Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Your Daughter Needs a Hero by Maria C. Furlough

Your Daughter Needs a Hero: Helping Her Handle Insecurity and Poor Body Image by Maria C. Furlough
Tate Publishing and Enterprises
ISBN: 978-1613467947
Published March 13, 2012
Trade paperback, 192 pages

Your Daughter Needs a Hero is an eye-opening book for Christian parents. It helps parents to understand and deal with their teenaged girl's insecurities and poor body image. Furlough's own past experience and her work as a Youth Minister comes through as she implores parents about the importance of understanding their daughter's world. She quotes Bible scriptures throughout the book and also stresses how a relationship with God will help in parenting daughters through the turbulent teen years.

Being a practising Christian, I could appreciate the heavy Christian message in this book. I was very familiar with all the Bible quotes and their application in parenting. We worship together as a family and my children are raised to apply Bible principles in their lives. Regardless, I was happy to read the point of view of a young woman who makes it clear that the way teens view and understand sex is very different from the way a teen growing up in the 80s would view it. I know that it's important to be vigilant and supportive toward my growing and changing daughter, but this book reminded me even more how fad diets, the media and pornography influence my daughter. As parents we have to be prepared for everything.

I especially liked the chapters on Mom's and Dad's Contributing Behaviors as well as From the Mouths of Your Daughters. Furlough's writing style is easy to read, honest and forthright. Sometimes I found it hard to read about what teens are feeling about themselves or how they use their bodies for attention because they crave to be loved. It gave me more incentive to be understanding toward my daughter.

Truly the work of parents is not easy, but we can make such a difference in the lives of our daughters in helping them understand that they are beautiful and loved by God. Furlough stresses this. She also speaks openly about her and her family's spiritual journey and the changes this brought in their lives. Sometimes, I would have preferred more case studies and less preaching though. Overall, Christian parents will appreciate this thought-provoking and timely advice on how to be your daughter's hero.

Note: This book is rated C = clean read.
I will count this book toward the following challenges: A-Z Reading Challenge

Reviewed by Laura  

Disclosure: Thanks to the author and Pump Up Your Book Promotions for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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