Parents know the drama of living with a teenage girl. Teen girls struggle to honor their closest relationships while finding their unique identity during adolescence, especially in today’s families which can be messy, complex, and even painful. But family—however messy—can also provide the perfect training ground to make us more like Christ.
Family: How to Love Yours (and Help Them Like You Back) is written to come alongside a young woman and equip her as she navigates her roles, responsibilities, and responses from a Christian perspective. With tender, funny, and hope-filled insight, Jessie Minassian digs in deep where parents sometimes struggle to be heard. Jessie offers trusted advice and wise, Godly counsel for a young woman to honor her closest relationships, see her family’s dynamics in new ways, and have some fun along the way!
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Biblical wisdom, humor, and straight talk combine to encourage girls to be the change they want to see in their families. Minassian, founder of the popular website LifeLoveandGod.com, flips the focus for girls struggling to relate to their families. Rather than studying the problems, chapters present solutions. Discussions focus on issues such as sibling rivalry, a desire for increased freedom, and self-acceptance. Numbered tips will help readers put the theories into practice. Minassian’s personal stories give life to familiar admonitions to nurture humility, forgiveness, gratitude, and integrity. However, she also is careful to point out that not all families are created equal. While difficulty and strife are common within close interpersonal relationships, abuse and self-harm are never OK. She advises readers to seek professional help for tackling these darker issues. The overearnest big-sister tone might be off-putting to some, but the promise of more peace at home should entice even reluctant readers. While the emphasis is on Christian values, the no-nonsense instruction has a broader appeal. Quizzes and suggestions for related activities are included in every chapter, making this resource appropriate for both group and individual study. Interactive and encouraging. (Nonfiction. 10-16)
by Kirkus Reviews
God is in the habit of using broken families for His glory. In Family, Jessie vulnerably and authentically shares the power of that truth through her own story and then effectively empowers young girls to discover it for themselves. Wow. This book is for all teenage girls who want to discover purpose and find healing within their families; for parents who long for deeper, richer, God-honoring relationships with their daughters; and for small group leaders who want to bring reconciliation into the lives and homes of their students. Grab this book, read it in community, and expect to receive gospel truth, fresh perspectives, and life-altering advice.
by Megan Fate Marshman, Director of women's ministries at Hume Lake Christian Camps
An easy read with lots of fun, useful, and engaging exercises for teen girls. This book belongs in the hands of every Christian girl trying to do the teen years right. It is biblically solid, relationally focused, authentic, and very practical.
by Danny Huerta, VP of parenting and youth at Focus on the Family
In Family, Jessie is honest, relatable, and completely down to earth. She doesn’t shy away from sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly about her own family and growing-up years. She gives you an honest inside peek that not many people are willing to give. This book is filled with solid biblical truth and practical advice on how to love and live with your family well. Jessie is the big sister that every teen girl wishes she had. We highly recommend this book!
by Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird, Founders of GirlDefined Ministries