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Why Isn’t God A Girl? A Young Girl’s Journey to See the Image of God in Herself is a work of helpful and thoughtful fiction written for children by author Diana L. Wilcox and illustrated by Viktoria Skakandi and Earth22 Studio. As the title suggests, this interactive and thought-provoking picture book focuses on the vision that young Sophy has of herself, for when she is raised as a Christian she is told that she was made in the image of God, who is described as male. What results is a fascinating journey into self-image, gender, faith and diversity that is both refreshing and insightful for parents and children alike.
Highly readable and accessible for children of all ages, this is a truly empowering work that arrives at just the right time for the big movement forward in women’s rights and their growing presence in the world. Author Diana L. Wilcox provides an eye-opening alternative viewpoint to the patriarchal views of the original Bible and the images and language which surround it, viewing God as a female and giving voice and faith to the girls who wish to seek it. The beautiful illustrations by Viktoria Skakandi and Earth22 Studio add an additional layer of accessibility to the text, making Sophy an endearing figure to whom any girl can relate and discover with on her journey. Overall, Why Isn’t God A Girl? is sure to prove an essential component for any girl’s bookshelf, but also an eye-opening read for boys and parents alike.