From Blah to Awe: Shaking Up a Boring Faith {with giveaway}

by Jennifer Donovan

Jenna Lucado Bishop has written a wonderful book for teen girls. From Blah to Awe: Shaking Up a Boring Faith speaks right on their level, using examples of real teens who are living a vibrant faith, her own experiences, and things in our current culture that can cause them to lose their passion for God.

In her own words:

“The goal of this book is to shake you up a little,” shares Jenna. “No matter where you are in your faith journey — whether you are new to this God thing or you have known what a relationship with Jesus is like your entire life — when you finish this book, I want you to stop settling. Stop settling for a faith that is dull, boring, blah. So many of us get stuck in a lifeless faith and just stay there, thinking that this is what life with God is about. No! God wants more for us!”

Throughout the book, Jenna poses questions, challenging the reader to apply what she’s teaching. There are even blanks provided to journal the answer.

This book particularly caught my eye, because I happen to live with a lovely 13-year-old girl. My daughter Amanda takes her faith very seriously, and it’s been sweet to watch her take ownership of her relationship with God. I asked her to look over the book this weekend, and I got her opinion.

After reading three chapters she said, “I like it. It can be a bit cheesy (okay, a lot cheesy), but I like the message, and I love all the short testimonies. I’m definitely going to finish this book.”

I asked her how she would describe “the message,” and she said “how to get closer to God.” I also asked for a clarification on that “cheesy” comment, and she couldn’t really explain it. I think it’s the conversational tone, which in my mind made it very accessible and easy to read.

I’m glad she likes the book and will spend some more time with it, but I’m even gladder that she is taking responsibility to strengthen her faith.

I have great news. One of you will win a copy of From Blah to Awe. Leave a comment if you’d like to share this book with someone you love (or get inspired yourself!). We’ll announce the winner in this column on February 27.

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Zsa Zsa February 12, 2012 at 10:53 pm

My daughter is twelve and about to transfer to a school where religion is not a required subject (she now goes to a private Catholic school). One of my fears is that her faith might be shaken up a little bit.


2 Don February 13, 2012 at 8:05 am

Would be a good addition to anyone’s reading library.


3 Carolyn February 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Would love this for my Sunday School library!


4 tennille February 13, 2012 at 5:02 pm

I know exactly who I would gift this to!!


5 Christina Gould February 13, 2012 at 6:44 pm

What a unique topic. Thanks for the giveaway!


6 June February 13, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Thanks for the chance.


7 Beth February 13, 2012 at 9:35 pm

I could really use some awe!


8 Krystin February 14, 2012 at 10:08 am

I would LOVE to win this!!! I’m a Sunday School teacher at my church & we have a large group of pre-teen & teen girls. And I know several of them could benefit from this book!! It would be such a blessing to have even just 1 book so they could take turns reading it & learning how to manage & take ownership of their faith & relationship with God!


9 LaVonne February 14, 2012 at 11:20 am

I’d love to share this with my teenage niece.


10 Laura February 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I would love to get this for my teenage cousin.


11 Kimberly February 15, 2012 at 3:38 am

I would love to share this with my daughter.


12 Beth February 15, 2012 at 10:48 am

I’d love this for myself!

bethsbookreviewblog2 AT gmail DOT com


13 Erica Best February 15, 2012 at 6:46 pm

i would love to have this for my teenage niece.


14 Marci February 16, 2012 at 10:10 am

I’d love to be inspired myself – then share with friends :)


15 Linda Kish February 16, 2012 at 9:33 pm

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com


16 Shannon Baas February 16, 2012 at 10:09 pm

I’d keep it for myself.


17 Colette February 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I would give this book to my 14yr old daughter. She’s finally starting to get more into her Faith and this book would help her take it to the next level!


18 Crystal Bissell February 18, 2012 at 7:55 pm

i want to give it to my 10 year old neice who is fighting cancer. I think it would be a great book for her.


19 corey February 19, 2012 at 7:06 am

I’d read it – and share it with my wife.


20 Lauren Garrett February 19, 2012 at 10:36 am

This sounds like something I need! Sometimes you just need a little extra push!!


21 Becky H February 19, 2012 at 10:32 pm

I have a daughter and I think we both could benefit from reading this.


22 gail February 20, 2012 at 10:16 am

would love to share this with my family


23 Sharyl February 23, 2012 at 8:07 am

I think my daughter would enjoy this book.


24 latanya February 23, 2012 at 8:59 am

I would love this for myself. Thanks


25 Melissa February 23, 2012 at 7:24 pm

I would love to have this for my daughter!


26 Liz February 24, 2012 at 12:36 am

Would like for a friend’s daughter struggling with faith.


27 wanda February 24, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I’d love to give this to my teen daughter. She is struggling with her friends around her “trying” out every bad choice they can get away with.
Her Christian friends. She’s been so discouraged!


28 Mama Zen February 26, 2012 at 10:15 am

I would love to win this for my niece!


29 Angela E. February 26, 2012 at 7:32 pm

This is great.


30 Garrett February 27, 2012 at 8:11 am

Would enjoy reading.


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