I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Jesus, a 365-Day Devotional is published by Zonderkidz, a division of Zondervan Press. Each message, whether from the Old or New Testament, shows how all things point to Him — who Jesus was, and His purpose in coming to earth.
Targeting a teen audience, this devotional has a simple layout, each reading on a single page with a colour strip across the top of the page highlighting the verse for the day, a middle section with the message tying together the point of the verse to Jesus and to the reader’s personal life, and the bottom section highlighting a simple, relevant, 2 or 3 sentence prayer. It is all written in easy-to-understand language, often with slightly more difficult or unfamiliar words explained in brackets, and the prayers are simple and straightforward.
Rather than using dates which can often put undue pressure on the reader, each reading is numbered so you can start any day of the year. The messages begin with Genesis and go straight through the Bible. I liked the section that featured the purpose of the tabernacle the Israelites built in the desert and how they tied each part to Jesus (Day 24-30). I also liked the transition to the New Testament when it begins using Jesus’ own words and actions, his miracles, and how He impacted His followers.
While this is written simply in order for younger people to understand and enjoy it, there is still a message for older people whether they have an understanding of the Bible or are new to the faith and seeking to learn and develop the discipline of starting or ending each day with meaningful time with the Lord. Parents wanting to purchase a devotional for their own teen might wish to take a look through it first but I think this is an excellent place to start for a young believer wanting to begin the practice of daily devotions. * * * * *