Free to See with My Heart Patch Program

What is the Free to See with My Heart (FTS) Patch Program?  This program, based on the book Frieda B. A Great Day at the Dog Park, as well as on the book of Ephesians, helps girls of all ages and Leaders use the eyes of the heart to better understand God's will for self and others... ultimately leading to the fullness of authentic community. 
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you.” ~Ephesians 1:18a (NIV)

Book upon which FTS is based: Frieda B. A Great Day at the Dog Park.  

Frieda B. and Zilla delve into imagination and adventure at the new Fiddle-Dee Dog Park. As they break for a snack, Zilla notices a boy in the distance who looks sad and lonely. Zilla kindly approaches. But the boy lashes out, yelling for Zilla to go away and leave him alone. Frieda implores her parents to take action and yell at the boy who is “bad, bad, bad, bad.” In response, her dad takes her hand and opens his heart… showing Frieda and the boy – and the reader – that seeing with your heart creates the pathway to authentic connection, compassion and communication for all.



Free FTS Printable Resources.

In addition to the book and patches, these free guides provide everything you need to custom-create an FTS event that’s just right for your Troop. Click on any image or title below to take you to a page where you can fully view and/or print the resource.

Main Guide. This guide covers the essentials for the FTS Program, including step-by-step instructions for exploring the foundational scripture verses and the Frieda B. story/lesson. 





Activities & Event Guide. Everything you need to plan and carry-out an FTS Event for your entire Troop: a handful of engaging activities to choose from, and helpful event-planning guidance. 



Perspectacles Demonstration. This scripted and interactive demonstration helps participants better internalize the concept of seeing with the heart, by stepping into the roles of the key characters in Frieda B. A Great Day at the Dog Park. 




Perspectacles Template.  This is the free printable template for the "Make a Pair of Perspectacles" Activity, found in the FTS Activities & Event Guide. 




Road to Emmaus Imaginative Prayer.  This fully-guided imaginative prayer invites participants to personally consider what it was like when Jesus opened the eyes and the hearts of the two disciples on their walk to Emmaus.





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FTS Program Patch and Requirements. To earn a Free to See with My Heart Patch, a girl must: read and discuss Frieda B. A Great Day at the Dog Park, as outlined in the FTS Main Guide. Also, she must complete at least two of the activities listed in the FTS Activities & Event Guide.  Patches can be purchased in our online Frieda B Store, as well as in the AHGstore. 

The Frieda B. series has been named Best Picture Book Series by the National Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. Each book serves as the foundation for each of the Free to B. Patch Programs created for AHG. Frieda B. Herself is the basis of the Free to B. a Blessing ProgramFrieda B. Meets Man in the Moon is the book upon which the Free to B. True Program is based. Frieda B. and the Zillabeast is the foundation for the Frieda B. Kindness Ambassador Program. Frieda B. and the Finkledee Ink provides the backdrop for the Free to B. a Leader Program. Frieda B. A Great Day at the Dog Park is the foundational book for the Free to See with My Heart Program. And Frieda B. Knows It's True... You Are Free to Be YOU is the foundation of the Free to B. Resilient Program

Signed copies of all Frieda B. books are available to your Troop and families via our AHG Group Sales program. Using our Group Sales Form, your Troop and families can order as many copies as you’d like – and Renata will sign each book! And, we’ll ship them at no charge directly to you. We’ll continue to offer this program as long as Renata is able to keep up with demand. Click here for the printable Group Sales Form.

To purchase all Free to B. Program-related items including all of the Frieda B. books – in hard cover and PowerPoint version – as well as all Program Patches and other supporting products, visit our online Frieda B. Store. We’ll gift all orders of $50 or more with free shipping

Frieda B. Author Renata Bowers created fictional character Frieda B. to encourage children to dream big and believe they, too, are free to be their own one-of-a-kind, very important story. “We each have this incredibly valuable story, like a lightbulb, inside us,” Renata says. “And so many of us either don’t know it’s there, or believe we’re not good enough or have time enough to light it.  The truth is, your story is there, always. All you need to do is dream big and flip the switch. God will guide you through the rest.” Renata co-founded Frieda B., LLC with friend Paula LaJoie to create and provide a growing line of books, products and services designed to encourage and inspire the story within. Interested in bringing Renata to your school or event? Learn more here.

Live Zoom Visits with Renata! Renata would love to Zoom with your Leaders and/or Troop as part of a Free to B. event. Would you like a personal book-reading? A presentation/discussion related to a Free to B. program?  Q&A session? She’ll tailor the visit entirely to your needs. Zoom visits are scheduled based on availability. Fees are $50 for 30 minutes, and $75 for 45 minutes. For questions or requests, send us an email at or give us a call at 860.763.0330.

Feel Free to Ask or Share! If you have questions about Frieda B. and/or any of the programs we create for AHG, just give us a holler. Also, we’d love your stories, pictures, ideas on how you made these programs your own. Just send us an email at or call us at 860.763.0330. And you’ll find lots of great uplifting and inspiring information on our Frieda B. Facebook page. Consider friending us at