Anyone who works with youth as I do can testify that teenage girls are often ruled by their emotions. These kids ride a habitual rollercoaster of raging hormones and peer-pressure, where every little hiccup in a relationship explodes out of proportion. They seem to live and even thrive on drama. The term “teenage drama queen” aptly applies.
Today’s book spotlight tackles this tumultuous teen-hood dilemma by giving kids a way of using scriptwriting to objectively examine their choices before actually facing those difficult life-situations.
In MY LIFE UNSCRIPTED (Thomas Nelson), the author, Tricia Goyer, courageously wrote mini-scripts of some of her own most intimate struggles from her teenage years. Its powerful, life changing message touched my heart.
I decided to test the material on a real-live, teenage girl from my youth group. I asked Anjulie to read the book and then to write a short script of her own. She even agreed to a short interview! I’ve posted the results below.
I highly recommend MY LIFE UNSCRIPTED as a ministry tool for teenage girls, or for that special drama queen in your life. Well done, Tricia Goyer!
Tricia Goyer was named Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference "Writer of the Year" in 2003. Tricia was a finalist for the Gold Medallion Book Award and she also won ACFW's "Book of the Year" for Long Historial Romance in 2005 AND in 2006. She has written hundreds of articles, Bible Study notes, and both fiction and non-fiction books. She's married to John, and they have three great kids whom she homeschools: Cory (17), Leslie (14), and Nathan (12). They make their home in Northwest Montana with their dogs, Lilly and Jake.
ANN (12), sits against the table. Across from her are WILLIAM (18), JASEY (15), and ADAM (10). In front of her there is a line of white powder half gone, next to the powder lies an empty pen shell.
ADAM: So…..what do you think? I told you it was great!!!!
ANN: My nose hurts, but that was awesome! (coughing)
William and Jasey laugh.
WILLIAM: And it only gets better from here (he pulls out a bottle of Vodka from under his coat) you ready to try this.
ANN: (laughing) You're hilarious! Do you really think this is the first time I have ever had cheap Vodka?
JASEY: Told you Will, she's not a goody-goody. Her parents keep her trapped up in her house most of the day. What the heck do you think she does to keep herself sane?
They all begin to laugh. William opens the bottle takes a swig and passes it around.
WILLIAM: (slurring his words) Sooo Ann do you want to buy some or not?
ANN: Duh…here take it before I change my mind (hands William $60) How long does this stuff last?
JASEY: Well you'll get off your HIGH horse (chuckling at his own joke) in about 3 hours. But trust me honey, you'll want more before then.
Jasey puts on some music and before long they are all high and drunk.
WILLIAM: Ann are you OK?
ANN: Actually, I am getting really tired... OH @#*^, I'm gonna barf.
ANN runs to the bathroom, and isn't seen again for about 10 minutes. ADAM walks in after her and finds her passed out on the floor of the bathroom
ADAM: I am sooo not carrying her home.
JASEY: I'll have my sister call her mom and ask if she can spend the night…..
WILLIAM: Let's have some fun first.