Saturday, May 24, 2008

Girls 'n Grace: Book Reviews and Giveaways

Contest is now closed! Winner is Stamped with Grace (how fitting)! I have e-mailed the winner! Congratulations! Thanks to everyone who entered!
Have you heard of the American Girl Dolls? I thought the American Girl series were great, because girls have a doll that can look like them and be a mini version of themselves. The girls can dress them and play with the dolls.

While working as the coordinator of an American Girl style show in Fort Worth, Texas, Pam Davis was stunned when news broke that the popular book and doll series had aligned itself with organizations that supported a pro-left agenda that included homosexuality and abortion. As a Christian and mother of a young daughter, this information caused her to consider the lasting imprint that “playtime” can really leave on an impressionable little girl. In that moment, she began to envision an exciting new possibility. With the right character as a role model, God could use those sweet afternoon tea parties, hours of make-believe, and sleepovers to sow seeds of faith in tender hearts. This concept became the foundation for the Girls ’n Grace products, a line of dolls and books designed to fulfill Davis’ dream of demonstrating to today’s young girls what it means to be girls of grace.

I was really excited when I heard of the new line that came out called Girls 'n Grace! I like what this company stands for: to let girls see they can live in the embrace of God's grace. I like how the books show girls how other girls turn to God and experience his grace and reap the benefits of following Him! The stories teach that through struggles, difficulties, hardships (etc.) the girls can draw on God's grace and experience Christ's strength, wisdom and courage. I would love to get one of these dolls one day for Madelyn.
The toys we give our children has such a great impact on them. I think these dolls and the books give such a great model to girls about God's grace and their self worth and image. The website also offers fun games and quiz's about the books for girls to participate in.
I was given the chance to review the first two books of the Girls 'n Grace series. The series follows the lives of several fictional young female characters as all facets of their lives, from their friendships to their goals, are affected by their walks with Jesus. Spanning contemporary history as well as the globe, the characters—and the readers along with them—will learn to depend on God’s grace, especially when their decisions to honor or trust Him are difficult ones. Of particular note are Davis’ frank depictions of the protests and prejudices of the civil rights movement, an era that has traditionally been left relatively unexplored in Christian children’s fiction. These books will thoroughly engage young readers and provide the perfect opportunity for moms and daughters to engage in meaningful conversation.
Sydney Clair’s Season of Change tells the story of a tenacious and curious ten-year-old trying to keep up with all of the changes around her. Sydney Clair Wilcox finds herself right in the middle of the historic events of 1965 surrounding the civil rights, women’s rights, and environmental movements. As her beloved sister leaves for college, Sydney realizes her world is changing. Along with Sydney, readers will learn how God wants us to show His grace to all people and how He gives us everything we need to face each new season in our lives.
In Mesi: A Girl ’n Grace in Africa, young Mesi is growingup in a country where the people’s beliefs are as diverse as the landscape. Her family’s well being is threatened by drought, disease, and war. Yet, despite her hardships, Mesi (pronounced Maycee) finds that God is so very near to her that He cares about every detail of her life. Along her journey
Mesi finds out about an inexhaustible treasure called grace.
Each doll from the Girls ’n Grace line comes with a mini Bible and a secret address code that acts as a key to a special online virtual world on the interactive website (http://www.girlsngrace.com/). The site includes links for moms, mother/daughter Bible studies, games, a book club, and information about the line of dolls.
Would you like to win the first two books?: Sydney Clair’s Season of Change and Mesi: A Girl ’n Grace in Africa
This contest is open to all readers (bloggers or non) that live in the United States. Just go to the Girls 'n Grace website and look around. Let me know in the comments what you liked about it.
If you would like extra credit, you can (a) blog this contest, (b) add my button to your blog, and/or (c) subscribe to my feed. Comment for each extra thing you do. Contest will be open until June 6th, at 7:00 PM CST.

54 comments:

nor_lou said...

I like that they had a many different dolls to pick from (I hope they eventually get curly hair)

Betsy said...

I love these too! I like that they have a positive message and they are fitting for little girls (they are dressed decently!).

~Tami said...

I like the idea of picking a doll that resembles your daughter.

~Tami said...

I've blogged your contest: http://psalm37v4.blogspot.com/2008/05/girlsngrace-book-giveaway-enter-by-june.html

~Tami

~Tami said...

Your button is on my sidebar, with info about the contest.

tollesons4him said...

I love these dolls!
Your button is on my sidebar.

stampedwithgrace said...

I love for my girls to read books that encourage them to be more like Jesus!

Stacey Moore said...

ella loves the international dolls section the best!
thanks!
moore.g at insideconnect.net

windycindy said...

Hello, What a lovely concept! I would love to win these two books for my niece. Please enter me in your delightful drawing. Many thanks,Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Kristinia said...

Your added to my bloggy sidebar!

I love this find! We are having a girl and this would be awesome! I loved the American Girl dolls as a child but GirlsnGrace is much more positive and I want our daughter to have positive role models in her life, not Brittney Spears books or dolls...

I like the light skin, red hair and blue eye dolls but from the international line I like Chandra from India! I love this and will definately be telling my friends with girls about this!

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Kristinia said...

Your added to my bloggy sidebar (your button) for an extra credit!

Shelly said...

I like that there is a section for Moms

slymommyof3 said...

They are cute and I know that my daughter would love them!

Cuddle Cottage said...

I like the idea of the 'Girls n Grace race', where each doll bought affords a donation to be made toward giving a doll to less privileged girls.

Cuddle Cottage said...

Your button is on my sidebar!

Katie said...

I like what the dolls stand for and also they are really cute dolls. Thanks. katie_mmartin at yahoo dot com.

wigget said...

i like the moms section

misty said...

I like that you can chhose a dool to look like your child. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

mistchlo[at]hughes[dot]net

Uniquely Yours said...

THis would be perfect for my daughter's birthday. Thanks!!

angelaandconnor at gmail.com said...

So adorable!!

I blogged you on Prize-A-Tron too!
http://www.prizeatron.com

Mary512 said...

What a cool concept. Its kind of like American Girls... with Grace. ;) Blogged ya:
http://mommyland512.blogspot.com/2008/05/win-girls-n-grace-books.html
Awesome giveaway, thanks!

mom2boys said...

I love dolls even though I'm too old for them. I don't have a little girl, but I do buy them for my niece.I would love to get a doll that looks like her. Thanks for the giveaway!

Megret said...

I like that there is a special section for Moms, with a link to an online game site for girls that instills Godly values. Way to go, guys!
Megret
meg.wilson@gmail.com

jsc123 said...

What a truly wonderful website.
With the name of God being taken out of courts and schools and off of American money it is nice to see a site that isn't afraid to keep his beliefs alive.
Thank you so very much for offering this wonderful giveaway.
I would LOVE to win !!

tutugirl said...

It's so great to see something positive for our kids. I'm so sick of seeing Bratz dolls and little girls wanting to imitate them. These dolls are fresh. I really hope they catch on. Love the international collection. We have a little niece who was adopted, one of these would be great.

blueviolet said...

I like their overall message and it's a great reminder to really think about the toys we let our children play with. I also like the encouragement they provide for mothers and daughters to bond in faith.

agordon10 said...

i really love the dolls.

agordon10 said...

i really love the dolls.

idahomom said...

I have a princess that would love any of these beautiful dolls.

Tanya Peila said...

LOVE the mother/daughter bible studies! What a great activity for mothers and daughter to do together!

Ghost said...

put together well

Sharon said...

What wonderful lessons taught thru these great things on the website...as a mom and grandmom of girls...I love it all. THANKS

vboackle said...

i like the large doll selection.

peekab00 said...

i lovethe variety

Betty N said...

The dolls are beautiful and I love that the books incorporate a Christian perspective. I think girls will also love that each doll come with a secret address code tag to an online virtual world: Girls 'n' Grace Place.

silverbele said...

great prizes

kaylee8 said...

An interesting and needed concept

cathy said...

little girls can use better self concept. I really love these dolls

Scrappy Do said...

I like the idea of the 'Girls n Grace race'

Theresa N. said...

I like the fact that they're dolls with a message.
Theresa N
weceno@yahoo.com

kristilb19 said...

Girls 'n Grace New Testament looks great.

Keket said...

I liked the "Girl n' Grace Like Me!". It's nice to see diversity, ecspecially when so few children are strickly one nationality anymore.

cpullum said...

Wow so much to choose from. My daughter loves them all!
cpullum@yahoo.com

bison61 said...

the dolls are beautiful nice to see diversity

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

carissaad said...

I like that you can choose a doll that looks like the child and they promote a positive message.

carissaad at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

My granddaughters love dolls and I think these are beautiful.
Nanette
nanoart@yahoo.com

donna444444 said...

One of the would be great for my daughter.

klp1965 said...

i love all the dolls they are sooooooooooo gorgeous :)

Anonymous said...

we all love reliving our "second childhood" for the doll/s our parent/s loved ones could never afford. many thanks SW

Miranda said...

THE DOLLS I collect Dolls

lilyk said...

I love the Moms section!

fancyfeet48 said...

thes dolls have a message

Anonymous said...

I like thw whole idea of encouraging old fashioned virtue and values
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