Sep 03

Girls Who Choose God by McArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding

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

Girls Who Choose God by McArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding

Girls Who Choose God by McArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding

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.

Note: 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 interweavesolutions.org.

My Review: I absolutely love this book. Most of the Bible stories that we learn as children are focused on men: Noah and the ark, Daniel in the lion’s den, Jonah and the whale. These stories bring to light the faithful and courageous women in the Bible.

In Girls Who Choose God, you find some stories that you would expect, such as Eve, Esther, and Mary the mother of Jesus. However, lesser-known women are also depicted, such as Mahlah and her sisters and the Samaritan woman at the well.

Each segment tells the story of one of these women and the dilemma that she faced. It then emphasizes the courage that it took to choose the path she did. Finally, it asks the reader when she has had to make a similarly courageous choice.

I love that this book empowers young girls and helps them to recognize that they can be brave. It teaches them that they, too, can have an influence for good. And it gives young girls Biblical role models that they can pattern their lives after.

The illustrations are simple and beautiful. This is a book that I will share with my children and grandchildren.

About the Authors: McArthur Krishna inherited her grit from her Utah pioneer great-grandmothers. 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. In 2011, she moved to the Magic Land of India and started writing books. More of her stories can be found at mcarthurkrishna.com.

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 loves to cook and climb mountains with her husband, Andy, and their three adventurous girls.

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 www.kathleenpetersonart.com. She and her husband, Steve, live on a farm in Spring City, Utah.


  1. Betsy Jabola

    Thank you for sharing. Looks like a beautiful book.

    1. Shelli Proffitt Howells

      Thank you, Betsy! It is beautiful. I loved the illustrations as well as the message.

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