Item description for Totally Free (Laurel Shadrach Series) by Stephanie Perry Moore...
Overview Laurel's senior year in high school challenges her Christianity as she faces boyfriend decisions and sees family and friends feeling the same temptation of alcohol that she has experienced.
Publishers Description Laurel Shadrach is in her second semester of her senior year and things seem to be falling into place. She's dating a Christian guy and her friendships are back on track. But right around the corner lurks the temptation of drugs and alcohol. As she witnesses their destruction on those around her, Laurel realizes that alcohol and drugs only bring temporary relief. To be totally free, you must turn your life over to Christ and rest in Him.
Citations And Professional Reviews Totally Free (Laurel Shadrach Series) by Stephanie Perry Moore has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Voice of Youth Advocates - 02/01/2003 page 479
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Studio: Moody Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.54" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.58" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2002
Publisher MOODY PRESS BOOKS #13
Series Laurel Shadrach
Series Number 2
ISBN 0802440363 ISBN13 9780802440365
Availability 0 units.
More About Stephanie Perry Moore
Stephanie Perry Moore is truly a woman from the South. She was born in South Carolina, raised in Virginia, and educated in Alabama. She is the author of many YA Inspirational fiction titles, including the NEW Urban Flip Book Series, Lockwood Lions, the NEW Suburban Flip Book Series, Grovehill Giants, the Payton Skky series, the Laurel Shadrach series, the Perry Skky Jr. series, the Yasmin Peace series, the Faith Thomas Novelzine series, the Carmen Browne series, the Morgan Love series, the Alec London series, and the Beta Gamma Pi series.
She is the Co-editor of the Sisters in Faith Bible. And the Co-author of the book Raise Him Up, written with her husband Derrick Moore.
Mrs. Moore speaks with young people across the country, encouraging them to achieve every attainable dream. She currently lives in the greater Atlanta area with her husband, Derrick, and their three teenagers.
Stephanie Perry Moore currently resides in Atlanta, in the state of Georgia.
Stephanie Perry Moore has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Totally Free (Laurel Shadrach Series)?
Encouraging Jan 31, 2007
Oh my gosh, Totally Free was so encouraging. Stephanie Perry Moore talked about forgiving and trusting God. She also talked about gambling and drugs, which are sins. You have to forgive those who hurt you. In Totally Free, Laurel learns how to forgive her friends for their actions. Trust in God in whatever you do.
Reviewed by: Lauren OOSA's teen reviewer
Moore does a great job addressing important issues for teens Jun 22, 2006
Well into her senior year of high school, Laurel Shadrach thought she finally had her life in order. Her new boyfriend, strong Christian Foster McDowell, was everything her ex, pretentious jock Branson Price, was not. However, in TOTALLY FREE, the second book in Stephanie Perry Moore's series, Laurel finds the actions of those around her quickly diverting her from the straight path she had hoped to be on.
As the book opens, Laurel is enjoying a Christmas phone call from Foster when she hears commotion downstairs. She is shocked to see her younger brother, Lance, lying on the ground in a pool of blood. Laurel quickly realizes that alcohol was the culprit. Lance had decided to sample everything from their grandfather's bar, and fell down on a broken glass. Laurel rushes him to the emergency room and hesitantly agrees to tell their parents a version of the story that will keep her brother out of trouble. However, as the book continues, Lance proceeds further down his destructive path of drinking. When Laurel realizes that he has also been spending thousands of dollars (which he does not even have) gambling on sporting events, she begins to recognize that she is actually harming her brother by continually covering for him.
To make matters worse, Laurel's eclectic circle of friends continues to give her headaches and test her faith. Although she has forgiven best friend Brittany for her romance with Branson, their relationship continues to be strained. However, Laurel finds that she must be a constant source of support when Brittany receives devastating news. Then there's her confusing relationship with Branson. Although she finds a spiritual companion in Foster, there is still a lingering attraction to her ex-boyfriend that she must contend with. As she comforts him while he waits for the results of a life-altering test, Foster becomes increasingly jealous. However, a tragic accident brings everything to light --- Lance's drinking problem and Laurel's true feelings. With these events giving her a new perspective on life, Laurel finally realizes who she is truly meant to be with.
Fans of Moore's fiction will greet TOTALLY FREE with much enthusiasm. From the first page to the last, it is chock full of the excitement that is a staple of her novels. By the same token, the book can seem at times a bit over the top. From car accidents to drinking binges, from AIDS scares to a school shooting, it perhaps packs in a bit too much drama, leaving the reader unable to focus on a single bigger issue. That said, TOTALLY FREE does a great job of addressing issues that other YA novels don't, such as a young teen's addiction to alcohol and gambling. All in all, it is an enjoyable read, with a surprise ending that will leave readers eager to get their hands on the next installment of the series.
--- Reviewed by Jennifer Crosby
It was decent Nov 1, 2005
This book was good, but it was a bit hectic, as one of the previous reviewers mentioned. Alcoholism was the only problem that I felt like was addressed in any depth, but being at a point in my life where many of my friends are starting to drink it was good to see how Christians can help those that face this struggle. It was also a good reminder that drinking is a temptation like any other temptation, gambling, guys, lying, etc, and that we do all need each other and God to help us be free from those temptations. This book was definitely meant for a younger crowd, maybe junior high or early high school, but still had a message that spoke to me as a college student.
A total soap opera Jun 12, 2004
This book was horrible. I laughed my way through it. Marijuana, alcohol, gambling, HIV/AIDS, school shooting, cheating girlfriends, car accidents, unfaithful hearts, sleazy ex-boyfriends, sex out of wedlock... you name it, it was in this book. I'm sure the author's heart is in the right place, but this book tried to be a great Christian fiction novel for teenage girls and failed. It was so chaotic that any grains of spirituality or important lessons were completely lost. Laurel's attempts to "get right with God" or return to faithfulness are superficial, extremely short lived (a paragraph, at most), and are so quickly forgotten that if you weren't reading closely, you'd never know that this was supposed to be a Christian book. If Laurel Shadrack is supposed to be an inspiration or role model for young girls, she needs to seriously change in the later books of this series. Although the author clearly admires Robin Jones Gunn, this series is nothing compared to the Christy Miller series. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone, unless they were looking for a good laugh.
totally free book review Jun 25, 2003
"Totally Free" is the second installment in the Laurel Shadrach series. The book covers the bulk of the remainder of her senior year of high school. Laurel is now dating Foster, a Christian guy. But Branson, her ex, will not leave her alone, especially since he regrets leaving her only to find out that he might have AIDS because his girlfriend has it. Laurel has a hard time trying to keep away from Branson and Foster catches the two of them in some rather compromising situations. Then there is Laurel's best friend Brittany, who is now a Christian and of whom is struggling with her faith. Plus Laurel's brothers seem to be at war, especially when one discovers alcohol and becomes an alcoholic--and then takes up gamblimg on the side. Laurel and her world have been torn apart again--especially after a tragic accident unfolds that leaves Laurel wondering if she still likes Branson. This book is a slightly weaker installment than the first one, but is still a worthy read. I also recommend this author's "Payton Skky" series.