“Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire!” Those words are at the heart of Be Yourself! A Journal for Catholic Girls, which is designed to help girls explore their identity and purpose in life in light of the wisdom of the Catholic Church, including half a dozen female saints. Packed with gorgeous, full-color line art, quizzes, journaling questions, and inspirational quotes from the Catechism and Scripture, the Be Yourself! journal leads girls to discover that they are beautifully and wonderfully made…and that they have a unique,God-given mission and purpose in the world. Ages 9 and up.
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Kristen Kincaid –
I just discovered this journal after one of my husband’s former students shared one of your blog post. I have tried several types of journals for my daughter and while they were fine, this one was awesome at a whole new level. There is no question that the pre-teen and teenage years are full of challenges and feelings and attempts to discover who you are…but this journal gives constant reminders of why the most important detail is being loved by God and rooted in His love. I love the examples of saints and inspiring quotes throughout the journal that are intermixed with fun pages of writing about the things girls love and enjoy at this tender age. I love that it is culturally relevant without compromising on the teachings of the Catholic Church. I highly recommend this journal! I have 4 daughters so I will be buying more and giving as gifts whenever I can!
Monica from Equipping Catholic Families (verified owner) –
This Be Yourself! Journal for Catholic Girls is beautifully designed with thoughtful prompts, quotes from the Bible and the Catechism and inviting illustrations to color. I love the Saint Spotlights including the letters from these carefully-chosen, awe-inspiring yet humble female saints. The prayerful and faith-filled writing prompts and activities are perfect for young girls …with just the right balance of fun and Faith! I can’t wait to give my 11 year old daughter her very own Be Yourself! journal!
Tracy Bua Smith (verified owner) –
When I gave my 9 year old daughter her Be Yourself! Journal for Catholic Girls she smiled so big and hugged her journal tightly hiding it from her older sisters! My daughter loves coloring in it and enjoys the Saints that are highlighted in it! I love that each page is affirming her as a beautiful daughter of God with love and talents that she can give to the world. The well thought out writing prompts give her the opportunity to reflect on her faith and some female saints, our holy role models. My older daughters have eyed their sister’s journal so much and asked if they could have one for themselves. Two more journals are ordered and on the way to the Smith household! Thank you Amy for answering the call of the Holy Spirit to make this much needed journal during the years our girls most need to be affirmed in their dignity, beauty and worth! God bless you!
Katie Choudhary –
This journal beautifully combines Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the Communion of Saints into something super attractive for young women. We are using this with the young women at our parish to help them affirm their identity as a beloved daughter of God, rather than any other way the world tries to identify them or tries to persuade them to identify themselves. The coloring pages, the letters from the Saints, the questions, the “All About Me” section, are ALL so needed for our young women. God bless you and your family!
Capturing the attention of young Catholics can be a difficult task, and helping them develop time and habits for personal prayer can be even more challenging. The Be Yourself journal would be a perfect gift to encourage the prayer and devotion of any preteen or teenage girl. The graphics and design are trendy and eye-catching, but they share solid content and faith-filled resources.
The journal is filled with some full color text and illustrations, but also plenty of black and white space for coloring, doodling, and decorating by the user. It contains inspirational quotes and Scripture, coloring pages, journal starters, Q&A pages, list making pages, and reflections. I think that my favorite feature is the Saint letters- written to the reader from the perspective of powerhouse Saints, they share biographical info, but also advice and encouragement that relates and connects to every day life.
With plenty of space for creativity, the journal can be worked through in any order. Even when it has been read and filled, I think Be Yourself would encourage the young lady to use journaling and study as part of her prayer. It would also make a great gift- I plan to share mine with a former student who has asked me to be her Confirmation sponsor. 🙂
Doug and Grace Johnson –
What’s harder than getting a 12 year old girl off of her phone? Not much!!!
Don’t get me wrong. I love that our oldest child enjoys being social with her friends, can FaceTime her mother who travels a lot, and has found some fun ways to be creative with her phone. But there is something to be said about cracking open and actual book and reading. Something happens in our heads and our hearts when we put pen to paper to share our thoughts and feelings through creativity. And that’s the magic of this journal!!! We love Amy’s book because it is a good break from those things that can distract us from our faith and prayer time. Be yourself is a perfect way way to stay connected. Grace has approached us several times to discuss the themes and shows us her creative musings.
Grace would even tell you that it’s easy to get caught up in this journal. She’ll plan on spending 5 minutes working in it and before she knows it, an hour has passed by. She enjoys reflecting parts she has already read or worked on as well as exploring new parts of the book. Again, just a great tool for catechizing and connecting young girls to their faith.
This journal is amazing!! The pages and prompts are varied and so fun! Our oldest daughter (8) carries it everywhere! The journal has “Saint spotlights”, a scavenger hunt, and helpful prompts to get your daughter thinking, writing and praying. She also loves the coloring pages!