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Just Sayin'

Write 'Em, Draw 'Em, Hide 'Em in Your Heart
$9.99
Format: Paperback

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Quick Overview:

Just Sayin’ is not your typical 90-day devotional for girls. It’s an all-out open space for girls 8-12 to explore and learn more about themselves and their faith, using creative, wacky applications and doodles to teach Bible truths.
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Write ‘em, Draw ‘em, Hide ‘em In Your Heart

Just Sayin’ isn’t your typical 90-day devotional for girls. It’s an all-out open space for you to explore and learn more about yourself and your faith. Prompts get your mind thinking, ideas flowing, and help turn your thoughts and emotions into dynamic doodles and so much more! Let that God-given gift of creativity shine each and every day!

Each of the short devotions is designed for girls just like you, with relevant topics, quotes, and Scripture, plus doodles, journal prompts, lists, puzzles, quizzes, fill-in-the-blank prayers, or unique activities. They explore Bible truths and ways to apply them—everyday. Just Sayin’ challenges girls to follow Jesus every day. Best. Idea. Ever.

Contributor Carol McAdams Moore
Short Bio

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 025986742980
ISBN-10 0310742986
ISBN-13 9780310742982
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 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 12/2/2014)
Review by Dianna
Overall Rating
recommended for ages 9 to 12. This 90 day devotional is a great way to get your girls into the word and getting creative as they study. Also has a topic, quote, scripture and summaries this features places for doodling, quizzes to take and lots of fun while teaching your daughter to grow closer to God.

My girls love quizzes and drawing and this is the perfect kind of devotional that will get them involved daily in the word and help them with things that are relevant to them. I highly recommend this book.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. (Posted on 11/21/2014)
Review by The IE Mommy
Overall Rating
I think the "tween" years are so important when it comes to developing a relationship with God. It's such a confusing and complicated time in life and having a healthy prayer life can make all the difference in the world. Just Sayin' is a cute devotional just for girls that will really reach them on their level and help them accomplish that daily communication with God.

I like the little slogan on the cover that basically sums up the overall design of the book: "Write 'Em, Draw 'Em, Hide 'Em in your Heart." Kids this age are known to love doodling in notebooks and anything they can get their hands on. This gives them an outlet for that in such a healthy way. For example, on one devotional, or "devo" as Moore calls them talks about how we all make mistakes but Jesus took it upon himself on the cross. Then it tells them to doodle a cross as a reminder.

There's another one that asks what Apps help remind them to be more like Jesus. Moore is great at taking todays modern language and technology and applying it to a healthy relationship with God. I really like the way this devotional is so far outside the box of anything I've ever seen but is right on when it comes to reaching this generation.

Just Sayin' is a great devo for young girls that will speak to them in ways a traditional devotional can't. (Posted on 11/8/2014)
Review by April
Overall Rating
This 90 day devotional is sure to spark a new interest in your tween or teen. This book captures interests by allowing them to write, draw, and bring deep level thinking for each day.

I was very tempted to use this book for myself since it looks so fun and would create a self discovery with Christ's focus. Each day would only take about 5 minutes but could be longer if you explored more and reflected more.

Thanks Zondervan for supplying this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid for this review and all opinions expressed are 100% mine.


(Posted on 11/2/2014)
Review by Jalynn
Overall Rating
About the Book:

Soft heart, hard heart, which R U? Throwing stones? No! Stop the rocks. Silver, gold---B.L.I.N.G. That is Y-O-U in God s eyes. Just Sayin isn't your typical 90-day devo for girls. It s an all-out open space for you to explore and learn more about yourself and your faith. Prompts get your mind thinking, ideas flowing, and help turn your thoughts and emotions into dynamic doodles and more! Each of the short, single-page devos were designed for girls just like you, with relevant topic, quotes, Scripture, 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. Just Sayin challenges girls to follow Jesus every day. 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:

Our girls these days have a hard time remembering what they are in God's eyes. That is why I'm happy to see devotionals like these. Just Sayin': 90 Ways To Rock Your Faith Devotional, is dedicated to teaching girls that they are not what this "world" says they are. It is a devotional designed to encourage, inspire, and uplift them to be the beautiful creature God sees. But this devo doesnt stop there, it is filled with 90 scripture passages along with activities to draw the heart out of any young girl that feels she is not worthy.

As a parent of a 17 year old daughter, I can see what this world will do to our little girls. And I'm glad that there are devotionals like these on the market used to help our girls find who they are in Christ. This book retails for $8.99 and you can find it at this link



**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the Z Blog Squad.. (Posted on 10/30/2014)
Review by Lynda
Overall Rating
I get sent a lot of books each year to review - some are excellent, some, not so much. But, the other day Zonderkidz sent me two books for children 8 to 12 years old which I love and am very happy to let you know about! Dare U 2 Open This Book is a unique devotional for guys and Just Sayin' is for girls - if you are looking for a devotional which you can recommend to the families in your ministry; definitely take a look at these two books! Let's take a closer look at both of them . . .

Dare U 2 Open This Book
Just Sayin'
Author - Carol McAdams Moore
Publisher - Zonderkidz
Ages - 8-12 years old

Favorite Features -
Each book has devotions for 90 days
Each devotion includes a topic, Scripture to read, devotional thoughts to consider, questions to ponder and space to doodle what it means to you, what it causes you to think about, how you might live it, etc.
Zonderkidz says, these aren't "your typical 90-day devotionals. They are an all-out open space for you to explore and learn more about yourself and your faith. Prompts get your mind thinking, ideas flowing, and help turn your thoughts and emotions into dynamic doodles and so much more! Let that God-given gift of creativity shine each and every day! Each of the short devotions is designed for kids just like you, with relevant topics, quotes, and Scripture, plus doodles, journal prompts, lists, puzzles, quizzes, fill-in-the-blank prayers, or unique activities. They explore Bible truths and ways to apply them—everyday. Dare U 2 Open This Book and Just Sayin' challenges boys and girls to follow Jesus every day. Best. Idea. Ever."

I totally agree! As a grandma, I look for books which my grandsons will want to spend time with to help them get into God's Word . . . Dare U 2 Open This Book is a book which I believe will do this! While my Josiah is only six, he reads like crazy, has a great vocabulary and does a lot of serious thinking; Dare U 2 Open This Book will be under the Christmas tree for him this year! I love how the devotions are short - just the right length to engage an elementary-age boy or girl. I love how the questions are focused to encourage children to really think about what God's Word says and how it lives in their lives. And, the space to doodle is not only fun, but an excellent way to help children think about and express what they are learning and thinking! These are devotionals which will be read, doodled in and which will impact the lives of boys and girls! (Posted on 10/2/2014)

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