Wednesday 24 September 2014

Book Review: The Princess Within

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It's time to get ready for the ball.Girls of all ages want to feel like Cinderella at the ball. But maybe you feel more like Cinderella before the ball--overlooked, inadequate, hurting, maybe even used and abused. Sometimes it's hard to feel beautiful, in God's eyes or your own, when something or someone has robbed you of your inner beauty.

Serita Ann Jakes understands those feelings. She knows how past failures and present hurts can prevent you from realizing your true identity in Jesus Christ. She has helped hundreds of girls work through personal struggles, and now she wants to help you. Whether you're struggling with poor self-esteem, difficult friendships, family problems, secret shame, or something else, above all, she wants you to know,

You are a princess--a daughter of the King!

Serita Ann's insights and encouragement will give you the courage and strength to shed your tattered rags and find your inner princess--and to walk in confidence as a young woman who knows her true beauty comes from a Christ-honoring life.

My Reflections: 

This book caught my eye as I have a daughter who is approaching her teen years. I am always on the prowl for relevant, God centered resources that will enrich and smooth the transition to adulthood.

This book is written for teenage girls to help them navigate today's rocky and treacherous path to maturity. It boasts 17 chapters, each covering challenging and relevant topics. Each chapter includes a current playlist, the challenge with applications to real life situations, and journal exercises to think through the topics deeper. Some chapters have additional activities such as quizzes to develop better self discovery.

Right off you are transported into very deep if not somewhat disturbing content, the first chapter opens with physical abuse and guns being  held to head. But perhaps teens today need straight forward, shocking dialog to bring them in.

This book was written for teens not adults, and you can tell the author is genuinely a caring and passionate advocate for this age group, I think perhaps though that I will be waiting before I give this one to my girl, we are simply not at this stage of the journey.This book would be a suitable resource for older teens who are struggling, and need a compass to navigate the world around them. Our girls need to look to God to uplift them not what a boy, a song, or the world around them tells them.

I was given this book free of charge, in exchange for my honest opinion from Bethany House Publishers. Thank you Bethany House!

About the Author: 
 Serita Ann Jakes

Serita Ann Jakes

Serita Ann Jakes has been involved in ministry all her life. God was preparing her for the responsibility of carrying out God's vision for his people with her husband, Bishop T.D. Jakes. Her training in theater and mass communications, coupled with her...
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