Recommendation: **** (4-star)
Positives: A nice story that young girls, in particular, will enjoy as they will be able to relate to Julie's character. I enjoyed how the story brought together so many facets of a young girls life and wove them together. Family and friendships in particular were addressed and it was great to see how these played out in Julie's mind throughout the story.
Talking Points: One of the biggest struggles Julie faced was controlling her temper. Obviously this had been a problem at home with her stepmother and continued to be a problem at her aunt and uncle's. It wasn't until Julie was confronted with the idea of asking the Holy Spirit to help her that she began to see change and experience victory. Talk about the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer with your kids. John 14:16-17 tell us that the believer receives the Holy Spirit as a helper. How can we say "no" to sin? How can resist temptation? Only by the power of the Holy Spirit. Our flesh is weak! Don't be afraid to teach your child that believers cannot live a life of holiness on their own. Teach them to cry out for a Helper to come and rescue them in the moment of temptation. Only through the power of the Holy Spirit will we experience victory over sin.
Age Level: 10 years of age and up
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for this review.