Saturday, June 11, 2016

BookLook Blogger Team Review - Brave Girls: Beautiful You written by Jennifer Gerelds

I recently had the honor of reviewing another Brave Girls 90-Day Devotional written by Jennifer Gerelds titled, Brave Girls: Beautiful You. I received the paperback 136-page book as a member of the BookLook Blogger Review Team. Beautiful You is the third book in the Brave Girls series published by Tommy Nelson. This book was just as good as the other Brave Girls devotionals Better Than Perfect and Faithful Friends and the Brave Girls Bible Stories book. My daughter and I enjoy reading this exceptional series together!

I wanted to review this devotional, because I want my 8-year-old daughter to have a healthy self-esteem. I also wanted her to understand that beauty is on the inside. Beauty comes from within your heart and reveals Godly character traits. God made us the way we are and in His image so we are perfect to Him. This is a profound Christian message that any girl should hear in today's society. The devotional is written in an age-appropriate manner containing a few simple illustrations of the girls or decorative pages.

There is a daily referenced Bible verse, short relevant devotional, and a concluding prayer pointer to read aloud. Questions or interactive activities are weaved throughout the book. Scripture verses are taken from the International Children's Bible or New King James Version. The pages are labeled as Day 1, 2, 3, and so forth so you can start wherever you want. This devotional is unique because it contains interactive thought-provoking journal questions to reflect on, fill-in-the-blank crosswords, multiple-choice and true/false quizzes, and engaging word scrambles. Many more fun activities are included in this book. 

This 90-day devotional is based on Ecclesiastes 3:11 "He has made everything beautiful in its time." This devotional is told through the eyes and perspectives of three fictional Brave Girls: Gracie, Hope, and Glory which makes it more personalized and relatable for younger girls reading it. The term beautiful had different meanings for each girl. Different people reading the book will also have different thoughts about what the word, beautiful, means in their world. 

The well-written book is organized into six core sections:
  • Beauty Basics - We are flawed but beautiful because God made us.
  • Radiant Reflections - We're all sinners but God loves us and helps us fight temptation or sin.
  • Words of Beauty - We are showing Godly behavior when we love and serve others. 
  • Beautifully Clothed - God can change us by removing the old and transforming us into someone new.
  • Kingdom Fitness - Our bodies are a holy temple for God's Holy Spirit. 
  • Creative Beauty - We are unique and beautifully made. 
I gave this devotional to my daughter as a gift. We decided to use it together when we wake up in the morning. I believe the strong message is one that we both need to hear or for that matter any girl should hear. I appreciate that minimal black and white illustrations were utilized in this devotional. It kept my daughter's focus on the Word and the text rather than on distracting images.

The book begins with a few self-awareness questions and activities. Our favorite sections were the Works of Beauty, Radiant Reflections, and Beautifully Clothed. Works of Beauty contains real life challenges which teach her ways to show God's love by serving others. This section contains activities that put God's Word into action. For example, the Art of Encouragement activity reveals actions that offer encouraging words to strengthen and build up others by creating handmade appreciation cards for her parents, paint watercolor pictures with related Biblical verses for nursing home residents or church members, sticky note surprises can be left out for a loved one, or she could write a special letter to a teacher or her pastor explaining their helpfulness. My daughter left me sticky note messages all over the house. I LOVED the Deeds Day activity which encourages children to bless the church with a day of service. Mission Fields is another one of my favorite activities which provides ways that children can serve and connect with their neighbors. Beautiful You is chocked full of relevant information which emphasizes inner beauty compared to external beauty.

Radiant Reflections has your child dig deeper to learn more about who they are inside. This section encouraged my daughter to look at herself as Jesus does and to see herself as beautiful just like He does. The book provides reflective questions to ponder, drawing activities, scale ratings, and other interactive ways to celebrate the person God made them to be. The book discussed communication, forgiveness, beauty, importance of prayer, guilt, being humble, and so much more.

Beautifully Clothed discusses how to change old, negative attitudes and behaviors into new positive ones. It compares old wardrobe actions to new wardrobe behaviors leaving it up to the child to decide which one shows God's glory best.

I HIGHLY recommend the Brave Girls Beautiful You 90-day devotional to any preteen daughter or granddaughter in your family between the ages of 6-12. This Christian children's tween devotional will help any girl appreciate themselves and grow up to be comfortable as the person God created them to be. It will help your child develop a stronger faith and relationship with God.

This paperback devotional can be purchased on Amazon for $6.25.

Note: All prices subject to change without notice.

I received a complimentary, free copy of this book from the publisher as part of the BookLook Blogger Review Gold Team Program in exchange for an honest review on my blog. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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