I received a copy of PRAYING FOR GIRLS: ASKING GOD FOR THE THINGS THEY NEED MOST by Teri Lynne Underwood from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. This is what I consider to be a “parenting self-help” book geared to moms and dads with daughters. Books like this always take me back to my childhood when my mom had one. I can’t remember the name of it, but I do remember looking through it and thinking, “What are they talking about?” Nothing felt relatable to me as a teenage girl.
I’m no longer a teenage girl, but reading through this, I found my inner child relating to much of it. The chapter on being accepted really jumped out at me. I never felt accepted in school, and many times it would weigh most heavily upon my shoulders. My thoughts now on being accepted have changed, and they reflect the chapter’s thoughts. I wonder if reading that back then, or having my mom talk to me like that, would have changed how I felt about school.
Another section that leapt out to me was the one on relationships. Normally in books like this, they are about boyfriend-girlfriend relationships. This section talked about relationships between friends in general. That would have really helped me growing up.
The best part about this book is that each chapter ends in prayers where you fill in the blanks accordingly. This will help you in case you aren’t sure what to say, and it will help you to create your own prayers.