Girl Rising Book and Teacher Resources

How can we respond to Girl Rising

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One way is to learn and to share what we have come to know. 

beneath the lion's gaze

Maaza Mengiste, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze. The book opens the eve of revolution in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Yonas is kneeling in prayer pleading that the violence might end. The book speaks to the lengths we go to attain human freedom and its cost.

Click here for the PDF Book club download (recipes, music, discussion questions, and an interview.)


Loung Ung, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers. Lounge is a childhood surviver of the Khmer Rouge regime. The book is the courageous story of her family and hope.

Click here for the PDF Book club download ( recipes, interviews, discussion questions, and live links.)

girl rising youth collage

Click here for the young adult toolkit. Above are the suggested titles for the young adult reader. The books include the topics of: war, education, gender equality, HIV, human trafficking, child marriage, slavery, adoption, human trafficking, and famine.

The toolkit includes suggested titles, discussion questions, action ideas to support girls education, and recipes.

middle grade girl rising

Click here for the middle grade toolkit. Above are the suggested titles for the middle grade reader. Titles include the topics of: recovering from tragedy, war, separation, refugees, immigration, poverty, education, gender inequality, and famine.

The toolkit includes suggested titles, discussion questions, action ideas to support girls education and recipes.


Educators can click here for 10x10act resources: You will find age-group curriculum, videos, articles, a classroom activity, fact sheets, and Suma’s Song. All resources are downloadable.

adult collage

Four more titles complement this film:

The Hole in our Gospel

Beyond the Beautiful Forevers

The Blue Sweater

Half the Sky 

Book Review: The Hole in our Gospel

What does God expect of us?

A group of my close girlfriends read the book The Hole in Our Gospel, their church had committed to reading through this book together.  They passed the book onto me.  I finished it and immediately wanted to start at the beginning and read it again!

I encourage you to put this book on your reading list and share it with someone else.

The Hole in Our Gospel is by Richard Stearns, the president of World Vision since June 1998.  Stearns was a CEO of Lenox, Inc., an upscale tableware and gift company when his life drastically changed.  He tells the remarkable story of God’s call on his life to join the work of World Vision.  The story you are suspecting does not reside in the pages of this book, Stearns repeatedly said no to taking on this position. God’s plan for him was unrelenting, months later he found himself in the jungles of Uganda in the midst of three brothers, orphaned by the AIDS crisis.

The book continues to follow Stearns life story, his travels, the people and places he has encountered, the difficulties the world faces, and a persistent, uncomfortable call for Christians to confront the hole in our gospel.


If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.  Proverbs 21:13

Richard Stearns writes, The American Dream often promotes this view of it [money] :  I worked hard, I earned it, and it’s mine to do with as I please. The view suggests that we are “entitled” to any income that comes to us because we worked for it.  (pg. 204)

I think deep down we KNOW that we are not entitled to anything, everything we receive as a gift from God is ENTRUSTED to us.


How different our standard is from Christ’s. We ask how much a man gives. He asks how much he keeps.  ~Andrew Murray.


If your income is 25,000 per year, you are wealthier than approximately 90% of the World’s population.

What about 50,000 per year? You are wealthier than approximately 99% of the World.


Christianity is not about being comfortable, doing easy things, and avoiding pain.

  • A study guide is available at the back of the book posing discussion questions, opportunities to take action, and prayer.
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