Prayers on My Pillow by Celia Straus
Inspiration for Girls on the Threshold of Change

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Inspiration for Girls on the Threshold of Change

"Before I go to sleep each night
Before I turn off every light
Let me put away my fears
Let me brush away the tears"

The heartfelt prayers in this luminous volume were originally written for the comfort and inspiration of a twelve-year-old girl named Julia. The author of these prayers is Julia's mother, who wrote them because she was troubled that she and her daughter no longer talked as much as they used to. So each night, she left a verse on Julia's pillow. Julia shared them with her younger sister and with her friends, and the prayers moved outward in ever-widening circles.

Now everyone can enjoy and meditate upon these simple supplications, whose words, feelings, and perspective are those of a girl growing into womanhood. Nearly one hundred and fifty prayers encourage girls to look inward for the strength to heal hurts, calm fears, and reconcile with family and friends. They present the values of self-reliance and confidence, celebrating the gift of life and the unique pleasure and challenges of being a girl. Each prayer is a loving act of faith, and together they provide a safe and private space in which a girl can simply be and grow.

From the Hardcover edition.

About Celia Straus

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Celia Straus is an award-winning writer for print, film and video.  Her awards include eight Cine Golden Eagles, six Tellys, three Ohio State Awards for Excellence in Children's Television and numerous other awards.  She is a graduate of Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia, and earned an M.A. in English literature from Georgetown University.  She has taught English and drama to high school and college students.  She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two daughters.From the Hardcover edition.
Published November 24, 2010 by Ballantine Books. 246 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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