Hysterical people quickly make judgement on troubled teenager

Hysterical people quickly make judgement on troubled teenager

Have you ever had a judgement day? I have had a few, but one remains in my mind to this day – telling a parent that I had not passed my exams and couldn’t apply for the career I desperately wanted.

In no uncertain terms, I could see the disappointment on his face. His anger welled up, and razor sharp eyes cut me to the quick. I had tried, but there would be no compassion that day. In his judgement, I was a failure, to him especially. I had not come up to his expectations and therefore not his daughter. His daughter would have excelled, been top of the class in everything and someone he could introduce as an extension of himself.

Being a disappointment hurts, its tendrils weave in and out of your heart and mind lying to you that you are not good enough. That judgement convicts you even though you know you are worthy of more. You have not changed from the person you were before, but now you carry the mark of embarrassment. You have become diseased, someone to ridicule and get rid of.  If only my father knew the real me, my heart, my kindness, but he wanted the trophy, the model daughter. He never got over my failure.

Adam, the main character in Kerfuffle suffers too. However, his judgement is by far worse for his crime….

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My penny’s worth

What right have we to make a judgement?
Kerfuffle - my book review by Margaret Kazmierczak

Challenging

Kerfuffle by Kirstin N. Spencer is a thought provoking book which in my humble opinion ought to be a must for church discussion groups.

It is brave in its challenge to test Christian beliefs and thinking. Which side of the coin would we fall on I wonder?

What I liked

I found the characters all believable with flaws and thoughts that were in line with the plot. My heart went out to Adam and Sophia whom I could relate to as they coped with their dilemmas. What wonderful friends they had but even here there were surprises.

There is judgement in my church

I recognised faces and sentiments from my own church which made the book feel real and also sad.

Guardianship

How wonderful for Adam that he had such guardians to help him as he came to understand the implications of discovering the root of his secrets.

How helpful and healing it would be if such guardians patrolled our churches with such acceptance and support.

Finding the answers

This book offers Jesus’ answers through biblical verse and encourages the reader to seek mercy and compassion as a solution rather than judgement. This I feel is one of the strong areas in the book.

Would I recommend this book?

This book needed to be written, and I hope more people – both teenager and adults alike, will pick it up and start discussing its contents. Thank you, Kirsten, for your book.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

About the Book

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Book title: Kerfuffle

Author: Kristin N. Spencer

Release date: June 1, 2017

Genre: Young Adult

Olive’s best friend needs her now more than ever, but can she piece together everything in time to help him?

When an anonymous email circulates through Normandie High, everything Olive knows about her family, church, and friends will change. In the midst of controversy, Olive finds she has been entrusted to protect her best friend and his secrets, though revealing them would make her life much easier. Meanwhile, she struggles to figure out what the Bible teaches about homosexuality while the members of Revive church lobby accusations back and forth, threatening to cause a church split.

In a twist that even Olive couldn’t anticipate, family relationships waiver as Olive tries to decode her mother’s mysterious behavior. When the past stirs up new accusations against Olive’s family, she learns that some secrets are more painful to reveal than others.

Though a helpful guy in Spanish class has her attention, Olive realizes that boy problems are the least of her worries. Can she balance drama, schoolwork, and still be the supportive friend and daughter God wants her to be?

About the Author

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Kristin N. Spencer is an American expat living in a 68 square meter flat with her husband and three kids near the Aegean Sea. When she isn’t wifing, mothering, counselling, disciplining, or writing, she enjoys sewing cosplay costumes for her family, baking, and hanging out with other geeks. She writes whatever she wants, including Non-Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy. Her favorite person is Jesus and her favorite X-men character is Jean Grey. Kristin studied Comparative World Literature at California State University, Long Beach and received a Bachelors, which she fondly calls a degree in reading

Guest Post from Kristin N. Spencer

Retrospective thoughts are so powerful, aren’t they? Now that I’m an adult I often look back on my adolescence and think, “Why didn’t anyone tell me?” As a YA author, I read a lot of books in my own genre, and I’ve noticed a pattern. Though many of the secular YA authors are brave enough to talk about the tough stuff, not many Christian authors go after the real world difficulties that face our young people. The passage of time constantly rips through generations creating new problems and situations. The world that my children are growing up in is very different from what I experienced, and the challenges that they face as Christians are also different. The Desires & Decisions series was born out of the need for me to able to address these controversial topics with my own children. Olive, a teenage girl growing up in Southern California, serves as the lens of perspective as we see almost everything from her point of view. Her world provides a safe, fictional place for Christians to flesh out these thoughts and think through what the Bible teaches about topics like racism, bullying, loving one’s neighbor, what real love is and addiction.
Kerfuffle specifically explores the complex emotions associated with the Church and the temptation of same sex attraction. We get to experience the conflict Olive feels and also witness the varied reactions from different generations through Olive’s parents and other members of Revive Church. This issue isn’t going away, and as a Church, we must be able to talk about it without alienating ourselves from those that struggle with this temptation. There is hope for every person through the blood of Jesus Christ, whether you struggle to love those who experience same sex attraction or you struggle with that temptation yourself. I hope Kerfuffle encourages you as you seek to walk closer to Christ.

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Mad or Sane – The Girl Who Could See – Book Review

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Mad or Sane

My teen children think that all the time of me! I leave my keys in the same place, and when looking for them, they have disappeared! Or my phone goes missing, and I have to get a responsible adult/teen to ring my number to find it.

Have you noticed those missing socks trying to find their partner, gloves that have wondered off into the sunset and names or words that refuse to jump off your tongue – sound familiar?

You are wondering now what this has to do with a book review. It has plenty to do with the book that I am reviewing. Madness or Sanity that is the plot.

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