Remembering days of my youth, my grandma heart was drawn towards the candor of this book title. Paula Hendrick’s voyage through boy-crazy turbulence holds many too-familiar descriptions of seeking attention of boys and needing to feel liked and attractive to them. I see my grand daughters involved with guy relationships at very young ages. Add in the “helps” of technology like texting and facetime and it becomes a faster paced boy-craziness.
I was hoping this book would help me understand my past better and that it would be a good resource for the grand girls. Paula has helped me look back and confirm neediness that I experienced in my teens and young adult years. I could identify with lack of emotional relationship with my Dad, total focus on getting a guy to like me, reading Christian romance novels and wanting to feel loved and beautiful. Her evolving understanding of how immensely God loves her and allowing him to transform her thinking about herself is right on. I reached similar conclusions in my own story.
Paula starts her story from the point of self awareness of her neediness and how her pursuit of boys had become an idol in her life. The chapters are set up almost as a devotional with journal prompts, to help the reader do some reflective thinking. Her message is non-judgmental and very Bible based with scriptures, prayers and encouragement to the reader to be a student of the Bible. I come from a strong faith background and have a working knowledge of scripture, so I get where she is coming from and where she hopes to take young women.
However, I’m not certain the author’s style would engage the average teen reader who is saturated with today’s pop culture and media. She makes no reference to popular culture in her own experience nor does she address current trends and the challenges of technological influences. I would have liked the book to give more “story” about Paula's experiences before emphasizing her spiritual transformation and how she applied scripture to learn the lessons God was teaching her. The book will probably have best appeal to late teens and on up who are actively seeking to live a faith-filled life.
Overall, this book contains a wonderful testimony that is very encouraging and will hopefully help many young Christian women who can identify with boy-craziness. I will donate my copy to the church library as a great resource for young adults and keep it in mind for sharing with family members as they get older.