Title: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Author: Jewel D. Williams
Primary Audience/age group: 13 and up
# Of pages: 168
Publisher: Pleasant Word
Year of Release: 2008
Part of a Series? No
Rating: 3 (View Scale) (See Recommendation)
Rating: 3 for mature content dealing with sexuality and mention of child abuse and a rape (see below)
Positive: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made encourages young ladies to meditate on Gods word and teaches them Gods principles on topics like peer pressure, dating and drinking. Williams encourages girls to set Christ-centered goals for themselves and search for Gods purpose in their lives. She also encourages young women to look to their parents or other Christian adults as mentors. Williams also uses the results of several teenage studies to help young ladies identify with the choices other teens are making as well.
Spiritual Elements: The entire book is Bible-based and uses many quotes from Scripture to guide young women in decision making.
Violence: Williams details her own difficult story as she faced abuse from her parents and even a rape in college (which is not discussed in depth.) With Gods help, she was able to overcome her difficult circumstances and choose to live a Christ-centered life.
Sexual Content: Gods plan for waiting for sex until marriage is spelled out. The book also talks about how to deal with pressure to have sex before marriage and how to avoid sexual temptation.
Other: Teen drug and alcohol use are discussed as well as the consequences of use and what the Bible says about such behavior.
The truths about abortion are covered as well as the importance of human life.
Recommendation: I highly recommend this book to any teenage girl struggling with the tough decisions on the road to adulthood. The book is set up in such a way that it is ideal for individual and group study. Although the book discusses mature topics, it is a much needed resource for girls as young as thirteen or fourteen. The topics are covered in an appropriate manner with Gods word at the center of it all. I would encourage parents to study along with their daughters or at least have some follow-up discussions with them about the topics discussed in the book.