Author Toni Shiloh is joining us today to talk about how to be a princess, and share her brand new modern-day princess story!
Many young girls play dress-up and pretend to be a princess, but what if a young, American woman actually found out she was a princess?
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Would It Be a Dream Come True to Be a Princess?
Brielle Bayo is an 8th-grade civics teacher who lives in New York. Her life is no different than the next person until her mother informs her she’s a princess and the heir to the throne in Oloro Ilé. You’ll have to find out in the book, In Search of a Prince, to find out how she handles the news and if she believes it’s a dream come true. But what about you? Would you want to find out you’re the next in line to succeed and become a queen when the current monarch passes?
What Do Princesses Do?
Most people may have an idealized idea of what a princess does. They may think it’s no more than attending charity functions and smiling for the camera. For Brielle, it’s more than that. It’s about identifying with her people, finding out what she can do to benefit the entire country and its people, and being an example that honors her ancestors and countrymen.
7 Characteristics of a Princess
If you want to know how to be a princess, here are 7 characteristics of a princess that you can put into practice in your own life today. Try becoming:
- Someone who treats others with respect
- A person willing to listen to others
- A person who will put others’ lives before their own
And here are 6 important characteristics of a queen.
How To Be a Princess
Learning how to be a princess is more than picking the right dress to wear and ensuring not a single hair is out of place. It’s being a light in a dark place, especially when that light within comes from Jesus. Brielle Adebayo has to learn exactly what it means to be a princess for her and what her country expects.
How to Become a Princess
One of the greatest gifts in the world is the ability to become a child of God. For us women, that means we can be a princess, daughter of the King. Our crown won’t come in this lifetime, but eternity waits to give us the crown of life. Accepting that Jesus is our Lord and Savior and that we need to repent and accept His Grace, grants us life as a child of God.
Life as a Princess
Living a life as a princess—a child of God—means we put on the fruits of the Spirit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law,”– Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV
Princesses treat everyone with love. Express joy in day-to-day activities. Bring peace in the midst of trials. We are patient (longsuffering) when others may not be so. We offer kindness, goodness, and faithfulness. We offer gentleness in times life may seem too harsh. Overall, we exhibit self-control when our own emotions prove too much.
But we do not do these things on our own power. It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that we can exhibit these fruits. The more we spend time with our Lord, the more these become evident to those watching.
A Modern Day Princess Story
For a modern-day princess story, I hope you will pick up In Search of a Prince and go on the journey with Brielle.
It seems like a dream come true . . . until it forces her to question everything.
Brielle Adebayo is fully content teaching at a New York City public school and taking annual summer vacations with her mother to Martha’s Vineyard. But everything changes when her mom drops a bombshell–Brielle is really a princess in the island kingdom of Ọlọrọ Ilé, off the coast of Africa, and she must immediately assume her royal position, since the health of her grandfather, the king, is failing.
Distraught by all the secrets her mother kept, Brielle is further left spinning when the Ọlọrọ Ilé Royal Council brings up an old edict that states she must marry before her coronation, or the crown will pass to another. Brielle is uncertain if she even wants the throne, and with her world totally shaken, where will she find the courage to take a chance on love and brave the perils a wrong decision may bring?
*Find Aryn’s review of In Search of a Prince here.
Meet Toni Shiloh
Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and multi-published Christian contemporary romance author. She writes to bring God glory and to learn more about His goodness. Her novels, Grace Restored, was a 2019 Holt Medallion finalist, Risking Love a 2020 Selah Award finalist, The Truth About Fame a 2021 Holt Medallion finalist, and The Price of Dreams a 2021 Maggie Award finalist.
A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and of the Virginia Chapter, Toni seeks to encourage authors in the writing industry. She loves connecting with readers and authors alike via social media. You can learn more about her writing at tonishiloh.com.