There are dozens of books written to young women, with instructions on how to be a “better you”. In the past year we have accumulated five or six such books, covering different aspects of the “better you” topic. Some have been read with interest, others have been figuratively TOSSED.
Authenticity and voice are the key factors that determine the response these “better you” books. If the photos in the book about insecurity look like airbrushed models, any affirming message is lost. Reading like a letter from a respected older sister, Body and Soul by Bethany Hamilton addresses the preteen and young teen audience with authenticity and balance. Bethany is knowledgeable, passionate and communicates with simplicity.
The most important chapter in this book is chapter 7, Go the Distance. Bethany says “Life happens. Stuff gets in the way. You have to learn to trust in God through setbacks. They often aren’t in your control; and that’s OK. We shouldn’t be “in control” God should.” In this chapter she encourages the reader to know and remember that a nurtured relationship with God is the most important part of being the “best you” that you can be.
Towards the end of the book there are detailed instructions and photographs for exercises and recipes. I am delighted to hand this book to my daughters and to share my thoughts about it with you!
Professional surfer Bethany Hamilton shares her expertise on wellness including spiritual and physical health.
A professional surfer who has overcome incredible challenges, Bethany Hamilton shares her expertise as an athlete and a Christian, showing girls ages 11-14 how spiritual health is just as important as physical health. Whether they surf or not, Bethany helps young girls thinking about developing a healthy lifestyle, understand their changing bodies, gain confidence, and establish a pattern of healthy living. Body and Soul includes workouts specially developed for young girls by Bethany’s personal trainer, recipes and information on healthy eating, and advice on deepening your spiritual health, for a total body wellness book perfect for growing girls.