Empower Your Girl to Be Brave | {GIVE AWAY DAY}

I am so excited to share this interview with you today that I am … well I am just plain giddy!

Last week, I had the amazing opportunity to interview Dr. Lucretia Berry of Brownicity.com and the author of What Lies Between Us; a true difference maker who is making her move to change our culture. I want to be a part and the place we can begin is by raising brave daughters who are not afraid to talk about race and skin tone. That has to begin with us.

Dr. Berry says it so much better than I … just listen in and then be sure to comment for an opportunity to win a copy of Brave Beauty in the comments below!

{If you cannot see this video, just click here.}

Today, I’m giving away a copy of Brave Beauty: Finding the Fearless You, written especially for girls ages 8 – 12 years old to empower them to find confidence in Christ! To enter to win a copy, simply share in the comments here on this post (if you are receiving this via email, please click here to comment to enter) one step from the video today that you can take with your daughter, granddaughter or the girls you invest in! The winner will be announced Thursday, February 1st.

Keep your eyes and email open for very soon I’ll make a new announcement that you DON’T want to miss!




  1. Linda Neely says:

    I love the plan of exposing our children to “different kinds of beauty” through dolls of different skin tones. The whole conversation was full of practical, applicable steps we can take in our every day lives to embrace and celebrate the richness of our differences. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of the book Brave Beauty.

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Linda – I sure wish I had done this when my girls when young. What a practical and easy first step to take with our daughters!

    2. I would love to invest in the girls I have around me as a teacher!

  2. Kelley Norris says:

    I love advocating for space for open discussion with our children. They are braver than we are!

  3. I loved how you said “learning about others is a privilege”. I implemented different skin tone dolls with my girl when she was very young and I do believe it helped her to be open to the beauty of those who aren’t exactly like her. When we can see the beauty in our differences, we see the hand of The Artist in His beautiful masterpieces. Thank you for sharing this encouraging post 🙂

  4. Doreen Sowers says:

    Would love to win a copy of this book!

  5. Being multiracial my self , it wasn’t until I embraced my races and the attributes that cane from each one and loved them,that I felt confident of who and what I am . And that only happened when I realized and excepted that God made me in His image and He made every race !. And who ever had a problem with what I looked like , had to take it up with Him , the creater and maker of all things . I love myself and I encourage anyone of any shade embrace what God has made . God makes no mistakes !

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      So beautiful, Cecile! I am so glad you are living out that truth!

  6. Valerie Ortiz says:

    I taught in Girls ministry STARS 3RD-5TH GRADE and still couldn’t believe we were in church and some girls were still being not so friendly to each other. I thought if only there was a book Where Tween could really understand the concept of seeing one another as jesus does. I LOVE YOUR CONCEPT OF THIS BOOK AND WOULD LOVE TO WIN IT ON FEBRUARY 1ST SO I MAYSHARE IT WITH THE GIRLS MINISTRY TEACHERS! BLESSINGS! Valerie
    P.s. Got your email for this giveaway!

  7. Thanks for giving us a chance to win.

  8. We would be so excited to win a copy of Brave Beauty – for my two daughters! We live in a multicultural city, so thankfully we are surrounded by many different cultures and races in our school, church and community. We don’t focus on skin color – or differences in skin color – to try to make the point that we are all the same (human). I really like the idea of the dolls (with different skin colors) and trying different multicultural foods, which we do at home. I also will try to look for more books with different races represented. Thank you!

  9. This conversation was filled with wisdom and christian council. Thank you ladies so much for your insights. My daughter struggles with finding her beauty and value because of her size. It breaks my heart because she had been a tremendous worker for the Lord but secular examples of beauty have corrupted her thinking. She still desires to witness for and honor God. However she has lost confidence to sing in church or be up front because she feels everyone will judge her based on her size. She is a beautiful girl and has many friends but she sees less than all that when she looks in the mirror. Thank you for your video and wise words. Blessings.

  10. Lynn,
    I grew up in and currently live in that small midwest town. Our parents taught us that God created us all beautiful and special. My parents grew up poor. They taught us not all people live the way we did or had what we had. They shared about missions and giving to others, to love and care as Christ did for people. My mother read books to us about different people in history. I had a dark skinned doll. I enjoyed the video, even though our children are adults. When our daughter, was a little girl, she attended school in a bigger town which was more culturally diverse. Your book would be wonderful gift for one of my nieces.

  11. Stacey Altepeter says:

    Wow, this was an amazing quick view that opened my eyes. We live in a very densely populated “white” town where there are maybe 15 students of other ethnicities. I’m sure those students hear a lot &/or get asked many different kinds of questions. I would live to think that I am teaching my kids (2 girls & 1 boy) to not have racial thoughts, but I think everyone has room for improvement. I love the thought of being intentional. Pick a doctor that is ethnic (ours is a male from India) and try foods from different countries. My older daughter is game for that, but my little ones are stuck in the Norwegian ways right now. Lol
    Thank you so much!!!

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      One step of exposure at a time, Stacey 🙂

  12. Thank you ladies for your wisdom and christian council. My daughter strugles with feelings of rejection and self worth. The secular world has corrupted her thinking about beauty. She feels judged because of her size. She once felt confident to sing for the Lord in church and talk to others about Jesus but that has taken a back seat because of her self confidence issues. She is a beautiful girl with lots of friends but she sees none of that when she looks in the mirror. We talk and pray but it is a process and God is working on her. Thank you for your words and video. Blessings

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      It is so hard in this world, Cyndi, when our girls are affronted daily with the messages of beauty that are everywhere. Keep speaking the truth to her heart and asking the Holy Spirit to help her hear that truth!

  13. Michelle Caldwell says:

    I really enjoyed the interview in reference to “Brave Beauty”, and would love a chance to share this book with my girls, 5 and 9. We also have 3 granddaughters and I believe it is so important for all young girls to know that God loves them and he created each and every one of them to his perfection. Thank you!

  14. Susan Green says:

    Good Morning Lynn, thanks for the video with Dr. Berry. My granddaughter is learning who she is in Christ, yet she has had some tough obstacles to overcome. She has lots of questions and what I took from the video was no matter what our skin tone is, how we look look do to our parents genes. She was made in the image of God. So thanks again. And have a wonderful day.

  15. I Love This! Powerful! Loved the video and meeting your new friend. I need this book.

  16. Geralyn Miller says:

    Oh My! This is perfect for my little brown granddaughter growing up in a world of blonde haired blue-eyed light skinned girls! She doesn’t know how beautiful she is. She has dreamed of looking like the girls around her and is just beginning to accept herself a little. She just turned 8 and this would be a special gift for her.

  17. Sylvia Baker says:

    I love that she mentioned books with all different skin tones! This is so easy to do with all different ages-from picture books all the way thru main character chapter books. Just be intentional! Love it!

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Just be intentional … that is right, Sylvia!

  18. I would love to share this book with my daughters! We have various skin-tones in our family, due to adoption and my one daughter really does not appreciate her curly hair. Thank you!!! God bless!

  19. Wow wow!! I thank God for this post. Just on time. Today after dropping off my girls to school in was praying or thinking that I really need to find a way to help my oldest daughter (age 9) to be strong or confidentl on who she is before God.
    Before I came to America I had a low confidence in my self because of my short stature and my skin color is different from the people who live here but by God’s grace He brought me into a diverse church and that helped me to stop looking at myself but to see that everyone is a masterpiece of God.
    I am praying to be wise on how to help my daughters to accept that they are a masterpiece created by God. I really love the interview video and the tips on how to help my daughters to be beauty brave.
    Thank you and God bless you all.

  20. Kymba Wiggins says:

    So blessed by this video and thanking God for the tools you shared to shine the light and keep my children out of the dark!

  21. I have a sweet granddaughter who is at a difficult age. This book sounds perfect for her. There is so much in the world to attract her heart and I want to see it focused on Jesus.

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Congrats, Cindi! You are the winner! Simply send me your full name and address, as well as the name of your granddaughter so I can sign it for her. I’ll get it sent right out!

  22. Thank you so much for this. My daughter is 8, going to be 9 shortly in April. We are from India and we live among a diversity of ethnic and racial backgrounds which we are used to seeing around us. The influence of the West is very strong in our circle of family, friends and associations. But that has never made us look at other people differently. We keep our customs and traditions as it has been followed in our families through the generations. My family and I have been interacting with all kinds of nationalities since my childhood and it has led to many good friendships over the years. My daughter plays with dolls of all kinds and I’ve never seen her make a difference between them. She loves Barbie and knows all the characters and friends there and sees them as they are without question. I think she already has a sense of different types of people and has mentally accepted them as they are. I can give you an example of myself. I am Indian, but I’ve never spoken in my Indian language or dress traditionally. I have spoken English all my life and am now learning French. What I’m trying to say is, because of our broad culture and diversity of natives from nearly 25 states, we are able to adapt and adjust to one another at the same time accepting we are the same even though we speak different languages, eat different food, have different customs, etc, yet we are still Indian. As per what Dr. Berry said, I feel respecting each others difference is important but at the same time being aware of who we are inside and accepting ourselves the way God made is equally important. This book would be great to share with my daughter at this point in her life.

    1. We have family members and friends who are married to British, French, American and other foreign nationalities yet we are all one family and don’t differentiate because of that. Most Indians who go abroad, always come home to get married, come back to their roots, their identity, yet are able to go back to doing and living where they want to abroad, still retaining who they are inside, without compromise.

  23. Peggy Harris says:

    This book would be perfect for my grandaughter. Thank you for the chance to win.

  24. I would love to share and read this book with my daughter! Brave girls who know who they are in Christ are so important in society today!

  25. Thanks so much for this interview! I love your enthusiasm and wisdom in teaching mom’s to teach their daughters to embrace the beauty that God has given them and seeing God’s love for every individual He created! My parents were missionaries. I grew up in the Guajibo Indian tribe in the jungles of Colombia, and therefore, struggled a little with always being the different one. Even when we came to the States, it was difficult to fit in to this culture. God gave me the grace and taught me so much through that! I wouldn’t trade my childhood for anything, and I also had wonderful people in my life to help me. This is so important to teach to our children! I have a 15 year old daughter and a 10 year old daughter.

  26. This sounds like an amazing book that my 8 year old daughter would love!

  27. This post expresses what I’m trying to teach my daughter. I would love to read your book.

  28. I am looking forward to this study. I’m ready to make my move. In the past 2 1/2 years I’ve been through an illness that almost killed me, my husband left, my Father passed, and my beloved dog passed. Through all this heartache, God never left me. He has saved me for something else. He’s not through with me. I’m ready for all the glorious things he has planned for me.

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Yes and yes, Marsha! You are a brave woman!

  29. Geralyn Miller says:

    I have an 8yr old beautiful brown-skinned Grandaughter named Aliveia, who has struggled with inferiority feelings for most of her life. She is growing up in a family full of blonde haired, blue-eyed beautiful girls and one handsome blonde/blue-eyed boy. She kniws she is loved, but doesn’t think she is beautiful. She wants to be white, blonde haired and blue-eyed. She has just now begun to have brown-skinned dolls as well as her light-skinned, blonde haired dolls. Finally, we got her this far, but we struggle to know how to help her. I truly selfishly pray that I can win this book for her. I believe it is something God can & will use to help her. I have been eyeing it for Some time, but simply cannot afford it or Aliveia would have it already. Notice the spelling of her name…her birth mother spelled it that way INTENTIONALLY because she was the 1st baby she brought home ALIVE…..Aliveia was a crack baby and her mother had lost several babies. We have had Aliveia since 2weeks before she turned 1. She is so precious to my heart. God bless you ladies…you writers, bloggers, speakers…Keep doing what you do!!!

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