It seems that everyday that girls are told that they need to use their beauty to be successful. Internet and TV ads display girls using their bodies instead of their brains. It seems like everywhere you turn that girls are being told that if they aren’t beautiful they are nothing. “The Adventures of Rooney Cruz – Abigail The Belle of Bravery” is a book that sets to change this mindset.
“Abigail The Belle of Bravery” is Book Three of the Bible Belle series. With the help of her angel Mari, Rooney Cruz learns about the “Power of Bravery” and how it can help her to call upon the courage of God to face any problem with the confidence that He will see her through it. As Rooney watches Abigail save her family, Rooney draws a parallel between her situation with her brother and the neighbourhood kids and Abigail’s situation with David. Will Rooney be brave enough to do the right thing?
“Abigail The Belle of Bravery” introduces our little ones to the story of Abigail from 1 Samuel 25. My children often find it hard to see how many of these Bible stories apply to our everyday lives. The author, Erin Weidemann has an amazing ability to take a historical Biblical problem and show how it can apply to our lives today. In this story, she takes the story of Abigail diffusing a volatile situation with courage and grace and shows how we can do that in today’s world too.
The story focuses on 1 Corinthians 16: 13-14 – “Watch stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.” The story of Abigail teaches us that we need to call upon God for the courage to face our problems with confidence even when things look dire. God wants us to face every situation with Love not Anger. We are often taught that showing Love is a sign of weakness, but this story teaches us that it’s a sign of bold strength. If Abigail faced Davids army with anger and force I have no doubt that she would have lost everything she holds dear, possibly even her own life.
When Rooney’s angel Mari, shares with her the adventure of Abigail, Rooney learns that being brave doesn’t mean that you aren’t scared but that you do the right thing anyway. In the previous books Rooney has learned that she already had superpowers, “Prayer” and “Patience” along with her newfound power of “Bravery” and uses these powers to help her with her current problem. I love that these are superpowers that we all can have. They don’t come from a magic star or some crazy magic potion. They come from God and he gives them to each and every one of us, but it’s up to us to use them.
“Abigail The Belle of Bravery” teaches my daughter that there is so much more to being beautiful than what people see on the outside. It shows my daughter that she can be beautiful, smart, strong and courageous. It doesn’t have to be an either/or situation. It teaches our girls that being beautiful is about the whole person…inside and out!
The illustrations are fantastic. They are full of colour and help your child visualize the story. I love how Abigail is not only beautiful, but there is a sense of inner strength about her as well. The book is perfect for reading aloud to younger children and older children will love to read it independently.
We are looking forward to reading more books in the Bible Belles Series. For more information please visit:
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*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “Abigail The Belle of Bravery” in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.