Sunday, January 24, 2010

Inspiration for Girls

Inspiration for Girls is a lovely gift book of uplifting quotes. The varied sources include songwriters, classic and contemporary authors, cultural proverbs (Chinese, Greek, Old English and Spanish) as well as Bible verses and common blessings. Readers will find bite-sized encouragements from Mother Teresa, Winston Churchill, Dr. Seuss, C. S. Lewis, Louisa May Alcott, Helen Keller, Billy Graham and many, many more. The subjects range from friendship and love to courage, beauty, purpose and God's providence.

Scripture quotations use either the New Living Translation (NLT), the New Life Version (NLV) or The Message (MSG).

What I Like: Everyone could use a little pick-me-up once in a while. This is a great way to get a daily dose without investing a lot of time or work. It's an attractive book, full-color throughout. And the content is wonderful! This makes a very nice gift. The size is compact: 4 x 6" with 192 pages.

What I Dislike: I fail to see the practicality in these types of books. Yes, it has great content, but when your tween is feeling blue, is she really going to reach for a gift book like this? Or would she rather read a book that flows and specifically addresses her internal struggles? (Or most likely: call a friend and go shopping!) Also, every page shows the same picture: the cover photo scaled down to just show the girls' feet. I don't find feet very inspiring, even with nail polish.

Overall Rating: Good.

Age Appeal: The publisher doesn't specify, but I would say 8-15.

Publisher Info: Barbour Publishing, 2008; ISBN: 160260200X; Paperbak; $6.95

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