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The Companion Guide to Beautiful Girlhood Paperback – February 15, 2000
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"As a mother blessed with three beautiful daughters, I am in constant prayer for wisdom! I believe that Beautiful Girlhood and the Companion Guide have been an answer to that prayer." --Pam Bonham Drewery
"What a blessing to have a guidebook for such important discussions! Not only are you helping your daughter work through tough topics, but you will walk away from each session desiring to be a better woman yourself." --Carrie Fernandez
" This study is a lovely way to combine personal development with Bible study." --Cathy Duffy
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Mothers, are you longing to develop a closer relationship with your daughter? The Companion Guide to Beautiful Girlhood provides 32 weeks of character training and relationship building exercises through thought provoking questions, pertinent Bible study and application, inspiring quotations for discussion and journaling. Build precious memories and strong character while guiding your daughter through the transition through beautiful girlhood and beyond.
- Discuss changing body, friendships, and friendships with boys.
- Learn invaluable character traits such as obedience, sunny disposition, modesty and truthfulness.
- Discover foundational truths about repentance, a relationship with Jesus Christ, and prayer.
- Develop together the value of good books, choosing one's life work, and ideals.
- Online blog community for Moms and Daughters found at btwixtandbtweenblog.com
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The testosterone-fest that is my life makes me truly appreciate the unique feminine beauty that I feel blessed to experience by watching my only daughter grow from an infant to a young woman. Raising girls is so different in so many ways from raising boys, and as my onliest daughter grows into a young lady, I really enjoy the feminine bond we are strengthening every day.
This is one reason I was excited when I had the opportunity to read and review Beautiful Girlhood revised by Karen Andreola and The Companion Guide to Beautiful Girlhood by Shelley Noonan and Kimberly Zach. Another was that I had the opportunity to meet Shelley Noonan recently, and hear her share some of her story. This is a woman who understands the power in embracing your beautiful girlhood.
Beautiful Girlhood was originally written by M. Hale and published in the 1940s, but was revised in the 1990s by Karen Andreola. The book has beautiful, descriptive langauge and reads like a nonfiction version of Little Women or some other classic literature. I sort of felt, reading it, like I should be donning a corset and bonnet, and I don't say that to be contrary. The book retains a classic nature that transcends pop culture in favor of addressing timeless issues like trust, purpose, and modesty.
The Companion Guide to Beautiful Girlhood is exactly what its title suggests -- a companion on the journey through these topics, a springboard for discussion, growth, and connection between, for example, a mother and daughter reading the set together. It offers a Bible study outline, journaling topics, discussion questions, and real-life application of the issues that coordinate to the text.
While it was suggested to me that that the books were for use with girls ages 8 and up, I found that the language made my 8-year-old's eyes glaze over, and she wasn't really able to comprehend much of it. I continued reading the book and companion guide solo, and have used the topics as a springboard for more age-appropriate discussion of the topics. A tad academic in nature, despite its flowery language, it will likely go back on the shelf for a few years until I feel she can maintain a clearer grasp on the text.
There was one concerning element for me in the books, and that was the underlying message that all women were purposed to be wives and mothers, and that this is necessarily the desire of all women. I know many women in Christian service who are not mothers or wives who have struggled against the evangelical culture's message that they have less value to the Kingdom because of their choice, or even circumstances beyond their choosing, such as the arenas of infertility and singlehood. I am cautious about furthering the notion in this day and age that a woman's value is determined solely by her family (or future family, or lack of family as the case may be), because it is my sincerest belief that her value is determined by God's love for her, whether she marries or has children or learns how to keep a home.
All that said, I will probably revisit this set of books when my daughter is older, mainly because it is offers an excellent springboard to discuss topics in the book on which we agree and those with which we disagree, to encourage my daughter to have a healthy self-concept of her internal feminine beauty, but also an invitation to engage in topics like purpose and family where the lines may not always be clear.
Also, please note, the authors offer an additional companion text titled Beyond Beautiful Girlhood, appropriate for older teen girls/young women.
Let's start with what Beautiful Girlhood: Revised by Karen Andreola is before we go on to cover the Companion Guide. Beautiful Girlhood is a moving book that discusses that uncertain time period for girls between childhood and womanhood which the author has termed "girlhood." It has such a gentle and beautiful way of encouraging your budding young lady to embrace her girlhood and not be in such a rush to get to womanhood while teaching her about how to stay pure on the journey. I will say though that it has gotten me a little choked up as I think of my little baby girl growing up. Although it was originally written in the early 1900's, it has been updated by Karen Andreola and is a easy read.
So, with all that wonderfulness, you may be asking why do you need a Companion Guide when the main book is so useful. But, I promise you that this guide has given me the opportunity to dig so much deeper than I would have ever thought to do on my own. Shelley Noonan has developed discussion questions that are designed in such a way that encourages discussion between Monkey and me. I have already learned about her dreams and aspirations - things she has thought about, but we've just never really discussed. Some questions are also directed towards mom, and it has given me the opportunity to share with her about my girlhood - things that I haven't thought about in years and certainly wouldn't have thought that she would have been interested. What great conversation starters!
In addition to the questions, there are also ideas for a Bible study to do together each week to find out more about what the Scripture says about the topic being covered in that week. And, to top it all off, Shelley has also provided a blog with further crafts, recipes, and suggestions to further bond with your daughter during this wonderful and exciting time. This is also a great resource for bonding with other moms, and I really love the Christian community of moms sharing and helping each other along the way.
And, in case some of this sounds too old fashioned and quaint, and you think that your daughter will find it corny, I want to assure you that my daughter begs to do the chapters together. She and I have really enjoyed getting to know each other on a deeper level, and I am hoping that this will form the foundation to keep the lines of communication open as she enters that time when so many rebellious teens lose their way.
Thank you, Shelley, for such a wonderful resource that I believe will enrich our relationship long past the 32 weeks of the study - on throughout the rest of our lives...