Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved reading. Last week, my friend and I reminisced about the books and magazines we’ve read together, and what’s out now. We’ve noticed that there’s been a rise in supernatural books for children and youth. While those books can be adventurous and entertaining, they don’t tell you much about the true God who loves us all so very much. So… What’s a girl to read?
A young girl at my church noticed the same thing. When she started at her new school, much of the reading material conflicted with her beliefs. It’s like that for many youths and even young adults. There doesn’t seem to be many options when it comes to reading material nowadays, but gratefully there are some writers who love Jesus and aren’t afraid to write about Him.
I want to encourage the youth and parents with young children, girls especially, that there are opportunities to focus on things that are true and admirable.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Philippians 4:8
Not too long ago, I was presented with the opportunity to read Sparkle and SHINE brightly magazines by the GEMS Girl’s Club. If you’re not familiar with the organization, check out their website at http://gemsgc.org/.
According to their website, “the SHINE brightly mission is to equip, motivate, and inspire girls in grades 4-8 to become activists for Christ”; while “the mission of Sparkle is to help girls in grades 1-3 discover who God is and how He works in their lives. We strive to give girls the building blocks to create a living and dynamic faith in Jesus.”
When I read both magazines I was so impressed with the content and creativity of each page. Throughout the magazine, there were craft projects, interesting stories, life lessons, fun quizzes, and cool games. I loved how the writers made learning about God’s word and building a relationship with Jesus fun for young girls. On of my favorite entries in SHINE brightly was a quiz about what Love looks like. It was such a beautiful way to show young girls what 1 Corinthians 13 truly means. I like that each multiple choice option was a very realistic scenario in which young girls might find themselves often.
I can’t recommend this magazine enough. If you have or know any young girls that would like some reading material that will uplift and educate the soul, check out SHINE brightly for ages 9-14 and Sparkle of ages 6-8. If you’re interested in subscribing, here are the links: Subscribe to Sparkle – Subscribe to SHINE brightly. Also, check out their Facebook page for updates.
Below are a few more pages that I thought was a wonderful example of the kind of material these magazines offer. I’m going to share a few with my youth at church. 🙂 What are your thoughts? Do you know any young girls that might be blessed by these magazines? Share!