I love The Power of Modesty for Tweens.
While I had to give Dannesh Gresh’s fictional Secret Keeper Girls series a pass, she does a brilliant job instructing young girls on the merits of modesty.
Rather than a preachy book on how to be modest, Gresh dives right into the why we should be modest.
I am a strong believer that our kids need to know the whys behind God’s instructions for our lives. It helps them understand the larger picture and also be aware of the dangers of not following his way.
In the first few pages she gets right to the point saying that fashion, beauty, makeup, etc are not sinful. Rather, the reasons we indulge in those things may be.
The book is divided into seven secrets that serve to instruct the young readers on God’s beauty tips.
I really like that she demonstrated how different masterpiece artwork can be by looking at three very distinct paintings by the same artist: Van Gogh. (The Potato Eaters, Starry Night and Sunflowers) She uses this to show that God makes each of us His diverse masterpieces.
In Chapter 2 she discusses how Satan is a counterfeiter who tries to get people, including tweens, to believe his lies. She introduces young readers to the reality of manipulating images and how it is common practice for magazines and other media. She brings home this point by creating a picture of her riding a rooster, which adds to the fun element of this book.
Sprinkled with bible verses, the book shows how God sees beauty not on the outside but rather inside of us.
Again, using famous artwork she compares the young reader’s body to the Mona Lisa that needs to be protected and guarded.
“There can be a lot of pride and self-focus in the way we dress.
“The primary sin of immodesty is that we’re saying, ‘Look at me’ instead of ‘Look at God’.”
She also introduces that the meaning of the word chatta (sin) is to miss the mark.
The book includes tips for the young reader to tell if clothing is appropriate or if just doesn’t fit.
I also like how Gresh hit the reader with a hard truth.
“If you don’t like what you’re reading in this book or are planning to ignore it, you probably don’t have a modesty problem. You have a love problem. You see, when you truly love God, you obey him.”
She ends the book with a challenge to spend more time with God than they do in front of a mirror.
Because of the truths that are delivered in this book and the fact that she explains reasons for modesty in ways that our young daughters can understand, this is one of my favorite books.
It would be suitable for a girl as young as 8 years.