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My “newborn” turns two in a few months. Two! And if I thought that THAT was bad, I realized that my oldest is now 7. Seven! I swear I just had her. Not only is she not little anymore, but she is working her way through the change from being a little girl to being an honest-to-God big girl. Being responsible and having privileges and starting to think outside herself.
She is in desperate need of guidance. And I am a poor choice. Still working to overcome my own selfishness and failings and learning to be a better child of God, I’m glad to have such great resources to help my daughter as she grows. I have had the opportunity to read Better Than Perfect and Faithful Friends, both on my own, and with my 7 year old.
These two 90-day devotionals are aimed at young girls ages 7-11 and are spot. on. Seriously. Both Better Than Perfect and Faithful Friends are 90-day devotionals. These are books meant to be used and are affordable grayscale interior paperback books. Faith & Hope are the Brave Girls guides in Better Than Perfect. Each of the 90-day devotions is divided into 6 sections, truth, beauties & beaus, Gods design, character, self care, and mind games. The 90 devotions are centered on doing well for God, but NOT on perfection. All of the Brave Girls are guides in Faithful Friends. Like Better Than Perfect, the devotions are broken into several sections. Faithful friends has 8 sections covering friendship, both with God and others. Topics include Friendship starters, friendship fixes, quizzes, and even friends from the bible.
While neither book is a prayer journal, both have several journaling pages & prompts as well as games and word searches near the end. I really love the approachable language and scenarios that bring God’s will & wishes for us into real life! There is a great mix of practical ideas for living your faith, getting closer to God, and how to care for others God’s way.
Getting and reading these books has prompted me to get back to “special time” with my oldest. As she works through the difficult transition from little girl to big girl, it’s important to make sure that I am trusted now with the little things, so that she will feel safe to come to me with bigger problems when she gets older. My 7 year old asks to do these devotions every day.
Better Than Perfect and Faithful Friends are ideal for cultivating relationships with your daughters who are no longer little girls. If you are looking to form deeper relationships with a niece, Goddaughter, or granddaughter, you would benefit from using this book, too. Alternately, you could gift it to the young girl in your life for independent reading, but I think it’s ideal for discussion and heart to heart talks.
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