What Every Mom Should Discuss with Her Daughter
Feb 17, 2012 - 12:09:59 PM
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Every teenage girl wants to feel special, loved, and beautiful - and every mom wants her daughter to look for that affirmation in the right places instead of the wrong ones. In Made to Crave for Young Women, based on the New York Times bestseller Made to Crave, bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst teams with social researcher Shaunti Feldhahn to show every teenage girl how to do just that - and give every mom the opportunity to discuss having true confidence in three vitally important areas. MADE TO CRAVE FOR YOUNG WOMEN (Zondervan; March 2012; $12.99) addresses the many "cravings" young women experience. TerKeurst and Feldhahn have divided these cravings into three types-physical, material, and emotional-and highlight how these cravings manifest themselves in the need to diet, shop, and gain acceptance from others, especially boys. This book equips teen girls (and their moms) with the tools necessary to avoid these destructive worldly cravings and move the focus to craving God.
"Satisfying worldly cravings only leave us fueled for a short time," say the authors. "For example, we should consume food. Food issues - whether that means over-indulging or denying ourselves the calories we need -- should not consume us. Trying to feel special by buying all the latest clothes will leave us feeling even emptier when we have the same old longings the next day. And as every girl knows down deep, trying to feel good about yourself by looking for attention from friends or affection from guys will never make the secret insecurities go away. It is only once we look to God alone for our self-worth - once we realize that God loves us and made us special, in a specific way -- that we'll have the confidence to be happy with ourselves."
Feldhahn and TerKeurst tell their own very personal stories of growing up with the typical heartbreaking moments that most teen girls experience. They bring in research that Feldhahn conducted with 1,000 teenage girls, and the results of focus groups conducted for this book, to show each reader that she is not alone, and that no matter how "good" others look, they deal with the same cravings. Through their firsthand accounts, research, and a series of "action plans" and "reality checks" they help girls navigate these difficult years, by encouraging them to avoid succumbing to the countless influences around them-the pull of excessive Facebook time, the desire to either eat for comfort or starve themselves to look thin, and the temptation to seek affirmation from popular girls and guys at school.
Among the reality checks are:
It is impossible to look like the images of the beautiful women in the magazines, because those images are often fake.
That "perfection" you think you need is not what guys want anyway.
Since we are living in an imperfect, fallen world, there is nothing of the world that will ever make you feel new or special "enough."
MADE TO CRAVE FOR YOUNG WOMEN is modeled after TerKeurst's bestselling adult book, Made to Crave. In this new edition, the authors expand beyond the food-related focus of the original, and into all the other areas of craving shared by so many teenage girls. The authors acknowledge that the desire to make wrong choices is common and that most of us share such temptations. But, as TerKeurst writes, "Whether we are talking about guys, friends, food, body image, new clothes, or anything else we abuse to try to fill ourselves, nothing in this world can ever fill us like God's portion."
Chock full of encouraging tips from TerKeurst and Feldhahn-who've both inspired millions with their moving speeches and expert advice - MADE TO CRAVE FOR YOUNG WOMEN empowers teens to feel renewed, confident and inspired to seek their worth in God alone.
To schedule an interview with Lysa TerKeurst or Shaunti Feldhahn, to receive review copies or for more information on MADE TO CRAVE FOR YOUNG WOMEN, please contact Candice Frederick at DJC Communications at 212-971-9707 or email@example.com.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Lysa TerKeurst is the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the author of fifteen books, including The New York Times best-seller Made to Crave. Lysa's personal story captured national media attention when she and her husband adopted two teenage boys from a war-torn orphanage in Liberia, Africa. She has shared her remarkable life story on national television and radio, including the Oprah Winfrey Show and Good Morning America. Lysa and her ministry team at Proverbs 31 encourage nearly 500,000 women through their daily online devotional. She also co-hosts a one-minute inspirational radio program aired on more than 1,200 stations around the world. Each year, Lysa is a featured keynote presenter at more than forty conferences across North America. In addition, she hosts the annual She Speaks Conference, which has helped thousands of women gain the tools to pursue God's calling on their life. Lastly, she touches hearts through their monthly magazine, P31 Woman. Lysa lives in North Carolina with her husband and five teenagers. www.LysaTerKeurst.com
Shaunti Feldhahn is a bestselling author, speaker, and social researcher. Her eye-opening books, including the groundbreaking For Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men and the version for teenage girls, For Young Women Only, have sold more than two million copies and have been translated into twenty languages. A former Wall Street analyst with a graduate degree from Harvard University, her innovative research with thousands of men, women and teens has made her a popular speaker at dozens of youth and adult events annually, as well as a regular guest in Christian and general-market media; Shaunti and her findings have been featured in media outlets as diverse as The Today Show and Focus on the Family, The New York Times and iMom, Cosmo and Lifeway's Living With Teenagers Magazine. Feldhahn lives in Atlanta with her husband and children. www.shaunti.com
Zondervan, a HarperCollins company, is headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI, is a world leader in Christian communications, and is the leading Christian publishing brand. For more than seventy-five years, Zondervan has delivered transformational Christian experiences through general and academic resources authored by influential leaders and emerging voices and has been honored with more Christian Book Awards than any other publisher.
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