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Overview In spite of a newfound faith, sixteen-year-old Kim Peterson faces a dreary Christmas and New Year because her mother has been diagnosed with cancer.
Kim's World Turns Upside Down When Kim's mom is diagnosed with cancer, Natalie steps in, as true friends will do, to round up hundreds of people to pray for Mrs. Peterson's healing. Her health begins to improve, and Kim's love life begins to flourish...but with a non-Christian. Natalie warns Kim to break off the relationship, but is that just because she's jealous? Or is God trying to speak to Kim through Natalie's counsel? When her mom's health suddenly declines again, Kim blames herself. Maybe she never should have become involved with Matthew, especially as she's tempted to give in to his pressure to have sex. Kim's faith is hanging in the balance. She wants to believe that prayer will prevail, but the obstacles seem so big... "Thursday, December 29 " "My dad and I are both feeling a little torn about Mom right now. On one hand, we all act like everything is just peachy, perfectly normal. But at the same time, it's like we're walking on eggshells too. Like we're all thinking the same thing-is this our last Christmas all together?" Kim Peterson's mom has stage four ovarian cancer, and Kim's done enough research online to know the odds are dismal. But Kim and her best friend, Natalie McCabe, and a lot of other people are praying that God will heal her mom. Kim's mom makes her promise that she'll continue with life as normal: Nat, youth group, violin, her "Just Ask Jamie" newspaper column, even hanging out with Matthew. But how can life be normal with cancer hanging over your head like a dark cloud? And then she's getting flak from Natalie because Matthew's not a Christian, and Nat's afraid he'll drag Kim down. But Nat's dating life isn't exactly smooth sailing, either. Both girls are praying a lot-and waiting to find out what's meant to be. Reader's guide included Story Behind the Book "My teenage years remain vivid in my mind. It was a turbulent time, full of sharp contrasts-love and hate, pain and pleasure, trust and doubt. Then, just as I reached my peak of questioning, rebelling, and seeking, I found God. And I found Him in a really big way My life turned completely around and has, thankfully, never turned back. Hopefully this story will touch and change hearts-speaking to teen girls right where they live, reminding readers that God is alive and well and ready to be intimately involved in their lives right now " -Melody Carlson
Citations And Professional Reviews Meant to Be (Diary of a Teenage Girl) by Melody Carlson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Ingram Children's Advance - 10/01/2005 page 81
Christian Advance - 09/01/2005 page 41
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.32" Width: 5.26" Height: 0.74" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2005
Publisher Multnomah Books
Series Diary Of A Teenage Girl: Kim
Series Number 2
ISBN 1590523229 ISBN13 9781590523223
Availability 0 units.
More About Melody Carlson
I started writing "professionally" about twenty years ago. I quickly learned that I'm a fast writer and, as a result, I've published more than 200 books--with more than 6 million books sold. And it stuns me to write out those numbers today. How did that happen? I've been told I'm in the top twenty "most prolific authors" of all time. Although I'm not certain this is true, it does make me wonder--and I wonder how other authors (in previous generations) managed to write so many books without the use of a computer. Last year I won a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times. But that doesn't mean I'm ready to retire. I have lots more books coming out and new ideas popping into my head all the time. I write from a studio right next to the house I share with my husband in Oregon. My dog Audrey goes to work with me every morning. I have to say...it's a pretty good life...and I am grateful to God for every bit of it.
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The Best Book Feb 6, 2007
I thought that this book was great! Infact I thought that as a Christian book it was the best that I have ever read! Kim is just like a normal teenager. She faces the same exact problems and everything! THis book was very emotional and was very well written! I think that this is one of THE BEST books I have ever read.
Testing Faith Feb 10, 2006
Kim Peterson is a Korean, adopted teenager dealing with hardships. She is a Christian and putting her faith in God to help her for each and every problem. Her friend Nat is always telling her to be careful because Kim is dating a non-Christian boy and Nat thinks this relationship will pull her away from God. Later on, Nat seems to have ignored her own "Be Careful" advice when she starts dating a Christian boy, Benjamin (Caitlin O' Conner's little brother). Not only that but Kim's mom (the one who adopted her) has stage four ovarian cancer which is terminal. Kim is praying very hard for her mother but so are a lot of other people who are close to her or not. Will Kim's mom hang in there? Will Nat get into something beyond her control? I like how this book has action every turn of the way and it was interesting. I did happen to dislike how the ending turned out because it was not what I expected. I also disliked how Nat's situation turned out. I really liked this book and I wanted to keep reading more and more. This is the second book of the series but I haven't read the first book yet. I can't wait until the other books come out. This book just introduces Christianity. Girls involved in a related religion will probably enjoy it best because it talks about Christian faith inside of others but anyone could read it, religious or not.
WOW Dec 25, 2005
Wow. I just finished reading this book, and it was so awesome. If you thought the first book, Just Ask, was good, then you've got to read this. Just when you thought Melody Carlson wrote fantasicly in the first Kim book, you'll think she outdid herself with "MeToant Be". It made me laugh, cry, and feel anxious. It feels like you're really there, experiancing every moment with Kim and her friends and family. I've never really read a book that made me this emotional, so that's really saying something. If you want a good read, then you're not wasting your time with this book!