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Posted October 5, 2011
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The God Girl Bible with Devotions from Hayley DiMarco
As you can see from the list of features this isn't your typical girl's Bible. Bestselling author Hayley DiMarco has created a Bible that most importantly gives girls God's word, but adds in great devotionals and helpful information to help them get the most out of it. Since this Bible is made specifically for young girls I asked my two daughters ages, 11 and 13 to help me with this review and to give their honest opinions of the features. One of the first things that is apparent about the God Girl Bible is the cover. When we first took it out of the box we were all a little surprised that it was almost completely white. But accompanying the Bible was an information sheet that showed the many different ways the God Girl Bible can be customized and made personal for each individual girl. My youngest daughter was particularly interested in this. The God Girl Website has many different ideas on how to embellish and decorate the cover.The next feature that is very apparent is the translation of the scripture.The God Girl Bible uses the God's Word Translation originally published in 1995, with updated language that is much easier to understand without taking away from the original intent or meaning of each verse. My daughters went to specific passages in the Bible and compared it with other translations that they have including the New King James and New International Version translations and found that they were similar. Hayley DiMarco provides a lot of information about each book of the Bible for girls to peruse and help them to get more out of their reading. My oldest daughter liked the fact that she was able to tell at a glance who this book was written for and what it basically entailed. The devotionals, prayers and ask yourself questions were very helpful to my daughters they enjoyed reading Hayley's thoughts on how specific passages could be applied in their everyday lives. The God Girl Bible not only gives them the original Biblical passages, but it also helps them to focus their study of the Bible on their own. The ask yourself questions in particular gave them insight on how the Bible that was written so long ago, can still apply to them and how they make the wisdom of the Bible work in their own lives. Applying the principles that the Bible teaches is so important and I think this Bible would be very beneficial to young girls who are struggling with how to make it relevant to their individual situations and circumstances. The Spiritual Self Checks also helped them to understand what certain passages were really driving at. This is a section that is not provided in most devotional Bibles and I thought it was very insightful and something that would definitely be used. As a group I think one of the things that we found most interesting in this specific girls Bible was the interactive website. With the advent of social media and more internet involvement by young girls, I thought having a community where they can talk to like minded people was so very important. The mentoring aspect that Hayley DiMarco describes and implements on this website is an exceptional resource, especially for girls who are not part of a Christian home. Outside influences can be either good or bad and I think the God Girl Website is very well done and will be very helpful. Overall my daughters thoroughly enjoyed The God Girl Bible and plan to use it in their own personal Bible study and reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.