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Always by Melody Carlson
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Oct 13, 2010

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Always is the perfect devotional for a teen girl to tuck in her backpack to gain fresh perspective and realign her focus through out the day.

I appreciated how all 90 days are based on the Words of Christ. Melody sandwiches a challenging thought between scripture and tucks in a prayer starter as well as a one-line thought that wraps up the devotional in one sentence. This is a devotional book that will help teen girls to apply the truth of the Word of God to their daily life and see how it can impact there life now.

My only caution is that this not become the only means of digging into the Bible for girls. This is a great starter book, or additional book, but I hope not their only book.


It can be difficult for teenagers to understand how Jesus’ words hundreds of years ago relate to their lives today. To help teens dig deeper, bestselling author Melody Carlson releases Always, a devotional for teens that focuses specifically on helping teenagers take the teachings of Christ and apply those to their own lives, actions, thoughts and faith.

With 90 days’ worth of devotional readings in Always, Carlson takes key passages of Christ’s teachings, commands and promises from Scripture, and unlocks them, verse-by-verse for teens.

The devotionals address topics including:
• Living with purpose
• Avoiding religious traps
• Understanding the true character of God
• Learning to cling to Christ
• The power of prayer
• Living as an example to others
• Setting the right priorities
• Embracing servanthood

Each devotional includes a short passage of Scripture followed by insightful explanations, ideas for application, and accompanying prayers that encourage readers to start studying the Bible for all its worth.

“I became a believer during my teen years,” Carlson says. “One of the things that I did was take my Bible and read only the words of Jesus. It was awesome. I realized that Jesus’ words truly were words of life—and they were just the words that my life needed.”

Now, in Always, Carlson helps today’s teenagers discover those same inspiring truths in ways that they understand and can apply to their lives. Always is the third and final volume in her series of devotionals for teenagers “Words from the Rock,” following True and Life.

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This review copy was provided courtesy of Revell but the thoughts expressed are my own.

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