It was the beautiful cover that first caught my eye. I stood in the Books A Million. In the aisle I always shoot straight for after walking in the door ~ the Christian section with all of the devotionals for girls mixed in with the lovely looking Bibles.
When I read the title, I was hooked. A smile spread across my face when I flipped it over and read the back cover excerpt.
Mary, a simple, insignificant girl, was just a teenager when she revolutionized society and changed the world.
I bought it, brought it home and eagerly devoured every word. Though I didn’t realize it at the time, this book catapulted me into the Christian Young Adult genre. God Called A Girl was the first book I read of this sort, and continues to be my favorite of all those that I have read since.
One quote that stands out among the first pages boasts scribbly inked lines that shout at to me, a message from my younger self: ‘Don’t forget this!’ The book almost falls open to the spot automatically now, a testimony to my attempts to indeed, not forget.
“God likes to show up in ordinary things and make them extraordinary. The ordinary part is us; God is everything extra. We simply need to make ourselves available to Him. What He does with our availability is up to Him.”
I had barely finished reading God Called A Girl when I ordered her Being A Girl series, which continued to amaze me with the honest voice singing forth from the pages, encouraging me to love, lead, and serve as only God’s girls can.
I encourage you to look for God Called A Girl as well as Shannon Primicerio’s many other titles. Amazingly, it wasn’t until just last year that I bought The Divine Dance, her first book. Just like God Called A Girl, it doesn’t disappoint.
Still, God Called A Girl remains my favorite of all of Shannon’s works. Perhaps it is because of the kind big-sisterly tone used throughout, the way that Mary’s story is told, unflinchingly and with purpose (just as she lived it), or perhaps it goes back to the little girl standing in the bookstore aisle…seeing that bright green cover and gasping at the very thought and thinking ‘Really?’:
“…Mary changed her world – and you can too.”
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