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Building Circles of Grace

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I cannot say enough about this devotional.   My tween and I have benefited so greatly from reading this together.  Girls today are faced with many challenges, not unlike older women too!, that are socially, emotionally, and physically exhausting.  Catherine Bird does an amazing job of anticipating these situations/challenges, and provides sound advice and scripture to really drive home and bolster confidence in our girls.   The topics are relevant, and the question and answer sessions my daughter and I have had over this devotion have been life breathing.    I don't have to flounder trying to help her cope with issues I don't understand, (bullying was SO different 30 years ago!!)  and her perspective is one of grace and forgiveness, openness and honesty.   I have purchased MANY copies of this book to share with all my tween moms.   It's also been amazing to encourage dialogue between my friends and I ... we can discuss what these kids face and how we can be intentional as moms/aunts/female figures in our girls' lives.
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As a mom of a tween girl, I am delighted by the this book’s format. It contains a portion written for your daughter, a portion to discuss together, and a portion for you to read. It covers eight weeks of lessons about topics so prevalent for tween girls, including gossip, body image, and friendships.

Author Catherine Bird is a mom to two girls who offers wise and encouraging perspectives. I like her positive, cheerful voice. She shares compassionate stories from her own childhood and builds each chapter around Bible truth.

This book has bonus features for group study and creative learning activities. You could use it for Sunday school or small group study. I plan to use it one-on-one to facilitate faith-based conversations with my daughter.

Inspiring quotes:

- The time that you spend talking, texting, and laughing with your gal pals is the kind of carefree transparency that God longs to have with you.
- Loving your neighbor as God calls us to do does not mean you will share the innermost part of your heart with every person you meet.
- Change is tough–especially when those changes are happening inside you and to your own body. the constant through all these changes is God.

This book will help me open conversations with my daughter about issues she’s facing right now. I can use it as a tool to strengthen her faith and strengthen my foothold in God’s Word.
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I'm not really the type of mom who does Bible studies with my kids so I may not be the ideal audience. This study is very scripture-based and realistic about the kind of world our young girls are growing up in. My favorite parts were the "Mom and Me" activities that went with each chapter—creative ways to apply or explore the week's lesson.
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Growing up, maturing and learning life lessons and how to show God's love to others happens through day to day experiences. Being able to talk about these experiences is a great help to Mothers and their daughters. In this special book, the author shares wisdom and insight. Referring to Scripture and varying situations, this book is a blessing to everyone who reads it. This is a great book to give as a gift, too. I received a copy of this book from the author and Net Galley and this is my personal honest opinion.
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