When I saw this book, Raising a Modern-Day Princess…inspiring purpose, value, and strength in your daughter by Pam Farrel and Doreen Hanna, as a book review selection by Tyndale House Publishers, I hoped God had provided this resource as an answer to prayer. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what type of information would be provided; or if the information would be valuable, applicable to my situation or even worth the time invested to read it. I was in a desperate tween-daughter drama and was pleading/searching/praying for His direction and guidance. I have learned to keep my eyes open to everything that crosses my path during these times, trusting completely He WILL provide an answer.
I was extremely pleased with this step by step curriculum resource for celebrating your daughter’s rite of passage to womanhood. In the first chapter, both authors share their relationship with their father and how important it is that daughters receive approval and acceptance from their dad (or father figure). I agree 100%; having experienced the same revelation in my own life. Chapter two explains what a rite of passage entails in various cultures. Chapter three reveals the power of words-and the importance of encouraging your daughter in every aspect of her life. Chapter four provides the critical topics to be covered on the journey to the Modern-Day Princess ceremony (which can be completed one on one with your own daughter, with a mentor, or in a small group environment). The program can be completed over a weekend or during once a month meetings; whatever works for your circumstances. You are even provided numerous worksheet resources mentioned in the book that can be copied and used just as they are. Chapter five provides fabulous advice for moms; to include traits all mothers should strive to perfect in their own lives, to serve as role models for their daughters. The authors remind mothers of the importance of Godly mentors to assist in moving young women forward in their life journey. Chapter six focuses on the role of a mentor-every aspect of mentoring was covered-how to choose a mentor as well as the qualities of serving as one. Chapter seven goes into detail on the Modern-Day Princess ceremony. Not one detail was over-looked; even providing options for individuals or groups, reminding us that it’s the thought that counts-NOT the cost. Chapter eight covers the important role a man’s blessing plays in the ceremony, as well as in God’s plan; all the way back in time to the Old Testament. The Dad, or father figure, will be called to proclaim a blessing over his Princess-which will produce intense spiritual growth for years afterward. Several blessing samples are provided to inspire the man/men in your ceremony. Chapter nine provides additional resource information and encouragement to get started! The authors remind us of the positive outcome for everyone involved: women, men, moms, girls, communities, families, leaders, school teachers and finally-that God anoints it!
You MUST get this book and start mentoring to a young lady today! Young women NEED this program-and we have been called to lead it! Absolutely every detail of the ceremony is provided, so you don’t have to create anything (or be afraid to get started!). This book is an outstanding resource, and motivated me to implement the program THIS Fall!
Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book, which in no way impacted my review of the contents.