Thursday, July 14, 2016

Review: Between Us Girls

Between Us Girls
By Trish Donohue
New Growth Press, 2016


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

I’ve always been a fan of fiction, but in the process of branching out a little, I’ve discovered some great non-fiction books that have the potential to be life changing, and Between Us Girls is one of those. First and foremost, it’s a book for mothers and daughters to share openly and work through together – but it can also be used by any woman who has a young girl in her life. Maybe you have a family member or friend who would benefit from this conversational study, and I can even see it being effective in a girls’ small group setting. There’s lots of situations where it could have an impact.

Between Us Girls consists of 26 guided conversations/studies that can be used according to preference in whatever timeframe fits your schedule. Upon completion, you just use your own imagination and go on from there … the sky’s the limit. Topics include concepts such as foundation, words, friendships, prayers, weaknesses, gratitude. Each devotional consists of the following four sections:

  • The Garden – describes God’s vision for us
  • The Weeds – how sin messes everything up
  • The Hill – represents the gospel: the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection
  • The Field – take the truths learned and go to work

I think every Christian mom wants to share her faith in raising her daughter to love the Lord, yet it’s not always easy for some reason. Between Us Girls provides that framework in an easy-to-understand and enjoyable setting. Some questions are just plain fun, and no preparation or knowledge is necessary. And I think one of the most compelling features is that this study isn’t one sided; mom has to be open and honest also. It’s a fact that as two people in relationship grow closer to God, they also grow closer to each other, and that’s an added blessing of this study.

On a personal note, the greatest compliment I can give is to say that I wish Between Us Girls had been available when my daughter was growing up. She loves the Lord and currently serves Him on the mission field, yet I often feel all that came purely by God’s grace. She would have loved this conversational study as a young girl and it would have greatly enriched our relationship.

I encourage you to use Between Us Girls personally or bless someone in your life with it. Highly recommended.

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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.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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