Girls Who Choose God: Stories of Courageous Women From the Bible

by McArthur Krishna, Bethany Brady Spalding, Kathleen Peterson

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Girls who choose god

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From Eve to Esther, from the Samaritan woman at the well to the widow with her two mites, many women in the Bible have made courageous choices. All through the ages, women have chosen to help, to solve problems, to stand up for others, to strengthen families, and to follow God no matter what.

Girls Who Choose God invites young readers (and those who love them) to make important choices of their own, following the examples of great women in the scriptures. With breathtaking illustrations, beautifully told stories, and insightful discussion questions, this delightful book is perfect for sharing, reading aloud, and drawing children into the scriptures.

*In buying this book, you support educational and employment opportunities for LDS young women around the world. All of the authors' proceeds will be donated to Interweave Solutions. For more information about the organization's good work, visit

About the Authors

McArthur Krishna

McArthur Krishna comes from a pack of storytellers. With a master's degree in communications from BYU, she co-owned Free Range, an award-winning marketing business focused on telling social justice stories. After she moved to the Magic Land of India, she got married and started writing books and raising kids. More of her stories can be found at

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Bethany Brady Spalding

Bethany Brady Spalding likes to stir things up in the kitchen and in the community. She has founded programs to promote health and nutrition in the USA, South Africa, and India. Bethany currently leads a regional coalition in Richmond, Virginia, to create a healthier food environment for at-risk children. She finds joy eating spicy dishes and exploring wild places with her husband, Andy, and their three fiery girls.

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Kathleen Peterson

Kathleen Peterson has illustrated twenty books, mostly for young people, on topics ranging from world religions to Hawaiian legends. Her art can be found in galleries throughout the West and at She and her husband, Steve, live on a farm in Spring City, Utah.

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Beautiful summaries of the lives of great women from the Bible
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This is the first children’s book I have seen that focuses on the stories of these notable women. it’s nice to have highlighted for our daughters (and for us!) women who can serve as role models and examples.

One of the things I love about this book is that each story ends with a question: “When have you made a choice to stand up for others?” “When have you made a courageous choice?” “When have you chosen to be a true follower of Jesus?” And so on. In addition to highlighting the story of each woman, the book asks readers to liken themselves to these Biblical heroes. It was a good reminder for me, because though I am familiar with nearly all these stories, having read and studied them many times over the years, I don't spend a lot of time actively thinking about how I can be more like these women, how I can use their stories to better myself and make courageous choices to further the work of God.

I think this book would be an excellent choice for girls of any age, and for using in a teaching setting to spark discussions about courage, faith and discipleship, among other topics.

Oh, and by the way, the illustrations are lovely, too. They are so fitting to the feel of this book.

A beautiful, doctrinal book of scripture heroines for girls and boys of all ages to "liken" to themselves.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Hooray! Thank you to Deseret Book and the creators of Girls Who Choose God, for making a book for our children that supports church doctrine about God’s love for and interaction with His daughters, and their examples of how to make courageous, strong choices that bring themselves and others closer to Him.

My children, boys and girl, are all younger than the recommended age, and all love looking at and reading this book, alone and together. The illustrations are warm and thoughtful. You might consider getting a copy of the book just to cut up so you can hang some of the pictures—am I allowed to say that? :)

This gorgeous picture book is simple enough for young kids (my five year old son was attentive and thoughtful all the way through), but profound and beautiful enough for any age (my 8-y-o daughter loves to read it too). In short narrations it portrays the rich heritage of scripture heroes we have in the bible that we don’t think of when we hear those words, then provides a question to help you “liken” them to yourself.

The women the book profiles are not just who you’d expect (ever heard of Mahlah and her sisters? or Deborah, the judge?), but even the most familiar characters (Esther, Mary and Martha) are shown to be agents of choice in a new way. I especially like the way the questions at the end of each profile/story double as both prompts for thoughtful discussion, and as insights into the characters being profiled.

This would be a great gift to give at baptism or at the completion of the Faith in God award in Primary, as a way to honor a young woman entering or moving up in the Young Women’s program, or a missionary getting their mission call. It would also be totally appropriate as a gift book for visiting teachers, or if you’re looking for a way to say thanks to someone for their church service. I have a friend who is not LDS, who would also appreciate the thoughtful treatment of these Bible stories.

Girls (and boys too!) need more books like this!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

My daughters are starting to notice the lack of women in their history books. Certainly they will start noticing the lack of women in their primary lessons soon. So I'm glad to see books like this coming out! For our daughters, and our sons, too. We need to teach our children about the women of the scriptures just as much as we need to teach them about the men.

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