I've got a teenager in my house, and boy do I now understand the saying that really made me mad as a kid- "Teenagers- move out now quick! While you still know everything!"
Oh. My. Gosh....
I love my son so much, and there are moments (a lot of moments) when I am completely amazed by him. He is an incredible boy, turning into an incredible young man, who will one day do incredible things in this world. I know that in my heart. He is one of the kindest people I know, and I wonder often what he's going to teach me today. He's so mature in spiritual matters that sometimes it's unnerving.
But. He is a teenager! And, he sometimes acts like a teenager. *growl*... It's hard to get through these teen years intact. Really hard. So, I'm constantly looking for books that will stretch him, books that will inspire him, books that he can relate to.
And I found one.You Were Made to Make a Difference
This is just the book for my kid. From first crack you can see that this book will capture his interest. As I began to read the pages inside I quickly realized that it was inspiring me too! One of my favorite quotes (out of many) is, "When you serve others, you serve God. And when you serve God... oh man, get ready. It's the moment in your chaotic teenage life where the insecurities disappear, worries fade, and questions die." THIS is the book for him!
The book is broken down into 12 cleverly titled chapters, like, "Plain Cheese Pizza", and, "Unplug and Tune In" among others. The book starts small, on how you live your day to day in your own world and then challenges you to look outward- first to your circle of friends and then beyond- way beyond. It ends with a chapter on how to make a difference every day.
This is a great book. I bought it for my son for his birthday, and now I'm not sure how I'm going to give it to him. If I'm going to give it to him for his birthday and let him work through it, or if I'll work through it with him, or maybe we could do it with both the older boys. Either way, I'm confident by this time next year it will be a very well read and worn book.
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