Inner Beauty Forever

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‘The One Year Devos For Teen Girls’ Book Review August 9, 2013

9781414371597_p0_v2_s260x420Title: The One Year Devos For Teen Girls
Author: Dannah Gresh and Suzy Weibel
My Rating 2/5
I believe that it is very important that we are in God’s word on a daily basis. I also believe that it is important that teen girls have a firm, biblical foundation on practical, applicable issues in society today. I was hoping that this devotional would provide just that. However, I came to have mixed feelings about it.
I liked the way that this devotional was formatted. Each day’s reading began with a passage from scripture pertaining to the topic that is to be discussed. Next, the author shares her feelings, beliefs and thoughts with the reader, normally tying in the verse with a relevant subject. Each day’s reading ends with an ‘action step’ which is a practical, personal application based on the passage and devotion just read.
However, although I did like the format, or layout of the devotional, I was not overly impressed by the content. Although I thought the topics were relevant, important issues, I did not find the information, or thoughts shared, to be very deep or thought-provoking. I believe that the content was basic, perhaps even watered-down. It may possibly be beneficial for a new believer, but I do not believe that a more mature Christian would be challenged by, or learn from this devotional.
Overall, I would say that although I was pleased with the format in which the devotional is written, I do not believe that many girls would truly benefit from the content within it.
Although I would not necessarily recommend this devotional, I would recommend the Josh McDowell’s One Year Book Of Youth Devotions.
Note: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. However, my opinions are my own.

 

‘Made To Crave For Young Women’ Book Review January 29, 2013

thTitle: Made To Crave For Young Women: Satisfying Deepest Desires With God

Authors: Lysa TerKeurst and Shaunti Felhahn

Date I Finished Reading: January 28,2013

My Rating: 5/5

Chocolate. Caffeine. Boys. Friends. Shoes. Stuff. Diets.  We all have cravings, and we all attempt to fill those cravings with different things or people. But the satisfaction is only temporary, or perhaps non-existent. Why is it that we can never find satisfaction?

In  this book, Lysa and Shaunti speak to young women on cravings and desires. They discuss emotional, physical, and material cravings, and the wrong things we tend to look to in order to fulfill them. This ranges from food to shoes to shopping sprees and all the in-between. They discuss the error in our turning to these things for satisfaction, joy, and contentment, and also encourage you to take active steps towards abstaining from these tendencies and longings, instead turning toward God and his love for fulfillment.

There were several aspects of this book I liked. Lysa and Shaunti do a great job at connecting with areas that affect each and every one of us, relating well to young women. They are also honest and open about the difficulties of turning away from cravings and idols in our lives, not attempting to give you a false view of this journey. They use personal accounts, real-life stories, and great illustrations to relate to the reader as  well as to keep your attention.

Overall I would say that this is a wonderful book for teens and young women. It is filled with truths that can and do greatly benefit the reader. I would recommend this to any and all young women!!

Note: I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, but my opinions are my own.

You can find a copy of this book here: http://www.amazon.com/Made-Crave-Young-Women-Satisfying/dp/031072998X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359492901&sr=8-1&keywords=made+to+crave+for+young+women

 

‘ Beautiful Girlhood’ Book Review September 22, 2012

Title: Beautiful Girlhood: A Timeless Guide to Christian Adolesence

Author: Mabel Hale

Date I Finished Reading: February 14,2012

My Rating: 5/5

This book is fantastic! I highly recommend it to each and every young christian lady. Mabel Hale may have written this several decades ago, but her points are still extremely relevant to modern-day girls as well. The topics range from joyfulness to modesty; from being ladylike to being a servant. There are around thirty small chapters in the book, which makes it a really great book to read a chapter a day for a month and think on as you go. I was ver y humbled and convicted throughout the reading of this book. I realized just how much the expectations for our generation have gone downhill. This is a must read!

Oh, also, this book goes right along with my blog’s name! It really does express 1 Peter 3:3-4 excellently, showing young ladies where true beauty lies and how to reflect it in their lives. ❤

You can get this book for $0.99 for your kindle by using this link: http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Girlhood-ebook/dp/B0021L9XQS/ref=sr_1_3_title_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1348430259&sr=1-3&keywords=beautiful+girlhood

 

‘So Much More’ Book Review

Title: So Much More: the Remarkable Influence of Visionary Daughters to the Kingdom of God

Author: Anna Sofia Botkin and Elizabeth Botkin

Date I Finished this Book: January 7,2012

My Rating: 4/5

This book is a great resource for christian young women. It is especially informative and encouraging. This book deals with various topics including relationships, feminism (godly versus worldly), college, careers, etc. It does this honestly and with much scriptural support. I especially like how the authors emphasize godly father/daughter relationships.

However, even though the book makes many good points, there are a few negative aspects. For example, the authors believe that single women should not be full-time missionaries. I very much disagree that age or marital status should affect whether or not you go about the work that God has called you to.

Despite these aspects I still encourage every christian young woman to read this book and to do so with an open mind and heart.

You can find this book by clicking the following link: http://www.amazon.com/Much-More-Anna-Sofia-Botkin/dp/0975526383/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1348430426&sr=1-1&keywords=so+much+more