A book review for parents
This second family life book in the "Faith and Friends" series by Wendy Witherow is published by Mission City Press.
Bridget's Blog is written for kids ages 8 to 12. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.
The summer before Bridget starts middle school, she blogs to express her thoughts with her closest friends and family. In one post she shares that she is writing a story about her doll, Star, and a challenge Star must face. Bridget will read the story at open-mic night for new sixth graders at a coffee shop at the end of summer. In her blog, she asks readers to share their biggest challenge and a Bible verse or tips that helped them overcome it. With challenges still on her mind, Bridget prepares for a trip to visit her aunt in New York. Bridget looks forward to shopping for stylish clothes and practicing hairstyles with her aunt. Right before the trip, Bridget learns that her aunt has cut her hair short and donated the clippings to be used to fashion a wig for a child who lost her hair due to cancer treatments. Bridget, who hopes to have the longest hair in sixth grade, is shocked. Bridget's mother tells her that her aunt's personal sacrifice and generosity are a reflection of her inward beauty. Bridget has a fun visit with her aunt in New York and before she leaves, she also has her hair cut short to provide a wig for a child. When Bridget returns home, she reads her story about Star at open-mic night and also tells about the program that provides wigs for children with cancer.
Bridget prays about decisions in her life. She posts Scripture on her blog. Bridget's family shares Bible verses with Bridget through blog comments.
Bridget's dad, mom and aunt are positive role models. They guide her through difficult issues and give her what she needs to reach her own conclusions.
Other Belief Systems
If your children have read this book or someone has read it to them, consider these discussion topics:
- Bridget's mother says that her aunt's personal sacrifice and generosity are a reflection of her inward beauty.
What was the sacrifice?
- How does that show inward beauty?
- Bridget blogs about her challenges.
How was cutting her hair a challenge for Bridget?
- What helps her make the decision to do it?
- What verse or tip would you make as a comment on Bridget's blog?
- What is a challenge that you have to face?
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