It is great to see a book being born, and when there are two, even more! Time ago, my daughter participated in the surveys with girls that appear in the content, and she is very excited to have it. Some of her answers made me think of many more girls who need this material. That's why I'm so happy that these books are already available.
There are some lies that are disguised as truth, just like the cover of this book, something appetizing, bright, with a lot of sweetness, sparks of colors and adornments that make them look delicious and appetizing ... we bite them, we believe them.
Having been captured myself, during my childhood-adolescence-youth, by several of the lies that Nancy Leigh DeMoss talks about in her book "Lies That Women Believe and the Truth That Makes You Free", I thought, for many years, in the need for intentional instruction to girls, on various topics (especially some that are taboo or so controversial at present), to give them a broader perspective of the lies that are "socially accepted and widespread" but so hollow, to which they are continually exposed in the media and which bring so much emptiness and pain to so many lives.
Above all, when I became the mother of a girl (8 years 5 months ago) the desire to have a book specifically for girls grew, with issues important for their formation. Thinking first of my girl, I started writing one to take several topics that I wanted to discuss with her. Then I thought that since I was going to do it, I could even use it to reach more girls, daughters of friends or acquaintances or others with these truths.
In the absence of such a book, simple, beautiful, practical and useful for girls, I thought of the phrase that they say: "if there is no book like you need, write it". I started to dream and write ideas about that book. I even contacted some illustrators to. My husband encourages me and comments ideas. I told some sisters and friends. Then, in the inter, several divinely orchestrated things happened that made me "pause" the plan and obviously the book did not come out, as I wanted, in 2017. Obviously it would not be a book with this title, nor with these themes, but the The intention was very similar: to bless, edify and mentor girls.
I write and I tell you all this to encourage you and make you notice something: God is always attentive to our needs. He provides even BEFORE we need something. We do not always have to carry out every idea idea or look for how to supply every need we have, He does it before you know you need it! Many times that strong idea you have, or that need you see out there, is there so that you pray for it or encourage the right people to do it, you have to use the ideas and enthusiasm to pray that the right people will carry it out. You can pray and act to make it happen.
Sharing about this book is very joyful for me, because finally! there is a book for girls that Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth with all her experience and wisdom and Dannah Gresh, who works with girls and young women wrote it, yes, they heard us! Both of them, for many years, have also seen this need in the girls and made equipment to prepare it and be a blessing to this generation.
I received these preview copies last year to proof read and review and I am excited to tell you that they are available! you can buy them already in presale! Its official launch is on February 5, 2019, (both the book for girls, and the Guide for moms). You can order it from NOW!
I am excited about the provision of this material because it arrives just in time to my life, when I can study it and then share it with my daughter! (The book is recommended for girls between 9 and 12 years old). Fortunately I did not have to wait to be old, live a lot, have experience and wisdom on all of these issues and especially have time to write (haha) yes my daughter is now ready to enjoy and learn from the! best, we did not have to wait until my granddaughters! hehe If you do not speak English, I'm sure very soon we will also have your translation into Spanish, so be patient!.
The book is designed to be interactive, the girls not only read about the lies, but they can react to what is presented to them, meditate while doing the activities and use the space they have to write their notes in the book. That is why I recommend much more to buy the printed version of the book and not so much the digital kindle version.
Expect a beautiful book, and also full of eternal truths. I liked so much watching the cartoons of Nancy and Dannah, (they are lovely and gracefully identical!, you may see a preview of them, but wait for the awesome finished product in February 5th! The great designer Julia Ryan did the cute interior design & Ilustrations) There is also a girl Zoe, with whom the little ones can identify themselves by looking at the situations and problems they have to face in a simple and understandable way.
I did not feel the book as deep as others in the saga, but it is precisely because it is for girls and this, instead of being seen as an inconvenience, shows me that it will be accessible to many girls who may not be used to reading and can take the book as a guide or an icebreaker so that the mothers, grandmothers or aunts who take care of the formation of girls can use as a guide to talk about these issues.
If you are familiar with the other books in the series (Lies That Young Women Believe and Lies Women Believe) the process of deepening with them, according to their needs and age, will be easier for you.
The book encourages a healthy identity in the little ones, as well as relationships with family and friends (it also prepares them not to become girls obsessed with themselves or with boys). It is a book designed for girls to read it and fill it out, and the Guide for moms, makes it easier, even if a woman does not have much experience in dealing with these issues (especially the current ones, such as the management of technology, or modern pressures), it will be easy to get involved and guide it through these truths. I think it can also be done by an aunt, grandmother or woman involved in the life of a girl, if she does not have a mother.
When walking together for the content of this book, I consider that it will be more memorable and intentional than if they read it alone, in my opinion. It is an excellent idea that guides like this one are generated for moms who do not have as much creativity or ideas on how to teach little ones about important issues.
I also want to add something, because I have already seen it and although it hurts, it does not surprise me: It is to be expected even more critical to this type of books, as everything that is not fashionable or is "socially popular", since it defines, for example, in a scientific way, because of its genetics to boys and girls as well, with its gender. Others also exaggerate the issue of healthy limits, since they think that even small children should experience irresponsibly with all kinds of experiences. That's what adults are for, to guide and take care of diseases and dangers that they do not yet know, that's what paternity is about, teaching and guiding, they will make their decisions when they grow up. The concepts and advice are countercultural, yes, but I encourage you to always examine everything, to investigate deeply and retain the good, apply it and enjoy it.
I have noted with sadness that currently there are people who are dedicated to denigrating and attacking anyone who thinks differently and wants scientific evidence, their "arguments" if they can be called like that, they are fallacious and only backed by an "I". I can do whatever I want to do "and it is true, they should only consider the consequences of living a life without thinking about the consequences of decisions, both for them and for their children.
I hope that we can continue to be respectful and loving with all people, and that we understand that every countercultural message will be ridiculed more and more by the same people who demand respect and tolerance. Let's show the love of Christ in our opinions and answers. We can also teach our girls, not muddy what we do not like, but to be logical, reasonable women, who address others with respect and treat everyone with dignity, even those who have different ideas from us. We should not be ashamed or silent about biblical principles or verifiable information, principles and values with which we want to raise our children. The world is a temporary place where everyone can and should live with respect and love.