Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Truth and Dare Devotional by Ann-Margret Hovsepian - A Review by jubilee

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

and the book:

David C. Cook (October 1, 2011)
***Special thanks to Audra Jennings, Senior Media Specialist, The B&B Media Group for sending me a review copy.***


Ann Margret Hovsepian is a published author, freelance writer and editor and amateur artist. She has published more than 210 articles for dozens of Canadian and U.S. print periodicals and has become a sought-after author of pre-teen girls’ devotional books. She has published Blossom: The Complete New Testament for Girls (Thomas Nelson, 2006) and The One Year Designer Genes Devo (Tyndale, 2007). She speaks at conferences and events and is actively involved on the board of Canadian Baptist Women of Ontario and Quebec, Canada. Hovsepian resides in Montreal, Canada.

Visit the author's website.


Is your pre-teen daughter ready for more—more excitement, more adventure, more joy? Then dare her to discover the secret to a life that sparkles for God. Show her she’s got what it takes to make an impact on the world. Ann Margret Hovsepian’s newest book, Truth and Dare: One Year of Dynamic Devotions for Girls, is designed for girls 9 to 12 and filled with powerful wisdom on everything from godly friendships to worshipping God.

It can be easy for young girls to neglect their Bible reading. Perhaps they feel Scripture doesn’t directly relate to them. Maybe they may lack encouragement or accountability, or they may just have too many distractions in their everyday lives. This lack of spiritual food can stunt girls’ spiritual growth and make them vulnerable to the temptations and ungodly influences around them. It can also prevent them from developing a love for Scripture early in life, making it even harder to get into God’s Word when they get older.

Truth and Dare encourages tween girls to discover how exciting God’s Word can be. They will see it make a difference in their daily lives and experience the blessings that come from doing it and not just hearing it. Daily challenges (dares) based on Scripture (truth) will provide opportunities for them to make their faith come alive as they learn to serve others, build character and make a difference.

Scripture will be transformed from something learned to something lived. Girls will delight in discovering how God’s Word can become real in whole new ways as they learn to apply it with each day’s dare. It ideally suits anyone looking to inspire a young girl to boldly live out her faith. So encourage the tween girl in your life to take the dare and discover the truth! It’s her time to shine as a girl who knows what it means to live a fierce and fearless life of faith.

Product Details:

List Price: $14.99
Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook (October 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1434702081
ISBN-13: 978-1434702081

AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER (To enlarge, click on the images):

My Take:

Yesterday, I told you about how enthusiastic my sons were about the Triple Dog Dare Devotional.  At the same time, I gave my eight year old daughter this book.  She was interested, less enthusiastic than the boys, but definitely interested.  She was more concerned about reading so much all by herself.  She struggles with reading and while she likes the idea of having read an entire book all by herself, she'd rather do her reading with mommy.

So we went through a few of the devotions together and checked out the features of the book.  She loved that there were parts that looked like the diary she has been bugging me to buy her.  And she liked the idea of writing in the book itself.

I liked it because of the life lessons, and scripture that is so applicable to girls today.  It is a different world from when I was a kid (I can't believe I am admitting something that sounds so "old").  This book helps me to bridge the gap that I sometimes find between my daughter and I.

And it won't be too long before she is ready to go through the book herself and not need me to hold her hand through it.  But honestly, I hope that day is still a ways away.

Counting it all Truth and Dare joy,


  1. Anonymous11/30/2011

    Dear Jubilee, I just came across your review of my book and I am so grateful for your comments. I love your honesty about your daughter's reaction (I agree that a year from now she'll probably be more ready, which is why we suggest ages 9 to 12) but what I love even more is that you started to go through the book together. I hope many moms and daughters work on the devotions together -- what a great relationship builder that would be!

    Again, thanks for your review. I pray that Truth & Dare will be an encouragement and inspiration to your family.


  2. Wow! What a treat to have you stop by and comment Ms. Hovsepian! It sure is an encouragement to me. And, truth be told, it keeps a blogger honest (and humbled) when they know that an author could stop by at any time. :)

    Again, thank you!

  3. Anonymous11/30/2011

    My pleasure! :)


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