Thursday, January 20, 2011

Book Review: Girl Talk with God

I recently read the book Girl Talk with God by Susie Shellenberger from Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze program.  I was very interested in the book when I saw it.  However, it was very different than what I thought it might be.  Despite the difference, I really liked the book on a whole.  Each chapter (there are 23) deal with some issue our teenage girls are facing these days.  Everything from God’s love to divorce to cutting to pornography to waiting till marriage to social media is covered by Ms. Shellenberger.  She opens the book by explaining how prayer should just be like talking to our best friend.  We should open ourselves up to God, talk to Him and let Him talk back to us.  The chapters are very easy to read (I read it in a day because I just could not stop!) being set up like a conversation between a teenage girl and her Heavenly Father.  The only problem I had with the book was the lack of scriptures used in it.  I think it is important for our teens to be able to go to the Bible to see why we do – and don’t – do certain things.  Some chapters were full of verses to back up the issue at hand; others, while having good Biblical thoughts, had no scriptures.  I plan on using this book to help develop lessons for teenage girls this summer, and will appreciate those chapters which do provide scriptures for me to use.  Overall, a great book to use with teens in a class setting or a one-on-one setting.

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