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208 pages
May 2007
Bethany House Publishers

Here for You: Creating a Mother-Daughter Bond That Lasts a Lifetime

by Susie Shellenberger & Kathy Gowler

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In fourteen chapters, these authors have collaborated to depict scenarios that happen between teen daughters and their moms. From "I'm Not Ready for This" to "Relational Laundry" to "Making a Covenant" to "Bumps Along the Way," the authors show a clear understanding of the issues created between mothers and daughters, then give a solution—the Covenant. This book appears as a promotion for a mother-daughter conference tour that these ladies will be hosting throughout the United States in 2007. .

Susie Shellenberger is the creator and present editor of Focus on the Family's Brio magazine for teen girls, and Kathy Gowler is the editorial assistant and event coordinator for the same magazine and Brio and Beyond. Both ladies have traveled extensively and have encountered teen girls in need, as well as those girls who are very well-balanced, providing them material for this writing.

At the end of each chapter is a "Think About It" paragraph to help the reader digest the preceding information. There is also an "I Love It When" and "I Hate It When" quotes section, which gives an insight to the thoughts of teens and early twenties young ladies. An example: "I love it when my mom shares her special chocolate with me. And I absolutely adore it when she asks me for fashion advice. Rachel, 14” (p.43).

Throughout the book, the authors are advocating a covenant between mothers and daughters to be sealed with a memento of the occasion. Different types of covenants are defined, and the reader realizes that this parallels the covenant relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ. As a mother of three adult daughters who have daughters of their own, this was a fascinating read, which I would have embraced during their growing-up years.

Giving each one over to God and allowing Him to mold and make them into what He wants them to be is the most important thing a mother can do, and the logic provided by Susie and Kathy will help every mother and daughter to create a bond that lasts a lifetime. – Sharon I. Rideout, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Enjoying Your Mother-Daughter Relationship on a Whole New Level

Do you feel out of the loop about what's going on in your daughter's life? The fact is lots of young girls are too uncomfortable or downright embarrassed to confide in Mom. But you've gone through many of the same things, so why is it so hard to talk?

You're the most influential teacher your daughter will ever have, so become the person she can count on before all others. Susie Shellenberger and Kathy Gowler explain the importance of a spiritual mother-daughter covenant--a covenant made from you to your daughter and from your daughter to you, and from both of you to God. Focusing on prayer with and for one another, the mother-daughter covenant becomes an unbreakable bond between you as your relationship grows and prospers. The greatest gift you can give your daughter is to be a godly woman who reflects Christ in your relationship with her. Now she will know you mean it when you say, "I am here for you!"