Princess Prayers

This book is written by: Crystal Bowman and inspired by: Jeanna Young & Jacqueline Johnson with pictures by: Omar Aranda. It is a board book marketed towards young girls. Each two page spread includes a prayer, scripture verse, and beautiful illustration based on The Princess Parables series. There are a total of fifteen prayers in the book.

I have always loved The Princess Parables series. My girls have enjoyed reading them over the years. Generally speaking, the series is geared towards preschool & early elementary aged girls. This book is no different but my eight year old daughter still reads the books in the series every once in awhile. This book is perfect for teaching young girls simple prayers. It could be read all at once, as a daily devotional, or as a certain topic is needed. It could could be an adorable gift for the little girls in your life!

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Princess Prayers
By Jeanna Young, Jacqueline Kinney Johnson & Omar Aranda (Illustrator) / ZonderKidz

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Girl Talk: 52 Weekly Devotions

This book by Lois Walfrid Johnson is a devotional geared towards middle school aged girls and is a part of the Faithgirlz series. It is divided into 52 sections; one section for each week of the year. Each week has a scripture memory verse, a story, 7 days of journaling prompts with blank space to write, and a prayer. The stories cover a variety of subjects that girls may encounter in middle school: embarrassing moments, mean kids, friendships, boys, modesty, choices, attitude, responsibility, etc.

I like the layout of this book and that there are daily journaling prompts for the entire year. I like that the weeks/days are not actually dated so someone could start this book any time of year. I think that this book would appeal to girls in the middle school stage of life who are wanting to build their Christian faith. The stories are relevant to this age group. Scripture memorization and journaling are encouraged. The correlation between the stories and truths found in scripture are easy to understand and apply to everyday life. My oldest daughter is 10 years old. I think some of the stories are applicable now however many of them are probably more appropriate for an older girl. I plan to keep this book and give it to her later.

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Girl Talk: 52 Weekly Devotions
By Lois Walfrid Johnson / Zondervan

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NIV Faithgirlz! Bible

The NIV Faithgirlz! Bible is the same popular New International Version (Old & New Testaments) of the Bible with a hardcover and magnet closure. The cover is turquoise, purple, and pink; illustrated with an owl, flowers, stripes and polka dots. It contains the NIV headings and footnotes throughout the Bible. The main lettering is purple and the headings and chapter numbers are a dark pink. Throughout this Bible, there are special features! The back cover description is as follows:

Book introductions—Read about the who, when, where, and what of each book.
Dream Girl—Use your imagination to put yourself in the story.
Bring It On!—Take quizzes to really get to know yourself.
Is There a Little (Eve, Ruth, Isaiah) in You?—See for yourself what you have in common.
Words to Live By—Check out these Bible verses that are great for memorizing.
What Happens Next?—Create a list of events to tell a Bible story in your own words.
Oh, I Get It!—Find answers to Bible questions you’ve wondered about.
The complete New International Version (NIV).
Protective end flap with magnetic closure

Features written by bestselling author and tween expert Nancy Rue.

I think that this Bible will appeal to young girls and teens. My family generally uses the NIV translation so I have no complaints as far as that goes. I personally prefer the NIV Study Bibles with commentary written at the bottom of each page. Since this does not have the study notes, I think that it is perfect for younger girls or teens who generally do not do in-depth study of the Bible or who have access to other sources of study material should they need it. Personally, I feel that getting a the written Word of God in the hands of young children and teens is very important! Having the attraction of this cover and font colors may make reading the Bible more appealing to the younger generation. My 8 1/2 year old daughter absolutely loves this cover! As soon as she saw this Bible, she asked if she could read it. She has read the first several chapters of Genesis so far! When I pointed out the “Through the Bible in a Year” checklist, she was excited to start the reading plan.

One negative thing to point out… We have had this Bible for about 2 months now (I know, I am behind on my reviews!) and the hard cover binding is already torn partially at the seams. To be honest, I am not sure if my girls did something to cause it or not and they can’t remember how it happened. I will easily fix it with decorative Duck Tape however, it is disappointing that the cover did not last a month before tearing.  I would hope that a book made for youth would hold up better. Still, I am not giving this a negative review because it very well could have been caused from my girls not caring for it properly.

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NIV Faithgirlz! Bible, hardcover with magnetic closure
By Nancy N. Rue / ZonderKidz

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Brave Girls: Better Than Perfect

This book is a 90 day devotional (actually 86 specified days) geared toward girls. Honor and Faith are two girls who “wrote” this book with the purpose of remembering that God sees the bigger picture. There are six sections in the book. Each day starts with a scripture verse and ends with a Prayer Pointer (which is a one line prayer that applies to the reading).

Section 1: Truth Detectives— Each day in this section has a Lie that girls believe and the Truth based on scripture. An example of a Lie and Truth are: “I need to have money to be happy” and the Truth is “God not only meets our needs–He’s what we need most!” There is a paragraph or two under both the lie and the truth that helps explain them.

Section 2: Bible Beauties and Beaus— Each day in this section talks about a woman or man in the Bible who God used in a great way. For example, Hagar–The One Who Was Seen & Josiah– The King Who Repented.

Section 3: Divine Design– This section talks about a variety of subjects that show how God’s designed the world around us. Examples include: the platypus, pearls, and chocolate. There is also a baking recipe and instructions for a craft in this section.

Section 4: Body Builders– Each day gives instructions for practical ways of building the reader’s faith and how the reader can encourage others.

Section 5: Character Quest– This section has thought provoking questions related character traits that brave girls will want to cultivate in their lives. For example, courage, truth telling, love, and peace.

Section 6: Mind Games–This section includes instructions to a game, cross word puzzles and an opportunity for the reader to insert her name throughout 1 Corinthians 13 (the Love chapter).

All six of these sections end with a question(s) and space to journal the answer.

I reviewed a different devotional book several months ago with the purpose of trying to find a devotional that was age appropriate for my 8 year old daughter. I thought that book was too advanced for my daughter so when the opportunity to review this book came, I was hopeful that it might be what I was looking for. It was! I am pleased to say that it is perfect for my daughter. She has already started reading it and loves it! I think a 90 day devotional is also a lot less overwhelming than the 365 day book. I think that the devotionals are simple enough for an early chapter book reader to understand but still thought provoking. This will be a good introduction to a daily devotional routine. I would say that this book is for girls who are 7-8 years old through the pre-teen ages.

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Better Than Perfect: 90-Day Devotional By Thomas Nelson

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Redo Your Room

This book from: the editors of Faithgirlz! and Girls’ Life magazine is subtitled: “50 Bedroom DIYS You Can Do In A Weekend.” The purpose of this book is to inspire girls to be creative and unique while designing their room. It includes ideas, advice, project & craft instructions, photos, etc. The chapter titles are as follows:

  • Chapter 1: Shape Your Space
  • Chapter 2: Get Organized
  • Chapter 3: Sculpt Your Style
  • Chapter 4: Smarten Up Your Study Space
  • Chapter 5: Dress Up Your Bedroom
  • Chapter 6: Wake Up Your Walls
  • Chapter 7: Cute Up Your Closet
  • Chapter 8: Glam Up Your Vanity
  • Chapter 9: Everything Else
  • Chapter 10: Make It Yours

Other than the publisher and editors, there is nothing specifically Christian about this book. This book seems to be geared to the pre-teen age, however, there are great ideas for girls of any age (or moms who will be designing for their girls). The design ideas are definitely not childish. I love the simplicity of the projects and the step by step directions that will make it easy for girls to actually do it themselves. I really liked all of the photos but I was hoping for more photos of complete room designs. There are a few but most of the photos are of specific crafts or projects that do not really give the big picture of a complete room design. Most of these crafts and projects could fit into any type of room design if the right colors and patterns are chosen. Some of them may need parental help and guidance depending on the age of the girl(s). I wanted to read this book because my 8 year old daughter wants her own room. This summer we are planning on allowing her to move into our office space. Part of the room will still be used as office space (desk, computer/printer, bookshelves) but we will allow her to have most of the space for herself. I think that this book will give her some ideas on how to make the space her own. And there will be some fun summer time activities for us to work on!

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Faithgirlz! 50 Bedroom DIYs You Can Do in a Weekend

By Zondervan

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The Sweetest Story Bible for Toddlers

This book by: Diane Stortz and illustrated by: Sheila Bailey is a board book that includes very condensed Bible stories. The titles of each story are as follows: A Perfect World (Creation), Safe in a Big Boat (Noah), Saving Baby Moses, Brave Queen Esther, Born in a Stable, Let the Children Come, The Saddest Day (Jesus’ Death), and Alive Again! (Resurrection). Each story is told in easy to understand language. They are not told using word for word scripture. Next to each title is a scripture reference for the story. Each page has beautiful illustrations that are unique to this book and unlike others I have seen in other children’s Bible story books. They are vibrant and colorful. The pink cover has a large heart and illustrated girls on it.

I would recommend this book for very young girls who love pretty books! I love the illustrations! I think that it is very important to teach children Bible stories at a young age. This book would be a perfect way to do that with these very basic stories. My 7 year old, who is learning how to read, is able to read this book with no problem. If you are looking for more accurate and detailed Bible stories, then this book is not for you.

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Sweetest Story Bible for Toddlers

By Diane Stortz / Zondervan

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The Beauty of Believing-365 Devotions that Will Change Your Life

This book by: Nancy N. Rue, Allia Zobel Nolan, Lois Walfrid Johnson, Kristi Holl, Mona Hodgson, and Tasha K Douglas is a daily devotional for young girls approximately 8-12 years old. This book is apart of the Faithgirlz! collection and is written by the popular Faithgirlz! authors. There are six sections in the book which all have an introduction written by one of the authors. The sections are as follows:

Section 1- Growing Seeds of Faith
Section 2- God’s Promises
Section 3- Finding Strength in Hard Times
Section 4- God Speaks to Us
Section 5- The Helping Body of Believers
Section 6- The Beauty of Believing

Each devotional is numbered (1-365) at the top of the page and is 1-2 pages of reading for each day. They start with a Bible verse and reference followed by the devotional title and text. Towards the end of the daily devotional there is a section that has: More to Explore: Scripture reference for the reader to look up and read, Girl Talk: Personal question(s) for the reader to ponder/answer, and God Talk: Short prayer for the reader to pray. Finally, the daily devotional ends with the author’s name and book that the devotional was taken from.

I think that these devotions will inspire pre-teen girls to have a deeper relationship with God.

I wanted this book because my daughter is almost 8 years old. I thought that it would be a good way to introduce daily devotions to her. While I liked each of the devotions that I read, I feel that a lot of them were over my daughter’s head. I would say that the devotions are more geared to pre-teen ages and not as young as 8. I’m not saying that an 8 year old couldn’t understand these but some of them might require more explanation for the younger ages. It might also be based on individual maturity level. I decided that I will look for a different devotional for my daughter.

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Beauty of Believing: 365 Devotions That Change You Inside and Out

By Nancy N. Rue & Allia Zobel Nolan / Zondervan

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The Lily Series- The Beauty Book

The Beauty Book by Nancy Rue is a non-fiction book that addresses questions and concerns that pre-teen girls often have. This book has been added to The Lily Series and speaks as if fictional Lily is talking to the reader. There are Q & A, quizzes, illustrations, scripture, journaling, and activities in every chapter.  The book discusses general beauty information like how to clean your face to prevent pimples,  how to give yourself a manicure & pedicure, when should you wear makeup, should you get piercings or tattoos, what if you are too tall or have to wear glasses, etc. The focus is to embrace the way God sees us and how he created us instead of focusing on what the world portrays as beautiful.

Overall, I enjoyed reading the book and think that it would be good for a pre-teen who is starting to deal with issues relating to her body and her concept of what beauty is. I’m not sure that the publisher’s suggestion of ages 7-11 is appropriate. My oldest girl is 5 and I just don’t see the information in this book being relevant to her in only 2 years. I would suggest an age group that is slightly older like in the middle school ages.

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On a side note that has more to do with Biblical context instead of Beauty issues… There was one thing that stood out to me as being negative and that was in the discussion of tattoos (which is a touchy subject to a lot of people so I will try to explain my point as best as I can without getting into the debate of right or wrong). The author’s advice to girls when it comes to things like tattoos, piercings, makeup, etc. is talking to parents and respecting their decision on the subject. I do agree with this advice! The issue that I have with her discussion of tattoos is how she quoted scripture without giving explanation. Here is the Q & A I am referring too. This comes after several Q & A’s relating to piercings and tattoos that addressed appearance, pain, danger etc (which were all answered to my satisfaction):

Q: Would it be all right to get the kind you just stick on?

A: Is it all right with-you guessed it- your parents? They might not like even the idea of a tattoo, real or fake. Leviticus 19:28 does say, “Do not…put tattoo marks on yourselves.” Of course, Leviticus 19:27 also says, “Do not… clip the edges of your beard.”

…and she leaves it at that. To a pre-teen or anyone who has not studied scripture, this statement could cause a lot of questions. People often refer to Leviticus 19:28 as why Christians shouldn’t have tattoos but the same people do trim their beards, cut their hair, eat pork, or do other things listed as forbidden in the old testament. She fails to explain the old law versus the new law and how there is a difference between ceremonial requirements (which are no longer binding under the new law–such as cutting hair) and moral requirements (which are binding–like do not worship other Gods or do not commit adultery). I realize that my issue with this goes far beyond what was probably intended by the author and that it is a subject that can easily be talked about and researched with parental guidance. I just felt that I should caution that the way it was worded could cause more questions (which is a good thing if the parents are willing to have deeper discussions!)

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The Beauty Book: It’s A God Thing

By Nancy Rue / Thomas Nelson

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