Sunday, October 14, 2007

My Life Unscripted

This is Tricia Goyer, a fine author of historical and young adult fiction. She's also just released an excellent non-fiction book for teenagers called My Life Unscripted. Tricia bares her heart and her past as she writes powerfully for young people, inspiring them to approach life with planning and forethought--to script their world into its fullest potential.

The concept for the book and the way she writes portions in actual script is awesome. This is a great book for your teenagers or youth group.

Let's hear Tricia tell about the book in her own words:

"With real-life scripts, screewriting terms, and timely topics, My Life, Unscripted helps teen girls explore their own inner struggles and outward relationships. It's my hope they'll learn the importance of "scripting" their own responses BEFORE challenging life-situations arise. By contrasting real life with TV/movies, it's my hope that teen girls will understand they don't have to get caught up in the drama. They don't have to face situations as they arise, but rather they can think about, pray about, and consider hoe to face these situations before they hit the big screen of their lives.

Q: Is it true that much of YOUR story shows up in these pages?

A: Gulp. Yes, I'm afraid so. In fact, I shared parts of my story that I swore I'd never tell a soul. My teenage script (portrayed in the book as Trish Valley) wasn't one I'd suggest my daughter, nor my readers to copy.

Q: Why did you decide to share these stories?

A: First, because I want girls to understand the heartache of unwise decisions. I want them to be able to relate to me . . . relate than feeling preached at. Also, I wanted to share my stories because many young women have faced the same type of situations, or they know friends who have. And finally because they are great object lessons for the importance of following biblical truth.

Q: What does your daughter think about this book?

Although it was hard to talk about my past mistakes, I knew this wasn an ideal opportunity to share real-life truths with my daughter. Each person walking this earth has regrets. Our talks showed me that instead of hiding my past troubles (and hoping my kids didn't find out), sharing my mistakes could actually give my daughter a better understanding as to why values and wise decision-making skills are important.

For those moms out there . . . maybe your teen yearts were not as drama-filled as mine. Of, if they were, maybe you are fearful of sharing them with your teen. The truth is, teens learn best not with information and knowledge, but rather by hearing life examples and understanding how decisions can affect all parts of our lives. So, time to get brave, Mom. Open your heart and share what worked and what didn't. It just might help your daughter write a better script for herself.

Oh, yes, and consider buying your daughter, My Life, Unscripted. Hopefully, every teen girl can get some take-away to scripting a bright future!

Here's the link to purchase from

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