Be Yourself! A Journal for Catholic Girls {Book Review & Giveaway!}


The winner of the giveaway is reader Gian!

Thank you to those of you who participated and for your readership!


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“Let your light shine!” – Matthew 5:16

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Be Yourself! A Journal for Catholic Girls by Amy Brooks of

The Christmas and gifting season is upon us, and books are one of my favorite gifts to give for birthdays, Christmas presents, and other special occasions. I’m always on the hunt for books that inspire and encourage the children in my life. My hope is to always support authors, encourage thoughtful readers in my life, and spread around my love of literature and the written word. Going forward, I’ll be featuring some book reviews on this blog, and I’m thrilled to share my first one with you today.

When I found out through social media about a journal written specifically for Catholic girls age 9 and older, I couldn’t wait to get a copy! My first impression of Amy Brooks’ Be Yourself! A Journal for Catholic Girls was “Wait! Where was a journal like this one when I was growing up?

Talk about relevant and necessary! Personally, I believe every Catholic Christian tween and teen girl would benefit from being gifted a copy of Amy’s creative work for their birthday or under the Christmas tree this year. It’s that good. Here are a few reasons why:

  • It’s a guided journal that allows the girl to start where she needs to go that day—from listing hopes, dreams, blessings or worries; exploring her prayer style, special talents, and identity in God’s creation; opportunities for reflecting on a myriad of ways to show love to herself and others; and a tangible outlet for quieting herself, praying, thinking, dreaming, coloring; and so much more.
  • The writer speaks directly to the girl, making this special journal a safe and inspiring place for her to be alone with her thoughts and feelings, all the while receiving spiritual encouragement from her Heavenly Father, the Saints, and Mother Mary from the included, thoughtful Bible verses, inspirational quotes, and relevant Saint stories.
  • It’s a fluid, open-ended journal, with various ways for girls to creatively explore their relationship with God, strengthen their devotion, and increase their Catholic faith. It’s one that I can envision so many different types of our precious girls enjoying in so many different ways—all of the reasons just as good, beautiful, pure, and strong as the content of this well-written, enchantingly illustrated journal.

My soon-to-be-eight-year-old daughter was thrilled to have the chance to look through this attractive and interesting Catholic girls’ journal. Although, she’s not quite ready for all the material this journal offers, she shared that her favorite parts of the book are:

  • The cool pictures to color on almost every page throughout the entire journal.
  • The “happy” quotes and Bible verses that popped out at her as she leafed through the book.
  • The Letter to Jesus page which she said she would use a lot to write to Jesus about what’s on her mind and in her heart.

The author was so gracious to gift me two copies of Be Yourself! A Journal for Catholic Girls—one for sharing with a special girl in my life, and one for giving away to a lucky reader of my blog. Please, enter this giveaway for your chance to win a copy of this finely written and illustrated journal for a tween or teen girl in your life! It would make a perfect Christmas gift, or anytime treasure!

To enter the journal give-a-way:

  1. For ONE chance: Please comment on this blog post with a favorite Bible verse or quote from a favorite Saint.
  2. For TWO chances: Add to your comments by telling me about how a beloved book or favorite author resonated with you when you were a tween.
  3. For THREE chances: In your comment, please let me know that you’ve shared this blog post and giveaway on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).

***I will choose the lucky winner by random drawing on 11/17/18!***

Be happy in the moment. That’s enough. Each moment is all we need. Not more.”

~ Saint Teresa of Calcutta




  1. Martianne Stanger says:

    “Thank God ahead of time.” – Blessed Solanus Casey

    1. purdywords says:

      Wise words!

  2. Martianne Stanger says:

    As a tween, I read he Precious Present. I still read it once a year or more -fabulous story!

    1. purdywords says:

      I have not read Precious Present. Thank you for sharing. I’m going to add it to my to-read list!

  3. Martianne Stanger says:

    I shared this post on my blog Facebook Page:

    1. purdywords says:

      Thank you!

  4. Melanie Nehilla says:

    My daughter loves to journal. She would live this!
    My favorite book is by LM Montgomery, titled The Blue Castle. It is a story about living life and helping others .
    I shared it on facebook….as a post from happy training hearts.

    1. purdywords says:

      It’s wonderful, isn’t it, seeing our girls journal and create for themselves? I’ve not read The Blue Castle. Thank you for sharing. I’ll have to add it to my “to-read” list. Thank you for sharing the post!

  5. Gian says:

    There are so many!

    Here is one.
    “When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.” –St. Francis de Sales

    I have always enjoyed all the Dr. Seuss books, from early childhood until even now as I get to read them to my children. They are so unique and simple. The art in them was the most interesting to me because it is so unlike anything I’ve seen. The playfulness of words was greatly appreciated too.

    I have shared this post on Facebook.

    1. purdywords says:

      That’s a beautiful quote! Yes, I agree! Dr. Seuss’ books are classic and such fun to read with children. We love listening to them on audio books, too, for trips around town. I had a friend in college who became a Kindergarten teacher, and she loved Dr. Seuss’ genius like no one else. Thank you for sharing!

    2. purdywords says:

      GIAN, you are the winner of the giveaway! Congratulations! Please send me an email to Purdywords at gmail dot com. In the subject line, please note “Blog Post Winner.” Let me know where you’d like me to send the journal and I will get it to you this week. Thanks for participating!

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