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Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2002
Dimensions: 8 X 5.25 (inches)
Availability: Available to ship on or about 01/17/14.
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Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Novel Units Student Packet, Gr. 3-4Barbara RobinsonSave 15%
Seventeen-year-old Jana Thompson is just beginning what should be the best year of her life -- her senior year. It's supposed to be amazing, but if the first few days of school are any indication, this year is going to be, well . . . pretty awful.
A self-image problem (with a nasty new attitude), a desperately cute guy with an annoying sense of civic responsibility, and a family Jana would love to wish on her worst enemy -- a certain gorgeous blonde -- are just the tip of the iceberg. Add a vicious inner-city gang with revenge on its mind, and she's on a collision course with disaster. Things could get messy, so buckle up and hang on. This is "Jana's Journal," and its no holds barred.
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Located in: Miami, FL
Submitted: May 31, 2002
Tell us a little about yourself. I grew up in Colombia and Venezuela as the daughter of missionaries. My childhood was spent canoeing up and down Amazonic rivers, flying in Cessna to boarding school, hiking up the Andes mountains and into the jungles of South America . . . many of which experiences have found their way into both my children's and adult novels. For 15 years my husband and I served as missionaries in Bolivia, South America. In 2000 our family moved to Miami, Florida when my husband took a vice-president position with Latin America Mission at their international headquarters in Miami. I continue to travel to many Latin American nations to train and mentor developing Christian writers there.
What was your motivation behind this project? As I have worked with both American and Latin teens over the years, I have been disturbed at the elevation of self-esteem, self-love, and self-fulfillment in both secular and Christian circles, often above a Christ-like character or consideration of others. The Bible says nothing about learning to love ourselves. It says much about loving others. And the other side of the coin of 'self-esteem' can too easily be pride, arrogance, and just plain selfishness. While fiction, Jana's Journal was birthed from my own teen struggles with these issues. The advice below from a wise teacher ended up changing my life.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? "God never told us to love ourselves; the truth is, we do such a good job of loving ourselves, we seldom get around to loving other people." "If you really want to feel good about yourself, stop thinking about yourself at all and start thinking about other people." These pieces of advice from a wise teacher ended up changing my own life. As Jana pens in vivid color her own struggles of self-esteem, peer pressure, difficulties at school and trouble at home, enter one sympathetic school counselor who informs Jana that she needs more self-esteem, self-love and self-fulfillment--and goes on to tell Jana how she can get it. And it works. Jana is suddenly prettier, more popular, and well-pleased with herself. She is also alienating old friends and family as she clambers over them up the popularity ladder. It is when her new world crashes down that her yearbook advisor gives her the above advice. She grudgingly accepts his challenge to join his team at an inner-city youthh center. Jana's diary comes alive as she describes her inadvertant involvement with the city's most dangerous gang, the Werewolves, and a young street girl, Maria. An involvement that leads to a terrifying pursuit through the sewers of San Diego, a confrontation with rival gang leaders with a penchant for murder, and the toughest decision of her life. And somehow, by the last page, how well Jana thinks of herself just doesn't seem so important anymore.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: DESCRIPTION: "If this were that novel I'm going to write someday, I'd say that I'm talented and gorgeous and one of the more popular students at Southwest Christian Academy. But it isn't, and I'm not, and if I'm really going to pour out my deepest thought in here, I'd better be honest . . . " Seventeen-year-old Jana Thompson is just beginning what should be the best year of her life--her senior year. It's supposed to be amazing, but if the first few days of school are any indication, this year is going to be, well . . . pretty awful. A self-image problem (with a nasty new attitude), a desperately cute guy with an annoying sense of civic responsibility, and a family Jana would love to wish on her worst enemy- -a certain gorgeous blonde--are just the tip of the iceberg. Add a vicious inner-city gang with revenge on its mind, and she's on a collision course with disaster. Things could get messy, so buckle up and hang on.This is Jana's Journal, and it's no holds barred.
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