Blog Tour Review: Girls Who Choose God by McArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding

Girls Who Choose GodGirls Who Choose God
Stories of Courageous Women from the Bible
by McArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding
Illustrated by Kathleen Peterson
Christian Childrens Book
10x10 Hardcover48 Pages
August 24th 2014 by Deseret Book Company

Summary

From Eve to Esther, from the Samaritan woman at the well to the widow with her two mites, many women in the Bible have made courageous choices. All through the ages, women have chosen to help, to solve problems, to stand up for others, to strengthen families, and to follow God no matter what. Girls Who Choose God invites young readers (and those who love them) to make important choices of their own, following the examples of great women in the scriptures. With breathtaking illustrations, beautifully told stories, and insightful discussion questions, this delightful book is perfect for sharing, reading aloud, and drawing children into the scriptures.
  

My Review

Girls Who Choose God was such a sweet and inspirational book! I sat and read it with my eight-year-old daughter, who oohed and awed over several of the pictures. Esther's picture was her favorite and also seemed to be her favorite story. It was a perfect book for her age as it wasn't too short or too long. It also made her think about the characteristics of these characters and if she also has shown herself to be brave, peaceful, help someone, etc.

We both liked that each character had a four-page spread, two on one side with a picture on the right and a few paragraphs about the challenge the character faced on the left. Then on the other two pages, once you've flipped the page, you have another picture on the right and on the left a few paragraphs about the character's choice. The illustrations fit the biblical feel and characters of the story really well.

Girls Who Choose God will be a book we'll re-read in the future. We may even use it as a reminder of what specific characters did and to teach values. It was factual without being too heavy, written well and so that my daughter could easily comprehend each story, and was beautifully presented. 

Content: Clean

Source: I would like to thank Deseret Book Company for my complimentary copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Authors

McArthur Krishna inherited her grit from her Utah pioneer great-grandmothers. With a master’s degree in communications from BYU, she co-owned Free Range, an award-winning marketing business focused on telling social justice stories. In 2011, she moved to the Magic Land of India and started writing books. More of her stories can be found at mcarthurkrishna.com.

Bethany Brady Spalding likes to stir things up in the kitchen and in the community. She has founded programs to promote health and nutrition in the USA, South Africa, and India. Bethany currently leads a regional coalition in Richmond, Virginia, to create a healthier food environment for at-risk children. She loves to cook and climb mountains with her husband, Andy, and their three adventurous girls.

About the Illustrator

Kathleen Peterson has illustrated twenty books, mostly for young people, on topics ranging from world religions to Hawaiian legends. Her art can be found in galleries throughout the West and at www.kathleenpetersonart.com. She and her husband, Steve, live on a farm in Spring City, Utah.


30 comments

  1. sherry fundin8/25/14, 6:43 AM

    Thanks for sharing.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  2. You have a lot going on! I hope you can get some more reading done this week. Have a great one! :)

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  3. Jenea Whittington8/25/14, 10:31 AM

    Wow, what a fantastic cover!

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  4. You have some great looking books to read! Hope you enjoy them and I think I might check out your TBR read-a-thon. :)

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  5. marypreston8/25/14, 4:01 PM

    This would be a wonderful addition to our book shelves. I know my children would enjoy & appreciate.

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  6. Cali Willette8/25/14, 5:18 PM

    Want to read Illusions of Fate too. I loved White's Paranormalcy series. <3

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  7. Eliza's such a sweetheart. I do like the cover. It has a really different feel than the first one -- much darker and more mysterious!

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  8. I need to check out the first book because the second sounds fantastic! And the covers are amazing! Love it!

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  9. I agree. It is much darker. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. I really love both of them as well! :)

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  11. Thanks! So far I've finished one book and am almost a fourth through another, so the week is starting off well. :)

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  12. Do check it out. We've got two authors participating so far, Jessica Leak and Katherine Reay, who are both fabulous!

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  13. That first book still cracks me up. I really liked Mind Games as well.

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  14. That's what I thought when I saw about joining the tour. We definitely plan on re-reading it.

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  15. It was fun and I got a lot read. Now just to keep it up. :)

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  16. That was awesome, good job! I loved City of Heavenly Fire and I really want to read the Bonds of Loyalty books--they look super good!

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  17. Wow! Great books this week! Darkness Within and The Mortal Instruments series looks great and I've been looking at One Dirty Bowl for awhile. I'm curious about The Book of Life series. I've heard great things about 1 and 3 and mixed reviews for 2. Have a great week!

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  18. These look so cool! I love the depiction of the fantasy in these covers. They are beautiful.

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  19. Sounds great. I should read it to my girls...even though they are 18 and 14 ;)

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  20. I wanted more depth from the Bonds of Loyalty books, but they were definitely still worth reading.

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  21. Dirty Bowl is so fun! I like that they're all simple and yummy recipes. I have really loved The Book of Life series. I actually loved book two, but I love historical and she did such a great job making it authentic and doing her research. I'm about a third of the way through this third book. It's crazy!

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  22. I agree! Glad you like them. :)

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  23. I think we'll be using it as reference for lessons and primary talks just because the stories are so simple and perfect for that age.

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  24. You've read so many awesome books! I seriously need to start reading The Mortal Instruments :'(

    http://lipstickandmocha.blogspot.com/

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  25. Lol! The series is definitely a page-turner. I like The Infernal Devices better, but this last book was really good.

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  26. I love the reviews you have coming up! You have a nice week planned ahead of you.

    Sunday Post

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  27. I didn't get to all the books I wanted to, but it was a good week. This week should be good too!

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