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.
- The winner of the Dystopian Romance YA books is #42 Jeni Monroe.