Peace for Parents of Teens
This grace-filled devotional offers parents the assurance that God is in the midst of their family and will guide them and their children through the teenage years.
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How is the book structured?
Each week of this devotional has a topic. Each day of the week there is a verse of encouragement, a question, and a prayer that you can pour over your child. That nugget of peace will help get you through the night knowing you’ve called on God and covered your teen with hope. A tie-in paragraph addresses some of the struggles teens are dealing with today. Peace for Parents of Teens can also be used as a parent-teen meditation if and when the teen is willing. Parents can choose whether to answer the questions themselves or to think about how their teen might answer. The questions are designed to personalize the verse and prayer, so use these tools to best fit your approach.
Why will readers enjoy the book?
I hope this book will help lead parents to God for assurance and that their teen is drawn in as well. If their year was spent strengthening their bond with their teen, I hope the issues addressed in this book prepares them for some things they might be dealing with.
What has been the most effective marketing move for your books?
Unlike my fiction books this one sells itself. There is such a need for parents to have this kind of resource; people are already readily searching for this type of comfort.
How much of your book is based on real-life situations you encountered, either as a parent or as a social worker/psychologist?
When my daughter was going through hardships, I wanted desperately to find encouragement to give me peace of mind before I laid my head down each night; something to help me feel that I wasn’t a bad mother and that my daughter wasn’t a bad child; comfort that let me know God was there in our midst and that He was seeing us through this storm. These devotionals provided just that—unconditional peace of mind.
What facet of the writing craft comes easiest to you? What do you struggle with? Explain.
I love the idea of a new project, creating the set-up and seeing it evolve into a full fledged story or in this case a devotional.
This isn’t a fiction book where you can hide yourself in what you write into the story. For this book the struggle was exposing me and my daughter to the struggles we went through.
What is the last book you read that moved you? How did it affect you?
I recently read Blue Like Jazz by Don Miller. I loved his journey and relationship with the Lord. It was refreshing to hear such honesty and realism.
What are you working on now?
I just completed a YA titled Kentucky Dreams:
Benford Peavey is a hard working young man with big dreams. He’s a grunt at Churchill Downs, no one notices him yet. But once he gets rid the bullies, his mean uncle to leave him alone, and an even angrier boss off his tail, he'll be someone no one forgets, especially Samantha who knows he’s special already.