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Inspiration for Girls on the Threshold of Change
"Before I go to sleep each night Before I turn off every light Let me put away my fears Let me brush away the tears"
The heartfelt prayers in this luminous volume were originally written for the comfort and inspiration of a twelve-year-old girl named Julia. The author of these prayers is Julia's mother, who wrote them because she was troubled that she and her daughter no longer talked as much as they used to. So each night, she left a verse on Julia's pillow. Julia shared them with her younger sister and with her friends, and the prayers moved outward in ever-widening circles.
Now everyone can enjoy and meditate upon these simple supplications, whose words, feelings, and perspective are those of a girl growing into womanhood. Nearly one hundred and fifty prayers encourage girls to look inward for the strength to heal hurts, calm fears, and reconcile with family and friends. They present the values of self-reliance and confidence, celebrating the gift of life and the unique pleasure and challenges of being a girl. Each prayer is a loving act of faith, and together they provide a safe and private space in which a girl can simply be and grow.
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Studio: Ballantine Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.81" Width: 5.71" Height: 0.84" Weight: 0.72 lbs.
Release Date Oct 5, 1999
Publisher Ballantine Books
ISBN 0345426738 ISBN13 9780345426734
Availability 0 units.
More About Celia Straus
Celia Straus is an award-winning writer for print, film and video. Her awards include eight Cine Golden Eagles, six Tellys, three Ohio State Awards for Excellence in Children's Television and numerous other awards. She is a graduate of Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia, and earned an M.A. in English literature from Georgetown University. She has taught English and drama to high school and college students. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two daughters.
Celia Straus currently resides in Washington, in the state of District Of Columbia.
Reviews - What do customers think about Prayers on My Pillow: Inspiration for Girls on the Threshold of Change?
Spiritual Lift Dec 31, 2004
My mom gave me this book a couple of years ago, and I just stuck it in my closet. Recently I was cleaning out my room and uncovered this book. I started reading the prayers inside. I looked for prayers that connected to my everyday life and that I could relate to. I typed up my favorite prayers on my computer, printed it out, and put it by my bed. Every night I read the prayers. One night, I was feeling lonely. I was reading through the prayers and I came across one that went like this:
I need someone to comfort me To tell me it's okay To stroke my hair And kiss my cheek To hold me tight when I feel weak To make hurt go away.
I need someone to care for me Someone who's always there To take my hand And wipe my tears To stand on guard against my fears To help when life's unfair.
I trust in God's great[...]love [...] for me When I am all alone To hear my cry And fill my heart With faith that I can do my part And manage on my own.
I read it over and over, sobbing the whole time. About the fifteenth time, I was reading it and I just stopped. Something happened and I stopped crying. I just read it over again, this time without crying, and laid down in my bed. I felt so much better. I don't know what happened, but something about the prayers made me feel better.
These prayers have changed the way I feel spiritually. They have also given me a greater belief in God. This book provided me with the words I needed to get by. I highly reccommend trying it.
A great gift for the young lady in your life! Jun 27, 2002
Celia Straus wrote this snappy little book for her daughters, and it shows a mother's love. Each page contains a small "prayer" written for a teenage girl, all of them dealing with courage and becoming (at least that's how a father sees it :-). All of them are written in enchanting verse, though not all of them are necessarily directed towards God. For example, on page 103, there is "I am not helpless/I am not weak/I will not shatter/I will not weep/I stand alone/Yet I stand strong/I can be me/Without being wrong."
Overall, I found this to be a wonderful little book, a great gift for the young lady in your life!
A Real Source of Comfort and Encouragement for Girls May 17, 2001
I purchased this book for 12 and 10 year old daughters. I thought that perhaps we could read a prayer each night as a devotion and that it would give us an opportunity to talk about issues in their lives. It has done that and more. My oldest daughter now refers to it frequently, whenever she needs a lift or a little extra encouragement. I also purchased the sequel and I rate it equally well. I have given this book as gifts to my daughter's friends for their 13th birthday, and they have all loved it.
Simplistic in style but a delite to read Jul 8, 2000
When I first saw this book, I passed it by since I am the mom of two boys. The next time I saw it, I was looking for a gift for a friend with three teenage daughters.(Her copy is well worn and she's buying extra's to give as gifts) Thumbing thru it, I returned to buy a copy for myself. "Dreams on Your Pillow" is inspirirational for any parent of teens and can be applied to boys,also, as they take the journey to manhood.
This is a book of poetry for your daughter's inner self. Jun 20, 2000
I just bought this book for my daughter as a graduation present and she and I have both already read all the poems in it. Now it stays on her pillow! I don't know why these simple poems connect so instantly to the soul, but they seem to touch a cord inside. My daughter, who is 12, has thanked me more for this book than anything I have given her in years. For any girl who is going through an identity crisis, this book is a great help.