Book Review: Brave Girls 365 Devotional

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Brave Girls 365 Devotional by Jennifer Gerelds and Tama Fortner

I chose this book as a Christmas gift for my eight-year-old daughter, and she will be delighted with the stories and lessons inside.  She will make new virtual friendships with all five of the Brave Girls: Hope, Glory, Honor, Gracie, and Faith.  Each Brave Girl tells a bit about herself, and I appreciate that all of them share both strengths and challenges.  They strive to be honest and grow in faith, just as I want my daughter to do.

This school year my daughter has experienced friendship struggles, school issues, and self-image challenges.  I’m thankful for this devotional resource, which will help us navigate the tween years with God’s direction.  I plan to carve out time daily to go through the devotional with her.

Each day is spoken in a particular Brave Girls’ voice, and I saw their personalities coming through. For example, I think my daughter will relate most closely to Glory, the Brave Girl who enjoys beauty in creation, art, and fashion.  Glory’s devotions tie into to those themes.  My daughter loves fashion, maybe too much sometimes.  I think the devotion on January 2 will speak to her heart with Romans 13:14:  “You want to fit in, and you just know those boots, those jeans, or that shirt will help you…But there is something you can wear that will help you make good and true friends–the attitude of Jesus.”

I like the varied day-to-day format, which will hold my daughter’s attention.  Some days are stories in the life of a Brave Girl.  Some are contemporary retellings of Bible stories.  Others are about making wise choices, whether it’s picking the best of two scenarios or filling out a true/false quiz.  Once per month, a “Write It Out” devotional gives your own Brave Girl a chance to jot down her thoughts and feelings.  This book is interactive, always drawing your daughter back to the Bible.

This book is appropriate for girls ages 8 to 12.  Its engaging content will inspire her faith and great biblically-based discussions.  It is part of the Brave Girls series from Tommy Nelson, and I plan to check out more of the resources in this encouraging series for tween girls.

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  • We use this devo at our house, too. My ten-year-old really likes it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Sarah

      Great, I can’t wait to see what my daughter thinks…I’m sure she’ll love it, as if it was written only for her.