Between Us Girls: Walks and Talks for Moms & Daughters by Trish Donahue
About this book: (from the publisher) You feel more than mommy guilt. You feel a deep and growing conviction that you must do something to disciple your daughter. But what? How can a busy mom make sure that her daughter learns about the most important things in life: what Jesus did for her on the cross and how to be faithful to him in this broken world?
Author Trish Donohue has been there, and that’s why she wrote Between Us Girls: Walks and Talks for Moms and Daughters. These twenty-six gospel-driven talks are a fun and easy guide for mothers who want to disciple their daughters but don’t know where to start. In each short chapter, moms and daughters read God’s Word, ask one another questions about their thoughts and experiences, get honest about their struggles with sin, brainstorm ways to live out their faith, and build genuine fellowship into their relationship.
Between Us Girls is more than a devotional; it’s a conversation guide, and the twenty-six “chats” are just the beginning. Ultimately, Donohue’s book teaches mothers and daughters a new way to communicate and starts them on a wonderful, lifelong journey of getting to know one another better and learning to love their Savior more.
Between Us Girls was written by a busy mom for busy moms, so no prep time is needed! Just schedule some time with your daughter, grab this book, head to your destination of choice, and cherish every moment you share with your girl.
About the author: Trish Donohue is a wife and mom who writes from her kitchen table in West Chester, PA. With twenty years experience as a pastor’s wife involved in women’s ministry, Trish has spoken to women in a variety of settings. A desire to disciple her own daughters combined with a love for writing inspired her first book, Between Us Girls: Walks and Talks for Moms and Daughters. Trish and her husband, Jim, are the happy parents of two sons and two daughters.
Genre: Non-fiction/Christian Living/Devotional
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Reflection: Sometimes a book lands in my hands that fills me with joyful anticipation, and this is one of those. First, because it promises delightful, fruitful time ahead with my beloved daughter (who is 12). And second, because it is in itself a delightful book. I was immediately taken with its feminine cover and lightweight size, perfect for easy toting.
Strategically packed with 26 guided sessions for meaningful mom-daughter convos, Between Us Girls has become a valued tool in my mom arsenal — a cheat sheet for honest discussion. Not that my daughter and I require much prompting to get us to talk to one another — we are easy with each other that way. But we don’t always necessarily go to all the really important topics that should be discussed at various points along the way. The questions here are relevant and interesting, not fluffy or didactic. The tone is casual and relational, and the range in topics is broad — from flair to friendships and fears; from weakness to work and our world.
For our first time out with this book, my daughter and I went to Menchie’s, our favorite froyo destination. While we enjoyed our treat, we read the short chapter and answered the included questions, and each of us learned a little more about the other. Afterwards, my daughter said, “That was fun,” and asked when we could do the next one. While the 26 chapters can be taken at any pace you choose, my daughter decided she’d like to work through the entire book this summer, which is still easily doable at 2 or 3 chapters a week. We together have decided to take it with us on our upcoming vacation, where we anticipate it will provide a welcome diversion.
I am thoroughly enjoying the relational and growth opportunities this book facilitates with my daughter and can hardly wait for more. Now Trish Donahue just needs to write one for boys. 🙂
Thanks to Litfuse Publicity and New Growth Press for providing me a free copy to review. All opinions are mine.
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After words: As a daughter, is there a conversation about life and faith you wish you’d had with your mother?