Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Girl's Guide to Your Dream Room

Decorating your bedroom and becoming a girl of God - Sherry Kyle makes the two come together in The Girl's Guide to your Dream Room. Written in an informal, friendly style, Kyle's focus is on "crafts, activities, quizzes, and tips that will help you on your way to make changes inside and out...[Learn] how to redecorate your room...and how to discover a new you!"

Each chapter in this guide begins with a Bible verse, then a short, fictional story about a girl redecorating her room or dealing with a related personal issue. For example, the first chapter quotes Ephesians 2:10 ("For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.") and tells a story about a girl who asks her Mom if she can have a garage sale in order to revamp her bedroom into a less "little girl" style. This is followed by a journaling page, which includes questions like "Have you outgrown your bedroom? How does that make you feel?" There are also quick tips on decorating, "Did You Know?" sections, quizzes, and similar fun things. Each chapter then ends with a devotional, devotional journallng page, memory verses, and a short prayer.

Examples of activities include writing letters to God, making a bedroom diorama, whipping up a no-sew valance, making a bed canopy, creating a pillow, making a blanket and rag rug, and creating other items that easily change the look of items already in a room.

The book comes with a purple cross key chain.
What I Like: The Girl's Guide to Your Dream Room is a really informative decorating guide for girls. The author delves into topics like the color wheel and types of art, in addition to how to lay out a room on graph paper and refurbish items like lamps and boxes. The stories and devotionals delve far beyond decorating, covering important topics like choosing whether to be Martha or Mary, being truthful and humble, sacrificing for others, letting your light shine, being cheerful, and more.

What I Dislike: In the beginning of the book, the switch from talking about decorating to talking about God is a bit jarring, seeming not to go together at all. But as the book progresses, the tie-ins between the two topics make more sense.

Overall Rating: Very Good.

Age Appeal: Tweens and young teens.

Publishing Info: Legacy Press; 2013; ISBN: 978-1584111436; paperback, 192 pgs., $10.99

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