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I am so excited to share this book review!!  I've been following GirlDefined for a few years now and have enjoyed every book they have published and have grown and been encouraged so much by their ministry.  I signed up to be apart of their launch team for their new devotional and was so beyond excited to be chosen!  This journey has been so exciting and fun and I'm so glad I got a chance to be a part of it! I love Kristin and Bethany’s heart for the Lord.   They’re desire to put Him above all else in their lives and to share and encourage girls and young women to do the same.   The thing that first stood out to me as I began to read their Shine Bright Devotional was this line in their intro- “just keep in mind that this devotional isn’t intended to replace time in God’s word each day; it’s meant to supplement it.” I think this is so important to realize as we start each new devotional or christian book.   We are meant to read God’s word and be in daily fellowship with Him.   T

October Books

Putting on a Gentle & Quiet Spirit-
I read this devotional by Elizabeth George, for school.  She takes us through the book 1 Peter, verse by verse.  I think what I liked and personally took away from this book was her sections in suffering.  As a topic my family is going through right now and something I personally am struggling with, it was a comfort to read Peter's words on it.  I know we will all suffer, but it is a comfort to know that we can cast our care upon Him.  That He cares for us when we are mistreated and to know that He has a perfect plan for us in such situations.
I was hoping for more insight on a quite and gentle spirit and wisdom on living a godly life as a young girl.  But this book was a really simple read and I would recommend it to any lady who is interested in a devotional through 1 Peter.

The Captive Maiden-
I loved this book!  I could hardly put it down!
Gisela's father died and left her with her stepmother and stepsisters who treat her more of a servant than of family.  Yes...much like a retelling of Cinderella.  Through the harsh treatment of her family she doesn't give up her daydreaming about the Duke's son, Valten, even though the thought is absorbed.  But when she actually meets him she could hardly believe that he, the next Duke of Hagenheim, actually would notice her!
~I love Melanie Dickerson's books.  They are Christian books and pretty clean.  Though the books are romance, filled with kissing and desires, I love the way the author stresses the purity of each characters heart.  So different from many books today.~

Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman-
This book gives great ideas on how to organize your life; from cleaning your closet to day-to-day to do lists.  I really appreciated the ideas and opinions that were given, realizing that that's what they were, opinions that are meant to help us see the bigger picture.  I understood the author did not say this was what you need to do in order to be a beautiful woman, but she was giving us her thoughts of what abeautiful woman is, knowing that not everyone would be able or sometimes even willing to do some of the things she was writing about.
I liked how at the end of the book she stressed the beautiful woman aspect.  That no matter what your personality or what you look like you can be a beautiful woman by how you act and what you do in your life.


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