Back in the 1980s, the infamous singer Madonna opined in her song “Material Girl” about the life of a girl living in a world focused on fleeting relationships and possessions. Fast forward to the 21st century and one can certainly attest the words of the aforementioned song pale in comparison to the world of selfies, social media, and the ever growing pursuit of vanity.
We have a teenage daughter. As with most teenagers, she struggles at times when it comes to matters related to self-image and fitting in to the passing fads of the day. She recognizes these fads for what they are, namely passing fancies of a self-absorbed culture; however, the urge to be part of the crowd still remains.
Kristen Hatton, in her excellent book Face Time: Your Identity in a Selfie World, provides helpful tools for teens to deal with the temptation to fit in to the world’s version of identity. Hatton covers all the hot button topics teenage girls deal with on a daily basis such as body image, eating disorders, materialism, friends, peer pressure, sex, and self-harm just to name a few. In opposition to that worldly perspective, Hatton presents a biblical approach to identity with a keen focus on providing teenage girls with tools to stay focused on what matters – their relationship with Jesus.
We actually utilized this book as part of our homeschool Bible curriculum. It was quite easy to use this book in that manner given Hatton provides short yet insightful chapters that each conclude with hard hitting “Reflection Time” questions and space to journal about Scriptures that deal with the issue presented in each chapter.
What I appreciated most about Face Time is Hatton saturates each chapter with sound biblical truth. While it is helpful to share stories, humor, and personal experience (which are provided throughout), Hatton consistently focuses the reader on looking to the truth found in Scripture as the foundation for how we understand life, self, and our relationship with God.
I highly recommend this excellent book for parents with teenage daughters and also for youth group leaders. In a time where far too many teenagers attempt to find their self-identity from social media in all its forms, it is vitally important to combat the world’s ideology with the truth of Scripture. The identity of our teenage girls is not found in the latest fashions, the hottest technology, fad diets, or in the arms of a boy who feigns love. Their true and lasting identity is found in Jesus and Kristen Hatton does a marvelous job of outlining the importance of that truth for girls who may be struggling with the temptation to conform to the world’s often twisted perspective on life.
I received this book for free from New Growth Press and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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