Paige knows the value of life. She was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma when she was ten. The mass in her leg that had made it sore was cancer. She spent time in a cancer ward. At one point, angry and confused by the death of one of her young friends in the ward, she scribbled in her journal. A verse. Then a chorus. She had written her first song and it was a defining moment for her. Through the Make-A-Wish foundation, she recorded two Twila Paris songs. Word got around. She was not yet fourteen, was cancer free, and was singing at corporate events and fundraisers. She was on the Bath & Body Works Christmas CD (to benefit Make-A-Wish) and was sent on a media tour. Paige uses her own story to introduce her readers to the truths she has learned. She reminds us it is a big lie that we are of no value. Each of us is a perfect candidate to be used by God. “No matter how filthy, bruised, or beaten down you may be, God wants to rebuild you.” (71) She helps us find out what our gift is, how to renew that fire of our dream. She gives several examples to show that young people can change the world. She encourages us to form our own mission statement, showing us how to identify our passions. She gives great examples of teens who have made the world a better place, both as individuals and as working with established groups. Paige is hard hitting: “When Christians don't represent Christ with their lives, the world is left wondering if Jesus is really in the business of changing lives at all.” (163) Paige concludes by reminding us that each life is too valuable to be wasted. “So,” she asks, “what will your story be?” (205)
This is a wonderful book for teens and those who work with them. At the end of each chapter Paige includes an Action Challenge. The questions help in discussing the chapter and give suggestions for action. Paige is certain every person has a God-given mission for life. She has written this book to help people find theirs. This book has the potential for a great impact in the lives of teens. Just make sure your teen and your youth worker at church get their copies.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from a publicity group for the purpose of this review.
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Review 2 for Wake Up, Generation: You Have a Life How Will You Use It? - eBook
This book is a great read for any young person. You will be able to relate to this humble young woman. Her advice in this easy to read book will help you grow in your relationship with the Lord.
This is a very practical book with some great examples of living each day for the Lord. Finding your purpose can be so confusing for young people today. The author of this book is still on her journey but what she has learned so far will help each person who reads this.
The retelling of incidents in the authors’ life was well written and easy to read. I thought the book flowed well and came across as a helpful example of how one can use their life to change others. I gave this book 5/5 stars as I thought it was a good read and could be enjoyed by any young person.
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.