I’m really excited for the release of Girl Defined, if you hadn’t noticed! I’ve been blasting Twitter with quotes, pictures, videos, and all that lovely stuff that comes with a book’s release.
And for the first time ever, I was part of an official launch team, and I got to put my fangirling skills to good use. (Don’t believe me? Ask Leah, and she will confirm that fangirling is, in fact, a skill – my own personal form of marketing, specifically – and one I’ve been perfecting.) But all humor aside, this book was absolutely fantastic.
Girl Defined answered questions such as, “What does it mean to be a woman? How should a career fit into our lives? Is one gender more valuable than the other? Is my sole purpose just to grow up, get married, and have kids?”
While the book was written conservatively, it wasn’t wacky or old-fashioned. It challenged the thinking of girls at any stage of life, and stood up to cultural norms to see what the Bible really says.
One of my favorite chapters was chapter 3. In this chapter was one of my favorite quotes.
“God designed us to function best we’re paddling together for a cause greater than ourselves.”
And another favorite chapter was chapter 6, with a quote that sums up one of the most central themes of the entire book.
“Helping others is foundational in God’s design for womanhood.”
I’ve been following Kristen and Bethany’s blog, girldefined.com for quite some time now, and have loved their posts about what biblical womanhood looks like. This book was a fantastic summarization of everything they blog about – from gender roles, to beauty, to identity, to culture, and relationships.
I’ve already convinced some friends to buy it, and it would make a wonderful book for a group study. After each chapter, there is a short study guide with discussion questions and activities.
I loved the format of the book. The chapters were manageably sized and divided, with adorably-styled quotes in the margins, attractive formatting, and a sweet, feminine design throughout.
Though filled with deep concepts and challenging ideals, it was easy to read and never dry or boring.
It only took me a few days to read through, and though I speed-read a bit, the principles stuck with me. I highly recommend this book to girls anywhere from twelve years old to adult, though it’s marketed to mid-to-older teens and young women. Honestly, any Christian woman could benefit from it.
Pick up your own copy on May 17th, 2016!