I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am
fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful
are Your works, and my soul knows
it very well. Psalm 139:14
When next-to-oldest grand-princess went off to college this year, sweetheart and I began a whole new type of praying. The enemy prowls around college campuses, successfully devouring the hearts and minds of so many young people her age. We know that she has a strong foundation in Christ, having been taught from a young age about the need to keep close to Christ. Her relationship with Him is a fierce one, born of the struggles of typical teenage issues. She knows that in all things, she must stay close to Him.
I was so proud of her when she called to tell me her first weekend at school, she found a church and has been attending every Sunday. She made friends with other girls who attend the satellite campus, knowing that being IN the body of Christ is an important piece when putting on the Armor of God. I text her daily, reminding her how much God loves her, sharing scriptures with her, and sending worship songs to give her strength when she is struggling. I set a daily alarm on my phone to remind me, as I consider this a permanent commitment to walk beside her.
As I look at the younger grand-princesses, soon to be on the same path, I worry about what the world will be like for them. Society seems to continually be moving along a very dark and sinful path. I want my princesses to be strong in the Lord. I want them to know that strong women have gone before them, leading them towards a life filled with God’s love and purpose. I want His Words to be engraved on their hearts and in their minds.
As most of you know, I get to review books for several publishing houses. Recently I received two that, while separate, were destined to be together. Brave Beauty by Lynn Cowell and the Faithgirlz Backpack Bible are like peanut butter and jelly, cookies and milk, ice cream and cake. They are the perfect combination for pre-teen/teen girls to use, especially during difficult life circumstances.
Brave Beauty is a devotion book with different subjects including bullying, school, clothes, self image, etc. Lynn Cowell writes with a conversational style that draws girls in and opens up the internal conversation with God. I think that the 100 mini chapters is a much better format for tween girls, who often feel like a failure when they can’t keep up with a calendar devotional. This style of writing lets them pick the subject they are struggling with and see scriptures relating to that issue.
The Faithgirlz Backpack Bible is, in my opinion, the perfect companion to the Brave Beauty book. Compact enough to fit easily into a backpack or jacket pocket but with a good size 8 point font, this Bible is made especially for young girls. It has a place to personalize the Bible, especially if you give it as a gift, and is filled with colorful artwork as well. Every girl needs to keep Gods Word at the ready and what better way than to have a Bible that they can keep right in their bag!
Since I see the struggles of pre-teen/teen girls who come through our counseling practice, I can definitely say that this combination fills a desperate need. The Bible can be overwhelming at times to a young mind and to have scripture explained in a format that they can wrap their thoughts around is a valuable tool. I think that, when possible, the Brave Beauty book would be a great mother/daughter devotional as it has many pertinent questions that sometimes girls might not be willing to ask without prompting.
As women of Christ, we are called to teach the younger women all that God has planned for them. To help them be fearless in the face of adversity and trial. To show them how to be brave as they put on the full armor of God. Brave Beauty and the Faithgirlz Backpack Bible should be on your Christmas giving list. The enemy is after our girls and we need to do everything we can to train them to be fearless, brave, and warriors in God’s mighty army.