"Before I go to sleep each night Before I turn off every light Let me put away my fears Let me brush away the tears"
The heartfelt prayers in this luminous volume were originally written for the comfort and inspiration of a twelve-year-old girl named Julia. The author of these prayers is Julia’s mother, who wrote them because she was troubled that she and her daughter no longer talked as much as they used to. So each night, she left a verse on Julia’s pillow. Julia shared them with her younger sister and with her friends, and the prayers moved outward in ever-widening circles.
Now everyone can enjoy and meditate upon these simple supplications, whose words, feelings, and perspective are those of a girl growing into womanhood. Nearly one hundred and fifty prayers encourage girls to look inward for the strength to heal hurts, calm fears, and reconcile with family and friends. They present the values of self-reliance and confidence, celebrating the gift of life and the unique pleasure and challenges of being a girl. Each prayer is a loving act of faith, and together they provide a safe and private space in which a girl can simply be and grow.
From the Hardcover edition.
About Celia Straus
Celia Straus is an award-winning writer for print, film and video. Her awards include eight Cine Golden Eagles, six Tellys, three Ohio State Awards for Excellence in Children’s Television and numerous other awards. She is a graduate of Mary Washington… More about Celia Straus
Published by Ballantine Books Nov 24, 2010| 240 Pages| Young Adult| ISBN 9780307757692