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Brave Beauty: Finding the Fearless You (Faithgirlz) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-14 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0310763142
LANGUAGE:English

"As a counselor, I am always looking for books for the tweens that come to my office. I shared this book with the youth pastor of our church to also read. We both agreed that this book was a step above any other devotional we have in our resource room. I am excited that Lynn wrote this book for this vulnerable group that is often overlooked but who are on the front line of the battles in todays secular society. School, bullying, friends, and most of the issues that girls 8-13 face are covered in this book. I love the format which allows girls to turn to the page that covers the issue she is most currently facing. There are 100 faith building devotions that could easily be used in a teaching format as well. Thank you Lynn for a wonderful faith building book. I would recommend this book to anyone who works with tween girls." said.

"This lovely little devotional for girls has a ton of appeal. Not does it have that awesome Faithgirlz cover, it also has some pretty awesome devotionals to encourage young girls to find their confidence and identity in Christ. It's interactive, has questions, stories, prayers, and much more. It's about learning to be themselves, but also learning to be like Christ, changing if needed. It's about being courageous, overcoming, and standing up!

The stories were good, and thought provoking. They will draw in the girls and get their attention. They include Scriptures, but there is no Scripture reading suggestion included. That was probably the only thing that I would have liked to see included. I feel like a really good devotional should include some Scripture reading. But this is still a great book, and I am excited to be able to pass it on to my daughter.

I received this book from Handlebar and Thomas Nelson to read. I was not asked to review positively. All opinions are my own.
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"Lynn Cowell's Brave Beauty: Finding the Fearless You is written for tween girls and offers, in 100 mini chapters, the God's perspective on some real life issues. Things like peer pressure and body imagine, certainly, but other things like bravery and personal transformation, too. This is a resource that helps teens think deeply about their faith in ways our culture wants to discourage.

In Brave Beauty, Cowell encourages girls to find their worth and identity in Christ. In a time when girls are bombarded with images of what the world considers beautiful and valuable, this book empowers girls instead to turn to our faith for the truth about how beautiful they really are. The book begins at just the right place -- how to enter into the community of faith and finding their place in it -- and continues with a number of important affirmations that structure the rest of the book: "I am Loved", "I am Brave", etc.

The artwork is whimsical and offers an eye-catching contribution for such an important book.

The book is designed to be a keepsake, and certainly will offer our tweens a lively conversation partner as they maneuver the difficult years ahead.
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I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review here.
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"My Review of Brave Beauty

Sweet Encouragement for 'Tween Girls

Brave Beauty is so beautifully written. It's a wonderful devotional for 8-12 year old girls, but is written in a conversational style. Brave Beauty helps girls connect with God through journaling spaces, prayers and practical application. It's written to be a devotional companion and personal book for each girl, so they can have a record of their faith journey. Brave Beauty is a book that girls will turn to again and again.
Girls will enjoy devotional entries that encourage them to know God-who He is and how He can help them. They will also learn to depend on God, trusting Him to guide them. Girls will learn about what God says about them in His Word, and that whatever they are going through, matters to God. Looking at people throughout the Bible, girls will see how they faced difficult situations, and God took care of them.
I truly enjoyed Brave Beauty myself. I appreciate Lynn Cowell's friendly style, as a conversation between friends.
The truths and life principles contained in Brave Beauty are relevant to any age. Girls (and older girls, too!) will find that courage, confidence, and beauty are rooted in God. As girls know God more, they will understand how deeply He loves and cares about them; and because He does, they are brave, courageous, confident, and beautiful.
I very highly recommend Brave Beauty. I know the girls in my life will be blessed by it. I am ordering a copy for myself, too.

*Disclaimer: I am blessed to have been able to read and review Brave Beauty. I received an Advanced Reader's Copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. The opinion stated is my own. I have not been compensated in any way.*
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"This is a great book for teen or pre-teen girls but, as an adult woman, I loved it myself and actually found so much of it helpful for some of the struggles I face.

This book is, first of all, so pretty! I love all the special touches inside like you see above. Flowers, and butterflies adorn the pages and make it a visual joy. Better than that, though, the information inside is really a joy for the soul.

Each day there is a little story to be read and then a section called "Becoming Brave" (see the picture above). There might be a question or a little challenge in this section for you to do. If it's a question, the author has provided lines inside the box to answer, which I loved. Some pages had a "Getting To Know You" section and this was really great as it lets the reader discover how they feel about things. This section has a multiple choice answer area for you to chose what fits closely with how you feel. I think this is really helpful for a young girl.

Finally, at the end of each story is the "Courageous Call" box where there is a prayer to the Lord regarding whatever was discussed in that mini chapter. This lets the girl know that God is with her no matter what she may be facing.

There are different sections in this book dealing with things that girls (and even women!) might deal with like - My Worth - I Can Be Me - or I Can Know He is Always With Me. Each section was such a delight to read and such an encouragement! I love how Lynn always points to God as our friend and that He loves us and created us to be who we are.

I really loved this book and highly recommend it. Putting this into the hands of a pre-teen or teen girl would help them to see how much God values them as they are. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by BlogAbout Blogger Network
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"This Faithgirlz book brings tweens 100 courage-building devotions, allowing them to reflect on Scripture and find confidence in God.

Filled with 100 mini-chapters by Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker Lynn Cowell, this book helps tween girls navigate those rocky years and find answers to big questions by growing confident in God.

All growing girls have moments when they struggle and wonder what's ahead, or where they fit in, or what they're good at and this companion guide seeks to empower girls by providing inspiration on many of those tough topics:

See who God says she is by overcoming confidence-defeating thoughts.
Learn to shape self-worth on Christ and not base it on environmental factors.
Build a strong foundation to face the fickle and flippant opinions of others.
Find approval of herself even when she lacks the acceptance of others.
Find security by turning to Christ as she steps through the exciting, yet scary world of growing up.

Not only does this book help girls learn more about God and how He helps us, but it uses plenty of examples of how people of the Bible handled the hard things, as well.

Girls will feel like they're spending time with a friend as they read God's words and learn how they can become fearless and brave in today's world of ups and downs. The readings are perfect for daily devotions, weekly studies, or even a resource to turn to when faced with a particular struggle.

(There's a topical index in the back!)

This book isn't just meant to sit on a shelf - it's very interactive!

Besides the main text, chapters contains prayers, quizzes, journaling prompts and room to write as well as suggested activities.

The book's format includes plenty of simple illustrations in shades of blue and grey that make the inside just as appealing as the colorful, foil-decorated cover.

Because this book is so strongly targeted at tween girls, I feel it would be best for young ladies in the 8-12 age range. It would make a perfect birthday gift for a special girl in your life!

I received a free copy of this product as a member of Zondervan's Z Blog Squad in exchange for writing a review. All opinions are my own.
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" So thankful to get an ARC of this from Zonderkidz. It is a gorgeous book, and while it is meant for girls, the truth in it is applicable for all us women! I am so enjoying reading through this as a daily devotional and looking forward to sharing with my daughter when she is a bit older. This is the perfect gift book for the gal in your life--or yourself! " said.

"As a tween mom, I find it hard to find books that we can read and learn from together. Brave Beauty is geared toward 8-12 year olds but I enjoyed it as well. As moms, we too struggle with the same issues our girls do and fight to not show it. That's hard! I want to show my girl how to be brave. Because y'all, middle school is going to be tough, I know, and I want to equip her the best I can and show her how God sees her and that's what matters.

All in all, Brave Beauty is a devotional that I know we will reread over and over.
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