Title: Lies Girls Believe: And the Truth That Sets Them Free
Author: Dannah Gresh (Forward by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth)
Genre: Kid’s Non-Fiction (ages 8-12)
Publishing: Feb 5, 2019 by Moody Publishing
About the Book:
You can’t change the world, but you can prepare her for it.
Today’s girls face a number of challenges we never dealt with at their age. From skyrocketing anxiety rates to bullying on social media, the Enemy’s lies are everywhere. How do you help the girl you love walk in freedom?
Equip her with Truth. Dannah Gresh, author of Secret Keeper Girl and Lies Young Women Believe (coauthored with Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth) brings you Lies Girls Believe. This fun, easy-to-read book engages your daughter in the twenty most important truths she needs. She’ll help solve problems using fun sidebars and it’s packed with wisdom, quizzes, games, exploded quotes, and graphics to help her absorb the message. Prepare your daughter for the difficult challenges she’ll face in the world today with sections addressing:
Lies about God
Lies about Friendship
Lies about the Future
Lies about Myself
Lies about Boys
Lies Girls Believe is designed to help your daughter fully understand the Truth so she can live the way God meant for her to live—free!
For the best results, use the accompanying Mom’s Guide to Lies Girls Believe which invites you to critically examine the lies girls believe and discover how to set your daughter free. It also helps facilitate discussion between you and your daughter.
I became aware of this book a few months before it released and so it was one that I was waiting for HIGHLY impatiently. As a youth leader at church for the middle school age group I’ve been looking for a very long time for a book that could be a great resource for the issues the girls face in that age group. I own copies of both Lies Women Believe and Lies Young Women believe that I read several years ago. I learned a lot from them and found them both incredibly helpful personally, but there was content included that was a bit too mature for the age group. So when I saw that this book was releasing, I jumped at the opportunity to take a look at it.
One of the tricky things about talking about tough topics with girls in this age group is that depending on their life outside of church, their awareness of certain issues is highly differentiated. Girls who may not attend church regularly or come from a Christian home are far more likely to know about sex, drugs and other worldly influences than girls who have grown up in the church and are homeschooled. I say this not to pass judgement on anyone, but to share how this can be a difficult age group to reach appropriately yet sensitively. In my opinion this book is both relevant and age-appropriate for girls ages 8-12.
Satan is a liar and it’s not just adults that are under his attack. This book aims to equip girls with the truth to counteract his lies. It addresses lies about God, myself, family, sin, about being a girl, about boys, about friendship, and about the future. It shares truth about those specific topics and as well as shares ways to recognize other lies and how to fight them.
This book is designed to look more like a magazine with places to write notes, answer questions, and some other activities described inside. It can be as interactive or straight-forward as you make it. It’s a book that’s intended to help start up conversations and explore topics that can be confusing or difficult for girls to discuss.
While I do not own a copy and therefore am unable to share my thoughts on it at this time, there is also a Lies Girls Believe Mom’s guide that you can purchase to go along with this book. If I am being completely honest I would have rather gone through this book alone than with my mom at this age, but middle school is some tough years with a lot of changes for girls, so I think it’s important for girls to have a resource like this (and it can be helpful for moms as well).
I honestly don’t think I can recommend this book enough. It’s such an important resource for young girls and it’s for an age-range that’s in desperate need of more content. Girls need to hear more than to not listen to lies–they need the truth that counteracts those lies. Satan is hard at work against the youth today, and we need to help them fight against those attacks with the truth that comes from their Heavenly Father.
*I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.