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My Name is Erin: One Girl's Journey to Discover Truth (My Name is Erin Series) Paperback – August 1, 2013
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True confession: I was voted the “Most Conceited” member of my seventh-grade class. In junior high, my world pretty much revolved around M-E. If someone had asked me during those years why Truth mattered, I would have said something like, “I don’t know. How’s my hair?” I might not have cared much about Truth then, but looking back I see that I was missing something HUGE . . . something I don’t want you to miss out on for a minute.
Truth has the power to change everything about our lives. But what is Truth? How can we know what’s true and what isn’t?
In a style that reads like a conversation with a best friend, we will tackle those questions—and more—together in this fun little book. So join me on a journey to discover Truth.
My name is Erin, and this is my story . . .
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My Name is Erin: One Girl's Journey to Discover Truth (My Name is Erin Series)
My Name is Erin: One Girl's Journey to Discover Who She Is (My Name is Erin Series), My Name is Erin: One Girl's Mission to Make a Difference (My Name is Erin Series) and My Name is Erin: One Girl's Plan for Radical Faith (My Name is Erin Series).
Each book covers its subject in a balanced, non-threatening way. Ms. Davis explains things clearly and uses research and the Bible to explain her points. The book on truth is perhaps my favorite. Instead of focusing on converting a girl who may be questioning the very existence of God, she takes a step back. Davis focuses on convincing girls of the dangers of relative truth. She does probably one of the best jobs I have seen of breaking down the problem and showing how God's absolute truths are really the answer to the questions they may have.
One could say that some of the information in the other books is somewhat derivative of adult works, but honestly there are only so many ways to teach the same basic truths. I believe Ms. Davis does a great job of taking basic concepts like having radical faith or missions and writing about them in ways that make them accessible to teen girls. She even handles the subject of how to be a godly young woman in a balanced way that still reinforces the biblical truths sometimes viewed as out-of-date by critics.
My main criticism is actually an aesthetic one. I handed one of the books to my sixteen year old daughter, who summed it up well. "Mom, these books look like they have some great stuff in them. The problem is the fonts and some of the ways the book is set up make it look like it is written for an older elementary or middle school student. Teens in high school need the information and much of it is probably written to our level (because of quoting research, etc.), but a lot of girls wouldn't read it because it looks too young." I would highly suggest the author/publisher consider publishing an edition that combines all of the books into one regular sized book with fonts and wording aimed at girls in senior high and college.
If your daughter has questions about the idea of absolute truth, her place in God's Plan as a woman or her mission, these would make great books for her to read. They are quick reads and non-threatening in their approach. If you want some good, Christian, non-fiction books for your upper elementary or middle school daughter, I would suggest considering these as an option. If your older high school daughter is really struggling with these ideas, there are two ways these books could help you. First you could purchase and read them yourself and then use the author's points in your discussion. Or if your daughter is struggling but open to any help, let her read the books for herself or read them together and discuss them.
This book was provided to me by Moody Publishers free of charge in exchange for my honest review. I loved the books and will keep them to share with others.
I like the writing style of author Erin Davis. She's very engaging and relates well with young girls, all while not sacrificing truth or brushing over important topics.
The My Name Is Erin series titles include: One Girl's Journey to Discover Truth, One Girl's Journey to Discover Who She Is, One Girl's Mission to Make a Difference, and One Girl's Plan for Radical Faith.
Each book is about 75 pages and should be a relatively easy read for young girls. Although the recommended age was not listed (at least not that I could find), based on the issues covered I assume it is for young teen girls. Also the order of the books was confusing, as they were not numbered. It wasn't til in the last book I read, which incidentally is book four, that I found a listed order (see above order).
There was a lot I was able to glean from, even as an adult, based on the core principles addressed, even though her examples for young girls obviously did not directly relate to me. But that's because truth is always relevant, and God's Word stands the test of time.
Overall a great resource for young girls, moms of girls, or small group leaders.
*I received a free copy of this series from Moody Publishers in exchange for this honest review.*
You actually have to know God's Truth to be tied to it. Study the bible "gird yourself" with God's Truth.
The author asks, "What is the opposite of Truth?". Her answer is: The simplest way to define something that isn't true is to call it a lie.
In chapter 3 we meet Lie's ugly cousins Bent Truth, Relative Truth, and Partial Truth.
Chapter 5: How can you stand by Truth? Erin writes about the different types of Truth and untruth. She points out the way to the Truth (God) is through Jesus and the way to untruth leads to the Satan.
Erin introduced some girls she calls the Gab Gallery. They entertained me with their past experiences and opinions of Truths and of Lies.
I am looking forward to the next book in this series. Stay tuned to my blog for my next book I review in this series.
I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers/MP Newsroom for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. This review is my honest opinion.
Erin writes in a way that will resonate with young girls. She doesn't shy away from tough issues but doesn't go places that would make moms uncomfortable either.
I love that the books have places for reflection for the girls to actually write in the book and think about what they are reading.
The books are small and cute (just what a girl likes) and a quick read. For me I could read each book in about an hour but for my daughter I would suggest reading a chapter a day so she can reflect on each chapter.
As always, I think reading it with your daughter or before you give her the books will give you a greater benefit so you can have conversations with her about what she is reading.
If you are looking for ways to open up conversation between you and your tween (and mom isn't?) this could be what you are looking for. I highly recommend this series :)
Copies of these books were given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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