pleased to be selected to receive a copy of Sophomore: Stepping Into Maturity by Lars Rood from Family Christian to experience and share. This is part of a complete series for Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior high school students that is faith principled and action-oriented.

This wonderful 30-day devotional for sophomore students is very engaging and interactive.  The handbook offers a key concept, opportunities to consider and discuss, what the secular world often comments, action steps to apply in daily life, and Bible passages to help them dig deeper in the Word on these matters.  Rood guides the reader through thirty wonderful devotions that challenge the teens to examine themselves, their faith and important choices as they navigate the maturation process.  Rood states, “A maturing faith, in my opinion, is one that is moving toward Jesus.   It’s a faith that has legs and is going somewhere.”  This is a profound concept, in my opinion, and one that I am eager for our children to embrace.

It's true that the Sophomore year of high school is somewhat of a limbo time for kids, no longer the freshman "newbie", not yet an upper classman.  However, students can embrace this exciting time and "make it count" with life-shaping resources such as this youth ministry series.

Here is a link from Family Christian to learn more about the book:

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Personalized Teen Life Bible Gift Idea From Family Christian

As a member of Family Christian Bloggers, I was privileged to be selected to receive a complimentary Teen Life Study Bible by Tyndale House Publishers for personalized engraving from Family Christian Stores.  I received the book and promotional gift to assist with my review.  The opinions are my own.

The Steel City Leather softbound edition of the NLT Teen Life Application Study Bible (retail $44.99) is perfect for special gift to foster your favorite teen's Christian study!  This sleek, modern black and silver edition is great for a guy or gal.  My teen daughter, Kristen, is very active in our church's Youth Group.  She was very pleased to receive this for a Christmas gift recently. She commented on how useful it will be to her while also a having an on-trend, urban themed look to the book.

We were able to visit our local Family Christian Store to have a special engraved plate produced to personalize the book. The engraving process is simple and convenient, and at $6.00 complete - it's a great value to add that special touch.  I worked with the friendly staff person, Nathan, one afternoon to select the plate and engraving style.  He was able to prepare the plate just the way I wanted it on-site with equipment they have at the store within minutes!

We simply adhered the completed plate to the front cover and now Kristen has a fantastic Bible resource for her group work as well as into the future.

Visit the Family Christian website to learn more about the beautiful gift ideas for your teen:


Family Christian

The only teen Bible based on the world's best selling study Bible, the NLT Teen Life Application® Study Bible is packed with features designed to meet the challenges and needs of today's high school students. It uses the New Living Translation of the Bible text, making it easy for teens to read and understand.

Combining traditional study Bible features like book introductions, textual notes, character profiles and maps with application-oriented features focusing on choices, real-life issues and real-life stories of actual teens, the Teen Life Application Study Bible will help teens to not only better understand the text of the Bible, but also to see how it impacts their daily lives.