I was never much of a princess as a little girl. I wasn’t quite a tomboy, but I didn’t really care for frilly or pink. My daughter, on the other hand, has loved all things girly since birth. While she can get dirty and play hard, she prefers to do it while wearing a pretty dress and jewelry. I enjoy watching this aspect of her personality with some amazement (because I know it didn’t come from me), and I am sure she sometimes wonders how she ended up with such a plain mom. And while I don’t mind at all that she enjoys fancy things, I want her to understand that true beauty comes from the inside.
In her new book, Sheila Walsh writes to young girls about being God’s princess. How to Be God’s Little Princess: Royal Tips on Manners and Etiquette for Girls encourages young girls to explore topics such as wardrobe, poise, friendships, manners at mealtimes and parties, phone and internet etiquette, and many more. The book includes crafts, quizzes, role playing activities, and other fun interactive lessons, as well as many Bible verses. My six-year-old girl couldn’t wait to read this book, and I am looking forward to discussing some of the topics with her.
What I like most about this book is that it goes much deeper than polite behavior. While I do want my daughter to have proper behavior, my greatest desire is that her actions will reflect what is in her heart. How to Be God’s Little Princess helps young girls to understand that good manners are important because God wants us to treat others with kindness, love, and respect and to live in a way that shows God’s love to others. I appreciate that this book is not just a list of good social behaviors, but more of a way to live for God in everyday situations.
In our world today, it often seems that manners are disappearing. While I am not so concerned with my daughter learning about which knife to use first at dinner, I do want her to understand the importance of serving others with a willing spirit and living a life that is pleasing to God. How to Be God’s Little Princess is a great resource, and I recommend it to you.
We have one copy of this book to giveaway, along with a pink drawstring bag filled with a crown craft activity and some princess mugs. If you would like to win the book and gift bag, please leave a comment on this post (U.S. shipping addresses only) We’ll announce the winner in our books column here on May 9.