Friday, April 30, 2010

Book Review: Girl Talk by Carolyn Mahaney & Nicole Mahaney Whitacre


The subtitle of this book “Mother-Daughter Conversations on Biblical Womanhood” summarises the content well. I have read many excellent books about the responsibility that a mother has to pass on the legacy of biblical womanhood - what it means to be a Godly daughter, wife and mother- but this is the first one which is written for both mothers and daughters.

It is well written, with a familiarity that demonstrates the wonderful relationship that the authors, a  mother and daughter, have. They share many of their own examples and stories which made the  content very appealing to me (and I’m sure any pre-teen or teenage girl reading it) as it is realistic and  funny but thought-provoking at the same time.

The book is designed to be read by both the daughter and mother together (although not necessarily at the same time) with the intention of discussing the material together every chapter or two. They provide an appendix with discussion questions which are genuinely interesting and not too contrived. Although some chapters focus more on either the mother’s or the daughter’s role the authors encourage you to read all of the book together. I believe that this will be a useful training tool, preparing our daughters for the role they will one day, God willing, take as mothers and also encourage greater accountability (for me as the mother).

I’m looking forward to reading through this soon with our daughters!

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