Item description for Sierra Jensen Collection: Open Your Heart/Time Will Tell/Now Picture This (Sierra Jensen Collection #3) by Robin Jones Gunn...
Overview Sixteen-year-old Sierra Jensen and her friends rely on their Christian faith to help them learn about themselves and others.
Publishers Description Happenstance...or God's Great Plan? She's the bold, free-spirited type. She's cute, she's fun, and she's following God. She's Sierra Jensen, Christy Miller's good friend, ready for her junior year of high school All twelve books in the popular Sierra Jensen series come together in four volumes to reveal the ups and downs of Sierra's incredible God-led journey Volume Three: An exciting trip to Europe challenges Sierra to "Open Your Heart "to loving others without expectations. At the start of her senior year, only "Time Will Tell" the truth about Sierra's friendships. And in "Now Picture This, " she wonders if her relationship with Paul is as picture perfect as she thinks Christy Miller knows a good friend when she meets her, and so will you--Sierra Jensen is at it again "Open Your Heart " What an adventure Having Christy Miller invite Sierra on an all-expenses-paid trip to Europe was amazing--but that was just the beginning. Sierra never imagined she'd meet someone like Alex, a dark-eyed Russian college student who's a Christian. Or that they'd all come face-to-face with disaster. Through it all, one question haunts Sierra: c an she learn to love others without expecting anything in return? Will she finally be able to open her heart to others--and to God? "Time Will Tell " Sierra's senior year of high school is here, but after the great summer she just had, how can it be anything but a letdown? Sure enough, the year tanks big-time when the school issues her buddy Randy an ultimatum. Stuck in the middle--Sierra wonders, what's right? Her friend or the rules? She longs to talk it over with Amy, but Sierra's best friend still isn't talking to her. What's worse, she hasn't heard a word from Paul No doubt about it, this school year is totally frustrating Will Sierra "ever" understand her friendships or God's plans for them? "Now Picture This " Why can't everyone just leave Sierra "alone?" All she wants to do is find a place to read the letter she just received from Paul--to soak in every word and memorize the photo he sent her--but Thanksgiving at the Jensen house means relatives "every"where Sierra hides out, immersed in her ideas for Paul's birthday and Christmas gifts, especially his requested gift: a photo of her. Sierra's determined--the photo has to be spectacular But a small voice of doubt nags at her. What does God think of her ignoring her family and friends this way? Is her picture-perfect relationship with Paul really all she thinks it is? Story Behind the Book "After writing the twelve-book Christy Miller series for teens, a new character showed up on the pages of the final novel. Her name was Sierra Jensen, and she was so compelling as a teenage character that readers began asking for a series about Sierra in order to hear more about her life choices. Our family had just moved to Portland at the time, and I found it easy to picture a sixteen-year-old like Sierra shopping at the local vintage clothing stores, hanging out with friends at a garage band concert, and serving at the homeless shelter on weekends." --Robin Jones Gunn
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Studio: Multnomah Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.48" Width: 5.98" Height: 1.49" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Jul 3, 2006
Publisher Multnomah Books
Series Sierra Jensen Collection
Series Number 3
ISBN 1590525906 ISBN13 9781590525906
Availability 0 units.
More About Robin Jones Gunn
When Robin Jones Gunn was in first grade her teacher wrote on her report card, “Robin keeps the entire class entertained at rug time with her stories.”
Even with such an early affirmation, Robin didn’t seriously consider becoming a writer during high school or college. She was more intrigued by the idea of traveling to foreign lands and telling people about God’s love.
But Robin’s husband also noticed her gift for story-telling and urged her to attend a writers’ conference. That first conference opened the door for publication of devotions, articles, interviews and eventually 15 children’s books.
While on a camping trip with their church youth group, Robin grew concerned when she saw what the girls were reading in their tent. The 13 year-old girls challenged her, saying, “If you don’t want us to read these books then you should write novels for us. We’ll even tell you what to write. How hard could that be?”
Early Mornings in Robin’s Nest
For over two years Robin carved out time to write by getting up at 3am, three days a week. Each week she would read the finished pages to the girls in the youth group and they would send her home to write and rewrite some more. After ten rejections Robin’s first novel was accepted for publication and released in 1988. More books followed and soon the Christy Miller series was joined by the Sierra Jensen series, the College Years and the Katie Weldon series. Thousands of readers have contacted Robin over the years to let her know how these stories changed their life.
Robin continued exploring other avenues of storytelling with gentle romances in the Glenbrooke series, women’s friendships in the Sisterchicks® series and family relationships in five women’s novels and two Father Christmas novellas.
Stories Travel the Globe
Over the past 25 years Robin has written 82 books with almost 4.5 million copies sold worldwide. To her great delight, Robin’s books are doing exactly what she always hoped to do – they are traveling around the world and telling people about God’s love. She is doing the same. Over the past ten years Robin has been invited to speak at events around the US and Canada as well as in South America, Africa, Europe and Australia.
Robin and her husband have two grown children and have been married for 35 years. They live in Hawai’i where she continues to write and speak in rhythm with her life verse:
“But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the LORD Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” Acts 20:24.
Robin Jones Gunn currently resides in Portland, in the state of Oregon. Robin Jones Gunn was born in 1955.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Sierra Jensen Collection V3?
Solid Christian fiction for teens Aug 1, 2008
Sierra Jensen has just finished the summer of a lifetime. After taking big trips to Europe and California, Sierra's return home to start her senior year of high school doesn't seem to be an exciting prospect. In TIME WILL TELL, the eighth installment in Robin Jones Gunn's Sierra Jensen series, she is faced with a number of challenges that make life far less than perfect.
Sierra learns that her once best friend Amy is upset with her and totally avoiding her. She is not even given the chance to find out what's wrong, let alone reconcile. As she fruitlessly attempts to save the friendship, her family is involved in a drama of its own. Something big is happening to her older sister Tawni, but no one will tell her what's going on.
Frustrated and lonely, Sierra seeks solace in her now growing relationship with long-time love interest Paul. He is attending school in Scotland, and the two write each other increasingly personal and romantic letters. With Paul on the other side of the world and Amy refusing to speak to her, Sierra realizes just how important good friends are.
Things begin to look up when a new friend emerges from a very unlikely place. Sierra also starts spending more time with Randy, who is having a dramatic start to senior year himself. He has defied the rules of their private school and grown his hair out long. While this may seem inconsequential, it has turned the school upside down, with student body and administration at odds with one another.
When Amy finally agrees to talk to Sierra, a family emergency abruptly ends her attempted reconciliation. With things off to a rocky start, will Sierra be able to enjoy her senior year? Will Amy give their friendship another chance? And what is the big secret her family is hiding from her?
In TIME WILL TELL, readers will be glad that the spotlight is back on Sierra Jensen after quite a bit of focusing on Gunn's other protagonist, Christy Miller. Some might find the book to be a bit overly dramatic, particularly in the amount of attention and emotion dedicated to Randy's decision about whether or not to cut his hair. This aside, the author manages to produce another well-written novel in an enjoyable series that will definitely please fans.
--- Reviewed by Jennifer Crosby
A satisfying conclusion to a lovely series Jul 31, 2008
Sierra Jensen is thrilled when her entire family gathers to celebrate her older sister's engagement. However, as excited as she is for Tawni, Sierra's mind is preoccupied with other things.
In TAKE MY HAND, the final book in Robin Jones Gunn's Sierra Jensen series, Tawni's engagement party will allow Sierra to finally see long-fantasized-about Paul after over a year apart. Tawni is conveniently engaged to Paul's older brother, and Sierra is more than hoping that she and Paul will be able to sneak away from their families long enough to do some much needed catching up. As the big day approaches, Sierra becomes more and more nervous and decides to let Tawni, a professional model, give her a makeover. With different clothes, tons of makeup and a crazy new hairstyle, Sierra barely recognizes herself. And, more importantly, neither does Paul!
This certainly gets things off to a rocky start, and as the night progresses, the reunion continues to be much less romantic than planned. Paul's undivided attention goes to Sierra's elderly grandmother, and Sierra is left alone with a headache from her new hairdo. However, later that night, Sierra's dreams are more than realized when they are finally left alone together. Holding hands on the beach while Paul reads her poetry, Sierra is sure that she is with "the one." Everything seems to be going perfectly, until Paul abruptly ends things and makes a comment that hurts and angers Sierra.
Very confused, Sierra moves into college unsure of where things stand with Paul. His words have left her with a lot of questions about his past, especially after she sees his ex-girlfriend with a child who bears a striking resemblance to him. Sierra must face the double challenge of beginning life away from home on her own, and deciding what the future holds for her and Paul, now that he is finally a reality and not just a far-away dream.
TAKE MY HAND provides a satisfying and exciting conclusion to the story of Sierra and Paul. Readers may have begun to wonder if the long-talked-about but rarely seen Paul did in fact exist. Most of the attention here is focused on wrapping up this storyline, which was the undercurrent to the entire series. However, the book leaves many questions unanswered. The fate of Sierra's other friends, also integral to the series, is barely touched upon, as is Sierra's new life at college. This perhaps does leave ample room for Gunn to expand the story in the future. Nonetheless, fans will certainly be pleased with this final chapter of an enjoyable series.
--- Reviewed by Jennifer Crosby
Awesome Book. Feb 29, 2008
I loved this book. I will admit though, when I firt started reading it. I was thinking 'This book is going to be soo boring' But, the more I was reading it. The more I found I loved it. For any christian girl, or even a girl who wants to learn more about god. This would be an awesome book for them. It deals with a lot of the things that teen girls deal with. And the way Sierra Jensen handles all the things that are thrown at her, is awesome. She can turn and awful mistake, into a chance for god to use her.
Sierra Jensen vol. 4 Jan 21, 2008
This volume of the book was the best! All christy miller fans will enjoy it!!
A satisfying read! Jul 7, 2006
This collection includes the first three books in the Sierra Jensen series written by Robin Jones Gunn.
Only You, Sierra introduces sixteen-year-old Sierra. Flying home from a mission trip in the UK, Sierra has met several new friends, including Katie and Christy, who readers of Robin's Christy Miller series will recognize. Normally outgoing and adventurous, Sierra is surprised to feel anxiety about her family's move to Portland, Oregon during the time she was away. A new home, new school, and potential new love interest challenge Sierra to reevaluate beliefs about herself that she has long taken for granted.
In Your Dreams finds Sierra watching over Granna Mae for a few days while her family is out of town. While it's difficult for Sierra to see her Granna's memory come and go, what seems to be a simple responsibility becomes more than Sierra bargains for when Granna Mae receives a call saying she needs immediate surgery. Meanwhile, Sierra tries to find a part-time job and wonders why, when she was the most popular girl at her old school, she is having such a difficult time making new friends in Portland.
Don't You Wish takes Sierra and her sister Tawni to spend Easter break at the beach with Christy, Katie, and their friends. When Tawni hits it off immediately with Jeremy, and even Katie pairs off with Antonio, an Italian exchange student, Sierra struggles with being jealous and feeling left out. She wants a boyfriend too. She tries to have fun and even learns to surf. But when Sierra witnesses Christy and Todd, to her the perfect couple, going through a difficult time in their relationship, she realizes everyone has struggles in their life. And she learns, as 1 Tim 6:6 states, that godliness with contentment is the greatest gain.
"Have you ever felt as if you were caught between two lives? The one you're living, and the one you wish you were living?" Sierra asks Christy.
Armchair Interviews says: Readers of all ages will understand Sierra's feelings and be ministered to by the timeless truths God reveals to her throughout this collection.