Sunday, October 10, 2010


Title: ALWAYS: A Teen Devotional
Author: Melody Carlson
Publisher: Revell
October 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3256-1
Genre: Inspirational/teen/devotional

ALWAYS is a teen devotional designed especially for teens. Using a new modern translation of the Bible, the verses are easy to read and understand in today’s language. Ms. Carlson follows each verse up with a well thought out devotional with relates to both the verse and today’s lifestyle. Then the devotional is followed up by a prayer, and another verse. There is also a key point included which is your thought to carry on.

I have three teenagers and we used this devotional together for several days to see how we each like it. Overwhelmingly, my teens were in favor of the devotional, finding it easy to read and relate to, but being raised in a more conservative church (read: King James Version only) they had questions about the translations that Ms. Carlson used. But one of my sons mentioned that maybe it wouldn’t hurt to think outside the box with the scripture.

So, with the people who’s opinions matter most, this book received four thumbs up (one from each teen and one from their eight year old sister). I really liked it too. I like that it is designed to reach teens at their level, instead of being too easy or too complicated.

If you are looking for a good devotional for your teens then ALWAYS would definitely be a book to look at. $11.99. 190 pages.

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