Girls Who Choose God: Stories of Courageous Women From the Bible
by McArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding
From Eve to Esther, from the Samaritan woman at the well to the widow with her two mites, many women in the Bible have made courageous choices. All through the ages, women have chosen to help, to solve problems, to stand up for others, to strengthen families, and to follow God no matter what. Girls Who Choose God invites young readers (and those who love them) to make important choices of their own, following the examples of great women in the scriptures. With breathtaking illustrations, beautifully told stories, and insightful discussion questions, this delightful book is perfect for sharing, reading aloud, and drawing children into the scriptures.
When I heard about Girls Who Choose God, I thought it would be a great book for my daughter (even though her reading level is well beyond picture books, the message is for all ages). After she read it I asked her what she thought. She said it was inspirational (her words). She was familiar with most of the women in the book, but some were new, and she enjoyed learning about them. The illustrations aren't a style she enjoys, but they aren't out of place with the story.
As a parent, I appreciated the two choices spelled out for each woman, and then the questions posed to the reader. The scriptural references were also a nice addition.
About the Authors:
McArthur Krishna inherited her grit from her Utah pioneer great-grandmothers. With a master’s degree in communications from BYU, she co-owned Free Range, an award-winning marketing business focused on telling social justice stories. In 2011, she moved to the Magic Land of India and started writing books. More of her stories can be found at mcarthurkrishna.com.
Bethany Brady Spalding likes to stir things up in the kitchen and in the community. She has founded programs to promote health and nutrition in the USA, South Africa, and India. Bethany currently leads a regional coalition in Richmond, Virginia, to create a healthier food environment for at-risk children. She loves to cook and climb mountains with her husband, Andy, and their three adventurous girls.
About the Illustrator:
Kathleen Peterson has illustrated twenty books, mostly for young people, on topics ranging from world religions to Hawaiian legends. Her art can be found in galleries throughout the West and at www.kathleenpetersonart.com. She and her husband, Steve, live on a farm in Spring City, Utah.