Book Review : Get Your Story Straight (YA Devotional)

Get Your Story Straight is a devotion book for teenagers, it really is a teen’s guide to learning and living the Gospel.

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It is all about the fact that we were made in the image of God.  One of the main points is that we were made to get caught up in peoples stories, really God’s story.  Instead, today we find ourselves getting caught up in other stories like movies or tv.

Get Your Story Straight teaches you to go back and reconnect with God and get refocused on His story. It is a  devotion book with 52 scheduled weeks, with each week starting with a scripture passage on day 1, with a devotion on day 2, journalling questions on day 3 and 4, then on day 5 there is a place for journalling a prayer.

The three main categories are Getting the Story Straight, My Life Mixed into the Story, and The Story and Me Lived Out With Others.  There are many sub-categories in each main section including topics like Heart Change, The Best Witness Ever, Friendship Foundations, and many more.

I think it is a really good book, it does not need to be a teenager going through this book, even my younger brother who is 11 would get a lot out of it.  This would be a great book to do as a family devotion together also.

{This review was written by my 14 year old son, since he would know whether this was interesting to teen far more than I would! While he is a boy of fewer words on here, than me, I know he really did enjoy this book.  He has been using it for his devotion time daily and is very engaged in it.  I think it is a great tool to get their eyes (teens) off themselves and onto God! }

NOTE : I received Get Your Story Straight at no cost in exchange for an honest review.


More about the book:

What’s your story?

We all tell stories to each other–stories about what happened when we were kids, stories about last night, and stories where we dream about the future. Some stories are funny, some are amazing, others are sad, but they all have something in common–each of us is the hero of our own story. Our thoughts, feelings, hopes, and dreams take center stage. But when it’s all about you, it’s also all up to you. You have to make life work, find meaning, and hope for the best even when you mess up or things go badly wrong.

But what if we were made for something different? What if the main character in our life story isn’t us, but it is the God who became like us and is now with us? What if being fully human means knowing him and growing to be like him? What if the way to be fully alive is to be caught up in Jesus’s story?

This 52-week devotional book and small group resource is designed to help you live with Jesus in his gospel story–the good news that your sins are forgiven, your future is assured, and following him is the only meaningful way to live. No matter your age, where you live, who your family is, or what your past, God wants you to experience the freedom that comes in being secure in his love.

Divided into three parts, starting with creation, each section progressively explores the idea that the whole Bible is the unfolding story of Jesus. Through this grid, who Jesus is and why we need him will shape your understanding of freedom and grace and how you grow to be like him. This yearlong study for teenagers and young adults is designed for individual devotional times, but a small group discussion guided by a mentor would help participants to absorb and live out the truths of each week’s teaching.


About Kristen Hatton:KHatton-338

Kristen Hatton is a native Texan now putting roots down in Edmond, OK with her church-planter/pastor husband and their three children. With a public relations background from Southern Methodist University, Kristen has a wide array of professional experiences, none of which she counts as important as the job of being a “present” mom. Through leading a small group Bible study of teenagers, she has discovered her passion for teaching and writing about God’s grace.

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