Tuesday, September 2, 2014

LDS CHILDREN'S: Girls Who Choose God by McArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding


From Eve to Esther, from the Samaritan woman at the well to the widow with her two mites, many women in the Bible have made courageous choices. All through the ages, women have chosen to help, to solve problems, to stand up for others, to strengthen families, and to follow God no matter what.
Girls Who Choose God invites young readers (and those who love them) to make important choices of their own, following the examples of great women in the scriptures. With breathtaking illustrations, beautifully told stories, and insightful discussion questions, this delightful book is perfect for sharing, reading aloud, and drawing children into the scriptures.
*In buying this book, you support educational and employment opportunities for LDS young women around the world. All of the authors' proceeds will be donated to Interweave Solutions. For more information about the organization's good work, visit interweavesolutions.org.
MCARTHUR KRISHNA inherited her grit from her Utah pioneer great-grandmothers. With a master’s degree in communications from BYU, she co-owned Free Range, an award-winning marketing business focused on telling social justice stories. In 2011, she moved to the Magic Land of India and started writing books. More of her stories can be found at mcarthurkrishna.com
BETHANY BRADY SPALDING likes to stir things up in the kitchen and in the community. She has founded programs to promote health and nutrition in the USA, South Africa, and India. Bethany currently leads a regional coalition in Richmond, Virginia, to create a healthier food environment for at-risk children. She loves to cook and climb mountains with her husband, Andy, and their three adventurous girls.
KATHLEEN PETERSON has illustrated twenty books, mostly for young people, on topics ranging from world religions to Hawaiian legends. Her art can be found in galleries throughout the West and at www.kathleenpetersonart.com. She and her husband, Steve, live on a farm in Spring City, Utah.
Girls Who Choose God is a wonderful book about the power of making the choice to follow God in the face of difficult and even life-threatening circumstances.  Each four page spread shares a brief telling of the experience of the girl(s) including an explanation of the choices she/they faced, the following pages explain what the girl(s) choose and the results.  I especially liked the inclusion of a question at the end of each section that encourages the reader to apply the same principles in his/her own life.
The illustrations are beautiful and add a really nice touch to the story.  They help create a sweet, peaceful atmosphere in the book.  The following stories are included: Eve, Miriam, Mahlah and her sisters, Deborah, Esther, Mary (the mother of Jesus), the Samaritan Woman at the well, Mary and Martha, the widow with the two mites, the woman with the blood disease, and Mary Magdalene.  It's so nice to see some of the women from the Bible highlighted.  So often the focus is on the great men of the Bible and there's nothing wrong with that, but it's nice to see the woman being honored for their important choices as well.  
A wonderful source both for enjoyment and for teaching during Family Home Evening and other times. Highly recommended.

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