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In this era of "selfies" and tweets, teen girls often wonder how and where they fit in. But instead of measuring themselves by who "friend" them on social media, Gunn and Bethke encourage young women to find their true worth as daughters who are loved, pursued, and cherished by their heavenly Father. Includes discussion questions. 224 pages, softcover from Multnomah.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8 X 5.18 (inches)
ISBN: 16042597X
ISBN-13: 9781601425973
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Publisher's Description

Say Yes to the Love Story of Your Life

A great romance was set in motion before you were born. A relentless Lover is pursuing you, and He has made His intentions clear. He wants you to be His forever. How will you respond to the One who longs for you to be His with your whole heart?

In Spoken For, Robin Jones Gunn and Alyssa Joy Bethke speak to your heart about what it means for you to belong to Christ, who you are because of His love, and how that affects the way you live. Drawing on biblical promises and their personal experiences,   these two friends share what it’s like to live out God’s unfolding love story.

You are not up for grabs. You are spoken for.

Includes questions for group discussion and personal reflection.

Author Bio

Robin Jones Gunn, best-selling author of the much-loved Christy Miller Series and co-author of Praying for Your Future Husband, has had more than 4.5 million copies of her books sold worldwide. Her frequent speaking engagements have taken her around the globe. Robin and her husband live in Hawaii and have a grown son and daughter.

Twenty-six-year-old Alyssa Joy Bethke is a popular blogger and a newlywed. She serves with her husband—speaker, author, and spoken word artist Jefferson Bethke—as they travel the world sharing God’s lavish grace. Alyssa lives in the Pacific Northwest with Jeff and their yellow lab, Aslan, and enjoys reading, hiking, paddleboarding, and, of course, coffee.

Endorsements

"Spoken For is the kind of book every Christian teenage girl wants to read: a perfect mixture of truth and love story and Jesus and humor. Robin and Alyssa have practically written the handbook for every young woman looking to understand how God feels about them." - ANNIE DOWNS, author of Speak Love and Perfectly Unique

"Spoken For is filled with life-changing truths that will help you discover, strengthen, or reclaim your true identity. This book will teach you how to embrace the person God has created you to be while dispelling the lies that keep you captive. A must-read for every young woman who longs to know her true value, beauty, and purpose." - ALLIE MARIE SMITH, founder of Wonderfully Made and author of Becoming Who You Are in Christ

"I highly recommend this relevant and essential book to any young woman trying to understand romantic relationships, navigating her way through the dating world, or even considering marriage. Robin and Alyssa are candid, thoughtful, and wise as they share personal stories and universal truths. This would be a great tool for mothers and daughters, book clubs, and youth groups. I'll be recommending it to my young-adult readers." - MELODY CARLSON, award-winning author of the series Diary of a Teenage Girl and TrueColors

"Alyssa and Robin have written a book that is so tender and true, full of encouragement for all of us as we try to understand the love of the Savior. You will walk away from this book changed for the better and celebrating the fact that you are truly loved by the One who knows you best, the One who created you with a plan and a purpose." - MELANIE SHANKLE, New York Times best-selling author of Sparkly Green Earrings

"What makes Spoken For unique is the authors' ability to internalize and understand that we are in the midst of a divine love story! Alyssa and Robin casually and eloquently remind us not only of who we are but whose we are and that we are wanted, loved, and spoken for." - BIANCA OLTHOFF, speaker, teacher, and chief storyteller for the anti–human trafficking organization The A21 Campaign

"In Spoken For, Robin's and Alyssa's gentle honesty and personal stories made me feel as if we were out having coffee together and talking about our love for the Lord. This book is a perfect reminder of how great his love is for us and how sweetly he cares for us." - ERYNN MANGUM, author of Paige Torn

"Anytime two unique voices come together with a unified message, there is power in it. Robin and Alyssa have different perspectives and life stages, but both have experienced God's relentless love and now want to give it away. Spoken For will help you remember your infinite worth because of Jesus Christ and what potential abounds if you will only embrace it." - JENNIE ALLEN, founder of the IF:Gathering and author of Restless

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Spoken For

"Spoken For is the kind of book every Christian teenage girl wants to read: a perfect mixture of truth and love story and Jesus and humor. Robin and Alyssa have practically written the handbook for every young woman looking to understand how God feels about them."
—Annie Downs, author of Speak Love and Perfectly Unique

"Spoken For is filled with life-changing truths that will help you discover, strengthen, or reclaim your true identity. This book will teach you how to embrace the person God has created you to be while dispelling the lies that keep you captive. A must-read for every young woman who longs to know her true value, beauty, and purpose."
—Allie Marie Smith, founder of Wonderfully Made and author of Becoming Who You Are in Christ

"I highly recommend this relevant and essential book to any young woman trying to understand romantic relationships, navigating her way through the dating world, or even considering marriage. Robin and Alyssa are candid, thoughtful, and wise as they share personal stories and universal truths. This would be a great tool for mothers and daughters, book clubs, and youth groups. I’ll be recommending it to my young-adult readers."
—Melody Carlson, award-winning author of the series Diary of a Teenage Girl and TrueColors

"Alyssa and Robin have written a book that is so tender and true, full of encouragement for all of us as we try to understand the love of the Savior. You will walk away from this book changed for the better and celebrating the fact that you are truly loved by the One who knows you best, the One who created you with a plan and a purpose."
—Melanie Shankle, New York Times best-selling author of Sparkly Green Earrings

"What makes Spoken For unique is the authors’ ability to internalize and understand that we are in the midst of a divine love story! Alyssa and Robin casually and eloquently remind us not only of who we are but whose we are and that we are wanted, loved, and spoken for."
—Bianca Olthoff, speaker, teacher, and chief storyteller for the anti–human trafficking organization The A21 Campaign

"In Spoken For, Robin’s and Alyssa’s gentle honesty and personal stories made me feel as if we were out having coffee together and talking about our love for the Lord. This book is a perfect reminder of how great his love is for us and how sweetly he cares for us."
—Erynn Mangum, author of Paige Torn

"Anytime two unique voices come together with a unified message, there is power in it. Robin and Alyssa have different perspectives and life stages, but both have experienced God’s relentless love and now want to give it away. Spoken For will help you remember your infinite worth because of Jesus Christ and what potential abounds if you will only embrace it."
—Jennie Allen, founder of the IF:Gathering and author of Restless

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  1. Bern
    California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A special love story
    August 4, 2014
    Bern
    California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I first received Spoken For, I wasn't sure what to expect. Was it a bible study slash devotional slash study guide? Would it even speak to me, being a Mama of 4 children - 3 teen/tween girls in particular? Through personal stories, God's word, and study questions, Robin and Alyssa weave the story of God's unique love for His people and why it's the greatest love story of all.

    From the beginning, I noticed Robin's unique love for young girls and it's seen in her readable style of writing. The words are not shallow, but written in a manner that does not speak "Christianese" but with clear word pictures to describe our great God and, in turn, His great love for us. They readily admit their own fault in focusing on, "the flawed love shown to me by humans and used that measurement to thing about God's love,...unwittingly making God human, but of course, He isn't. He is holy. He is almighty, all powerful, and all knowing , and he is love... He loves us. Always."

    What a enjoyed most, was the theme of "embracing who you are and whose you are". With so much in the world, touting being the "best you, you can be" or even self esteem issues - Robin and Alyssa go a step further to remind us, the reader, that we are someone's beloved and that is, the Lord!

    I've always been a lover of romances and unfortunately, the world today touts the modern day love story much differently than fairy tales. But, together, Robin and Alyssa, remind us of the the greatest love story of all, Christ's love for His bride, the church. And then, to top it off, they used the themes to remind us of the great freedom found in this love.

    I would recommend this book and will encourage my daughters to read it, as they remind themselves that they are "Spoken For".
  2. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Too much about human romance
    July 27, 2014
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Women want to be loved. They want to know that someone out there wants them.

    What if you could know, the authors ask, that there is One who seeks you, intensely loves you, and desire you be His bride-to-be? What if there is an epic love story unfolding in your life right now?

    The authors help you see your relationship with God in a new way, recognizing He is your Relentless Lover. God wants you. He loves you and is continually pursuing you. He has called you and you are of great value to Him. You are His Peculiar Treasure. He has set you free. You are covered and you are promised to Him.

    Robin and Alyssa share their own stories of (human) love and rejection and how they have come to understand God's love for them. Robin shares her wisdom and life experience while Alyssa reveals her emotional experiences of dating and romance.

    Discussion questions are included at the end of each chapter. It might make a good choice for a high school girl's discussion group

    The authors hope that this book will encourage readers to respond to the invitation from the true Bridegroom.

    This is a young woman's book. It offers encouragement to young women who are looking for love and are, perhaps, desperate for romance. Both Robin and Alyssa are very open about their experiences in love, being rejected, experiencing depression and an eating disorder.

    My caution for this book is that at the very end there is quite a romantic section on how Jeff proposed to Alyssa. I felt it took the emphasis away from looking to the true Bridegroom and put it squarely back on the human romance level. A young woman might read the last section and be swept back into her intense desire for human romance, forgetting much in the previous sections of the book.

    I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
  3. Loretta
    Dallas, Georgia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A must read
    July 10, 2014
    Loretta
    Dallas, Georgia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I received this book by Robin Jones Gunn and Alyssa Joy Bethke from Blogging for books, to review. When I saw this book my heart leaped. It is geared towards young girls, but is needful for any adult woman of any age (like me 52 yrs old) who needs to know how God's views her and loves her. I have gone through life wondering if God really loved me and what He thought about me. It is very simple reading, with questions at the end of each chapter to ponder and discuss if in a book group or a class.
  4. Cindy Navarro
    Cullman, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good discussion book for younger women
    July 5, 2014
    Cindy Navarro
    Cullman, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Spoken For speaks to all who have ever known the pain of rejection from someone they loved or feel that not even God loves them.Chances are, this includes all who will be reading this. Robin and Alyssa share painful break-ups in their own lives with the grieving process and their eventual healing. This includes anecdotes from falling in love with the men they married and the assurance that God has a better plan if we rely on Him. But, more than just stories of human courtship and love, they share the love God has for us. Through stories and the discussion questions, the reader is shown that God wants to pursue her in a relationship that makes her feel treasured and loved beyond measure. Chapters include:

    1. An Epic Love Story - Yours

    2. You Are Wanted

    3. You Are Pursued

    4. You Are Loved

    5. You Have Been Called

    6. You Are of Great Value

    7. You Are a Peculiar Treasure

    8. You Are Set Free

    9. You Are Covered

    10. You Are Promised

    11. You Are Spoken For

    Maybe because of my age, my favorite part was not in the romantic love stories. There was a story Robin told about a young girl who came to her house, upset because her parents refused to let her see a move that all her friends were going to see. Using 2 Timothy 2:21 and a fine china plate, Robin uses both to explain that her parents love her and want her to be special and to keep her mind pure. That reminder made more of an impact on me when considering Christ as the Bridegroom and me (as part of the Church) as the waiting Bride.

    Really good book and I did enjoy it and found truths and reminders I need (often) that God loves me and is pursuing me. While it did not always capture my full attention, I would definitely recommend it for high schoolers and college-aged women. Naturally, older women can get a lot out of it too, but I found it more suitable for a younger age.

    FTC Disclaimer: I received this book for free from "Blogging for Books" for my honest review.
  5. MoriahN
    Maine
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A sweet, encouraging book
    June 17, 2014
    MoriahN
    Maine
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Spoken For is about the relentless love that God has for us, now He loves us, wants us, and pursues us because we are His true love. Robin and Alyssa write about how you are wanted, pursued, loved, have been called, are of great value, are a peculiar treasure, are set free, covered, promised and spoken for. Robin and Alyssa use examples from their own lives and love stories as an example of God's love for us. Bible verses, poems, and quotes lace this book together.

    This book was sweet and encouraging. I recommend it to ladies of all ages, whether you are single or married.

    I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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