I received a copy of this book to facilitate this review; all opinions are my own.
I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve made the colossal mistake in teaching Amelia about my faith that I should not have: I’ve pushed too hard.
There are a few elements of this in play: one, she hates to read. (Yea, heart broken over that one.) So pushing her to sit with me and listen to stories every night has turned her OFF. I did catch her perusing a book that I had left for her to find and started working with her on some of that.
That lasted about 3 nights.
I know that part of this failing is my own inconsistency, and part of this is that she is fast approaching 13, an age where it’s easy to get bored with EVERYTHING.
I have hope but I need to take a different approach. Being a teen is as much about discovering who you are and your own space as it is about development and growing maturity. Where does she fit in this world? It’s uniquely a question a parent cannot answer, though we really want to try and help.
I’m giving her a copy of the NIV, Bible for Teen Girls, Hardcover: Growing in Faith, Hope, and Love from Zondervan. This Bible, designed for girls aged 13-18, includes the promises of God highlighted in pink throughout and provides girls with advice, insight and discussion about the reality of teen life. Each book of the Bible starts with a section covering when it happened, who’s in the book, familiar verses as well as an overview of what it’s about.
Rather than attack her with daily readings, I need to be more creative I’ll leave the book where she’ll find it. I’ve put random sticky notes of encouragement inside, along with some of her own artwork, so that she knows this book belongs to her, and her alone. I’ll keep adding to them as well.
This Bible also features:
- DAILY READINGS by popular Christian female authors including Bethany Hamilton (Soul Surfer), Annie Downs, Christine Caine, Nicole Weider, Elsa Kok Colopy, Crystal Kirgiss, Bekah Hamrick Martin, Denise Van Eck, and more
- CHARACTER PROFILES of women in the Bible
- BOOK INTRODUCTIONS for each book of the Bible
- HIGHLIGHTED PROMISES OF GOD are verses worth remembering
- A CONCORDANCE for help in finding verses
- The bestselling NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV) of the Bible
I hope she reads it but I have to do my part, too. I need to do much more praying – that’s where Christian parenting starts, right? Instead of worrying about praying with her (which I still do, although I need to be sneaky about it at times), I must get my own head more diligent in praying for her.
I want her to choose God. I cannot say, “Well, she’s disabled so automatic pass to heaven.” (Yes, I’ve thought that.) She has her own mind and is growing in maturity and needs to understand where Jesus fits in her life, aside from what she already knows. This will also encourage me to get more in-depth in my nightly prayers for both my children and influence me to come up more ways to teach her about the Lord.
Won’t you pray with me that my girls find their way to Christ, in spite of my own imperfect attempts at teaching them?