Item description for Keepin' It Real: A Young Teen Talks With God by Sandra McLeod Humphrey & Sandra Mdleod Humphrey...
Overview Leslie has just turned 13 -- and she is having a very bad year. Not only is she stuck in a new school where she doesn't know anyone, but she's also stuck in a "life group" at her church where the leader of her small discussion group asks tough questions that she can't answer. Come along and join Leslie on her faith journey as she writes letters to God, and in the process begins to discover answers to some of her problems.
Publishers Description Anyone who is (or who ever has been) 13 will identify with Leslie's struggles to make sense of her family, her faith, her own thoughts, and the world. Through her letters to God, Leslie deals with questions as big as the very nature of God and as small as why Mom gets so bent out of shape about how the bathroom towels are folded. Sandra Humphrey has done a beautiful job of not only creating a very believable character, but more importantly, of showing young readers how inextricably faith is linked to the issues of everyday life. Lynn Gilliam Associate Editor, Pockets Leslie has just turned 13 -- and she is having a very bad year. Not only is she stuck in a new school where she doesn't know anyone, but she's also stuck in a "life group" at her church where the leader of her small discussion group asks tough questions that she can't answer. Come along and join Leslie on her faith journey as she writes letters to God, and in the process begins to discover answers to some of her problems. Keepin' It Real is sassy and sensitive. It's an honest look at a young girl's struggles -- and insights -- as she faces puberty and searches for faith. Mary Lou Carney Editor-in-chief, Guideposts for Teens Warm, witty, and real, these true-to-life prayers offer delightful windows into the heart of God and every girl who prays to him. Lois Walfrid Johnson Author, The Disappearing Stranger and the Adventures of the Northwoods series Keepin' It Real will help young people all over the world love themselves and God -- and have light and hope in this wild, confusing world. Troy and Genie Nilsson Christian Songwriters Sandra Humphrey takes on all the trials of teenagehood -- pimples, dates, gym class, even parents contemplating divorce -- and gives her readers an idea of just where to turn for help. Rick Hamlin Managing Editor, Guideposts Sandra McLeod Humphrey is a retired clinical psychologist with over 35 years experience working with young people. She is the author of the best-selling volumes If You Had To Choose, What Would You Do? and It's Up To You ... What Do You Do?, and is a regular contributor to My Friend, the Catholic magazine for young people. Humphrey is also a writer and consultant for the Heroes and Dreams Foundation, which supplies character education materials to elementary schools throughout the United States.
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Studio: CSS Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.33" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2003
Publisher CSS Publishing Company
ISBN 0788019538 ISBN13 9780788019531
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An Introduction to True Faith Through the Thoughts of a Teenage Girl - American Author's Association Review Feb 13, 2008
Humprey uses her unique experience as a psychologist and creates a poignant and emotional story of a young woman who is going through the most distressing period of time in her life--early adolescence. The story is told through thirteen-year-old Leslie as she writes in her diary to God. The author addresses both major and seemingly minor issues that confront teens of either gender and brings them to gentle resolution through the practice of faith and spirituality. I would emphatically recommend this book for any teen who is unsure of their place in their world and the place of God within it.
Karl L. Kruger for the American Author's Association
SFC 5 star review Oct 20, 2007
Award-winning Minnesota author, Sandra McLeod Humphrey, has produced an outstanding book to help not just teens, but all of us. Through her journaling letters to God in her effort to keep Him "real" in her life, thirteen-year-old Leslie takes us along with her on her school-year-long journey through her parents' divorce, moving, being the new kid at school, zits, the boy at the next locker, eating lunch all alone, having no friends in a new school... We watch Leslie grow - spiritually, physically, and emotionally. The journey is a riot - my childhood came roaring back as I ached with Leslie through those awkward moments as a teen I had just about forgotten about in my "old age". "Keepin' It Real" is an excellent reminder to all of us that God hears and answers all our prayers. Like Leslie, we don't always recognize the answers, but they are there, and they are REAL answers. This is a great book for 'tweens, teens and adults alike - some great discussions ought to come out of this one! This is an "easy read" since the text is broken up like journal entries, so it's easy to pick up where you left off in-between interruptions.
About the Author: Sandra is a retired clinical psychologist with over 35 years of experience working with troubled young people. She's written two excellent books where she gives the readers examples of modern-day issues our kids are faced with almost daily, and offers several choices for them to pick from to learn how to think these issues through to a good decision and choice. These books are:
If You Had To Choose, What Would You Do? and, It's Up To You...What Do You Do?
Sandra has a website that describes all her books, including her about-to-be-released book on bullying. She also runs a writing contest on her website for children to enter. Visit her at: www.kidscandoit.com for more information on her books.
Stories for Children Editor, VS Grenier
Real Real Sep 15, 2006
I think the book really captures the messages a teen may share with God. The tone and the messages are right on track and I think that helps to make it "real" for those who read it. Great book - easy read - awesome message!
Teens will find an empathetic voice within these pages Sep 12, 2006
As a mother of five children, one of whom is coming up on the teen years, I found Keepin' It Real a good reminder of the deeply-felt concerns of those no longer children but not yet adults. This is a genuine glimpse into the thoughts of a young person struggling to sort through some of life's toughest questions. It highlights the importance of the journey itself, and of keeping God always in sight. As I read it, I felt I easily could have been reading my own diary from my growing up years, when emotions were high and confusion an everyday feeling. Both parents and teens will benefit from a read-through of this sensitive approach to growing up in today's world.
Humphrey is very real in her writing. Sep 7, 2006
In Keepin' It Real, Sandra McLeod Humphrey covers topics teens are concerned with all the way from Athletic shorts to Zits. She really gets into the mind of a typical 13-year-old. But in reading this book, what I found to be most important, is that the questions and concerns and doubts that Leslie has, (for the most part) are those we all have even as adults. This book is easy to read and is an excellent one for any 13-year-old to have on their bookshelf.