Be U

Be Honest, Be Beautiful, Be Intentional, Be Strong, Be You!

Be U

Be the "U" God intended:

Be Honest.
Be Beautiful.
Be Intentional.
Be Strong. Be You!


In this inspirational book by popular performers Mary Mary, the heart and faith of this urban gospel duo permeates every page and motivates young women to be the "U" that God created you to be. In it, Mary Mary reminds readers that to "Be U" has more to do with the strength God puts in our hearts than it does with how we look on the outside. It’s all about seeing ourselves as God sees us: beautiful, forgiven, cherished, and loved.

Inspired by Mary Mary’s popular songs, each message is complemented by journaling questions that make the message real, scriptures that inspire readers to grow strong, and a "Be U Affirmation" that helps readers boldly stand on the promises of God.

The mission of Mary Mary is to encourage young women to discover the true beauty that lies within, as they inspire an awareness of natural beauty and a celebration of inner uniqueness. Professing their faith in God, they consistently promote a message of strong family values and the joy of being a woman.
  • Howard Books | 
  • 160 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439160718 | 
  • April 2010
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Be U by Mary Mary includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book. 


Sisters Erica and Tina Campbell of the hit gospel duo Mary Mary team up for this inspirational book that encourages young women to be the “you” God envisions them to be. Be U is divided into five sections: Be Honest, Be Beautiful, Be Intentional, Be Strong, and Be You.  Inspired by the songs they write and by scripture passages, Erica and Tina take turns writing twenty-one messages that are full of honesty, integrity, joy, and gratitude.


Discussion Questions

1) Part One talks about honesty and teaches us about letting go of our “regrettable yesterdays” (p.5).  Share with the group some of your own “regrettable yesterdays.” What did these experiences teach you? Did these experiences deepen your faith in God? How so?

2) Describe a time when you felt closest to God. Could you feel His presence? Try to capture the moment for the group. Did anyone in your life help you to ‘see’ God?

3) Define what it means to be a Christian. see more

About the Author

Mary Mary

Growing up in sisters in a large family in Inglewood, California, Erica and Tina Campbell first sang publicly in the local church choir and received their first break in 1998 with a song on the Prince of Egypt soundtrack. Now, they are three-time Grammy winners--their most recent being their 2009 win was for Best Gospel Performance for their hit single, "Get Up."  They are also Dove, Stellar, MOBO, and American Music Award winners. Their group name was inspired by the two Marys in the Bible--Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene, a "loose" woman. Mary Mary wants their duo name to communicat that God's love is extended to all. This R&B, urban gospel duo performs for audiences of thousands across the country.