Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hot Chocolate With God

Hot Chocolate with God: Just Me & Who God Created Me to BeJust Me & Who God Created Me To Be
Author: Camryn Kelly with Jill and Erin Kelly
ISBN: 978-0-89296-845-9
Publisher: Faith Words by Hachette
Pre-Order: Hot Chocolate with God
Age Group:  Juvenile Nonfiction/Activity
Source: Faith Words

About this book:
Written for young girls 8-12, this brand-new series combines the writings of the Kelly girls with journal/activity elements in an engaging, exciting companion book to every girl's walk with God. Each book in the series includes scriptures, fun facts, journal writings, and fun personal quizzes. Girls will be able to express their deepest thoughts and feelings, as well as share everything from their favorite ice cream to the things that make them cry.

In this first book, it's all about the reader. Finding out who you are can be a fun process that will take you a lifetime-and this book gets girls started out in style! A self-guided tour through every area of a girl's inner life, this book encourages girls to find the answers to small questions (What's your favorite color? Your favorite ice cream flavor?, etc.) as well as large ones (What makes you sad? What makes you angry?)

A section on dreams and special gifts will also be included. All little girls have dreams of what they want to be when they grow up, and this book will help them discover which of the special gifts talked about in the Bible they have been given.

With activities ranging from word searches, create-your-own story fill-in-the-blanks, true/false questions, journaling space, a companion web site, fun facts, and scriptures, this first volume in the HOT CHOCOLATE WITH GOD series promises hours of fun and self-discovery!
My Thoughts:
I loved it!  Being a woman is hard; being a girl on the verge of woman hood is even harder!  This book is meant to help encourage and guide young girls on the verge of womanhood.  Being an adolescent is one of the hardest times in life.  I remember every moment of my pre-teen years and those awkward times where I was just trying to find out who I was and keep to who I was and not let others persuade me to be like them.  It's difficult with all the hormones and emotions that rage through young girls to keep focused on what truly matters, the inside, and who God wants us to be.  Hot Chocolate with girls is a beautiful, interactive guide that empowers girls to be themselves, be godly, and be an example to others.  Everyone will enjoy this book because it’s all about YOU!  It's a journey to self discovery and exploration of who you are and who you want to be.

Quick Guide:  What you'll find in this book....

So you’re busy right?  You are in school, sports, out with friends, helping at home and part of a variety of different activities.  It's hard to pick up a book, especially a devotional book, with so many other things going on.  GREAT NEWS!  This book isn't like that!  This book was designed for YOU!  It's a journal, an activity book, a diary, and adventure... it's your adventure because it's all about YOU!  The book is meant to be fun and interactive.  It engages the reader and helps you discover truths about yourself that are important in helping young girls discover what they want in life and who they want to be, especially at an age where it can be really difficult to know these answers.  So what will you find in here?  Check it out....

Sweet Truths - Encouraging truths from God's word.  These short blurbs come directly from the Bible to help you understand the part of the journal you are working on!  Each truth gives a scripture and then a short explanation of what God's trying to tell us.

Journal Writings - It's all about you right?  So why wouldn't you have a spot to write your thoughts?  These spots are just for you, for whatever you want to remember or reflect on.  It's all about you.

Quizzes - Some of the best ways to find out about you is to take a quiz.  We all do...there are plenty of internet sites that have silly quizzes we play for fun.  This book has quality quizzes to help you understand who you are and what you want to be.  Most importantly, it's all about you.  No two people will have the same answers or come up with the same conclusions because we are all different and that's great!  God made us to be different.  We are special and unique and the quizzes help show this fact.

Word Searches - It's fun!  These word searches have you find 8 -10 words that are all about girls!  The words are important because they matter to each of us, though sometimes not in the way we think.  These were scattered throughout the book.  They are a fun reminder that we are all created in God's image and we are special from the inside out.

Design-it - Help design the next cover of Hot Chocolate with God!!  It's all about you, so why shouldn't you have an input??   Design sections scattered throughout the book.

Fill in the blanks - These sections require you to fill in the blanks.  Since it's about you it can't be wrong, but it can be helpful in discovering your identity and dreams.  It's a helpful guide that enables you to think about things you may not have before.  It's easy and fun!

CamJam/CamFam - Small sections from the author that help you get to know her on a personal basis.  These sections are great because you may or may not feel the same way, but that's okay because we are all different and the sections are meant to show exactly that.  What is important is that you are you! The purpose is to have fun.

Overall, I loved this book.  It's fun and interactive and meant to help young girls discover who they are during a period in their life where they are already trying to do just that!  With biblical guidance, girls are encouraged to be who God created them to be and be happy with it.  I would highly recommend this book.

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