Like many journals for girls, Be Yourself! offers lots of ways for readers to explore questions about their identity, worthiness, belonging, and purpose. But Be Yourself! also accompanies girls, connecting them with the wisdom of the Catholic Church—and some of its most wise and holy women. Women like St. Catherine of Siena, who said: “Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire!”
Be Yourself! includes more than 90 pages of fun activities, quizzes, personal “letters” from women saints, and journaling opportunities that girls will love. Quotes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Scripture provide girls with wisdom from their faith tradition—wisdom that they can use as they explore what it means to “be yourself” in the light of God’s will for them.
The Be Yourself! journal guides the reader to three essential truths:
- That at bottom, her identity is grounded in God’s love for her.
- That in God’s sight, she has been beautifully and wonderfully made. (This is such an important truth for girls to embrace, especially at a time when they’re so critical of themselves and others!)
- That each girl was made by God for a special purpose—a mission “to be the hands and heart of God”—and that God has provided her with everything she needs to accomplish that mission.
This journal won’t provide girls with any “final answer” to their questions, but my hope is that it will guide them to seek those answers in the light of God’s love, guided by the Church.
About the author
Amy Brooks is a former teacher who is passionate about her faith, history and adoption. She enjoys hiking, writing and laughing with friends and family. Amy lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband Matt and three children. She often gives talks about the Spiritual Adoption prayer and prayer journaling. You can follow her blog at Prayer, Wine, Chocolate.
About the project team
Laurie Nelson of Agape Design Studios art directed and designed the journal. Vicki Shuck provided new art for the portraits of the saints, as well as Jesus as the Good Shepherd and the Blessed Mother. Karen Carter provided copy editing and proofreading. Tracy Bua Smith provided social media promotion for the crowdfunding campaign. Steve Nagel provided art and design consulting. Jerry Windley-Daoust was the editor.
Thanks to our sponsors
A big, design-intensive book like this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the 263 people who supported our crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo. They took a chance on this project, sight unseen…which is a testimony to the need for a journal like this for Catholic girls.
Special thanks to our sponsors, who provided additional support:
Generation Life is a dynamic movement of young people committed to building a culture of life by spreading the pro-life and chastity messages to other young people.
Charlotte Audrey Anderson
Always remember God’s great love for you! Love, Dad and Mom
Catholic speaker and author