I am so glad I got the chance to read this book. I've needed a book like this. As the mother of young girls, I've struggled with the thought of raising them to be women of God in today's world. I was not raised in a Christian home, and so I don't have a framework for raising my girls in the way I want them to be raised. For me, this is a lifeline, and I think it will be for a lot of parents who want the same.
The book Raising a Modern-Day Princess by authors Pam Farrel and Doreen Hanna has moved me and it's entirely changed my way of thinking in how to raise my own daughter as well as taught me how to influence the young woman around me.Grace, dignity, inner beauty, and self worth, traits every daughter of the King should have instilled into her life. Often enough no one is taking the time to celebrate daughter's journey into becoming the woman God has created them to be. It's not hard at at all to do this, in fact Raising a Modern-Day Princess suggest many types of rite of passage celebrations both big and small that can change and impact a girls life forever. The examples of personal testimony of mothers, fathers, and daughters that took part in this are ever so moving.Not often is it that a book speaks such revelations that tugged at my heart strings and left me in tears. I encourage every sister as well as brothers in Christ to pick up this book and read it.I promise you, if you take the advice of this book, whom ever God has laid on your heart will feel purpose, value, and strength in moving forward and following the path God has laid in front of them.This book is on the top favorite reads for 2010 and ten for me, and I am quite honored and blessed by those that contributed in writing these words of truth. If I could, I would personally give everyone I know a copy of Raising a Modern-Day Princess.I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
This book has some very interesting ideas about parenting teenage girls. Whether you believe in the authors' ideas or not, it is a book well worth reading. They provide good examples of what other societies consider as rites of passage and the influence of fathers and mothers on their children and how the good parts of these rites can be incorporated into your own life. They use sound biblical examples of what is expected of fathers and mothers in their parenting obligations and how the commission of these tasks influence the teen in her current life as well as in the future. I especially liked the chapter on how words themselves can really impact a girl and stick with her into her adult life. The book was easy to read and had many thoughtful insights and ideas.
Most girls dream of living out their own fairy-tale romance. They are bombarded from childhood with stories of beautiful princesses swept off their feet by a handsome, noble prince. Its a beautiful dream, but without practical, life-changing mentoring, girls are often disillusioned when their first love disappoints. Some girls fall into a pattern of giving their heart to the wrong guy. And those of us whove been hurt know there is no Band-Aid for a broken heart.Here is a practical book filled with ideas and stories of what other moms and mentors have done to come alongside young women and affirm their self-confidence, beauty, and value. The authors share the importance of mentoring and coming-of-age ceremonies that teach girls who they are and how to recognize a handsome, noble prince beyond his outward appearance. Readers are encouraged to seize the challenge of imparting wisdom to the girls in their life. If we dont do it, someone else will or our girls will be left to face the world on their own.I highly recommend this book to anyone who has young girls in their life. God calls us to train a child in the way that they should go, but many adults skip the relationship stuff as being too awkward to talk about. This relationship stuff is one of the most important teachings teenagers need, crave. Who better than to teach it that the loving adults in their life?Having served in youth ministry for eleven years, Ive seen heartbreaking things. But almost more heartbreaking that a girls broken heart is the fact that her parents neglected the challenge to teach her the truth. Parents, we cant control the choices our children make, but we are called by God to give them the tools and knowledge to make the right choice. The world is teaching them every day. Get this book for your daughters and get Raising a Modern-Day Knight for your sons. Affirm your children as they journey into adulthood.
Raising a Modern Day Princess introduced a good number of ideas that I hadn't considered prior to reading this book. I like the idea of the rite of passage type ceremony for a girl. It helped me think about ways to make my daughter's journey into womanhood special and memorable for her. The ideas for having the father be active in the rite of passage ceremony as he affirms his daughter's worth were wonderful. I appreciated the encouragement to mothers as we seek to make sure our daughters know their worth in the sight of God, their Heavenly Father.One thing that I had a difficult time with was the importance placed on outside mentors. Maybe, because my daughter is only 10, I am a little naive, but I feel that the Christian mother should be the main mentor in the daughter's life. We, as parents, are given the responsibility of raising our child(ren). Since we will be held accountable for our actions, I believe that we should be the ones mentoring our children. That is not to say there isn't a place for outside mentors, but I don't put as great of an importance on them as the authors of the book do (at least in a solid Christian home).Even though I didn't agree with everything in the book, I liked the ideas and concepts in this book and would recommend it to others.Disclosure: I received the book from Tyndale House Publishers for the purpose of writing a review on my blog. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.