The relationship girls have with their mothers greatly impacts the women they become, and for busy moms in the thick of the parenting years that reality can seem overwhelming. Author Trish Donohue brings guidance for women who want to disciple their daughters but don’t know where to start in Between Us Girls: Walks and Talks for Moms and Daughters (New Growth Press/June 6, 2016/ISBN: 978-1-942572-77-0/$15.99).
As a mom to two girls, Donohue knows the kinds of questions women ask themselves when considering their influence on their daughters: Am I being a good example? What are the most critical life lessons and spiritual insights I should be imparting to them?Am I getting through to them? Balancing these concerns with the hectic nature of daily life can feel daunting, which is why Donohue wrote this guide filled with 26 gospel-driven talks, or “walks,” designed for moms and daughters between the ages of 7-14. Each walk covers a topic from feelings and friendships to work and modesty. Much more than a devotional, Donohue describes her book as a cheat sheet, making it much simpler for moms to connect with their daughters on a meaningful level and converse about their lives, the world and the hope they have in Jesus Christ.
Each chapter of Between Us Girls is divided into four sections: “The Garden,” which is God’s original plan for a particular issue, “The Weeds,” which shows how sin has made a mess of things, “The Hill,” which refers to how Jesus’ work on the cross redeems all things and finally “The Field,” which is where readers apply the principles learned in day-to-day life.
In each short chapter, moms and daughters will read God’s Word, ask each other questions about their thoughts and experiences, get honest about their struggles with sin, brainstorm ways to live out their faith and build genuine fellowship into their relationship. “I recommend setting aside a special time to meet every week or two,” Donohue adds. “They should grabBetween Us Girls and their Bibles and find a private place; it could be a cozy spot at home, a coffee shop or a picnic table at the park. Moms should jump right into the book, reading the chapter to their daughters. Whenever a question is asked, whether it’s directed to mothers or girls, stop and answer it. Each answer will help build trust and fellowship in their relationship.”
Mothers and daughters, even if they’re in the midst of the sometimes-turbulent pre-teen years, will find hope for connection within the covers ofBetween Us Girls. “You don’t have to be best friends to honor God in your relationship with your child,” Donohue reminds readers. “If she sits quietly through the walks, that’s fine, because she’s still hearing the truth of God’s Word. If she won’t be vulnerable with you, you can lead by example and be vulnerable with her. Don’t let fear keep you from pursuing and discipling your daughter.”
Ultimately, Between Us Girls will serve as a springboard for moms and daughters into a wonderful, lifelong journey of communication, relationship and a deep love for their Savior.
“Between Us Girls by Trish Donohue is the resource moms have been looking for to help them connect with their growing daughters. Trish weaves together meaningful Bible study, helpful questions and life applications in a way that is provoking but not preachy. My wife is excited to start using it in our home.”
~ Marty Machowski, family pastor; author of The Ology and The Gospel Story for Kids books and curriculum
“In the midst of our busy lives, it is easy to forsake our best intentions for purposeful parenting. Adding to the struggle is not knowing how to enter in to the world of our girls with gospel truth. Between Us Girls provides a deliberate plan for bonding together over God’s Word in a way that is fun, without sacrificing depth. What I love most though is Trish Donohue’s ability to hand our daughters the biblical lenses to see each topic and the world around them rightly.”
~ Kristen Hatton, author of
Get Your Story Straight: A Teen’s Guide to Learning & Living the Gospel
About the author
Trish Donohue is a wife and mom who writes from her kitchen table in West Chester, PA. She has a degree in English from Bloomsburg University and taught writing classes. Donohue currently leads the women’s ministry at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, PA, where her husband, Jim, serves as pastor.
A desire to disciple her two daughters paired with a love for writing motivated the writing of her first book, Between Us Girls. In her free time, Donohue enjoys taking walks and gardening, which also provided inspiration. She admits her vegetable garden is almost always full of weeds, so she’s familiar with the “Weeds” sections of each chapter.
In addition to their two daughters, the Donohues also have two sons. Together they enjoy road trips, especially to the beach, and stops for ice cream. While her family is made up of sports fans, she would rather cozy up by the fireplace and read.
Dr. Roslyn L. Ashford is a true optimist with a passion for mentoring youth and empowering people to manifest their dreams. Her penetrating conversations have been shared by inspired people from around the globe. She is an Associate Publisher on the staff of Faith-filled Family Magazine and a member of the Atlanta Writers Club.
Roz is a Christian writer and now author of a memoir, The Sink before the Swim. She loves to sing and direct the Inspirational choir at her church, as well as travel and spend time with family and friends.