Friday, October 03, 2014

For Parents of Girls

I wrote this over a year ago after Miley Cyrus strutted out on stage half dressed and embarrassed herself. (Well, she might not have been embarrassed but she should have been!) I posted it on my other blog, but thought it might be a good thing to post here. Feel free to add to this list in the comment section.


The real title of this post is: "Things to make sure your
daughter knows so one day she doesn't strut across a stage half naked losing
all dignity and honor."




Not too many positive role models for our girls come out of Hollywood. But they could. Because any girl/young lady can make choices that make her a young woman of faith and dignity. I mention dignity because of
Proverbs 31:25-26, 30 which says, "She is clothed with strength and dignity, and
she laughs without fear of the future.
When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness. Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."




These are good verses for our girls. But girls aren't always encouraged by media, school, friends etc. to make the right choices or to be the kind of woman mentioned in the verses, so it's up to us as parents to guide them into becoming women of faith. Women of dignity. Women of character. It should start long before their first steps, but if not, start today.

Here are some things we need to tell our daughters.

(I added some resources to help with this. Some are written
by me, some are not.)

  1. Guard your heart. Proverbs 4:23 says, "Guard your heart above all else,for it determines the course of your life." The things you see stay with you. The things you read stay with you. The music you listen to has a message that stays with you. Use Philippians4:8 as a guide for what you see and hear.

(Check out the movies you want to watch at Plugged In onlineto find out what they really contain HERE)

  2. Celebrate you!Psalm 139:13-14 says, "You made all the delicate, inner parts ofmy body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it." God made you who you are. He gave you the personality, talents and abilities you need in order to be who he created you to be. It's okay to work at those things and improve yourself, but don't wish you were someone else. Youcheat yourself. You cheat others. Only you can be the you God made.

(Check out The Christian Girl's Guide to Me: The Quiz Book
for fun ways to find out more about what makes you special HERE.)

  3. God has an amazing plan for you.
Jeremiah 29:11 was written to the Jews in exile, but it's true for you too. "For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." You are not here by accident. God has things for you to do. That's why #2 is so important. God gifted you with what you need to fulfill his
plan for you. Don't sell yourself short or settle for less than the best. Going
along with what everyone else is doing might be the easy road, but it's not the
best one. God wants more than that for you.

(Check out The Christian Girl's Guide to Being Your Best for
great advice, fun quizzes and doable crafts to help you discover all you can
be HERE.)


  4. Every choice you make is important.
It's easy to act without thinking or go along with the crowd. But each choice matters, even the little ones. Choices turn into behaviors and behaviors turn into habits. Choices have consequences. Something you do on impulse to
make others laugh or get attention may not have the outcome you plan. Weigh each choice and ask yourself if this is a good thing for you and for others.Think through big decision and discuss them with a responsible adult.

  5. Don't be an attention seeker. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, "…whatever you do, do it all for the gloryof God." It's okay to get attention for good grades, good sportsmanship on the playing field, singing a solo, making the debate team or helping out in the community, but don't let that be the only
reason you do them. And never lower yourself for attention. Twerking half dressed in front of a million viewers will surely get attention—the wrong kind. Is that attention worth losing people's respect, dishonoring God, and losing all dignity and integrity?

 6. Your purity is your gift to your husband. I know people don't think this way anymore, but saving yourself helps you avoid guilt and emotional baggage. Cover up and don't
display to the world what you are saving for your husband. You can dress with style and still be modest. Add a cute high cut tank top under those scoop neck shirts. Put some fun leggings under the short skirts and dresses. Make your own fashion statement if you need to. Flaunting your half naked body in public
doesn't show any creativity or imagination. Finding ways to be stylish and modest at the same time does.

(Check out The Christian Girl's Guide to Style for ideas HERE.)

  7. Being different is okay.You're not a freak because you don't sneak out to parties, make out with boys, wear a swimsuit that looks more like underclothing than something you could swim in, disrespect your parents or take part in questionable activities. Even a small light illuminates in a dark world. Be the
light others need to find their way.

(Check out a Young Woman After God's Own Heart or a Girl After God's Own Heart HERE)

  8. Good manners never go out of style. Saying thank you, writing a note, giving deference to the elderly, respecting those in authority, taking turns, turning off your
phone in restaurants and talking quietly and respectfully show that you know how to be polite. They put you a notch above others whether or not your friends agree.

  9. Your friends will influence you, so choose good ones.
Proverbs 12:26 says, "The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead themastray." Your friends are important. You talk to them about things you don't discuss with your parents. So make sure your
friends are the kind that will give you good advice and encourage you to be your best, not to go along with the crowd or be mediocre.

(Check out Girls Politics" Friends, Cliques and Really Mean Chicks HERE (teen girls) or A Girl's Guide to Best Friends and Mean Girls (preteen girls) HERE or Just for Me: Friends HERE (young girls))

 10. Live on/with purpose. Micah 6:8 says, "The Lord has told you what is good,and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy,and to walk humbly with your God." Simple, huh? Live intentionally. Live as a princess because you surely are as a child of the Heavenly King. Keep that in
mind and the first nine points will fall into place.
(Check out: The One Year Devotions for Girls Starring Women
of the Bible for a daily dose of inspiration all year long. HERE (girls 10-14), or The Christian Girl's Guide to the Bible HERE (ages 8-12) or Just for Me: The Bible HERE (ages 5-8))




These are my thoughts. What other messages do we need to give our girls? What books and other resources have you found helpful?
  

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Princess Reviews

This past weekend I had the chance to sign almost 100 copies of the princess book for bookstore owners.






There are several reviews on amazon already. Many of them mention the cover and lay out. These are the things that Tyndale alone is responsible for, so I can't take any credit for them. I only write the devos. I think they did a good job wtih the book. I wasn't sure about the cover at first, but it's being well received. I like that the girls are doing different activities that are age appropriate rather than  having a more "princessy" theme. I think that will draw in the more athletic, active girls. It's a good size and the fact that it's hard cover is a plus.

Here are a couple of the reviews.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ellybean VINE VOICE on September 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Promises for God's Princesses is a devotional book that is geared toward girls ages seven to eleven years old. This book is a ideal pick to getting girls interested in starting daily devotions or if they are just looking for another great one to add to their collection. This book is an ideal choice for all girls no matter what their interest or specific personality type.

In this book there are 100 devotions. The devotions are numbered but not dated. I like the the devotions aren't dated because if one is missed, you can simply just read the next one without worrying about falling behind. Each of the devotions start with a title followed by scripture and a short devotion inspired by the scripture mentioned. At the end of the devotion, there's a application which asks questions and encourages the reader to reach out to God in prayer pertaining to what was read. I would say each devotion could be read in about 10-15 minutes and the application time depends on the style of the reader. I know as well as praying, some girls like to journal and this book would fit well with any specific style as a leeway.

The book is hard cover so it makes this devotional easy to take along without worry of it wearing out easily. The outer cover features cute illustrations of all types of girl characters representing different things such as knitting, reading, painting, soccer, fashion, and more. The inner pages are very light on imaging but still look very nice. The text in the book is a nice teal color. The images on the pages include circles, butterflies, flowers, ladybugs, and an image of one of the girl illustrations featured on the cover. The book is super cute and does well to appeal to the desired age range.

The devotions are written well and offer encouragement, self discovery, and inspiration to Walk with God. Girls will discover who they are in God and how they can be more like Him in their day to day. Rest and reflection are certainly important in our world which seems to be ever so busy. I think teaching girls and offering books such as these to them is most important. I would most certainly recommend this devotional.

*****

"Promises for God's Princesses" by Katrina Cassel is a super cute devotional for girls. I would say that this devotional is appropriate for middle school girls and older. The devotional is girlie, and carries the theme of being royalty in God's family, but it tackles a lot of tough issues that teenagers face. The devotionals themselves are short, only one page (front and back) for every day.

I liked the variety of topics that are discussed in these devotions. Cassel touches on kindness, listening, being an example, filling the mind with good things, hard work, faithfulness, and dignity. The devotions do a great job of pulling together situations that teens can relate to and Biblical principles and truths to encourage Christian growth.

Each devotion has a Bible verse that is the basis for the message, and it is printed in a large, bold font at the top of every devotion. This makes it really easy to know what the bottom line message is, and where to find it in the Bible, for further reading and study. With references to social situations, pop culture, and historical events, this devotion is the perfect daily reading for the teen/tween in your house.

My daughter is a little too young for this one, but I plan on holding onto it for a few years until she is old enough to really understand it better. I would highly recommend this one for those looking for a way to get the girl in your life into the devotional routine. This one does a great job of tying together things that are interesting and relevant with Scripture. Loved it.


You can read the rest of the reviews Here.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Disney Princesses--Good or Bad?

Recently my book Promises for God's Princesses was released.



And Tyndale asked me to write a blog post with the theme princesses. No other directions, I could write about anything within that one word topic.


Normally when we hear "princesses," our minds go to the well-known Disney princesses. And I actually thought about writing about the positive lessons they teach. But as I started thinking about that, I started thinking about the negatives, too.


So I didn't write that blog post about the Disney princesses, but I've shared some here. This is mostly an overview of the princesses and I'd love to hear from you on the good and bad of these fair ladies. I'll talk more about those in a future post.




I'm sure you're already familiar with the princesses, how could you be alive and not know them? But in case you've missed some, they are:  (and these are my own interpretations of the stories!!)

Snow White is the original Disney princess, born with skin as white as snow, hair as black as Ebony and lips as red as a rose. She hides from her wicked stepmother in the home of the Seven Dwarfs, happily keeping house for them until she is tricked into eating a poisonous apple. She is naive, but kind, happy and a willing worker. And of course it only take a kiss from a prince to revive her once poisoned.

Cinderella was perhaps the most popular of the princesses for a long time. I think Elsa may have passed her :) Cinderella's widowed father remarries, and Cinderella gets a step mother and two lazy step sisters. When her father dies, she is mistreated by her step mother and sisters, yet she remains kind and gentle, doing the work without complaining and with only the mice and other animals for friends. Her fairy godmother helps her attend the ball where the prince fails in love with her after only a dance. Not knowing her identity, a kingdom-wide search for the owner of a lost glass slipper reunites them.


Aurora, a little naive and a hopeless romantic, is sheltered most her life. When evil Maleficent pronounces a curse on her while she's an infant, she is hidden away to be raised by three good fairies. She falls into a death-like sleep and can be awakened only by true love's kiss. Of course if you've seen the recently released "Maleficent" with Angelina Jolie, you know that isn't the true story at all :)


Ariel is the daughter of King Triton and the youngest of seven sisters. Not content with being a mermaid, she trades her voice for the chance to be human. of course everything goes wrong with this plan, but in the end, King Triton, realizing that Ariel loves Eric, changes her into a human and agrees she can marry Eric. Ariel is quite different than the first three princesses who seem to just go along with the plan. Ariel is independent and willing to take risks to get her dream, but she also has obedience issues.


Belle is one of my favorites because she is true to who she is. She doesn't go with the flow, but embraces her love of books and turns down Gaston who the rest of the girls swoon over due to his good looks. When Belle's father is held in a castle by the beast, she sacrifices her own freedom for his. Although at first she's turned off by the beast's looks, she soon learns to look beyond appearances. She declares her love for him while he is still in beast form, not realizing he's a prince under a spell/curse. I think she's the first Disney princesses who was a commoner who married into royalty.




Jasmine is a strong, confident princess who doesn't want anyone to tell her what to do, including her father. She longs for her independence. She meets Aladdin, who is disguised as a prince, and goes on a ride on a magic carpet--and of course falls in love with Aladdin. After a lot of plotting, and battles between good and evil, Aladdin realizes he can't keep pretending to be who he's not. With the help of a Genie, he gets things worked out and is allowed to marry Princess Jasmine even though he's not royalty. There's a lot of deceit and lying going on in this movie, but of course it all works out in the end.


Jessica and I had a chance to see it on Broadway in NYC last May.





Pocahontas is an adventurer and nature lover who talks to the spirits. She is noble and wise beyond her years. The daughter of a Native American Chief, she meets John Smith in the wilderness and they fall in love. But it's not meant to be. John takes the blame for killing someone he didn't kill in order to protect young Thomas. He's going to be executed, but is saved at the last minute. Just as it looks like everything will turn out okay, he is shot while protecting the chief and John returns to England for medical treatment. And of course the movie wouldn't be the same without the raccoon.


Mulan is different from the other Chinese girls of her time. Although beautiful, she's clumsy and outspoken. She's also brave and loyal. Disguising herself as a boy, she takes her father's place in the army, with an (very small, humorous) ancestral dragon to help her. When Mulan is injured, her true gender is discovered, and she's kicked out of the army. Still, she ends up being the hero in the end, saving China and winning the love of her former commander.


Tiana is a beautiful, hard working young woman living in New Orleans in the '20's who wants to open her own restaurant. When both she and the handsome, but lazy, Prince Naveen are turned into frogs, they set out to find someone who can change them back to humans. That's not as easy as it sounds or it would be a very short movie. But in the end, love prevails and Tiana's dreams all come true proving that hard work and persistence does pay off.


Rapunzel doesn't know her true identity as she lives in a tower with Mother Gothel. And although kept secluded in a tower all her life, she's perky and intelligent, finding ways to amuse herself. When a handsome stranger shows up, Rapunzel finally gets her dream of seeing the floating lights. When she realizes she's the missing princesses, she has a show down with Mother Gothel, and of course takes her place as princess and marries the reformed thief, Flynn/Eugene.


Merida is a refreshing change from some of the earlier princess. Red haired and fiery, she is the only princess not to have a love interest during her movie. Her mother's desire to see her become a proper lady and marry a suitable man clashes with Merida's independent nature and her desire not to be tied down in marriage so young. She would prefer to ride her horse and shoot archery instead. When her mother is turned into bear, Merida has to find a way to break the spell before Mom is mistaken for the bear that tore off the king's leg and is killed for revenge. Working together to get Mom transformed back into a human helps Merida and Mom form a bond and understand each other better. The movie wouldn't be the same without the mischievous brothers.








Elsa and Anna are the newest Disney princesses as Frozen was the first movie to have two princesses, and both are loved and adored. The song "Let it Go" has become the new anthem for today's girls. Although the princesses have a rocky start with Elsa setting off an eternal winter, the sisters eventually find that love is the answer to a frozen heart. Add in a lovable snowman with lots of personality, an ice delivery man named Kristoff and a reindeer named Sven and you have a movie that is a hit with all ages. 



So, this is my list of princesses and my own version of their stories. Some princess are stereotypical and some are spunky. Some do exactly as they're told, others disobey but have a happy ending anyway. They are loving, kind, brave, and sacrificial. But some also have wrong values and wrong means to get what they want.  So the question is, are they positive role models for our girls or not? What positive and negative values do you think they teach?


Who is your favorite princesses and who is your daughter's favorite  princesses? Has that changed as each new movie is released?



If you want books that are good reads for your princess, go back a couple of posts to my list of the best Christian books for preteen girls.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

How Do You Learn?

You've started a new school year, and you may already be swamped with homework, tests and the dreaded science fair project.

If you find yourself struggling to learn, unable to memorize what your teacher assigns or having trouble remembering what you read in your text books, you might be trying to learn in the wrong way!

Some people learn best by seeing something. For them, maps, diagrams, charts and written instructions are the best way to learn.

Some people learn best by hearing information. Having someone read new material to them or even reading it aloud is the best way to learn. Having music on in the background while studying also helps them focus.

If you learn best by seeing and hearing, you probably can learn what your teacher says or shows on the screen in your classroom. But if you're the third kind of learner, those things are as effective for you. You need to do something in order to learn or retain it.

Not sure which kind of learner you are? Here's a quiz from The Christian Girl's Guide: The Quiz Book to help you find out.
Order it Here or at your local Christian bookstore.

 Circle the letter in front of the answer that sound most like what you would do. Try to choose an answer for each question even if you’ve never been in that situation.
1. You’ve moved to a new school. You aren’t really sure where everything is located. The best way for you to find things would be to have:
a. Studying a map that shows you where everything is.
b. Someone to explain to you where to find what you need.
c. A guide to walk you where you need to go.

2. You are going to take a test about the states. You have to be able to label them on a blank map. The best way for you to learn them would be:
a. Studying a map with the states labeled on it, and then trying to write the state names on a blank map.
b. Singing or saying the states' names out loud while pointing to them on a map.
c. Cutting the practice map your teacher gave you into pieces and trying to put it back together like a puzzle.

3. It’s time to work with fractions: dividing shapes into halves, thirds, and fourths. The best way for you to learn this is to:
a. Study the drawings in your book.
b. Have the teacher or friend explain to you how to do it.
c. Practice cutting pizzas into those fractions.

4. You need to learn a verse for your Sunday school class. The best way to learn it would be:
a. Write it on your dry-erase board where you can see it. Erase a word at a time and try to see the missing word in your mind. Do this until you know the whole verse.
b. Say the verse to a rhythm until you can say it without looking.
c. Bounce a basketball. Say one word for each bounce. Do this until you can “bounce out” the whole verse.

5.  Your teacher gives the first word of a spelling test. You know how to spell the word because:
a. You can see the word in your mind.
b.  You can hear yourself spelling the word.
c.  You know how it feels to write the word.

6. You have a book report due. You haven’t read the book yet. You prefer to:
a. Read the book.
b. Listen to the audio book.
c.  See the movie with friends. (although the movie often isn't the same as the book!)

7. You need to get the book report ready. You plan to:
a. Do a written report.
b. Do an oral report.
c.  Act out a scene.

8. You need to do a science project about how crystals form. You think the best way is to:
a. Write a report and include charts and graphs to illustrate the process.
b. Do a recorded presentation on how crystals form.
c.  Grow crystals at home and take them in to science class.

9. You need to know how many cups are in a pint, how many pints in a quart and how many quarts in a gallon. The best way to remember is:
   a. Draw a picture showing the amounts.
b. Make up a rhyme about the correct amounts.
c. Take measuring cups and different-sized cartons to the sink and learn it by doing it.

10.  You have to memorize the Gettysburg address. You practice by:
a. Writing it out until you can do it by memory.
b. Singing it until you can do it by memory.
c. Acting it out with hand motions.

Count up how many a’s, b’s, and c’s you have.
     Many people learn in more than one way, so if you have some a’s, b’s, and c’s, that’s okay. The best way to learn something is to see it, hear it, and do it. But there is probably one way that is the best for you.
If you have mostly:
a’s You are a visual learner. That means you learn best when you see things. You would rather read a book than hear it read. Charts, graphs, maps, flashcards, and illustrations all help you when it’s time to study. If you have to remember something, try drawing it or writing it out.
B’s  You are an auditory learner. That means you learn best when you hear things. You would rather hear a story read to you than read it silently to yourself. Songs, rhymes, and saying things aloud help you when it’s time to study. If you have to remember something, sing it to a tune you know or rap it out.
C’s  You are a kinesthetic learner. That means you learn best when you can do an experiment or activity, or when you can use your body to learn. You would enjoy acting out a book as a play more than reading it or hearing it read. If you have to remember something, doing it will help you. You might use magnetic letters to practice your spelling words, or write them on paper then cut them up and put them back together like a puzzle.You might also want to learn sign language and use the signs for each letter or word to learn new things.

Knowing your learning style can help you study better and remember more.


Try this:
Pick three different ways to learn your spelling words (or something else that you have to memorize) this week. Try writing words and erasing a letter at a time until you can spell them. Learn them to a tune, or try spelling them to a rhythm while bouncing a ball or jump roping.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Best Christian Books for Preteen Girls

I'm compiling a list of the best books--devos, non fiction and fiction--for 8-12's. Some of the books are exclusively for girls and others are for both boys and girls.

What books would you add to this list?



Best Christian Books for Preteen Girls

Devotions
Devotions for the God Girl, Hayley Di Marco
Each one-page devo contains a scripture verse of the day along with a brief reflection that unpacks spiritual truths about becoming a woman of God. And in each entry Hayley challenges girls to choose God's way in every area of their life--with their thoughts, actions, and daily choices about everything from friends and fashion to faith.

God's Girl series, Karen Whiting
Each book sparkles with faith and fun as the girls learn about Bible women and create a cool craft to go with each one. Each book is packed with tips on how to personalize their crafts as well as space for journaling their deepest thoughts. Both inner and outer beauty will be celebrated by the girls as they learn to be faithful Christians who enjoy God and life.

Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids, Sarah Young
Devotions written as if Jesus is speaking directly to a child's heart. Based on her original Jesus Calling, this version has been adapted in a language and fashion that kids and tweens can relate to their everyday lives. 

The One Year Be-Tween You and God: Devotions for Girls, Sandra Byrd
http://www.amazon.com/The-One-Year-Be-Tween-You/dp/1414362455/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1409355590&sr=1-1
The book emphasizes that tween girls can have a relationship with God and that they can share their intimate thoughts, fears, insecurities, joys, etc. It lets girls know: it's between you and God. 

The One Year Book of Bible Trivia for Kids, Katrina Cassel
This One Year book features 365 trivia questions that lead into meaningful devotions about the questions. Each devotion also includes a For You section, which gives a simple application to kid’s lives. And the answer to the opening question wraps up the devotion and gives readers biblical references to read. This book will keep curious kids on their toes and give them a reason to open their devotional and Bible daily.

The One Year Devos for Animal Lovers, Dandi Daley Mackall
Each devotion begins with a fun or interesting fact about an animal; this fact then introduces a concept of life and godliness that is reinforced by a scripture verse. The devotion concludes with an activity to do that day that relates to the devotion; there is also a sidebar with more fun/interesting facts.

The One Year Devotions for Girls Starring Women of the Bible, Katrina Cassel
This devotional features women of the Bible and how their stories apply to tween girls today.  In 365 days, girls will know more about the women in the Bible who faced the same troubles and issues girls today face, and they will be more committed to following the godly examples and avoiding the ungodly ones. At the end of each day’s reading, girls are encouraged to “Think It Through,” a section that asks them questions related to the devotion and prompts them to apply the lesson to their lives. After each week of devotions a full page is devoted to activities utilizing information from the prior week’s devotions (puzzles, quizzes, etc.).

The One Year Father-Daughter Devotions, Jesse Florea
Each of the 365 devotions begins with an introductory story, then daddy-daughter time provides discussion questions, activities, or other practical applications of the daily lesson.

The One Year Mother-Daughter Devo, Dannah Gresh
The devotion will strengthen mother-daughter relationships as well as their relationships with God. Topics for the devotions are centered around issues that the best-selling author (Dannah Gresh) is known for addressing through her books and mother-daughter conferences. 

Promises for God's Princesses, Katrina Cassel
This devotional book is full of Scriptures about God’s love, protection, and promises. The book’s 100 devotions tie in the Scriptures to help young girls apply them to their lives. This diary-style book will attract the growing girl while still making her feel like a princess, a special child of God.

Non Fiction

Between: A Girl's Guide to Life, Vicki Courtney
Through colorful articles, quizzes, games, and lists, girls age eight to twelve are encouraged to grow spiritually and socially in every major area of life.

Body Talk, Nancy Rue
Body Talk gives you the information you need on all the really weird body stuff—and shows you how all this weird stuff is actually part of God’s plan for the beautiful, confident, grown-up you!

The Christian Girl's Guide to Being Your Best, Katrina Cassel
God wants girls to do their best and be their best. Encourage preteen girls with this fun how-to manual for living out God's plan for their lives. Through stores about real and fictional girls, Scripture, journaling, quizzes, crafts and other activities, girls can explore what it means to be their best according to God's special plan for them. 

The Christian Girl's Guide to the Bible, Katrina Cassel
Take girls on a wonderful walk through the Bible! Preteens will marvel at God's Word as they make their way from Genesis to Revelation and discover the beauty of God's message for them. Puzzles, crafts, quizzes and fiction add to the creativity of this special guide.

The Christian Girl's Guide to Me: The Quiz Book, Katrina Cassel
The quizzes in The Christian Girl's Guide to Me: The Quiz Book are jam packed with all kinds of advice to help you discover who you are and who you are meant to be. Learn how you can make more friends, how to get closer to your family, and how to let God do totally amazing works through you! 

Everyone Tells Me to be Myself But I Don't Know Who I Am, Nancy Rue
http://www.amazon.com/Everybody-Myself-Revised-Edition-Faithgirlz/dp/0310733235/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1409362427&sr=1-3
If you think it’s easy to say “just be yourself” but it’s not so easy to do it, then this book is so for you! It will help you figure out who you really are deep down inside. You’ll learn to be that person no matter who you’re with through surveys, helpful tips, and places to write down your thoughts. You’ll learn to be the young women God created you to be!

A Girl After God's Own Heart, Elizabeth George
Upbeat and positive, Elizabeth provides biblical truths and suggestions so tweens can thrive. She reaches out to girls where they're at and addresses daily issues that concern them. 

A Girl's Guide to Best Friends and Mean Girls, Dannah Gresh
A Girl's Guide to Best Friends and Mean Girls springs from the life and example of Jesus, a tween girl's true BFF. It helps her explore questions such as: Who should I choose for friends? How can I keep my friends? How can my parents help me? What do I do about jealousy and hurts in my friendships? How can I be Jesus' friend, and how do I introduce others to him?

A Girl's Guide to Making Really Good Choices, Elizabeth George
Discussing such topics as attitude, friendships, crushes, parents, school, and avoiding bad situations, Elizabeth helps girls see that the very best choice of all is a choice to live within God’s will. Perfect for individuals, small groups, and mentoring.

Heaven for Kids, Randy Alcorn
The book features ten chapters of questions, and answers based on scripture and written in a style relevant to today's kids. The book also has a summary of the Gospel for those who want to be sure they are going to Heaven someday. Randy encourages kids to live “in Light of Heaven.”

The Middle School Survival Manual, Katrina Cassel
With the manual, middle schoolers will learn to: Give grades a boost, Make testing as easy as 1, 2, 3, Face life in a new school, Set goals, Deal with old and new friends, Live their faith at school, Plan their own activities, and lots more!

My Mini Dream Room, Karen Whiting
This book is about having fun by making little things. Why? Because the littlest action matters to God. In My Mini Dream Room dive right into these mini crafts and devotions to make furniture, curtains, baskets of flowers, pillows, teddy bears and other total amazing decorations. Let your creativity shine by making your very own dream room.

You! A Christian Girl's Guide to Growing Up, Nancy Rue
In this book you’ll discover all the really weird body stuff you’re going through is actually part of God’s plan for the beautiful, confident, grown-up you! In addition to health and beauty tips, you’ll find answers to some awkward, changing-body questions, ways to create a unique style all your own, and most importantly, you’ll discover the true beauty that is revealed as you grow closer to God in this fun, inspirational and interactive book.
Fiction

The Backyard Horses Series, Dandi Daley Mackall
Book One: Fourth-grader Ellie James has a great imagination. She spends a lot of time daydreaming of owning a black stallion show horse and winning trophies in the horse show. But when the answer to all her dreams and prayers gallops into her life, will Ellie be able to recognize it? Join Ellie and her quirky family in their exciting, horse-loving adventures.

Boarding School Mysteries, Kristi Holl
Book One: Twelve-year-old Jeri McKane knew that attending boarding school hundreds of miles from home would be hard, but she never imagined anything like this. The school bus carrying Jeri’s roommate Rosa mysteriously disappears. A natural sleuth, Jeri knows there are leads to be followed and follows her instincts to discover new dimensions of faith and courage. 

The Carmen Browne Series, Stephanie Perry Moore
Book One: Carmen Browne is a ten-year-old African-American girl beginning fifth grade. With her family moving to a new city, Carmen is anguished to give up her friends and comfortable home. As her family adapts to a new location, Carmen learns that finding new friends and fitting in is not easy. Part of her doesn't even want to try. Family issues become complicated when Carmen's brother learns he is adopted. Dealing with unpopularity, fitting in, and cultural differences are Carmen's issues in the first book of the Carmen Browne series.

The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia has captivated readers of all ages for over sixty years, enchanting them with a magical realm where worlds come and go at the toss of a ring, where boys and girls become kings and queens, where there are more talking creatures than people.

Dragons in Our Midst, Bryan Davis
Book One: A boy learns of his dragon past; a girl has known of hers for years. They combine their faith, courage, and love to overcome evil, a slayer who seeks to bring an end to dragon heritage, forever.

Girls Only Series, Beverly Lewis
Books 1-4: Jenna, Livvy, Heather, and Manda strive for their best in their respective sports: gymnastics, figure skating, ice-dancing, and downhill skiing. Their ultimate goal: the Olympics. As each girl struggles with life's challenges and rejoices with each triumph, the encouragement of the other Girls Only club members and their faith in God give the girls the moral support needed to push their limits and learn important lessons.

Grandma's Attic Series, Arleta Richardson
A young girl’s discovery of her grandmother’s keepsakes inspires heartwarming tales of her grandmother’s childhood and the lessons learned on a nineteenth-century farm.

The Lily Series, Nancy Rue
This best-selling, biblically based fiction series for girls—with a fresh new look and updated content—addresses social issues and coming-of-age topics, all with the spunk and humor of Lily Robbins as she fumbles her way through unfamiliar territory.

London Confidential Series, Sandra Byrd
London Confidential is a new series where British fashion, friendships, and guys collide, and where an all-American girl learns to love life and live out her faith.

Mandie Series, Lois Gladys Leppard
First five books set: Readers will discover anew the charms of the impulsive Mandie Shaw as she faces the ups and downs of first losing her father and then finding her long-lost family in Mandie and the Secret Tunnel. Many more mysteries follow for Mandie and her friends in Mandie and the Cherokee Legend, Mandie and the Ghost Bandits, Mandie and the Forbidden Attic, and Mandie and the Trunk's Secret.

Secret Sister Series, Sandra Byrd
Book One: After a lonely time in the fifth grade, Tess Thomas dreads the beginning of the next school year. Then the exclusive Coronado Club invites her to join. She thinks she'll do anything to belong--until she finds out just what "anything" means. How far is too far to keep a friend? When does belonging cost more than you should pay?

Sophie Series, Nancy Rue


Book One: When future film director Sophie LaCroix visits Williamsburg, Virginia, her imagination sends her straight into the eighteenth century. An unlikely heroine, Sophie’s forced to use her new-found war tactics to foil a heinous plot and save a friend from impending humiliation by the popular girls. 

What books would you add to this list?