Brave Beauty

Finding the Fearless in You

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Brave Beauty: Finding the Fearless You (Faithgirlz) by Lynn Cowell is a collection of 100 ‘courage-building ways’ to find answers and confidence in God. Each chapter includes a story with relevant scripture references, questions or quizzes, challenges, and a prayer.

Grow Confident in God

The author constantly encourages readers to use writing as a way to express themselves and work through problems, almost in a therapeutic way. There are even some quizzes and a few small spaces for writing in the book. However, there are not enough pages or spaces for writing, and even the quiz pages don’t look like they should be written on. This book needs a companion journal or the addition of lined or blank pages. Readers will want to have a notebook handy to chronicle their responses and reflections.

The age range is difficult to pinpoint. At times, it seems more relevant for older elementary ages, but the writing style is geared toward a middle school aged reader. However, the topics and themes are geared toward the younger girl, and toward girls who are already steeped in faith. The book lacks some of the more difficult subject matter that many tween girls are facing on a daily basis. Difficult topics aren’t really delved into beyond a mention. For readers who may be more sheltered in some ways, Brave Beauty is a good choice.

Explore God’s Words

For girls who are already Christians and wish to deepen their faith, Brave Beauty can be a helpful resource and faith-strengthener. It also provides jumping off points for girls to explore topics further with parents, teachers, or their pastor.

The author comes across as a mother or teacher, which may make it harder for the intended audience to really relate to her stories. Tween girls often need a confidante and ‘friend’ other than their mom or a teacher. The author does include some examples from her childhood, but many of the stories she relates are from her perspective as a mother to a daughter.

Although I think Brave Beauty has a lot of good content, I think the target audience for the book is very narrow. Brave Beauty would best be read by a mother and daughter together, maybe as a nightly devotional.

The publisher provided a review copy of Brave Beauty.

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