Title: A Mom’s Guide to Lies Girls Believe
Author: Dannah Gresh
Publishing Date: Feb 5, 2019
Length: 240 pages
About the Book:
You can’t change the world, but you can prepare her for it.
Your daughter is facing challenges you never dealt with at her 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?
Mom’s Guide to Lies Girls Believe, the companion book to Lies Girls Believe is your tool to come alongside your daughter in the fight against the lies the world is telling her. Based on in-depth research and focus groups led by Dannah Gresh, author of Secret Keeper Girl and Lies Young Women Believe (Coauthored with Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth,) Lies Girls Believe teaches your daughter the Truth she will need to navigate the challenges she is facing. The Mom’s Guide provides research, cultural trends, and case studies about the problems tween girls face, but also offers encouragement and biblical insight to empower you to talk with your daughter about God’s truth.
Together, these books give you the tools you need to start important conversations at an age-appropriate pace. Topics include:
Lies about God
Lies about Friendship
Lies about the Future
Lies about Myself
Lies about Boys
At the end of March I shared my review for the companion to this book, Lies Girl Believe. As a youth leader in my church I was hoping to find a book that would be helpful yet age appropriate for discussing tough topics with the tweens in our middle school youth group. Our girls range from homeschool to public school with significantly different levels of knowledge on mature content. I consider the book to be a great resource for them.
This book shares most of the same content with some differences between the two. This book contains the “Truth and Lies” chapters with sidebar notes to help moms find discussion questions and jot their own notes down. The First and last few chapters focus more on talking directly to moms (with the other book sharing directly to young girls).
If you know me, you may wonder why I chose to pick up a book for moms when I don’t have any kids of my own, and the reason is that I was hoping to see if it could be useful for youth leaders as well. While it is clearly marketed for moms, I feel that a lot of the content could still be used by other women who are role models for young girls in different capacities. To be honest, as a young girl I would have been more comfortable talking with a youth leader than I would with my mom. Each girl is different, and each family dynamic is unique.
Most of Today’s tween girl suffer on what is called a spectrum of angst. It’s not a matter of if they will struggle–with depression, anxiety, fear, loneliness, and anger–but how much.
We can’t ignore that there are major struggles that young girls are dealing with in today’s world, and everything going on in the media only adds to it. Young girls are desperate for help whether they voice it or act it. We can’t give them the solid advice they need on our own without the wisdom and help we find through God’s word and constant prayer.
I consider this a solid and much needed resource. I highly recommend not only to moms, but youth leaders and other women who interact with young girls regularly. Satan is going after the youth hardcore, but God is bigger and mightier and we need to look to Him for our help.
*I received a copy of this book through Moody Publishers. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.