Most tween girls are familiar with American Girl dolls and books. Both abound in my own home. I have enjoyed listening to my daughter tell me the stories of girls in different eras who have shared friendships and overcome adversity. I confess, I haven’t paid much attention to American Girl’s allegiance with organizations that are contrary to values of a conservative Christian (which I am). Author Pam Davis has. Her response is to offer a Biblically based alternative, Girls ‘n Grace.
Davis wants to educate tween girls about building lives upon Christian values. One of her first books, Sydney Clair’s Season of Change: A Friendship Story (The Girls ‘n Grace Collection), recounts the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Segregation brings Sidney Clair a new friend, Patrice. Of course, her friendship with Patrice causes a stir among her other friends. Sidney Claire and her parents seek God’s guidance in navigating this new era.
The books are created for interaction with the Girls ‘n Grace website. The site offers information for both girls and moms. Davis even has mother/daughter Bible studies coming soon!
In her testimony of starting the Girls ‘n Grace line, Davis says:
Time, treasure, and talent: when I gave God my “three fish and five loaves,” my meager resources, I was met with His extraordinary grace, like the renowned doll sculptor Dianna Effner, creating the Girls ‘n Grace doll. When board rooms of men gasp at the site of such a “life-like, joyous doll,” I know it is God behind the scenes communicating in practical ways the amazing attributes of His grace. The books have given me a chance to spread the message of grace-filled living creatively. I have had the opportunity to bring some diversity into the mix and to explore other regions, cultures, and historical periods like the 1960’s through the lens of God’s grace. Grace is always the authentic commodity that people seek, yet sadly we tend to substitute God’s authentic grace with a myriad of empty counterfeits. Through the books and dolls, God is allowing my dream to be realized, engaging girls—mothers, daughters, and grandmothers—in the good news of God’s grace, which is exclusively in Jesus Christ. He is the one who gives inexhaustible, unmerited benefits that afford us joy, pleasure, good will, and thanksgiving, with the essential benefit being spiritual life.
Click here to find out more about Davis’ mission through the Girls ‘n Grace books and dolls.
Melissa has been captivated by books for as long as she can remember. She resides in Virginia and at Breath of Life.