COLUMBUS — In her new book “Raising Godly Girls,” Columbus author Deb Burma tackles some universal themes about girls growing up amid the swirling values of today’s world while sharing engaging and often humorous stories of raising her own now 21-year-old daughter.
“I endeavored to write the type of resource (for mothers) that I wished I’d had, a grace-filled book for moms, centered on Christ and our identity in Him, full of Biblical guidance, practical advice and relatable stories,” said Burma, who will share her message at an open house from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Peace Lutheran Church.
Burma will discuss the book recounting her years raising Courtney, a graduate of Columbus High and now a senior at Concordia University in Seward, in stories unique to the experiences of her and her daughter while striking the broad themes of identity, beauty and self-perception, media and peer influence and purity.
“As I share from my heart to the heart of the reader, I relate personal stories and memories in the same way I would if writing a devotion,” Burma said. “I share from life experience. A unique story can point to a universal message that may be applicable to every reader, on some level.”
Burma knows readers will bring their own distinctive experiences to Saturday’s open house.
“(Moms) have their own unique stories and situations with their daughters, but the lessons learned or the Biblical truths shared are often the same, and I elaborate on the life application of these lessons and truths far beyond the personal stories shared,” Burma said.
The timing of the publication of “Raising Godly Girls” was right for Burma.
“This is a transitional time in my life as a parent,” said Burma, who is married to Peace Lutheran Co-Pastor Cory Burma. The couple have two other children, boys Chris and Cameron.
“I’ve just raised my godly girl; many of our memories are as vivid as though they were made just yesterday. At the same time, I’ve been able to reflect upon Courtney’s childhood years with the clarity of hindsight, and she has been able to share openly with me as a young adult, recalling the details, feelings and faith stories of her growing years,” Burma said.
Courtney is a familiar face around Columbus. She has worked as a summer camp counselor at Camp Luther for the past three years.
The new book aims to be a thoughtful, personal and affirming discussion of how Christian mothers can influence and prepare their daughters for confident living in today’s culture, Burma said.
“Moms and dads need to know how strong their influence is on their children. We never stop being parents,” she said.
In addition to “Raising Godly Girls,” Burma said she will also be signing copies of her recently published Bible study book, “Living a Chocolate Life,” inviting women to savor God’s rich and endless supply of grace in Christ.
Written with a playful chocolate theme, each devotional lesson focuses on one aspect of life as a Christian woman, encouraging readers toward introspection and personal reflection. Each lesson includes at least one recipe for a chocolate dessert item, a Bible verse to memorize, chocolate trivia and suggestions for group activities.
Raised on a ranch in western South Dakota, Burma is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas. She has directed women’s ministries, as well as family and children’s ministries, in multiple churches in the Midwest.
Burma travels across the country and internationally as a leader and guest speaker for women’s ministry retreats, conferences and special events. She has penned Bible studies, retreat kits, devotion books and Christian-living books, all published by Concordia Publishing House.