Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Project Inspired by Nicole Weider August 6, 2015

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Nicole Weider is on a mission: to help young girls avoid the traps that culture sets. The trap that baits you into thinking you must sacrifice your self-worth in order to be beautiful and popular. Nicole launched Project Inspired in 2010 (, a website for teen girls that analyzes pop culture and explores ways girls can live in their authentic beauty.

In Project Inspired, Nicole shares tips for you to stay true to yourself—to how you were created to be—as well as how to dress modestly yet fashionably, how to make a positive difference in the world, and how to enjoy your teen years while standing firm in your faith. With photographs, real behind-the-scenes stories from inside the fashion world, and an honest look at living a life that looks great on the outside and feels great on the inside, Project Inspired is a book you’ll turn to time and time again.

My daughter’s thoughts:

I no sooner pulled this book out of the packaging and my daughter had it in her hands and devoured it in twenty-four hours. So I thought why not let her review it, someone who the book is geared toward? I decided to do it in an interview format. This the opinion of a thirteen-year-old girl.

What would tell your friends this book is about?

Beauty and Jesus.

What is your favorite part of the book?

The chapters True Beauty and Your Wardrobe Essentials and Defining Your Look and Must-Have Accessories.

What was your least favorite part of the book?

It was all good 🙂

Would you recommend this book to your friends?


Why did you like this book so much?

Because I’m very much into beauty, fashion and Jesus.

Her answers are short but I can tell you so loved the book and went on about it, showing me different things and then looking up Nicole’s website. Anything that draws my daughter closer to Jesus I am all about 🙂

Visit Nicole here. 

Here is the link to Project Inspired.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to be in exchange for an honest review.


At the Movies and On the Scene (Two books for Tween Girls) July 4, 2014

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at the moviesAbout At the Movies:

Sam Sanderson is an independent, resourceful, high-tech cheerleader. She dreams of becoming an award-winningon the scene journalist like her mother, and so she’s always looking for articles she can publish in her middle-school paper (where she secretly hopes to become editor). And with a police officer for a father, Sam is in no short supply for writing material. It seemed like the perfect opportunity. When an explosive device is found in the local theater, Sam gets the lead on this developing and controversial story—controversial because the movie theater has recently come under attack by a renowned, outspoken atheist for allowing a local church to show Christian movies. Sam’s police-officer father happens to be heading the investigation, and Sam can’t resist doing some sleuthing of her own with the help of her best friend Makayla’s techno-genius. But when Sam’s theories end up being printed in the school paper, she lands in big trouble—and danger!

About On the Scene:

What if getting to the bottom of a mystery means learning how to love your enemy?

As Samantha and the rest of the middle schoolers prepare for the upcoming Spring Fest, “mean girl” Nikki faces the reality that her parents are getting divorced. Samantha has a hard time sympathizing—Nikki has never been very nice to anyone, let alone Samantha.

But when Nikki becomes victim of a string of attacks, Sam takes it upon herself and uses her super sleuth abilities to get to the bottom of the bullying. After all, articles on bullying are just what the school paper needs instead of all that silly fluff like popularity tips. Samantha enlists the help of her tech-savvy BFF, Makayla, but while the two track down clues, they leave a trail of trouble behind—and may even be directly responsible for the break-in of their very own school’s computer lab!

Samantha Sanderson is a resourceful seventh grader with the extraordinary dream to become an aspiring award-winning journalist. Sam and her best friend, Makayla, are always sniffing out the next big mystery to report in the school paper—that is, when they aren’t busy navigating the crazy world of middle school, faith, and friends.

My thoughts:

I only had the chance to read At the Movies, but if the second book is anything like the first I am sure I would recommend this one to your daughter. I would put this in the ages of 9-11 year olds.

At the Movies was a great read with strong Christian tweens who have to deal with bullies and learning to stay strong in their faith.

Samantha is a strong-headed girl (like a lot of tweens) and she loves writing for the school paper. She is very gifted in this area but has to learn to deal with the “rules” of writing and covering a story, one that her father is leading the investigation .

I am sure most tween girls can relate to the characters in this book and be encouraged as they read about other Christian tweens and how they handle some tough situations.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to your tween girl:)

Visit Robin here.

Grab a copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Books-A-Million.

Copies of these books were given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.



A Must Read for your Tween Daughter October 15, 2013

Filed under: Book Reviews,Tuesday Thoughts — Melissa Finnegan @ 10:00 am
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discover truthMy Name is Erin: One Girl’s Journey to Discover the Truth:

Is truth real? How do you define truth? What happens when your definition of truth is not the same as your best friend? Or your parents? Whose truth becomes the real truth?
See a problem?
The culture says truth can change. God’s Word says Truth is solid.
In My Name is Erin: One Girls Journey to Discover Truth you will be guided by Erin to learn
-Truth is not defined by your circumstances, your heart, or your mind
-Truth can be discovered – not created
-How to protect yourself and your friends with Truth
-Lies that masquerade as Truth
-How to make invisible spy ink

discover who she itMy Name is Erin: One Girl’s Journey to Discover Who She Is:

Come meet Erin. Like you she has struggled with many questions about being a girl.

Why does it matter that God created men and women?

Why did God make guys and girls so different?

Why does gender (that’s just a fancy word for the traits that make girls girls and boys boys) matter anyway?

So, she set out on a journey to learn who she is. From the only place she could – God’s Word. After all, He was the one who made her and the only One who could really answer her questions.

And she learned that whether you’re a mega tomboy, a pretty-pretty princess, or someone somewhere in between, God has a plan for your girlhood that goes way beyond ribbons and curls. You were made to bring God glory and the purpose of your design is to point to Him.

make a differenceMy Name is Erin: One Girl’s Mission to Make a Difference:

Do you often wonder why? Why am I here? Do I serve a purpose? God says yes. No matter your age or your circumstances – you have a powerful purpose. Do you have a passion for something? The poor? A country? Justice?  Because you are in school doesn’t mean you can’t do something about it now. Your purpose and your passion intersect. For a reason. Read My Name is Erin: One Girl’s Mission to Make a Difference and:

  • Discover and replace your fake purpose with your real purpose.
  • Learn how to stop waiting and live as a mission-minded girl NOW.
  • Be inspired by stories of girls like you that said “Yes, Lord.”

radical fathMy Name is Erin: One Girl’s Plan for Radical Faith:

Maybe you’ve had a moment-a time in your history when God did something radical in your heart. Putting your faith and trust in Him certainly feels like taking a giant leap, but really it’s just the beginning of the exciting, and-yes-radical journey that comes with agreeing to live as God calls you to.
What does being radical look like? In the Bible, the common characteristics are:
* They trusted God.
* They listened to God’s voice and then obeyed-even when it cost them.
* Because of their faith, they lived lives that looked different from everyone else’s.
That’s a short list and a tall order, but basically it means you can be a radical too. There’s nothing on that list that is impossible for you. There’s nothing on that list that requires you to be older, or more financially stable, or to have a college degree. No matter who you are or where you live you can live a radical faith.
Meet Erin, she has learned practical ways to do just that.

My thoughts:

This is an awesome series for your tween. I would say eleven to fourteen(ish)-year-olds would enjoy these books.

Erin writes in a way that will resonate with young girls. She doesn’t shy away from tough issues but doesn’t go places that would make moms uncomfortable either.

I love that the books has places for reflection for the girls to actually write in the book and think about what they are reading.

The books are small and cute (just what a girl likes) and a quick read. For me I could read each book in about an hour but for my daughter I would suggest reading a chapter a day so she can reflect on each chapter.

As always, I think reading it with your daughter or before you give her the books will give you a greater benefit so you can have conversations with her about what she is reading.

If you are looking for ways to open up conversation between you and your tween (and what mom isn’t?) this could be what you are looking for. I highly recommend this series 🙂

Grab your copies at your local book store, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, or Books-A-Million.

Visit Erin’s website here. A great place for moms and girls.

Copies of these books were given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.