Always: A Teen Devotional

By: Melody Carlson
Published by: Revell
ISBN #: 978-0-8007-3256-1
189 Pages

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Does your faith make a difference in your life?

Does what you hear at church on Sunday affect the rest of your week? Maybe you let your beliefs remain at a surface level, never letting them really change who you are. But when you read and study the words of Jesus, you can't help but grow in your faith.

Always offers you 90 short devotions that help you encounter Jesus's words for yourself. Popular author Melody Carlson unpacks the message that Jesus wanted his followers to understand. Then she shows you how it applies to your life during the highs and lows of school, family life, relationships, and more.

If you want to read the Bible for all it's worth, check out this final book in the Words from the Rock series.

Always is book three in the “Words from the Rock” devotional series by Melody Carlson. The author writes in the introduction, “This devotional is special in that it features Scriptures from the last days of Jesus’ earthly life—including some powerful prayers and strong words of encouragement.”

The book contains 90 devotionals, set up in a way that is really easy to get into for a busy teen. It starts with a scripture that has Jesus speaking about his last early days, “Words from the Rock” and then it’s followed by the author writing about that scripture. After there is a prayer and a little, “Stone for the Journey” which is something you can hold on to and remind yourself of throughout your day. Then it ends with a “Final Word” which is another scripture usually from the Old Testament, affirming the first scripture.

I think it’s a great devotional for teenagers who don’t have a lot of time to really delve into the bible. It also would be great for someone just starting out in their walk with God and for those who have been with him a while. It gives you examples of prayers to pray, and different scriptures to read from the bible. Melody is a master of laying it all out for the reader in plain English, and it’s really easy to follow. I enjoyed the devotionals, and the stories the author uses to make the lessons more understandable. Melody takes familiar bible stories, like the one of Jesus riding a donkey on Palm Sunday, and describes it in a way that brings it to life. I would definitely recommend this devotional to my friends, either recently saved, or having walked with God for awhile.

Hilary St.Laurent
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