PUBLICATION DATE: FFEBRUARY 1, 2012
God, Girls, and Getting Connected provides straight talk devotions to help guide young girls. Aimed at teenagers, the book is authored by Lauren Nelson, Miss America 2007, and Robin March, an award-winning TV news anchor.
The devotions are broken down into four sections based on the acronym “GIRL.” “G” stands for God. This section covers questions such as “How can I trust God?” and “Who should I ask for advice?” “I” stands for “identity.” This section addresses how teens can see themselves as God sees them, rather than as the world sees them. “R” is for “relationships,” and in this section, the authors discuss how to have meaningful relationships with friends, boyfriends, parents, siblings, and teachers. “L” stands for “life.” This section addresses questions such as how to make good choices and how to deal with temptation.
The authors aren’t afraid to tackle tough issues such as eating disorders and sexual purity, and the book is written in a very relatable style. It’s been a while since I’ve been a teenage girl, but I tend to think that the target reader will relate to how the issues are presented here. Similarly, I like how the tone of the book isn’t preachy or judgmental.
The authors do a nice job of introducing themselves to the reader in opening pages, and of course it doesn’t hurt their appeal that they’re attractive and successful. I sense that teenage girls will want to know more about these women and their strong Christian faith.
I enjoyed how the book encourages girls to spend quality time with God and in studying the Bible. For example, in a devotion entitled “Time for God,” they explain “Relationships require spending time with someone. Make it a habit to spend time each day with God and the instruction manual He provides.”
Each devotion starts off with a question from a teenage girl. Following the question is an applicable verse or passage from the Bible, and the “Getting Connected” section contains a straightforward discussion of the issue. At the end, each devotion includes an “app” for the day, which is most often a practical suggestion for how to implement the ideas discussed.
My only real complaint with the book is that the issues are discussed in only a cursory, “skim the surface” way. I understand that the aim is to keep it “short and sweet” and that teenage girls aren’t likely to want to read pages and pages discussing a topic in-depth. Still, some topics lend themselves to a deeper discussion. Perhaps the authors could have included an occasional “digging deeper” section that contains further discussion or at least suggests potential outside resources for additional information.
This criticism aside, God, Girls, and Getting Connected should be a helpful book to teenage girls who are either already Christians and looking to grow in their faith or to those who are interesting in learning more about Christianity. Of course, it should be up to parents, but it’s possible that some may find this book appropriate and useful to pre-teens as well.