Finding high quality, age-appropriate devotionals for our tween and teen girls can be a challenge. Where do you start?
I can still remember the first Bible study I attempted on my own. I was a young teen, and I desperately wanted to grow in my faith. The study booklet I borrowed from my parents’ bookshelf was by a respected Bible teacher, but I found myself a little out of my depth. I tried a few different studies and devotionals over the next several years, and while I certainly gleaned some nuggets of truth, I would have loved a book geared toward girls like myself.
A decade later, while teaching a group of middle school girls, I discovered that such books do exist. What’s more, there are a wide range of options from serious studies to daily devotionals, written for various age groups. Of course the Bible itself is the most valuable resource, but there are some sweet blessings in using devotionals specifically for tweens and teens. Some are designed to be read by mothers and daughters together, opening up opportunities for deep discussions and a safe space to ask questions. Some work well in group settings, allowing girls to encourage and challenge their peers to embrace the truth. All of them help girls own their faith.
By reading Bible passages, working through questions, and journaling, faith becomes personal. Paired with real-life experience, girls can start to see truth in action, allowing them to move beyond family expectations and vague beliefs, into a personal understanding and relationship with Jesus.
I look forward to using the following suggestions with my own daughters. Compiling this list of devotionals was so exciting, as I envisioned growing closer to Jesus through the years alongside my sweet girls! (I’ve arranged the titles in order of age-appropriateness, from younger to older.)
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Beautifully written and illustrated, this book is designed to be read by parents and daughters together. It contains the stories of 40 women from the Bible, retold for girls ages 6-10. My own daughter scooped this one up instantly, delighted by the format and the easily-understood stories. My own heart was blessed by the thoughtful discussions at the end of each chapter, and especially by the prayers written for the parents. For Such A Time As This would be a wonderful first introduction to personal devotions, used alone or guided by a parent.
You’re God’s Girl and For Girls Like You by Wynter Pitts
Lies Girls Believe by Dannah Gresh
Less a devotional and more of a study on how to identify the lies the world throws at us, Lies Girls Believe uses an engaging fictional character to illustrate the beauty of the Gospel: “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” It’s a deeply empowering book in the best way because Dannah combats all the lies with God’s truth. A wonderful choice for girls who are beginning to wrestle with big questions like personal identity, independence, conviction and guilt, friendship and peer pressure, and the intersection of theoretical truth and real life.
Fearless Faith by Melanie Shankle
Despite the flower-bedecked lion on the cover, this is a non-compromising devotional. Melanie’s tone is both warm and fearless, showing readers how to apply God’s Word to their own lives. I appreciate the way she explains Gospel principles without relying heavily on cultural influences such as boyfriends, movies, or makeup. Fearless Faith includes space for journaling on each of the 100 days, as well as several extension activities. It would make a lovely gift.
A Young Woman After God’s Own Heart
A Young Woman’s Walk With God
A Young Woman’s Guide To Prayer
A Young Woman’s Guide To Making Right Choices
by Elizabeth George
I hope these devotional books are helpful as you seek to disciple the young women in your life.
In His grace,
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~ Lisa Jacobson, Club31Women