Wednesday, February 1, 2012
From Blah to Awe: Shaking up a Boring Faith (A Booksneeze review)
From Blah to Awe is written directly to teenage girls. I noticed right from the start how easily the book reads. It feels like Jenna herself is talking right to the reader. She does not talk over your head but right at the perfect level for teens. She makes you feel like her friend.
More than the tone she uses she "gets real" with the readers. A few quotes from her book "A lot of times when I do something nice for someone else, I'm doing it just so someone else will think better of me" I love how she is real and will admit her true feelings. The ugly side of our heart that we all have but never want others to know we have it. She puts it all out there for the reader to know they are not alone!
"Our feelings can be misleading at times(especially at the time of the month, right, girl?" And she goes on to talk about times when we hate everything, the world, our hair, skin chores, and so on. And then BAM something happens that our feelings turn around. "A nap...juiciest cheeseburger..." Then we hear sayings like "Follow your heart"... oye
I love how she tackles the subjects of having bad feelings towards God. Jenna tells the reader that having bad feelings is not wrong. It is how we act on those feelings. I have often told people that. God gives us our feelings. He knows our hearts. He knows when we doubt or are mad at him. And that is NOT a sin. Jenna shows emotional teenage girls that having the feelings is not wrong. It is what we do with these feelings that counts.
There is a lot of great lessons to be learned in this book. I believe it would benefit any Christian girl to have. There are lots of spaces for writing in the book. Jenna encourages you to write and be active in this book. She asks questions, asks for things and helps lead you in prayers. This is a book you are encouraged to be participating in. I like that.
This is not a self help book. This is a book that helps understand WHY we get that Blah feeling in our Christian walks. This book helps us to figure out why and how to keep focused. I think everyone who reads this book will be glad they did.
I received this book free for review from booksneeze.com and was not required to give a positive review. Thank you Booksneeze!