I know I broke the cardinal rule of this book by daring to peek inside the pages of this devotional designed for elementary aged boys. But, as a Sunday school teacher (not to mention an aunt, too), I’m always on the lookout for creative ways to share the gospel with my students and captivate their attention. So I jumped at the chance to review No Girls Allowed: Devotions for Boys by Jayce O’Neal.
O’Neal does a good job at incorporating familiar topics, characters or shows like Batman, basketball, Scrooge, video games and Nickelodeon into the devotions. Using a 2-page spread, every devotion contains a short story, scripture point, prayer, puzzle, things to do, list of additional scriptures that tie into the lesson’s main theme, and quotes from contemporary leaders.
I really like that the author shows boys how to apply the truths, found in each lesson, into their daily life through the things to do section. Although I appreciated the idea of including puzzles, I felt that more variety was needed rather than just secret codes, word search and crossword.
As someone wanting to use this to supplement Sunday school activities, I wished the book included an index showing the theme and/or scripture emphasis for each lesson. Just listing the name of the story in the table of contents provides little information about the aim of the devotion. More visually stimulating illustrations would also enhance the book. Overall, I think the book provides solid Biblical teaching and would be a good addition to preteen boys’ library.
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Thanks to Tyndale House for providing a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements in Advertising”.