I received Brave Beauty in exchange for an honest review. I honestly, received it later than I expected, so I haven't had the time I wanted to be able to peruse it or critique it as much as I normally would.
At first glance, the book is cute, girly and attractive. I know my 11 yr old would be interested. I myself am interested because like many women, I don't consider myself brave or beautiful... so, of course, I want my daughter to feel like SHE is!! If this book will help, then what are we waiting for!? It's hard to overcome the world's idea of beauty and it's hard to be brave in life in general, but when really tough things happen (being picked on at school, parental illness/death, moving away from what you've always known) it's even harder. God's Word can help. In Brave Beauty, "Lynn Cowell offers 100 courage-building ways for readers to find answers by growing confident in God." (taken from back cover). What better way to gain confidence than in GOD!?
Cowell has 100 "mini-chapters" in which she delves into different topics that little girls begin to face at what seems a younger and younger age. Topics include: salvation, my worth, acceptance, purpose, beauty changes and many more.
Each chapter can be used as a daily devotional and gives the girl insight into God's Word and what He thinks/feels about the topics and also gives the girl a chance to respond and think more deeply about certain topics. Some chapters even have a section for the girl to write in an answer to the given question. At the end of each chapter is a guided prayer.
Overall, as I have looked this over quickly, I believe it is a very good book for the preteen age group. I look forward to giving it to my daughter and I believe that she will enjoy using it for a daily devotional.
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