A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Paula Hendricks, the writing and editorial manager at Revive Our Hearts ministries. She wanted to discuss the possibility of turning my book 25 Ways to Communicate Respect into a 30-Day online challenge, to which I enthusiastically agreed.
During the course of our communication, Paula mentioned that she had recently published a book herself: Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl. Would I like a few signed copies to give away on my blog?
I told her sure, send them on. That would be great.
Although I had not heard of her book at the time, my daughters had — were they ever excited when Paula’s package arrived on our doorstep just a few days later! – and they were visibly disappointed when I told them they’d have to wait to read the book until after I had finished it.
As it happened, they didn’t need to wait long, as I devoured the book (my 12-year-old did, too, once she got her hands on it). Paula has such a transparent and engaging writing style, I felt like I was sitting right across the table from her. I could readily relate to many of the personal anecdotes she shared.
Although it’s been a few years, I was once the same boy-crazy girl she describes: stealing sidelong glances at myself in the mirror, going to desperate lengths to attract a guy’s attention, wondering distractedly whether any of my male classmates might be “the one” (a tendency exacerbated by the fact that I was frequently the only female student in many of the classes I was taking, beginning with wood and metal shop in junior high, right on up through differential equations, abstract algebra, hermeneutics, and New Testament Greek in college).
I might easily have penned Paula’s relationship-in-my-head chapter myself!
Paula uses her old journal entries as a starting place, which allows readers a candid but beautiful glimpse of how God has matured the thoughts and desires of her heart through the years as He has taken her “on her journey from neediness to freedom.” She weaves in lots of poignant Scriptures and personal insights to support her points.
The book was written with teen and tween girls girls in mind, but it is packed with wisdom that some twenty-somethings (and their moms!) may have missed… which is why I sent a copy to my twenty-something daughter in dental school and so enjoyed reading it myself.
Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl would be a great book for any mom to read and discuss with her daughters, as it touches on so many concepts that are vital to our contentment and maturity in Christ. Paula makes it easy to dig deeper by providing questions to ponder (and/or journal about) at the end of every chapter.
And thanks to Paula’s generosity, I have three signed copies of Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl to give away this week. (I’m keeping the copy I read and marked up for my own library.) Follow the rafflecopter link below and enter for your chance to win one: