Friday, February 10, 2017

"Whatever is Lovely" by Allia Zobel Nolan

About this book:

  “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. —Philippians 4:8
  Did you know you can totally change your life by changing your thoughts? Well, you can, and Whatever Is Lovely can get you started. With examples based on girls just like you, each of these 90 devotionals will show you how to fill your head and your heart with virtues taken straight from Philippians 4:8, helping you grow closer to God and the amazing life he intended for you.
  Featuring a trendy color interior, a ribbon marker, and journaling lines for you to write your thoughts, Whatever Is Lovely will inspire you to read and reflect on the devotionals every single day.”

Series: Part of the “Faithgirlz” line from Zondervan.

Spiritual Content- This is a devotional for girls ages 7-12, each section starts off with “Whatever’s [True, Noble, Right, Pure, etc.]”; 90-Day devotional each has with a Scripture, then a discussion, a food for thought, a second thought, a prayer to pray & then a note section; Many, many Scriptures are mentioned, quoted, referred & talked about; Many prayers; All about talks about God, Jesus, faiths, those & events in the Bible; ‘H’s are not capital when referring to God & Jesus; Many mention of God & Jesus; Many mentions of Bibles, Bible reading, books in the, those & events in the Bible; Many mentions of sins & sinning; Mentions of prayers & blessings over food; Mentions of discussion Go d& Jesus; Mentions of being Christians, believers & faiths; Mentions of church going, youth group, VBS & worship; A few mentions of Heaven & miracles; A couple mentions of thanking God;
*Note: Mentions of the devil; Mentions of false gods, idols & a shrine; A mention of superstitions.  

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘crummy’, a ‘duh’, a ‘witch’, a ‘wuss’, three forms of ‘dumb’, seven ‘stupid’s and twelve ‘Oh my God!’s/OMGs (in a devotional about not using His name in vain); Mentions of negative and hateful sarcastic thoughts about others & yourself; Mentions of bad attitudes; Mentions of jealousy & envy; Mentions of bullies; Mentions of gossip; Mentions of stealing, cheating, lying & lies; Mentions of crude pictures & captions; Mentions of drinking, alcohol & stealing some from parents’ bars; A few mentions of smoking & drinking; A few mentions of R-rated movies; A few mentions of divorces; A couple mentions of binge drinking on TV; A couple mentions of 9/11 & terrorists; A couple mentions of cursing; A couple mentions of eye rolling; A couple mentions of tattoos & piercings; A couple mentions of vomit; A couple mentions of boogers; A mention of a graphic murder scene;
*Note: Mentions of brands (Nikes, UGGs, & Tommy Hilfiger), social media (Facebook & Twitter), celebrities (Taylor Swift & Justin Bieber), & vampire books (not named); A mention of the Oscars; A mention of global warming.

Sexual Content- Mentions of an ad with a kissing couple & advertisers using sex to try to sell everything; A few mentions of cute boys & actors; A few mentions of Sarah, Abraham, & Hagar “the surrogate wife”; A couple mentions of Solomon’s 700 wives & 300 concubines; A couple mentions of someone looking fat; A mention of a woman caught in adultery in the Bible; A mention of worrying about sex; A mention of a website that has sex on it; A mention of a wife that appeared unfaithful; A mention of liking boys;
            *Note: Mentions of modesty (& purity), skimpy clothing, dressing provocatively & boy magnet clothes (short dresses, tight-fitting clothes, short shorts or low-cut tops) and improper thoughts; A few mentions of a bum being ginormous & other negative body comments; A couple mentions of a tight dress; A mention of a dress that’s a boy magnet; A mention of tight jeans & bare midriff fashions; A mention of the word princess written on a girls’ bums; A mention of suggestive clothing.

                                                        320 pages

Pre Teens-
New Teens-
Early High School Teens-
Older High School Teens-
My personal Rating-
{Add 1-2 full stars for girls in Public School}
Being that Philippians 4:8 is one of my favorite verses and the Scripture that this blog is founded on, I’ve been pretty excited to read this devotional! It’s a very pretty edition, purple and watercolor style with a nice built-in ribbon bookmark. I, of course, loved when it would mention going to a Christian website to find clean books, movies & music. ;)
Because I was raised with the ‘H’s capital when referring to God & Jesus, I wasn’t a fan that the Scriptures were quoted using NLT, MSG, and NCV, and that they weren’t capital when talking about the Lord, but that’s just my personal preference.
This devo is definitely more for younger public school girls, ages 7-12. School issues, friendship troubles and such are all mentioned/covered. So, even though it might be geared for younger girls, it still pointed out things to me that I need to work on myself. ;)  

See y’all on Monday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher for this honest review.

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