#Truth: 365 Devotions for Teens Connecting Life and Faith

#Truth: 365 Devotions for Teens Connecting Life and Faith

by Josh McDowell


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Inspire. . . Challenge. . .  Fuel Your Faith.

This daily devotional from Josh McDowell unpacks spiritual truths that will inspire, challenge, and fuel your soul every day of the year—from January 1 to December 31.
Practical and relevant, each month of devotional readings shares a common theme—


Truth Is. . . 365 Youth Devotions Connecting Life and Faith will lead you to understand the truths of God and how living them out is beneficial in your everyday life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634099752
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 379,039
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Josh McDowell has been at the forefront of cultural trends and groundbreaking ministry for over five decades. He shares the essentials of the Christian faith in everyday language so that youth, families, churches, leaders, and individuals of all ages are prepared for the life of faith and the work of the ministry. This includes leveraging resources based on years of experiences, new technologies, and strategic partnerships. Since 1961, Josh has delivered more than 27,000 talks to over 25,000,000 people in 125 countries. He is the author or coauthor of 142 books, including More Than a Carpenter and New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, recognized by World Magazine as one of the top 40 books of the twentieth century. Josh's books are available in over 100 different languages. Josh and his wife,Dottie, are quick to acknowledge that after their love for the Lord, family is their greatest joy and top priority.  They have been married for 46 years and have four wonderful children and ten beloved grandchildren. For more information, please visit www.josh.org. 


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An Awesome God

January 1

First Things First

My Bible Reading:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

How about those New Year's resolutions? At the beginning of the year some students might resolve to make better grades, work out more, eat healthier, play less video games, etc. The idea of a new year naturally leads to thinking of a fresh start, a new beginning.

The first verse of the Bible starts off with a new beginning when it says "In the beginning God ..." (Genesis 1:1). Everything in the universe had its beginning with God. That's the best way to start a new year — beginning with God first.

Jesus talked about putting God first and how everything else would be taken care of in your life. He said not to worry about material things like what you're going to eat or drink or wear. He said, "Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God [first] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need" (Matthew 6:32–33).

Truth is, that's an awesome New Year's promise: put God first in your life and God will take care of you. And you can count on it, because "the LORD always keeps his promises; he is gracious in all he does" (Psalm 145:13).

My Prayer:God, You are the new beginning to everything. Thank You for all that You created and all that You provide. Help me put You first and keep You first in my life this year, starting today. You are an awesome God! Amen.

January 2

Totally Awesome

My Bible Reading:

"Do not forget the things I have done throughout history. For I am God — I alone! I am God, and there is no one else like me." (Isaiah 46:9 NLT)

What does "totally awesome" mean? Words like truly impressive, absolutely astonishing, incredibly amazing, mind-blowing, breath-taking, magnificent, stunning — those are some words that define totally awesome.

Yet the meaning of the word awesome goes deeper than thinking of something being terrific. The idea of awesome can also represent a feeling of fear and wonder; it is that sense of awe and amazement of the truly extraordinary. And it is this total sense of awesomeness that best expresses the view of the Almighty God of the universe.

Truth is, the prophet Isaiah went on to explain that God never had a beginning nor will He have an ending. He is all-powerful, everywhere-present, all-knowing, and unchanging. That is really a totally awesome God!

My Prayer:I am in awe of You, God. You are beyond awesome. And what is so mind-blowing and beyond my comprehension is that even though You are so great and beyond me — You have chosen to love the likes of me. Thank You! That is awesome! Amen.

January 3

Who Is Forever?

My Bible Reading:

Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God. (Psalm 90:2)

Did you have a goldfish when you were really young? Where is it now? What's your first memory of the car your parents owned? What happened to that car? Remember the burning candles on your last birthday cake? How long did the flames last?

If you had a goldfish, it has long passed away. The car your parents had when you were born is probably on the junk heap. And the burning candles on your birthday cake? They have long been snuffed out. Everything in this world and everything you experience has an end. But not so of God. He has no beginning and has no end. "You are always the same" — the Bible says of God — "you will live forever" (Psalm 102:27).

Truth is, the idea of a forever — someone who had no beginning and has no ending — stretches the mind. But that is part of who God is, an everlasting, eternal, and forever God. But as difficult as that is to grasp, here is the amazing thing. You are a forever person too if you have placed your trust in Jesus.

My Prayer:I am so thankful that You are forever. While I can't comprehend the idea of a never-ending life, I am so glad You offer me life eternal with You. You are an awesome God. I love that You are forever, and I am thankful I know You as my eternal God. Amen.

January 4

A Real Superhero

My Bible Reading:

"O Sovereign LORD! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you!" (Jeremiah 32:17)

Superheroes: Superman, Superwoman, Iron Man, Wonder Woman, Wolverine, Storm, Batman, Raven, the list goes on. Wouldn't it be great to personally know one of these characters? What would it be like to hang out with Superman, Wolverine, Storm, or Raven? Having a superhero as a friend could feel quite prestigious and would pretty much guarantee you a lot of "friends."

Superheroes are fictional, of course. But in their world they all have some weaknesses or limitations. Not so with the God of the Bible. "'I know that you [God] can do anything,'" Job said, "'and no one can stop you'" (Job 42:2). God doesn't tire out. There is no limit to His power. No one can defeat Him. He may give people freedom to do what they want for a time, but eventually, in the end, God wins out. Think of the advantage of knowing a superhero winner like that.

Truth is, God is a powerful God who is there to strengthen and guide you. He wants you to rely on Him every day as your friend and superhero.

My Prayer:You are the Almighty God who can accomplish anything. Help me today to rely on You and tap into Your strength for what I need. Thank You that You are powerful and that You love me. Amen.

January 5

Your Image

My Bible Reading:

Then God said, "Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us." (Genesis 1:26)

Before the sun ever shone, before the rain ever fell, before there was air to breathe ... there was relationship. Think about it. The eternal God of the universe has always existed as relationship. God the Father has always loved His Son; God the Son has always loved His Father; and God the Holy Spirit has always loved both the Father and the Son. In this cycle of perfect relationship God created you. Why? He created you in His relational image so you could experience and enjoy all the benefits relationships offer.

Truth is, God didn't create you because He needed relationships — He already existed as relationship. He created you because by nature He has a relational heart and He wants you to enjoy the goodness of life in relationship with Him and others. That's a great image to live out!

My Prayer:Thank You for creating me in Your relational image. I want to experience relationship like You. In this New Year teach me to have a compassionate and loving heart like You. Help me express that to someone today. Amen.

January 6

Hide & Seek

My Bible Reading:

"If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you," says the LORD. (Jeremiah 29:13–14)

Who hasn't played hide-and-seek at one time or another? "1, 2, 3, 4 ... 10. Ready or not, here I come!" The idea, of course, was to find your friends and tag them before they touched home base and became safe. You may have outgrown the hide-and-seek game, but God still wants you to "play" a version of that game with Him.

In many respects God is hidden from you because He is not a material being. The Bible says, "'God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth'" (John 4:24). Even though He is invisible to you, He wants you to seek Him so you will experience His spiritual presence every day in your life.

Truth is, Jesus said to seek and "keep on seeking, and you will find" (Matthew 7:7). He really wants to be found so you can feel Him close to you, like a best friend. Keep seeking Him because He's the best thing in life!

My Prayer: Thank You that You want me to find You and know You as my best friend. Give me more of a desire to seek You out in Your Word and in prayer. And let me find all that I need in You today. Amen.

January 7

Count on It

My Bible Reading:

"Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:20)

There aren't a lot of things you can count on in life. But there are some. Try this out on a friend. Ask someone to:

1. Choose a number — any number.

2. Double it.

3. Add twelve to that number.

4. Divide the new number by two, then subtract the original number.

5. Now add one.

Then tell the person the number he or she has is seven! It will surprise your friend because you will be right. The answer will always be seven. Test it out yourself. If you followed the instructions exactly, your answer will always come out to seven. Whether you start with five or fifty billion, the final number will be seven. That is a mathematical truth you can count on.

Truth is, at times people and situations in life can be disappointing and you may wish you could have someone to count on. And you do! Jesus will always be there for you — always, every time. It is in God's nature to always be true. He never changes. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).

My Prayer: Thank You that You were there for me yesterday, that I can count on You to be there for me today, and that You will be there for me for the rest of my life and beyond. Help me share this truth with a friend today. Amen.

January 8


My Bible Reading:

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (1 Peter 5:7)

Do you ever worry? Do you sometimes worry you won't make a good enough score on a test? What about sports? There are always worries about not doing enough to win or helping the team win. There are relationship worries like, "Am I likable enough or will the people I care about remain my friends for very long?" There are home-life worries like, "Will my family always be a safe and peaceful place where I can relax and be accepted for just being myself?"

Now use your imagination. Imagine Jesus materializing and visiting you in a quiet place. He places a hand on your shoulder and in a soft voice says, "I really care what is happening to you right now. It hurts Me that you hurt. I want you to know that I'm here for you, no matter what."

You begin to open up and share with Jesus the details of your struggle. He leans forward and says in a caring voice, "I'm really sorry you're going through all this." You look closer and see tears of compassion filling His eyes.

Then just as you are about to get up, Jesus reaches out and touches your arm. In a tender voice, He says, "I want you to know that I'm your safe place. You can always come to Me without fear of rejection or ridicule. I'll be your closest friend."

Truth is, Jesus isn't an imaginary friend. He is real and He cares about everything that is happening to you. He says, "'Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age'" (Matthew 28:20).

My Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, that You care about me and all that is happening in my life. Help me accept that and bring my worries and cares to You each day. I know You are with me and You do care. Amen.

January 9

Ultimate Goodness

My Bible Reading:

"He is the Rock; his deeds are perfect. Everything he does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright he is!" (Deuteronomy 32:4)

Think about your happiest moment in life. What was your best meal ever? Where was your best vacation? Remember the most beautiful sight you ever saw? As you think about those, you are recalling moments of joy, contentment, beauty, and goodness. Now, where did all those good things come from?

The Bible says, "Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father" (James 1:17). He is the originator of all that is good. It's not that God just does things that are perfectly good. He is perfectly good by His very nature. He is "'the one who is holy and true'" (Revelation 3:7). "'The LORD is just! He is my rock! There is no evil in him!'" (Psalm 92:15).

Truth is, the reason you can count on God to do good and honor what He says He will do is that, by His very nature, He is true and holy and right. God will not and cannot go against His goodness and do wrong. There is absolutely no evil in His character and "it is impossible for God to lie" (Hebrews 6:18). "He remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is" (2 Timothy 2:13).

My Prayer: Thank You, God, for Your goodness. I want to reflect Your goodness in my own life. Help me show some goodness to others today. Maybe as a result, someone will see a little of Your goodness in me. Amen.

January 10

He Knows It All!

My Bible Reading:

O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I'm far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD. ... Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! (Psalm 139:1–6)

God knows a lot! He knows everything about your past. He knows everything about who you are right now. And He knows every thought, motive, and deed you'll ever have and do in your future. That may seem a little scary at first, but since God is all-knowing it means He has all the answers to life as well.

Truth is, relying on such an all-knowing God would make sense, and that is precisely what He wants you to do. "Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take" (Proverbs 3:5–6).

My Prayer: I am so thankful that You are all-knowing. I don't want to rely on my own knowledge to plan my today or tomorrows. Help me know Your will for my life. Show me the paths I should take. You are an awesome God who cares about me and my future. I want to follow Your ways. Amen.

January 11

Faith Plus

My Bible Reading:

It is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)

Doesn't everything we believe about God, the Bible, and the Christian religion boil down to faith — sincerely believing? A lot of people will say that, but that's not what the Bible says or what God expects. The Bible says, "Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1 NASB). So where do the assurance and conviction of your faith come from? They actually come from a "faith plus"— a faith plus evidence or knowledge of the things not seen.

Have you ever flown in a plane? You exercise faith when you do. You believe the pilot can fly the plane safely even though you don't generally see him. You probably have never seen the expert engineers and machinists who built the plane, but you believe the aircraft is safe. Your assurance of safety comes from your knowledge that the airline company has a good track record and the evidence of expert pilots. You put your faith in the plane and pilot plus the evidence that airplanes are a safe form of travel. It's faith plus evidence that gives assurance and conviction to your belief.

Truth is, Jesus doesn't want you to blindly believe in Him and His Word. He wants you to explore the evidence that God is real, that His Word is reliable, that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died and rose from the dead to purchase your salvation. Jesus wants you to have a faith plus — a belief that is backed up with evidence. That will give your faith assurance and conviction.


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#Truth: 365 Devotions for Teens Connecting Life and Faith 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
DebReads More than 1 year ago
A well written and insightful devotional, filled with a year's worth of Biblical truths. I liked the format of this book and thought that it was easy to read. Each daily entry was formatted the same way, starting with a portion of scripture in the section "My Bible Reading." The "Truth is" sections were filled with everyday, meaningful, life applications. I loved the "My Prayer" sections, as each one took lessons from the life applications and zoned them into a focused prayer for each day. This book was written for teens, but many others would benefit from reading it. My favorite entries were focused on being thankful and grateful. This book was filled with so many good truths to think about and focus on. Read it and be blessed. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
BH More than 1 year ago
#Truth: 365 Devotions for Teen Connecting Life and Faith, written by Josh McDowell was an interesting read. I gave this book to my own teen to read it and asked for a review from their perspective. We usually use the King James Version and would have preferred KJV. My teen thought it was pretty good. Seemed to be encouraged by it. I thought it was well-written and that given to teens could encourage their life and faith in the Lord. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. All thoughts and comments are my own.
BookwormGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is a very down-to-earth devotional for teenagers, but any adult would enjoy it too. Simple layout, easy to read, meaningful but not too deep. I'm going to pass this along to my grandson. He will enjoy it, I'm sure. ..... I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Gayla_Mazzuca More than 1 year ago
Thought Provoking Daily Devotional for Teens I was very impressed with this book of 365 days of devotionals for teens. I co-lead a small group of about 20 8th grade girls at my church and I’m always looking for a resource to help these impressionable young girls learn more about God and his word in words that they can understand. Sometimes the Bible is hard to understand and relate to no matter the version and this book helps put the Bible in words and situations that these girls can use to relate to their own lives. The daily devotionals deal with life situations that teens face every day and gives them the Bible verses and teachings to help them deal with things like putting God before everything else, their choice of friends, peer pressure, and a host of other things that teens now face daily. Even though I only see these girls one to two days a week, we always start out each get together with a couple of devotionals from the book that I have pre-selected that go with the current teachings from the youth pastor. They always lead to great conversation and practical discussions on navigating life as a teen. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review
JenniferKPowell More than 1 year ago
#truth by Josh McDowell is an excellent devotional combining scripture reading, an everyday example, and the truth that connects the two. Each devotion then ends with a short prayer. As a middle-aged woman, I enjoyed the devotions and it confirmed many truths I have learned over the years. I hope that it is a great resource for teens as they begin connecting the truth of the Bible to their everyday world. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
SusanS More than 1 year ago
I am very impressed with Josh McDowell’s devotional, #truth. This book with 365 devotions for teens does exactly what it says on the front cover…it connects life and faith. Each devotional consists of three main parts: My Bible Reading which has a scripture and short commentary, Truth is which concisely states the truth from that scripture, and My Prayer, which offers a short prayer relating to the devotion. The book is laid out month by month, in such a way that will lead teens from the beginning of a walk with God to a deeper relationship. Each devotion is one page, easily read after getting dressed for the day or before going to bed at night. I highly recommend this book for teens It is an excellent Christmas gift for teenaged grandchildren! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
JLink More than 1 year ago
#truth 365 Devotions for Teens by Josh McDowell is a great teen devotional. I like how the devotions are organized by a different topic each month. It gives a nice flow to the book. I wish something like this had been available when I was a teenager. Of course, at the time I probably wouldn't have appreciated it. The book begins on January 1st, but I assume you could begin whenever you wanted and just keep going for a year. Each day has a verse, a situation, a truth, and a prayer. I will be holding onto this devotional book for my boys to use in the future. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
5643437 More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.  For many years I have been a subscriber of the YouVersion App and with four children - three of whom are still teenagers, I spend a lot of time looking for resources for them to get them into God's Word.  Josh McDowell does an excellent job of filling that need. This book includes 365 devotions for teenagers that connect life with faith.  The Scripture passages are relatively short and easy to read.  He then includes a short passage with some explanations or insight into the passage being read.  Each day also includes a section which begins with "Truth is...." where Josh McDowell offers additional facts and information. At the end of each day is a section entitled "My Prayer", which gives the reader a chance to have an already made prayer.  I definitely recommend this book.
readerscozycorner More than 1 year ago
I thought this devotional was very good. I liked how it was broken up into different sections that had different topics. It is laid out well. It is easy to read and understand. I liked that it was simple and the size of the devotion each day was short. A manageable size for teens to do before school each day or just before bed. I think this would be a great gift for any teen in your life. I received this book from Barbour Publishing for free. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.
dancinginsardinia More than 1 year ago
This is a good resource for older teens and those wanting a faith based devotional for the year. It clearly marks sections of scripture, truth, your prayer for the day and something to ponder. I love the clean layout of the pages and sections. I would have preferred the use of just the KJV of the bible. All in all a good resource. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Wilani More than 1 year ago
This was well written and appropriate for teens. I did have a problem in that it used other versions besides the King James. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
Daily devotionals that inspire and encourage. The author gives easy to read devotions and encouraging thoughts. Scripture reading for each day is included. This devotional is great for teens and adults. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
catangel2 More than 1 year ago
I was impressed by this devotional from Day 1. It starts with a few paragraphs, then a "Truth Is" statement followed by a prayer. These devotions are short, easy-to-read, and very practical. They will help teens to understand basic Bibical truths and put them into practice. I believe teens will like this because each devotion is only one page long. I also think adults can learn from this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
KLF More than 1 year ago
#Truth hits the nail on the head for the teens of our world today. Mr McDowell continues to be relevant to teens in an ever changing and very Godless society. He takes the truth of the Gospel and relates it to reality for teens today. The concepts are simply put but written in such a way to show teens their need for the Lord, and how they can grow beyond that in the Lord. He makes basic Biblical doctrine easily understood and easy to apply. #Truth is absolutely Biblical, relevant, and applicable to teens of any kind searching for the truth or seeking to grow in it! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing, and was under no obligation to post a review.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
#Truth 365 Devotions for Teens Connecting Life and Faith By Josh McDowell Looking for a devotional that will take you through the year? Well, #Truth from Josh McDowell just might be what you are looking for. Each month is themed meaning the devotions fall under this theme. And as a point of note #Truth has 29 days in February so you can read this devotional any year. Though this devotional is targeted at teens the messages are of importance to all who want to learn more about God and the truth about Him. each day is a whole page - no shared pages or days with this devotional. What is each month's focus you ask? Here is a brief synopsis along with the stated theme at the beginning of each month. January = An Awesome God The power of God over life and nature and His holy and pure being are examined. February = Totally Inspired God's words won't change or end while this world exists and we can know His thoughts through the Bible, which reveals all we need to know. March = You Choose Sin is a choice and we need to determine if we will choose to follow and trust God or choose the separation that sin brings. April = He Entered My World Jesus gave up His divine powers to experience life as us so that we would have the chance to know eternal life and freedom from sin's deadly consequences. May = The Price of Forgiveness Humanity's redemption was at the cost of Jesus' death and His temporary separation from God as He took our sins upon Himself. June = The Power to Save Salvation is a gift from God, not something we can boast of earning. God alone has this power, He is the only way to salvation and life after death if we accept His gift. July = A New Person Accepting God's gift makes us want to change, to be who we were meant to be if sin hadn't had an effect on us. August = No End in Death Death was the sacrifice that Jesus made to save us, but His death would have been meaningless if He had not risen from death. He conquered sin and death with His resurrection. September = Empowered The Spirit of God (Holy Spirit) was the internal presence of God in the life of those who believed (trusted) that Jesus was the Son of God. This presence identifies us as being with God and allows us to exhibit spiritual gifts. October = How You View the World A relationship with God changes how we see our place in the world, we view ourselves as members of a kingdom that has not yet come, to our perspective, in a physical sense, a kingdom free of sin and death. November = Real Community The true Church is not a building but rather all believers (think how all the different parts of your body make up you) the same is true of the Church. We are there to comfort and to encourage one another and be thankful for ALL He has done for us. December = Waiting for His Return After He arose from His death Jesus ascended into Heaven (which can be a difficult concept to fully understand). He remains there today waiting for us while preparing a new home that is without sin, sorrow, or pain. This is a perfect start or end to your day - a way to learn more about God and His gift given freely to any willing to accept it. The devotionals passages are not overwhelming in giving too much, but rather a small portion perfect for reflection and examination upon finishing. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Soupersally More than 1 year ago
#truth 365 Devotions for Teens is an excellent tool to help the teens in today's world. I like how each month shares a common theme for example: January: The Truth That God Exists, and November: The Truth about The Church. Each day is one page and has a short Bible reading, a short explanation, and a "Truth is" statement and a prayer. Teens usually keep busy and this book would not weigh the teen down since it is short and very effective. I like the format and the easy reading style. A very helpful way to guide a teen to take the right path. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the concept of this devotional for teens. I like that each month has a theme and each day is dated for easy reference. It starts with a Bible reading, discusses it, then I loved the Truth is part, and closes with a prayer. Great way for a teen to start their day before facing the world. I look forward to sharing with my grandson. Easy to understand and Josh MnDowell has a way of connecting with teens. I recommend this not only for teens but for the parents as well. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
TerriMcNabb More than 1 year ago
#truth by Josh McDowell This is a wonderful devotional! The book is titled as 365 Devotions for Teens, Connecting LIFE and FAITH. I would argue that this is appropriate for pre-teens as well and even new Christians that want some of the basic questions answered but are sometimes afraid to ask. Each devotional is exactly one page. PERFECT! Especially for the teen who has a million things to do. Each page starts in scripture and ends in a prayer. I LOVE this in that it instills the basic essentials right away and establishes the habit of prayer. While meant for a daily individual devotional, it could easily be used in a small group situation as well. A nice touch is that in 365 days, this devotional gives you a systematic view of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Wonderful! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
I like the straightforward and easy to understand setup of this devotional. Each month has a theme and each daily devotion is dated. Each devotional page begins with the presentation of a Bible verse, followed by a couple of short paragraphs of discussion about the verse. Josh McDowell then wraps it all up in a “Truth is” statement, followed by a short prayer. I absolutely loved the “Truth is” statements. They hit the mark and got straight to the fact of the matter. These truths, and the way they are presented at the end of the devotion, will be what really sticks with the teen as they go through the day or as they are falling asleep at night. The devotions should not take very long for a teen to add to their busy lives and cover a wide range of topics. Hopefully the reader will also be doing some deeper Bible reading, too, but I definitely recommend this clear and easy to understand guide. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
homeschoolmom24 More than 1 year ago
About the Book: Inspire. . . Challenge. . . Fuel Your Faith. This daily devotional from Josh McDowell unpacks spiritual truths that will inspire, challenge, and fuel your soul every day of the year--from January 1 to December 31. Practical and relevant, each month of devotional readings shares a common theme— January: THE TRUTH THAT GOD EXISTS February: THE TRUTH ABOUT GOD'S WORD March: THE TRUTH ABOUT ORIGINAL SIN April: THE TRUTH ABOUT GOD BECOMING HUMAN May: THE TRUTH ABOUT CHRIST'S ATONEMENT FOR SIN June: THE TRUTH ABOUT JUSTIFICATION THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST July: THE TRUTH ABOUT LIVING THE TRANSFORMED LIFE August: THE TRUTH ABOUT JESUS' BODILY RESURRECTION September: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE TRINITY October: THE TRUTH ABOUT GOD'S KINGDOM November: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE CHURCH December: THE TRUTH ABOUT CHRIST'S RETURN. Truth Is. . . 365 Youth Devotions Connecting Life and Faith will lead you to understand the truths of God and how living them out is beneficial in your everyday life. My Review: Josh McDowell is and always will be a favorite in our home. I really enjoy his thoughts on the apologetics subject and so I thought this devotional would be a good one for my teenagers. Turns out I was right. They enjoyed the feel of this devotional. It is a one on one approach. Which pretty much is how this author operates. My kids and myself like that type of approach. It felt as if he was talking directly to them about God and life in general. The author chooses the shortest lesson possible which is good for my teenagers. They want to connect each day with Jesus but they are always in a hurry. But in my mind I'm just glad at least they settle down long enough for a little bit of Jesus. This devotional is good all year long. With 365 days worth of Jesus, your teen has the opportunity to go out in the world that day a world changer. They will be armed with a solid truth to share with humanity. **Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.
Carolm More than 1 year ago
i highly recommend this devotional for youth. It has an easy to comprehend format. each day starts with scripture, followed by an way to implement the scripture into teens lives in a format that they can relate to. Each days devotion ends with a prayer for implementing the devotion. This is easy to read and is the right length for the busy youth of today. i received a complentary copy of this book from Barbour publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
NKBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
"#Truth 365 Devotions for Teens Connecting LIFE and FAITH" by author Josh McDowell is a paperback one year devotion for teenagers. Published by Barbour it is packed full of inspiration for middle and high schoolers. The cover is plain white and to the point: #truth. Teens don't want a lot of extras. Just get to the point with them. Author McDowell has written a lot of books. He relates well to family and children, having four kids and ten grandkids of his own. This devotional shows how he knows teens and to talk to them. In this book, each month takes on a different truth or topic. All twelve of them are things teenagers ask about and wonder. The daily devotions themselves are only one page long. Long enough to make a point and short enough to fit into a busy schedule or maintain interest. The date and title is at the top of the page. Next comes a scripture reading, the questions, truth is answer, and a prayer closes the day. It is simple, easy, and powerful. McDowell takes faith and life for teenagers and joins them together. He presents truth and answers questions that will assist in spiritual growth and everyday walk with God. This is a well written, organized, thought provoking book. It will encourage, enlighten, and engage all readers. Topics are relevant. Each month a truth is discussed. Here is a sampling of the first quarter. January: The Truth That God Exists February: ...About God's Word March: ...About Original Sin April: ...About God Becoming Human I, as a grandmother, even enjoyed and was inspired by this book. On my grandmother's birthday the devotion was about not worrying. "Give Worries Away." That is something everyone struggles with from time to time, and my grandmother would often say not to worry. It was extra special to read that message on what would have been her birthday. The devotion was great, too. There is nothing in this book except one page devotions. No acknowledgements, nothing about the author, no group study questions. The first page starts January, An Awesome God and the last page is December 31 Forever Grateful. This is for broadening a relationship with Abba. I highly recommend it. It would be the perfect Christmas gift, birthday gift, or just because gift. A 5 out of 5 star rating from me for this awesome book! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Jdp15 More than 1 year ago
#Truth by Josh McDowell is an easy to read daily devotional. Each month has a theme, starting with "The Truth that God Exists" and ending with "The Truth about Christ's Return." Each day starts with a Bible verse and ends with a prayer. The daily devotions share the truth about the Bible verses and topics mentioned in a straightforward manner. The title #Truth speaks for itself, as this devotional is filled with Biblical truths about major topics. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
DChatley More than 1 year ago
Excellent 366 day devotional (includes a devotional for leap day) for young people with one or two key verses for the day, a short devotional reading, a statement of truth, and a prayer with each one. Each day will only take 2/3 minutes to read so very practical for today's busy teen. My favorite part is the truth statements as it is a snippet of truth they can hold unto in their mind for the day as they live in a world that tells them truth is relative. But this reminds them that God and His Word is never changing. Additionally, each month has a particular truth focus such as July is 'Truth about living the transformed life'. February is 'Truth about Gods Word'. So each day within that month builds on that theme. Also, I love the title of # (hashtag) Truth, very catchy and relevant in a teens world revolving around social media. While I'm not a teen myself, I work with young people in the church, and have young people in my family including my daughter who I'm going to share this book with as I know she will enjoy it immensely. In fact, I think this would be an excellent Christmas gift for the nieces and nephews this year. What better gift than truth for their hearts and minds. Highly recommend for young people and families alike. Could even be used as a family devotional if your children are preteen, teen or young adult. Get your copy today. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
DSaff More than 1 year ago
#truth is a new teen devotional by Josh McDowell. It is a devotional about "Connecting LIFE and FAITH." Teens are especially vulnerable to things that would pull them away from God, but this devotional just might help them keep that relationship strong and vibrant. #truth is set up much like most devotionals. Each daily reading is dated to go through the year, with a title that gives the reader a clue to what that day is about. There is a Bible reading, a devotion, a "Truth Is" section, and a prayer. Each devotional is easy to read and packed with a powerful message. The "Truth Is" portion is written directly to the reader and points out the importance of the message, bringing it to life. I really like this teen devotional and can't wait to give it as a gift. Too many times teens are looking for their place and they don't know where to turn. This book of practical Bible teachings may help them along the way. I recommend it! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.