Growing in Godliness: A Teen Girl's Guide to Maturing in ChristLindsey CarlsonCrossway / 2019 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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asilwalk5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent ResourceSeptember 25, 2019asilwalkQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We are using this book with our youth girls' discipleship for our youth group. It is a really great down to the nitty gritty book about growing in Christ. I'm really enjoying going through the book with our girls.
BeccaRae5 Stars Out Of 5Great read for tween and teen girls!July 13, 2019BeccaRaeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was a wonderful read to encourage personal reflection, growth, and maturity in tween and teen girls. Through real-life examples found in both in the Bible and modern times, the author illustrates how true growth doesn't happen overnight, but time, dedication, and perseverance can really pay off. Sometimes using small examples can help understand larger truths. How do you get to know a friend? You spend time with them. If you want to get to know God better, you need to spend time with Him. How do we do that? Praying, reading our Bible, going to church, being in fellowship, etc. Not only does this book encourage girls to build stronger individual relationships with their Heavenly Father, it encourage them to self-reflect and evaluate their personal walk and the areas they need more growth in. The author appeals to teens to mature in their personal walk with God without falling into the lie that they can't do anything for God until they're adults. This book speaks in a very real and practical way to girls without going over or under their heads.
My recommendation for this book is more for personal study than a group setting. While it could be a good tool for a group, I think it's a better resource on an individual basis. It's more of a read for self reflection than group discussion. It's still one that I highly recommend and would consider a must-read for young girls as they start to grow and mature in their personal walks with God.
*I received a copy of this book through Crossway Publishers. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
Kendra5 Stars Out Of 5great discipleship resourceJuly 13, 2019KendraThe material in this book is not fluffy, funny or frivolous. It takes seriously the importance of cultivating a godly life, and calls young women to focus on what really matters during their teenage years. That being said, this book is very readable and would make a great resource for a girls study group or Sunday school class. I'd put the target age at 14-17. This book is not an evangelization tool--it is a discipleship guide for girls who are Christians.
The ten chapters in this book are divided into three sections. In the first section, Carlson discusses the process of sanctification (growing/maturing in Christ-likeness), what our purpose is as Christians and how to use our passions to bring glory to God, and what it means to trust God. The second section helps the reader consider her limitations and blind spots, and three tools God has given to help us grow in holiness--his Word, the church and prayer. The last section points out three benchmarks by which growth can be evaluated--speech, emotions, and spiritual fruit. Each chapter ends with a page that includes a one-sentence summary and four points for practical application: Ask (reflection questions), Identify (areas where the subject applies to your life), Write (Scripture), and Pray. While the book is challenging and helpful to the solo reader, I think it would be even more so when used with some accountability for actually working through the application page (i.e. in a group study or mentoring relationship).
I received a copy of this book from the publisher (Crossway) in exchange for my review.
Creative2xmomCaliforniaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Good for an older teen/ mother/daughter studyApril 25, 2019Creative2xmomCaliforniaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Raising a teen girl is not for the faint of heart. Today's world is full of challenges that previous generations never dreamt of facing. And yet, the basic foundations of life remain the same. Foremost of which is how do we live to glorify our creator? Throw in teenage emotions and peer pressure, and you're in for a wild ride.
In Growing in Godliness, Lindsey Carlson leads teens through 10 lessons that address this tumultuous time, including:
*Who we are in Christ
*God's sovereignty in all situations
*The importance of the Bible
*The importance of the church
When I first started reading this book, I was slightly put off by some of the language. The words weren't inappropriate. It was more the tone... the edge... and maybe some of the author's illustrations. But as I read, I realized I was viewing it through the eyes of a preteen mom. And as much as I'm protecting her now, she will one day be going through growing pains like these. As I began to read through a different lens, I realized I did like this book, but would suggest it for a slightly older audience... waiting until the later teenage years. I did appreciate the fact that Carlson takes time to touch on two important topics: identity and the role of the church. Identity for it grounds us in life and keeps us from being swayed by trends. And the importance of the church that seems to have been lost in a seeker sensitive culture. All in all, I would hesitantly recommend this book, but would caution that it's probably most useful as a mother/daughter study in the older teen years.
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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