Keepin' It Real: a Young Teen Talks With God
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Leslie has just turned 13--and she is having a very bad year. Not only is she stuck in a new school where she doesn't know anyone, but she's also stuck in a "life group" at her church where the leader of her small discussion group asks tough questions that she can't answer. Come along and join Leslie on her faith journey as she writes letters to God, and in the process begins to discover answers to some of her problems.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 92
Vendor: CSS Publishing
ISBN: 0788019538
ISBN-13: 9780788019531

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Anyone who is (or who ever has been) 13 will identify with Leslie's struggles to make sense of her family, her faith, her own thoughts, and the world. Through her letters to God, Leslie deals with questions as big as the very nature of God and as small as why Mom gets so bent out of shape about how the bathroom towels are folded. Sandra Humphrey has done a beautiful job of not only creating a very believable character, but more importantly, of showing young readers how inextricably faith is linked to the issues of everyday life.Lynn GilliamAssociate Editor, PocketsLeslie has just turned 13 -- and she is having a very bad year. Not only is she stuck in a new school where she doesn't know anyone, but she's also stuck in a life group at her church where the leader of her small discussion group asks tough questions that she can't answer. Come along and join Leslie on her faith journey as she writes letters to God, and in the process begins to discover answers to some of her problems.Keepin' It Real is sassy and sensitive. It's an honest look at a young girl's struggles -- and insights -- as she faces puberty and searches for faith.Mary Lou CarneyEditor-in-chief, Guideposts for TeensWarm, witty, and real, these true-to-life prayers offer delightful windows into the heart of God and every girl who prays to him.Lois Walfrid JohnsonAuthor, The Disappearing Stranger and the Adventures of the Northwoods seriesKeepin' It Real will help young people all over the world love themselves and God -- and have light and hope in this wild, confusing world.Troy and Genie NilssonChristian SongwritersSandra Humphrey takes on all the trials of teenagehood -- pimples, dates, gym class, even parents contemplating divorce -- and gives her readers an idea of just where to turn for help.Rick HamlinManaging Editor, GuidepostsSandra McLeod Humphrey is a retired clinical psychologist with over 35 years experience working with young people. She is the author of the best-selling volumes If You Had To Choose, What Would You Do? and It's Up To You ... What Do You Do?, and is a regular contributor to My Friend, the Catholic magazine for young people. Humphrey is also a writer and consultant for the Heroes and Dreams Foundation, which supplies character education materials to elementary schools throughout the United States.

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"Keepin’ It Real by Sandra McLeod Humphrey focuses on 13-year-old Leslie, a middle school student who is facing one of the most traumatizing years of her life. A recent move has transported her to a new town, a new church, and a new school. She joins a teen youth clique called ‘Life Group,’ which challenges her to assess her spiritual life and social surroundings. As a way of coping with her day to day emotional struggles, Leslie writes letters to God that are a combination of diary entries, theological questions, and psychological self-studies. In the process, God not only reveals to her that He values her as one of His children, but He also allows her to discover that she has special creative talents. As we read her letters we are able to see how the Lord uses friends, life experiences, work projects, and school to mold Leslie into a maturing, young woman of faith.
"This book is epistolary in format, for there is neither outside narration nor third person point of view other than Leslie's letters. The author shows transition and growth in Leslie's life by allowing the letters to evidence evolving maturity, insight and wisdom in Leslie's thinking. Nevertheless, Leslie is just 13, and in sharing her innermost thoughts and most intimate feelings, Humphrey allows us better to understand the insecurities, dreams and challenges of today's youth.
"I, myself, have vivid recollections of being in junior high and worrying about my appearance, about peer pressure, and about relational problems with my parents. This book rings true. I admire how much Leslie grows in her faith in God by the end of the book. Many Christian adults have yet to come to this level of belief and confidence in their Savior.
"This book will be enjoyed by teens ages 13 to 16 (especially girls), but it should also be read by adults who wish to comprehend and empathize with the concerns and needs of modern young people." -- Rachel Foster, Christian Book Previews

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