Monday, February 14, 2011

Girl Talk With God Book Review

Book Review of Girl Talk With God by Susie Shellenberger

I was excited to review this book; in hopes to pass it along to my preteen daughter.  I read the book over a few days.  I had an uneasiness with the book, but couldn’t pinpoint what it was.  I have read and heard Shellenberger’s message over the years; and have always been pleased with what she brings to today's female youth.  I left the book bedside hoping that my husband would take a look at it to; and help me figure out what was giving me the apprehensiveness about this read.  This book is written directly at teenage girls, asking questions and needing answers about what God is thinking.  First of all, who can know what God is thinking?  Is He not perfect and omniscient; and doesn’t His own inerrant Word state that, “In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” (I Corinthians 2:11) I feel that it is a far stretch for an author to calculate what God is thinking.  Although, for the most part, the advice in the book is sound; there is added jargon that isn’t from God’s mouth.  But, I do not disregard this work as a whole.  I do think that the topics are relevant (they include heavy-hitters: divorce, media, cutting, eating disorders, sex, pornography and persecution).  If a parent were considering this book for her daughter, I would consider reading it first to ensure it falls in line with your belief system and what is taught in your household.  The book will give your daughter timely encouragement. Though, I’m quite unsure it will hold her attention.  Some of the chapters are filled with banter and are lead-footed in getting to the point.  Will I give this book to my daughter?  Probably not.  Would I give it to a girl that has delved deep into the secular world and doesn’t have a parent or Christian mentor to go to?  Likely.  Don’t discount this book - see for yourself and be the judge.  (I am book reviewer for BookSneeze.  In exchange for my reviews, I get to keep their books for free!)

Two Weeks in Africa

We just spent two weeks in Africa!  That is, Africa through living books right in our home school room.  I have say that everything we learned and did spurred on the intense want to travel the continent, from Savannah to Sahara. What a sorrowful history this beautiful continent has.  Most of all, we were intrigued by the many different cultures that land mass contained.  I in truth, cannot wait until we step foot on their rich soil and experience all of African humanity.  

Banging on her homemade African drum

Homemade play dough Safari animals

Cooking African-style, Chaptis, Fruit Salad and Meat-on-a-Stick

Read of the Week:
The Purpose of Passion by
Kurt Bruner and Jim Ware - Dante's Epic Vision of Romantic Love
Scripture of the Week: 
"Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil, cling to what is good."
- Romans 12:9

"Undoubtedly, we become what we envisage."
- Claude M. Bristol