In two days time, I have reviewed two books for teenage girls. One was Serita Ann Jakes' The Princess Within, and one was Megan Clinton's Be Rebellious.
Both of them are written by women who love God passionately, women who have experienced His love and received His living hope.
Both women also know the pressures and struggles and pain that young women experience in the world today.
Megan and Serita Ann deal in straight-talk, because there is not use pretending. Girls don't have it easy in America today.
America has the best medical care, the most access to nutritious food, and finest opportunities for education.
American teens today should be the healthiest, most content, most stable generation we've ever raised.
Yet they're not.
We have enough money to provide out fourteen year old with an iPhone, but we haven't figured out how to keep the online predators away.
A sixteen year old lives in a "land of plenty," yet she develops an eating disorder because your weight determines your worth in our culture.
An eighteen year old could enter any college she chose, but she never gets to graduate high school because years of hidden bullying drive her to take her own life.
This book, Be Rebellious, deals with issues that our girls should never even have to know about. But they already do. The topics that make us adults shudder and hope we can keep the kids innocent for a little while longer, those topics are daily life for your child.
I love the subtitle here: Be Rebellious. Fight back against a culture that doesn't care about you.
It's the truth.
So how do we help? I think Megan's got some good ideas. Let's get this book into some girls' hands. Let's introduce them to a God who cares about them personally, who made them girls for a reason and who has work for them to do right now.
Thank you Worthy Publishing for my review copy.