Item description for Soulsisters Shine: Beatiful Inside and Out (Soul Sister) by Aly Hawkins...
Overview The new SoulSister series provides biblical guidance on topics of interest to young women ages 12-18. With straight talk about issues and reminders of how very much they are loved by God, "Shine" helps young women embrace their unique beauty and worth as they discover God's plan for their lives.
Publishers Description Shine: Beautiful Inside and Out, the first workbook in the Soul Sister Series, will help young women discover their matchless worth and beauty in Christ. This workbook contains one six-session study on self-worth and one six-session study on body-image.
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Studio: Regal Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 7.08" Height: 0.27" Weight: 0.43 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2005
Publisher GOSPEL LIGHT PUBLISHERS #9
Series Soul Sister
ISBN 0830737308 ISBN13 9780830737307
Availability 0 units.
More About Aly Hawkins
ALY HAWKINS and her husband, Bryan Ashmore, live, write, and make music in Southern California. Aly is the author of "Shine: Beautiful Inside and Out," as well as numerous articles. Married for five years, Aly and Bryan are passionate about living at the intersection of faith, art, and culture.
Reviews - What do customers think about Soulsisters Shine: Beatiful Inside and Out?
Only part of the picture of how God deals with us Dec 30, 2005
Teenage girls face many challenges in today's society. Aly Hawkins tries to ease those burdens and help girls build their self-esteem in Soul Sister Shine. She divides the book into two sections: Creative Me and Beautiful Me. Six chapters, such as friendliness, fashion, and fruitfulness, fill out each section. She stresses each girl's being created in God's image and living out that image.
Pages have lots of blank space for the reader to write or draw their responses to the questions that Hawkins asks. She leaves no large sections of type. She includes tips for group leaders in the back. Her language is hip and vivacious as she directly addresses the reader. She refers the girls to some other works online and in books.
Especially helpful is her encouragement for girls to recognize the value of their talents rather than seeing only their defects, her open discussion of eating disorders and self-mutilation, and her prodding of girls who have faced painful experiences to talk to others about what they have gone through.
Though written in an updated Bible study format for groups or personal study, some blanket statements in the book are troublesome. She writes: "All the things (passions) you have listed in the space provided are things God loves about you! He is passionate about your passions..." (17) Maybe. Maybe not. God is not a big sugar daddy in the sky or a benevolent grandfather who smiles at our indiscretions. God may be just fine with our stamp collecting or horseback riding, but will He smile on our topless dancing or burning down laboratories to free lab animals? Are we to conform to God's standards or He to ours?
In another chapter Hawkins writes: "Envy does two things that would make God cranky, if He were the type to get cranky (which He totally isn't)." (78) Though her major point on envy is good, her lesson on God's nature falls short. He describes Himself as a jealous God, a holy God, and shows Himself to be short on patience with sin at times. Achan might have considered God rather cranky when God had the earth swallow him, his whole family and all of his belongings. Hawkins overlooks God's holiness and the issue of sin as sin.
At times the author comes across as glib. Her dealing with style gives the girls few principles to go on other than what kind of image they want to project, and not being judgmental about other people's styles. Modesty doesn't even rate a mention.
Aly Hawkins is the daughter of two pastors and studied music at Azusa Pacific University. Her husband Bryan Ashmore is a writer also and musician.
This book is part of the Soul Sister and Soul Survivor series. Hawkins writes in a style that would be popular with many young women, but because she gives only part of the picture of how God deals with us, I'm not sure how helpful her book would be to most young women. -- Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book Previews.com
A great conversation starter for raising daughters Aug 12, 2005
I read this book as a father, looking ahead to my daughter's early teen years. It provided some insights and thoughtful discussion on positive self-identity that I think will help me be a better parent.
Great For Female Students, Vital For Male Students! Aug 12, 2005
"Shine: Beautiful Inside and Out" is a wonderful blend of poignant insight and refreshing humor. Ms. Hawkins deftly avoids didactic plattitudes in favor of relational dialogue that leaps off of the page. It is clear that the author speaks with the hard won wisdom that only comes with a deep rooted confidence in her own innate value.
In an age where sexual exploitation is the prime measure for the value of young women, "Shine" is a welcome alternative for those who find worth from the inside out.
Must Read for All Teen Girls Aug 10, 2005
This is a fantastic study for all teen girls. The author shares funny and meaningful stories from her own life as poignant examples of her main ideas. I especially enjoyed the interactive nature of the book. There are places provided throughout the pages for the reader to write in her own thoughts and ideas, draw pictures, and generally reflect on the chapter. I will very highly recommend this book to all the teenage girls I know.
What Every Teenage Girl Needs to Hear Jul 4, 2005
If I had to pinpoint two issues I'd like to see addressed in any book geared toward women-to-be, they'd be body image and healthy self-expression. Within an uncompromisingly Christian context, Aly Hawkins writes a book that emphasizes both in a series of short, punchy chapters (meant to be read and reflected on in the course of a week each, I believe). Each chapter consists of some text about a chosen topic: talent, friendship, passion, style, grooming, supporting scripture from the bible, a few questions aimed at provoking thought on the topic, room to journal (highly emphasized and encouraged) and, best of all, a personal anecdote from the author's not-too-distant adolescent past.
Young women are exhorted to cultivate compassion (for themselves and others), creative effort, regular and "real" dialogue with mentors and guardians, and a strong sense of personal style. Though Ms. Hawkins also speaks strongly AGAINST certain habits - eating disorders, envy of others (a big trouble-maker for me and my teenage friends if I remember correctly), self-mutilation, squandering of personal ability, never do you get the impression that she is not firmly in your camp. Ms. Hawkins remembers the struggle to live life with authenticity and courage whilst under the gimlet eye of adults, 85% of whom don't "get" you, don't care, and hope you won't give them any more trouble. You get the strong impression from reading her book that even though she's urging you toward better things, she's commiserating with you, firmly on your side, and always mindful of how it was for her at that age. And she's one of the funniest writers I've ever read.
While Western culture inundates all of us - but especially the youngest, most promising and most impressionable of us - with the need to be gorgeous, slender, amazing, self-actualized, well-funded, well-dressed, heavily made-up and desired from every angle by the drooly-mouthed, Aly Hawkins offers another way to shine through the mire of adolescenthood with compassion, quirky joy and authenticity. I wish I had had her around when I was that age.