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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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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. Minneapolis, MN
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Good Reminder: I am His
    October 24, 2014
    ajb1303
    Minneapolis, MN
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    When I first saw the cover of this book, I couldnt help but think about how simple it looked. Would it be another dull read? An easy one that I would breeze right through? I also assumed that it would be meant for a younger audience.

    Nope. I couldnt have been more off base.

    While I was waiting for that book to come in the mail, I had picked up another book by Robin Jones Gunn. The name sounded familiar and upon reading those initial pages, I fell in love with this author. Alyssa Bethke has also become one of my favorites through reading this book. Its not just for teens or young adultsits for all of us. Spoken For has a message every woman can relate to. We were created to love and we have this deep need to be loved back.

    Who doesnt love a good romance? This girl definitely does! But in our search for romance in this world, we often miss the beating heart behind the greatest romance of all time: one that we all get to choose to have with our Savior.

    The message in this book is one that I desperately needed to hear and it left my heart on its knees more often than not. These gifted writers helped me understand that Gods love is so much deeper and fuller than anything we could experience in this world. No matter what season youre in, you will walk away from this book with a bigger and better outlook on life, the world we live in and who you are. We are not defined by our circumstances. My name is not broken, beaten, or bruised. Im not considered trash. I am Beloved. I am a daughter of the King.a daughter of the Almighty God. You are, too, if you choose to accept the truth He pours over us every moment of every day.

    (I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.)
  2. Tennessee
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Before I had even finished the first chapter, I knew this would be something that I wanted my daughter and my granddaughter to read.
    September 16, 2014
    DonnasBookshelf
    Tennessee
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Before I had even finished the first chapter, I knew this would be something that I wanted my daughter and my granddaughter to read.

    Robin and Alyssa use the perfect examples in telling how their first loves were not the forever love they each thought it would be. In contrast, Jesus loves us with an everlasting love and is ever present and ready to receive our love.

    Then they discuss how wonderful it is to be pursued (in a good way) the closest I can relate to this is the job I have now. A co-worker asked me if I would be interested in transferring to the main office for a better position and a promotion!

    Of course, I was thrilled and even more so when I learned that my future supervisor and his supervisor both thought I was the perfect choice!

    However, being a bit scary, since it would require a move to another city, I continually prayed about if I should apply for this position (and if moving my family to another city 3 hours away would work out) and I asked God to show me in several specific ways, which He did, in ways I couldnt doubt.

    Robin and Alyssa go on in the next few chapters to explain that this is what God does He patiently draws us to Him. Robin speaks of how God delights in you not because of anything you do or dont do just because you are His.

    God wants you. He loves you and is continually pursuing you. He has called you out of this world because you are of great value. You are His Peculiar Treasure. You are set free. You are covered, and my favorite, you are promised to Him. You are spoken for



    Read the book. Its a really great book.

    An even better idea is to buy the book, read it, then pass it on to a sister, a daughter, or a girl friend.

    But read it thoroughly and take in all it says about how special you are to God, and how much He loves you. You belong to Him you are Spoken For
  3. 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".
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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