We can all agree, being a girl is hard sometimes. Especially being a young girl trying to navigate a media-centric, overwhelming world. Finding truth and happiness in the hectic and ever-changing culture of today is challenging for most adults, not to mention children with young, developing minds. Bullying, depression, eating disorders and substance abuse have made their presence known in the schools and social lives of our children—threatening those precious years of youth and robbing them of their innocence far too soon.
So with harmful and negative media all-too-readily available, positive and uplifting content cuts through the darkness, spreading warmth, love and kindness to a young generation that is so desperate for it.
Through Allie’s adventures in “Princess in Camo,” girls will gain a friend who is there to hold their hand and prove, through example, that no challenge is too great to handle with the help of a God who loves them.
“Duck Dynasty” mother-daughter duo have provided just that. Missy Robertson, author of “Blessed, Blessed…Blessed”, co-author of “The Women of Duck Commander” and one of the stars of the reality TV show “Duck Dynasty,” has launched a new book series along with her daughter Mia Robertson called “Princess in Camo,” specifically targeting young girls. The first two books of the series, “Running from Reality” and “Allie’s Bayou Rescue” were released last February.
The series focuses on topics relating to faith, family, diversity and the social life of the everyday girl. By showing young girls how to overcome real-life struggles with love and acceptance, Missy and Mia are introducing a positive, alternative narrative to that of bullying, fear or hate.
“It is such a joy for Mia and me to write a series for preteen girls that focuses not only on their real-life struggles but also on how girls can respond to those struggles with faith, kindness and unconditional love,” explains Missy Robertson. Not only are these books giving girls the tools to navigate real-life struggles, Missy and Mia are empowering girls to joyfully explore, grow and proclaim their Christian faith.
“Through these books, we hope young people are encouraged to embrace one another and be kind and merciful to one another, flaws and all.”
“The harder part was making sure the stories came across in a way that also had a broader aspect of, ‘What are we doing on this Earth, and how can we interact with others in a God-honoring, healing way?’ We wanted to make sure we filled a void out there in terms of positive, godly content for young girls and teens,” Missy told The Christian Post.
They do this by regularly including moments in the books where Allie—the main character of the series—is faced with challenges that she learns to respond to in a Christ-like way.
“Princess in Camo,” has been written in collaboration with fellow “Faithgirlz” author Jill Osborne—the books feature a family filled with social and physical diversity while giving a fictionalized look behind the cameras of life on a reality-television show—which wasn’t hard for Missy and 14-year-old Mia, who have had plenty of their own experiences with television as stars of “Duck Dynasty.”
“Writing about life on a TV show is a lot like my real life,” said Mia Robertson. “I get to tell the stories of my cousins and the adventures, struggles and lessons we learn just by being together. It was so much fun to come up with story ideas and write them with my mom.”
As a young girl herself, Mia Robertson is no stranger to feeling different and being faced with challenges outside of her control. Mia, who is the youngest daughter of Jase and Missy Robertson, was born with a cleft lip and palate. But despite that, Mia is best known for her positive attitude and kind words. While Missy originally suggested that Allie should have a cleft lip as well, Mia disagreed. She felt Allie should suffer from an ailment that a large audience of young girls could relate to—so they decided that Allie should have allergies.
“So many kids have struggled through that and had to figure out how to do life…” Mia explains. “In each book, Allie experiences obstacles and challenges and has to figure out how to overcome them, just like every young person today.”
Together, Mia and Missy have created a series that not only provides guidance to young girls but gives parents the peace of mind that comes with quality content for their children that is trustworthy and relevant. Through Allie’s adventures in “Princess in Camo,” girls will gain a friend who is there to hold their hand and prove, through example, that no challenge is too great to handle with the help of a God who loves them.
“These books show that actions and words matter; it’s important to include others and make them feel a part of a group,” Missy shares. “That’s how God treats us, and that’s what these books drive home. Through these books, we hope young people are encouraged to embrace one another and be kind and merciful to one another, flaws and all.”
For more information about Faithgirlz and “Princess in Camo,” visit www.faithgirlz.com.
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