As a single young woman, one of the things God has laid on my heart is to reach out to younger girls who want to grow spiritually. God has opened doors in amazing ways, and over the last couple of years I’ve been in a position to really invest in the lives of several teenage girls. Last year I was able to lead a group through Elizabeth George’s book A Young Woman after God’s Own Heart.
Written in a chatty, down-to-earth style, this book is not only enjoyable, but solidly Biblical. The girls in my group were from very diverse backgrounds–from broken homes to homeschool Christian families–but all were able to relate the issues raised. Mrs. George does a great job of tackling problems head-on, and she uses lots of Scripture, which I really appreciate. It’s also a pretty and “girly” looking book, which is always a plus.
Some of the topics addressed are: Pursuing God (prayer, Bible reading and personal devotions, obedience), submission, loving others, family relationships, honoring parents, interacting with peers, growing, serving, and purity. Each chapter has a “Bible study” section at the end, and I had my girls look up verses, fill in answers, and discuss the questions with the group. It was even good for the girls who were not saved — it made some of them think seriously about real-life issues — and those who were Christians were able to go much deeper and get a lot out of it. While it’s geared to a younger group (probably ages 12-16), it’s a great resource for any of us who are in some kind of discipleship/ministry position with teenage girls. I recommend it.