Love, Lexi: Letters to God by Sherry Kyle, published by Tyndale (2016) is a story told in the form of a journal with interactive sections for the reader. It is suitable for upper elementary and middle school girls. Lexi (Alexis) tells her story to God with all the passion and angst typical of the seventh grader that she is.

In her first letter, Lexi declares this day the worst day ever. Her reasons include a stolen note involving her “crush” and being partnered for a class assignment with the school’s queen bee. Bianca, the queen bee, has tagged Lexi, “Lexi the Loser.” In her journal Lexi compares herself to Bianca and comes up very much less than.

After Lexi’s letter, God responds with thoughts from Romans 8:38-39 and Jeremiah 31:3. What follows is a paragraph speaking to the problem of comparing ourselves to others and reminding the reader that she is made in God’s image and is designed exactly how He wanted. The reader is then given an opportunity to a write some sentences on why she sometimes feels like a loser. The next prompt is “But when I think about how much You love me, I feel. . .” A short prayer follows these prompts and then a verse from Ephesians reminds the reader again how deeply she is loved.

The next letter to God introduces the plot. A contest at school has been announced. Students who wish to may sell orders for cookie dough to raise money for the school computer lab. The student who sells the most will win a pizza party and a ride in a limo with three friends. Lexi is determined to win.

In later letters the reader learns that Lexi has come up with the idea of a dance team that will perform at the assembly where the winner of the contest is announced. She thinks this will solve her popularity problem or lack thereof. Lexi then holds try-outs. A few girls show up, but they leave quickly, intimidated by the best dancers in the school—Bianca and her crew.

Love, Lexi is girl world. There’s lots of drama–drama with parents, drama with siblings, and drama with friends. Lexi’s problems and obstacles are not world-changing or life threatening. They may even seem superficial to adults, but they will resonate with girls of that age. Lexi’s desire and struggle to find her place and accept herself are very much on a middle school girl’s agenda.

The book is printed in red ink. There are small drawings on the pages of the kind that a young woman might make in her journal. These add to the fun of the book.

What makes this book truly special, and I think very worthy of a middle school girl’s time, is its devotional aspect. Each of Lexi’s entries ends with God’s response to Lexi’s present difficulty, plus a short paragraph that gives insight and perspective to the difficulty, prompts for the reader to share about a similar situation in her life, a simple prayer and a scripture.

If a girl takes advantage of these sections, I believe her relationship with God will grow into a beautiful and vibrant one. She will find that God is her friend and that she can be His.

(I’ve inserted the book cover in case you should go to look at the book on Amazon. If you do, you might be taken aback by some of the company Amazon has it keeping. But do not be misled. This is a good, good book.)

Nancy Ellen Hird is a mom, a writer and a credentialed teacher. (She taught seventh grade and preschool.)  Her latest works for children are I Get a Clue and We All Get a Clue, mystery novels for girls 10-13. For several years she was a freelance reviewer of children’s and teen’s literature for the Focus on the Family website.