Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Triple Dog Dare

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:

Jeremy Jones

and the book:

Triple Dog Dare Devotional

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.***


Jeremy V. Jones is an award-winning journalist who has served as senior associate editor of Breakaway magazine. He has authored several books, including Toward the Goal: The Kaka Story and The Keeper: The Tim Hoard Story. He also writes for magazines such as Clubhouse and Christianity Today. He resides with his wife and two children in Colorado.


Boys want action. They don’t want to sit around and talk—that’s for grown-ups and girls. They engage life and relationships by doing something: skateboarding, playing games or re-creating favorite movie scenes. So why should faith be any different? That’s why Jeremy V. Jones created Triple Dog Dare: One Year of Dynamic Devotions for Boys—to provide the action boys need in order to grow their faith.

The Bible is full of action. Remember how David slew Goliath, Daniel faced those lions, Paul survived a shipwreck and Jesus stood up for a woman about to be killed? God made boys to take His truth and do something with it, to man up and change the world. These action-packed devotions for boys ages 9 to 12 are filled with godly truth and bold spiritual challenges that transform time with God into the adventure of the day.

Triple Dog Dare connects God’s Word to boys’ hearts and hands with real-life scenarios and activities. Each day is filled with short Scriptures, concise biblical truth and a daily dare, all challenging them to put their faith into practice. Scripture readings from every book of the Bible open up the action-packed Word of God. Whether it’s drawing comic strips of biblical battles, dreaming up a life list of goals, making snack packs for the homeless or producing Bible-based movies, boys will go on daily dynamic experiences with God, taking faith off the page and setting it into motion. Themes cover the daily realities of pre-teen males, including bullying, peer pressure, girls, sibling rivalry, honesty and more.

These exciting devotions will inspire boys’ hearts toward godly characteristics such as integrity, generosity and kindness. Parents will appreciate watching Christ-like traits emerge as each dare is undertaken. It is a manual that will deepen boys’ friendships with Jesus as they look forward to spending time with Him every day. So if you know a boy who is up for the challenge, triple dog dare him!

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: 0781404576
ISBN-13: 978-0781404570

AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER (Click on images to enlarge):

My Thoughts

As soon as I received this devotional for boys and I opened it to look in it, I knew that it was something my oldest son would enjoy.  

Each devotion has a scripture reference that the child has to read before starting.   Then in the TRUTH section, the author emphasize the lesson that needs to be learned.   A little devotion is located on the left side of the page while the right side of the devotion contains some TRIPLE DOG DARE actions that the boy can do.   Then in the MISSION ACCOMPLISHED section, a question is asked for the child to answer to see what he has done in the TRIPLE DOG DARE.

Once a week is completed, the boy will go through a Triple Dog Tracks section where he has to ponder on what he has learned during the week.  Usually this section is done over the week-end.     Finally the child has a challenge to do – it could be writing about goals, drawing, reflecting and responding to questions based on scriptures and so on.

My son has started his devotion on a daily basis with this book and he loves it.   He is 10 years old.  Though he wanted to wait to start in January, we told him it didn’t matter when you start it if you do it every day.   So far it is going well.   He is dedicated in doing it early in the morning after he has read his Bible.  

Triple Dog Dare contains one year of DYNAMIC devotions for boys.   It is well written and the presentation of the book is attractive for the child.   

If there was one thing I would suggest for Christian parents this year to include under the tree for the boy who is between the ages of 9 and 12, it would be to purchase the Triple Dog Dare devotions.    It will be a good habit for your son to have throughout 2012.

Triple Dog Dare is available at your favorite bookstore, even amazon.ca.

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