Girls Who Choose God Summary
The Bible is full of great stories of heroes, of brave prophets and leaders. And most of the stories I remember from Sunday School are about male prophets and heroes and leaders.
But the Bible has its share of great and amazing women, too. Girls Who Choose God—Stories of Courageous Women From the Bible, by McArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding with Illustrations by Kathleen Peterson, is the first children’s book I have seen that focuses on the stories of these notable women.
Girls Who Choose God Review
While I will readily admit, the stories of Adam and Joseph and Noah and Daniel and Peter and Paul all those other prophets, disciples and men of the Bible are important and great, it’s nice to have highlighted for our daughters (and for us!) women who can serve as role models and examples.
One of the things I love about this book is that each story ends with a question: “When have you made a choice to stand up for others?” “When have you made a courageous choice?” “When have you chosen to be a true follower of Jesus?” And so on. In addition to highlighting the story of each woman, the book asks readers to liken themselves to these Biblical heroes. It was a good reminder for me, because though I am familiar with nearly all these stories, having read and studied them many times over the years, I have not ever really thought about how I can be more like these women, how I can use their stories to better myself and make courageous choices to further the work of God.
Though my girls claim to be past the age of story-time (my youngest “babies” are 16 & 17), I read it to and with them, and we talked about the questions. I think it would be an excellent choice for girls of any age, and for using in a teaching setting to spark discussions about courage, faith and discipleship, among other topics.
Oh, and by the way, the illustrations are lovely, too. They are so fitting to the feel of this book.
And to make it even cooler, the authors’ proceeds from Girls Who Choose God are donated to Interweave Solutions, an organization that provides education and employment opportunities for LDS young women around the world. You can learn more about them at interweavesolutions.org.
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