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July 7, 2016

Between Us Girls {Trish Donohue}

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You feel more than mommy guilt.

You feel a deep and growing conviction that you must do something to disciple your daughter. But what? How can a busy mom make sure that her daughter learns about the most important things in life: what Jesus did for her on the cross and how to be faithful to him in this broken world?

Author Trish Donohue has been there, and that's why she wrote Between Us Girls: Walks and Talks for Moms and Daughters. These twenty-six gospel-driven talks are a fun and easy guide for mothers who want to disciple their daughters but don't know where to start. In each short chapter, moms and daughters read God's Word, ask one another questions about their thoughts and experiences, get honest about their struggles with sin, brainstorm ways to live out their faith, and build genuine fellowship into their relationship.

Between Us Girls is more than a devotional; it's a conversation guide, and the twenty-six "chats" are just the beginning. Ultimately, Donohue's book teaches mothers and daughters a new way to communicate and starts them on a wonderful, lifelong journey of getting to know one another better and learning to love their Savior more.

Between Us Girls
 was written by a busy mom for busy moms, so no prep time is needed! Just schedule some time with your daughter, grab this book, head to your destination of choice, and cherish every moment you share with your girl.

My Thoughts:
One of my biggest fears in life is messing us this girl-mom thing. I understand the importance of forming an open and honest relationship with my daughter and being her mother first, but I also want her to know she can be my friend when she grows up.

This book is amazing! Each devotion-type section in this book serves as a conversation starter between moms and daughters. Topics include everything from friends to fashion, feelings to fears. There is even an appendix to help you have the conversation about abusive relationships.

Throughout the conversations, the Bible is brought in as a resource to point out how God teaches us to live our lives. Not just by giving us the scripture, but by making us look up the scriptures in our Bibles and make a point of absorbing God’s word, the format makes us gain a better understanding of how the Bible becomes a resource.

I like how each conversation is broken down into weeds, hills, fields, etc. to help younger girls know what to expect with each conversation. Within the conversation, there are also questions for moms and separate questions for daughters to help jump-start some of those difficult topics.

My daughter is seven, and I feel this book is appropriate for her age, but would also be appropriate if she was 17. It is that versatile. I also think this would be a great resource for a group mom-daughter study. I highly recommend this book for every girl-mom, and may start giving it as gifts.

Tricia Donohue is a wife and mom who writes from her kitchen table in West Chester, PA. A desire to disciple her girls paired with a love for writing inspired this book. She and her husband, Jim, have two sons and two daughters. They attend Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, PA, where Jim serves as a pastor.

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