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Dare U 2 Open This Book

Draw It, Write It, Dare 2 Live It
$9.99
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Quick Overview:

Dare U 2 Open this Book is not your typical 90-day devotional for guys. It’s an all-out open space for guys 8-12 to explore and learn more about themselves and their faith, using wacky applications and doodles to teach Bible truths.
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D-I-R-T. What kind of dirt are you? Eyeballs are on U. U know it. What kind of light R U?

Dare U 2 Open this Book is not your typical 90-day devotional for guys. It’s an all-out open space for you to explore and learn more about yourself and your faith. With prompts to get your mind thinking and your creative ideas flowing, turn your thoughts and emotions into dynamic doodles, fill in the prayer blanks, solve puzzles, and more.

Each of the short, single-page devotions includes a topic, quote, Scripture summary, plus doodles, journal prompts, lists, puzzles, quizzes, fill-in-the-blank prayers, and unique activities that explore Bible truths and ways to apply them—everyday. —Dare U 2 Open this Book challenges guys to follow Jesus. Best. Idea. Ever.

Contributor Carol McAdams Moore
Short Bio Carol McAdams Moore

Carol McAdams Moore writes for children and youth in the Christian and general markets. Her writing credits include work for David C. Cook; Urban Ministries, Inc.; Christian Education Warehouse; Clubhouse; Clubhouse, Jr.; Lifeway magazines; and The Christian Communicator. Her desire is that every child will answer Jesus’ call and discover God’s purpose for his or her own life.

UPC 025986742973
ISBN-10 0310742978
ISBN-13 9780310742975
Publish Date Sep 16, 2014
Weight (lbs) 0.4800
Height 9.00
Width 6.00
Length 192
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zonderkidz
Price $9.99
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Diane
Overall Rating
Dare U 2 Open This Book and Just Sayin' are two new devos--one for boys, one for girls-guaranteed to convince tweens that learning to follow Jesus is never boring!

These are active, engaging devotions, each based on a Scripture verse or short passage–but no two are ever alike! Pages are low on text, high on graphics and illustrations.

These devotions are high on Scripture exploration and application too. Here's an example from Dare U 2 Open This Book: The pages show Matthew 13:44 and a blank treasure map. The prompt is “What if … you drew a treasure map to help a friend find God?” Tweens learn more about themselves as they learn more about God–and it’s always fun! Each devotion challenges them to think, to consider–and then to doodle, write, take quizzes, solve puzzles, glue, paint–right in the book!

Author Carol McAdams Moore is a teacher who gets kids–all kids–and knows how to communicate in their language. Here’s an example from Just Sayin' (the book for girls):

“Covet” means … wanting something that is not yours. It’s just plain jelly. Don’t. Do. That. K?

And here’s one of the accompanying doodle prompts:

Doodle all the ways your eyes look when you really, really wish you had someone else’s stuff.

If you are buying gifts for tweens this Christmas, I can’t recommend these books highly enough!




(Posted on 12/22/14)
Review by Lisa
Overall Rating
I have been looking for a fun devotional for my oldest son. I found it in this awesome book. Dare U 2 Open This Book is a great 90 day devotional that is simple for them to do. My oldest son loves to draw so this book which encourages drawing on a lot of the pages is perfect for him. There are short bible verses included and thought provoking questions that really help him get to know himself and God. I am going to get this book for my younger 2 children. I received this book for review. All opinions are my own. (Posted on 12/4/14)
Review by InkBlotsbyTRD.blogspot.com
Overall Rating
Just Sayin' and Dare U 2 Open This Book are two new devotionals by Carol McAdams Moore for tweens/teens. Because these devotionals follow a very similar format, I will review these together, but will highlight the differences between the two books.

Let's start by looking at the basic framework of both Just Sayin' and Dare U 2 Open This Book. Each book has 90 devotions with large, easy to read text. Each devotion is numbered and starts with the words "Seriously? Let Me See That!" followed by a Bible quote. (Most quotes are from the NIV, some are from the NLT.) Some of the verses are followed by encouragement to read more (with reference to a particular Scripture location), and I really appreciate this.

The remainder of the 2 page spread for each devotion is a variety of activities: prompts, fill-in-the-blank, doodle areas, etc. There are also some short prayers included on some of the devotionals (not all). The prompts are varied and are not overwhelming (the spaces for doodles are not huge), so this seems very approachable for kids. The prompts are often reflective ("Think of a time when...", "Ever do ____?", "What do you do when...?", etc.). Some of the prompts seem to be a bit lacking and could have definitely benefited from a more "full" explanation, but in general they are self-explanatory.

These books are meant to be written and doodled in. Some of the prompts (particularly in Just Sayin') call for the use of glue, but these are just normal book pages and I don't feel they would hold up well with liquid glues. I would recommend dry adhesives such as tape and/or stickers.

Each of the devotional page spreads in Just Sayin' and Dare U 2 Open This Book are laid out differently, all in an appealing "doodle" style. The pages are greyscale (no color), but are still visually interesting.

I love the idea of these devotionals - study & worship combined with art. With the rising popularity of Bible journaling, I think these books are a great jumpstart for young ones.


Even though these books are very similar, there are some differences between the two, so let's look at Just Sayin' and Dare U 2 Open This Book individually now:

From the pink cover to the fluffy dog, you can judge this book by the cover - Just Sayin' is definitely aimed at a female audience.

One thing I noticed right off the bat about Just Sayin' is that the verses are often left at just that - verses. Where in other devotionals you would most likely find an explanation of the verses or at least a few thoughts about them, Just Sayin' generally doesn't have that. (This is something my 11 year old daughter noticed right away, too. We both would like to see more.) There are some specific times when an explanation and/or context would be very helpful, and I think the lack thereof really hurts the fantastic possibility of this book. For example: Devotional #4 references Zechariah 13:9, which feels very out of context. The page prompts for this particular devotional (#4) focus on gold, silver, and "bling", but a quick look at the verse context seems to show that this verse is talking about a remnant being refined and tested, not just glitz and glamour.

As you will find with many tween books these days, the language in Just Sayin' often falls victim to the dumbed-down approach to vocabulary. Words (if you can call them that) like "vacay", "prob", "fave", peeps", and "fab" make frequent appearances, as do abbreviations like "U R" (rather than "you are") and "R U" (rather than "are you"). I feel like this approach to tween/teen books isn't giving today's youth (or the information in the book) enough credit. I would have much rather seen whole words and quality vocabulary.

Even with those areas where I wish there had been some improvement, I can see this being my daughter's most effective (or at least one of the most effective) and engaging devotionals. (She has already asked me multiple times when I would be done reviewing it so she can get started on it.)


Although Dare U 2 Open This Book seems to be more geared toward a male audience, I can see this being a fantastic devotional for girls as well (it is not overly "male", where I would say Just Sayin' is definitely a "female" book).

I feel like Dare U 2 Open This Book has more explanations for the verses than I found in Just Sayin'. I still would have liked to see a bit more, though.

I felt like Dare U 2 Open This Book fell victim to the same dumbed-down approach as Just Sayin' as far as the vocabulary is concerned. Dare U 2 Open This Book had terms like "deets", "dude", "jot yur thots", "kicker" (for shoe), etc. Again, I feel like this approach to tween/teen books isn't giving today's youth (or the information in the book) enough credit. I would have much rather seen this book written with whole words and quality vocabulary.

All things considered, I am excited for my son to get started on Dare U 2 Open This Book. I think it will be a fantastic way for him to reflect on his own actions and to think about God.


I think both Just Sayin' and Dare U 2 Open This Book would make great gifts. I think they would be particularly great when given as a kit - including the book, some colored pencils, journaling pens, and maybe even some stickers.


FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews. (Posted on 12/2/14)
Review by Dianna
Overall Rating
Featuring 90 devotions geared specifically for boys they can write, draw, doodle and even glue things in it. It’s designed to pull out boys thoughts and ideas and give them a place to write out their thoughts and feelings. The devotions are short with scripture, topic, quotes and summaries and follows up with something fun to do. Recommended for boys ages 9 – 12.

I think this is a great book for boys to help them to get into the Word more and to help them to learn about things that apply specifically to boys in this age group.

I received a free copy in order to give my honest review. (Posted on 11/21/14)
Review by Virginia
Overall Rating
My 6yo is accustomed to devotionals that are not designed to be written in. He was thrilled to realize that he would be allowed to write and draw in this one. He’s working on another devotional right now, and wanted to know if he could “finish it off after he DARES 2 do this one.”

***Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): As a member of the Z Blog Squad, I received the aforementioned product from Zondervan to facilitate this review.*** (Posted on 11/17/14)
Review by The IE Mommy
Overall Rating
Dare U 2 Open This Book is basically the boy version of Just Sayin', also by Carol McAdams Moore. This is the perfect book for a young man who loves to draw and write as a way to express himself.

It's a little too old for my six year old but I know he will eventually love it because of his love of drawing. Right now he has a journal that he writes in and draws pictures so it's the perfect transition into a book like this for the tween years.

Moore is really in touch with this generation and has a gift for using todays tools to speak to the young. She uses their language with current slang like awesome, chow (for food) and even "just sayin'. It's very relevant to today with current references that kids will understand.

Boys are often thought to be less artsy than girls but I don't find that to be true at all in my house. My son and daughter both love to draw and Dare U 2 Open this Book will be great for Reed someday! (Posted on 11/8/14)
Review by Penny
Overall Rating
“Dare U 2 Open This Book” was sent to me by Zonderkids, a division of Zondervan Publishing, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review.
This is the coolest devotion book!! It is written by Carol McAdams for TEENS and TWEENS. I think it will go over really well with boys AND girls. There are 90 devotions. Each devotion includes verses and questions to think on, but it is very INTERACTIVE. There are sections to doodle, puzzles, quizzes, prayers to write, and other fun things to do – making it fun to study God’s Word.
In today’s busy busy society, we must give our children a reason to choose to read and study God’s Word or they normally will choose to hang with friends, watch TV, play on their electronic devices. I believe “Dare U 2 Open This Book” will give kids that reason because it is a FUN time of study.
I really like this devotional and would recommend it to parents and youth leaders to give to the young folks in their life.
(Posted on 10/31/14)
Review by Jalynn
Overall Rating
About the Book:

D-I-R-T. What kind of dirt are you? Eyeballs are on U. U know it. What kind of light R U? Dare U 2 Open this Book is not your typical 90-day devotional for guys. It s an all-out open space for you to explore and learn more about yourself and your faith. With prompts to get your mind thinking and your creative ideas flowing, turn your thoughts and emotions into dynamic doodles, fill in the prayer blanks, solve puzzles, and more. Each of the short, single-page devotions includes a topic, quote, Scripture summary, plus doodles, journal prompts, lists, puzzles, quizzes, fill-in-the-blank prayers, and unique activities that explore Bible truths and ways to apply them---everyday. ---Dare U 2 Open this Book challenges guys to follow Jesus. Best. Idea. Ever.

About the Author:

Carol McAdams Moore writes for children and youth in the Christian and general markets. Her writing credits include work for David C. Cook; Urban Ministries, Inc.; Christian Education Warehouse; Clubhouse; Clubhouse, Jr.; Lifeway magazines; and The Christian Communicator. Her desire is that every child will answer Jesus’ call and discover God’s purpose for his or her own life.

My Review:

Just like the authors devotional book for young girls, there is also one she has written for our boys. Written in the same style as the Just Sayin' devo so we have, Dare U 2 Open This Book: 90 Ways to Rock Your Faith. A great devotional to encourage and inspire young boys to be all that God has called them to be. Along with 90 scripture references it has room for activities, doodlings, and just many ways that a young man can express himself in a natural way.

I enjoy reviewing these type of devotionals because it can really help a young person that is struggling as well. They have so many things that they are tempted with on a daily basis and these type of devotionals show them how they can relax in Jesus. My boys enjoyed it because they love the activities. Momma loves it because the current thread throughout the whole book is Jesus. This book retails for $8.99 and is available link.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the Z Blog Squad. (Posted on 10/30/14)
Review by April
Overall Rating
Getting tween aged boys excited to read is a hard enough task! This new devotional for boys is not just about reading scripture it truly gives boys time to reflect and think about certain topics at length. I also love that the book has other activities inside it to keep boys entertained and give their mind a thinking break. The best thing is this book truly is relationship building with our Savior Jesus! (Posted on 10/25/14)

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