Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey From Neediness to Freedom  -     By: Paula Hendricks
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Perfect for boy-crazy teenage girls, this book is a true how-to guide on overcoming boycraziness and trusting in God with your love life. Told in a first-person perspective, Confessions of a boy-crazy girl reads like a diary of author Paula Hendricks life, from her blossoming interest in boys to her more and more frequent (and costly) crushes on boys. Girls will learn from Paula how to let go and trust in God for their love lives, rather than trying to control them.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 7 X 5 X .38 (inches)
ISBN: 0802407501
ISBN-13: 9780802407504
Availability: In Stock

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Publisher's Description

Sound familiar?

 1. You spot a cute boy (we'll call him Boy A).

2. You dream about Boy A.

3. You do whatever it takes to make Boy A notice you.

4. Even though Boy A doesn't pursue you, you hang on to your dream of Boy A until he (a) moves to the North Pole with no access to a cell phone or computer, (b) dies and is buried or cremated, or (c) begins dating another girl.

5. You mend your broken heart by hating Boy A and finding another cute boy (Boy B). You replace Boy A with Boy B and begin all over again . . .  

 Paula has gone through an entire alphabet-and more-of boys over the years.

As she shares her journal entries and stories-the good, the bad, and the ugly-you'll be encouraged to trust God with your love life and buckle up for the ride!

Written for teen girls, Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl will help you on your own journey from neediness to freedom.  

A True Woman Book

The goal of the True Woman publishing line is to encourage women to:

  • Discover, embrace, and delight in God's divine design and mission for their lives
  • Reflect the beauty and heart of Jesus Christ to their world
  • Intentionally pass the baton of Truth on to the next generation
  • Pray earnestly for an outpouring of God's Spirit in their families, churches, nation and world

Author Bio

PAULA HENDRICKS lives in southwest Michigan where she no longer tries to catch guys' attention by swallowing live goldfish, arm wrestling, and jumping down flights of stairs. Instead, she blogs for teen girls and women by day and journals her adventures by night. Meanwhile, she's still on the hunt for the perfect hiding place for her 30+ journals.

Editorial Reviews

"Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl is about a girl who is looking to God to help guide her with her love life. Each chapter has some advice on the situation as well as her relating everything to her own life and being boy-crazy.  There are also bible passages related to the topic and the first chapter ends with a quiz! (my favorite) And each chapter has an area for you to journal. (Turns out after chapter 1 I found I am indeed boy-crazy. Oh. Wait. I didn't need a book to tell me that!)

This book is geared more for girls in their teens but honestly I think there are women of all ages who this book would help!  It is all about being you for you and not worrying about what others think of you or say about you (certainly easier said than done!) and should really get you feeling positive about yourself.  When you see Paula's journal entries you will realize that you are not alone and not only did Paula go through it all before - everyone probably did!  But now you can learn from what Paula learned with hopefully not having to go through it all yourself."

_Katie Wanta, posted on Net Galley August 10, 2013

 

I can image what some of you may be thinking, "isn't this a book for girls? Why is a guy reading it?" It is true that I am a guy, I am married, I am not a teenager, and I am not boy-crazy. (My wife affirms all the aforementioned)

Paula is a good friend of mine and has been for about seven years. We used to attend a discussion group about the application of our Christian faith in today's world. To hear that she was writing a book was a joy and I really wanted to read it.

That said, here is a guy's perspective on Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl.

The first thing I noticed was the openness that Paula has on the pages. This was not a do/do not type of book. It was Paula's story and what she learned along the way.

From early in life to the present day Paula shares struggles, fears, sins, but also joys, growth, and a desire to be Christ-like. What I really appreciate is that Paula is not shy about calling sins in her life what they are: lust, envy, jealousy, fear, etc. Her heart, felt throughout the book, is that girls find their true worth, value, and acceptance in Christ. These are lessons that we all should learn regardless of our sex and age.

Another trait running through the pages is passion. Passion to really know God, his son Jesus, and what it means to be a woman who is free in Christ. So much of our culture demands that women dress a certain way, have certain measurements, have flawless features, and that is true femininity. WRONG!!!

Paula makes this very clear: acceptance cannot be found in that which will fade away. Beauty is not skin deep, looks are. Beauty comes from loving your Creator and how He created you. Easy? No. Worth it? Absolutely! Paula went through much pain to understand this and shares as much in this journal-like book.

Thus, as a youth pastor, I HIGHLY recommend this book not only to girls struggling with boy-craziness but also to those of us who will counsel these young women. Their lives and souls are potentially at stake. To not combat the lies of our culture is to do them an egregious error.

Daniel Greegor, posted on Net Galley 5/12/2014

"This was a interesting spin and take on how to become a independent person and take dating as it is a day at a time.

There are parts that are hysterical and we all can relate to like the middle school crushes. There are parts that will have you laugh so hard you will cry and there are parts where you see extremes.

It's funny because she goes to extremes. She is all about the boy and dating and how it never works and it makes her sad and than she goes to the extreme of God being the only way to find the answers. Don't misunderstand me God is important in all lives but a healthy balance is good too. Here she turns to the bible to answer her questions about her relationships including whether or not to date or continue dating someone. That to me should be a decision of the heart and gut but it does show a interesting take on that concept. It also shows how when she brought religion into her life she became more confident in herself and in life itself.

Just the extremes are really eye opening. We can all relate to her dating tales though and they are funny. A fun book about dating and how she left the world of being boy crazy."

Melissa Derby, Rating 4 of 5, Net Galley May 15, 2014

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  1. PRYOR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A MUST READ FOR ALL YOUNG GIRLS AND MOMS!
    March 2, 2014
    Moonpie
    PRYOR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I believe this is a book every preteen girl, teen girl, young woman and their mothers should read! As crazy as it sounds I think it is appropriate for grown women who are caught in the trap of thinking they need a man to be complete and happy.

    A great deal of damage is done to young girls and their future relationship with their husbands by society's and parent's acceptance and even encouragement that being "boy crazy" is normal. There is nothing "normal" about it and I do not believe it is God's plan for the spiritual and emotional well-being of women of all ages.

    Paula does an amazing job of addressing this subject, not only from personal experience, but also from the Bible and the heart. This is not a big book but it is so well written that it holds an encyclopedia of wisdom! She beautifully illustrates how the modern day obsession to attract the opposite sex and secure a "relationship", is not the "freedom" to eventually find the right husband, but is actually Satan's snare to ruin young lives.

    Gently and skillfully she shares this preoccupation with boys (or men) is simply another void in one's life that only God can fill. She reveals the story of her journey from being a boy crazy girl to a young woman who's first love is God. With scripture and much humor Paula shows that only through trusting God, praying, and studying His Word can a girl finding not only God's best but also the kind of love and man she truly wants for a lifetime. Her book makes it clear that God wants the best for us too, but in His time and His way. I liked all the scripture references that were used throughout the book. Not once was it ever preachy or condescending. It is written as if two good friends are simply visiting with each other. At the end of each chapter is "Journal Corner" for reflection on scripture and a particular challenge girls would face. A life changing book!

    I received this book free from Moody Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazing book for Teen and Young adults!
    October 16, 2013
    Libby
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    I first found out about "Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl" from the Revive our Hearts website. When I saw the endorsements from Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Erin Davis, Kimberly Wagner, Joni Eareckson Tada, Elyse Fitzpatrick, and Bob Lepine I knew that I just had to read this book.

    I knew this book was going to be a really good read because of all the wonderful things being said about it, but I had no idea just how good it was going to be. It far surpassed all my expectations and I read it in only 3 nights- that right there tells me how much I enjoyed it!!

    Written by Paula Hendricks, this book tells about her journey from being boy-obsessed and trying to get guys' attention by seducing them to trusting God and experiencing complete freedom. This book is filled with true stories from her journal and humorous moments- when she swallowed a live goldfish and then another time when she jumped off a banister down a flight of stairs just to get a guy's attention. She tells about how in order to love anyone we must love God more and first, that through His love we can love others.

    What I loved most about this book was that it is REAL. Real stories about a real girl in real life doing real things. Real struggles with beauty and insecurities, placing guys above God, and then seeing how God works through even the toughest, most lonely times. Woven with Scripture and overflowing with encouragement and hope, this book will lead you to Jesus instead of other gods and idols. It is a book about surrendering to God's will and plan for your life and placing your trust in Him- not just once, but everyday, moment by moment. Like she writes in her book, "it's a journey." And that it sure is!
  3. Ohio
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wish a book like this was around when I was a teen
    September 22, 2013
    Mom3
    Ohio
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    I read this to see if my 12 y.o. daughter should read it yet. I will wait a few years but if she showed any signs of boy craziness I would have her read it now. So many young girls spend so much of their young lives trying to impress boys and stressing over boys and making so many choices based on what boys think or want. This book changes their focus and does a great job of reminding them that they need to fill their hearts and minds with encouragement and approval from the Lord. Personal examples from the author help them see they are not the only ones who may struggle in this area. A must read for young girls BEFORE they start dating.
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