Do you have a daughter? Do you have dreams for her? I know that I have great hopes for my own four-year-old. I want her to be confident, happy, kind, and giving. Most of all, I want her to grow to be a godly woman. If you have similar aspirations for your own daughter, I highly recommend Vicki Courtney’s new book: Five Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter.
In this book, Vicki Courtney shares research, her life experiences, and scriptures as she encourages moms to have important discussions with their daughters. These talks are not one-time events—they involve years of continual interaction, guidance, and encouragement. Specifically, Vicki includes 5 important conversations in her book:
1. You are more than the sum of your parts.
2. Don’t be in such a hurry to grow up.
3. Sex is great and worth the wait.
4. It’s okay to dream about marriage and motherhood.
5. Girls gone wild are a dime a dozen—dare to be virtuous.
Vicki Courtney is a straight shooter. At times, I squirmed in my seat thinking, “But I don’t want to talk to my daughter about that!” Unfortunately, our girls are bombarded with cultural messages that contradict the word of God. Reading this book not only made me more aware of these issues, but made me realize how important mothers are in the fight against negative influences. Mrs. Courtney doesn’t claim to have all the answers, but having just sent a daughter to college, she is able to share her own perspective. I appreciated her candor and her encouragement. I especially liked that she included information about adapting each of the conversations for different age groups. As I mentioned earlier, these are life-long conversations, and they change as our daughters grow and develop.
I am an avid book reader, but I am not a book keeper. I usually return books to the library or pass them on to a friend. Five Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter is a book that will have a permanent place on my bookshelf. I know I will reference it many times in the years to come. If you are aspiring to raise a godly daughter, I encourage you to read this book.
Lauren is a wife, a mother of two, and an avid reader. She blogs at Baseballs and Bows.