Monday, September 1, 2014

Book Review ~ "Girls Who Choose God" by McArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding

Girls Who Choose GodGirls Who Choose God by McArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Religious Picture Book

Book Description: From Eve to Esther, from the Samaritan woman at the well to the widow with her two mites, many women in the Bible have made courageous choices. All through the ages, women have chosen to help, to solve problems, to stand up for others, to strengthen families, and to follow God no matter what. Girls Who Choose God invites young readers (and those who love them) to make important choices of their own, following the examples of great women in the scriptures. With breathtaking illustrations, beautifully told stories, and insightful discussion questions, this delightful book is perfect for sharing, reading aloud, and drawing children into the scriptures.
Illustrated by Kathleen Peterson

Stories  Featured in the Book:
Mahlah and Her Sisters
Mary, the Mother of Jesus
Samaritan Woman at the Well
Mary and Martha
A Generous Widow
A Healed Woman
Mary Magdalene

My thoughts: This is a beautiful book. Girls Who Choose God features girls/women from the New and Old Testaments in the Bible. Eleven stories are featured, but not all are well-known.

The stories are simply told. Each story is two pages in length with beautiful and simple illustrations. I loved how each woman reached a pivotal decision and chose the better part. The author's point out that they could have taken the easy path, yet they chose to follow God and how their lives were blessed. Some even saved other's by their selflessness.

At the end of each story a question is asked. It allows for discussion how we can be a better people who choose to follow God.

This is a book that I wish I had to read to my children when they were small.

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  About the Authors:  McArthur Krishna inherited her grit from her Utah pioneer great-grandmothers. With a master’s degree in communications from BYU, she co-owned Free Range, an award-winning marketing  business focused on telling social justice stories. In 2011, she moved to the Magic Land of India and started writing books. More of her stories can be found at

Bethany Brady Spalding likes to stir things up in the kitchen and in the community. She has founded programs to promote health and nutrition in the USA, South Africa, and India. Bethany currently leads a regional coalition in Richmond, Virginia, to create a healthier food environment for at-risk children. She loves to cook and climb mountains with her husband, Andy, and their three adventurous girls.

About the Illustrator: Kathleen Peterson has illustrated twenty books, mostly for young people, on topics ranging from world religions to Hawaiian legends. Her art can be found in galleries throughout the West and 
at She and her husband, Steve, live on a farm in Spring City, Utah.


  1. I agree, I wish I would have read this to my girls when they were young...but I still think I am going to get it and share it when I have grand babies :)

    1. I plan on keeping a copy of t his book for that reason, someday I would love to share it with my grandchildren! :) I'm not at that stage yet, but eventually...


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