Hey, all, it’s Alexa, and today, I am doing a nonfiction for the first time (I think) in my reviewing on this blog. The lucky title, lol, is This Changes Everything by Jaquelle Crowe.
Description from Book’s Website:
The teen years have been hijacked—by fashion, music, movies, and games; by the pressures of school, peers, and society; and by superficial expectations set by the world. But there is something more glorious than all these influences that has the power to change the life of a teenager: the gospel.
Written by a teenager for teenagers, This Changes Everything is a deeply theological yet practical and accessible book on how the gospel radically transforms every aspect of the teen years, including pursuing relationships, managing time, combating personal sin, and cultivating healthy habits.
In a culture awash with low expectations for young people, this book exhorts teenagers to embrace a gospel-centered perspective on their lives and pursue wholehearted devotion to Christ now.
This book… is… amazing. It begins with an introduction that’s super relatable, making me feel like Jaquelle and I could just sit in a small group, chatting about God and life and basically being best friends forever. But it’s not long before we get into the deep stuff—and the deep stuff is really good.
There is so much wisdom packed into this 160-page book. It has short, bite-sized chapters, but they’re so chock full of food for the soul that I bookmarked at least half the pages when I first read it a couple of weeks ago and am already going back through to reread again. I’ll be honest, This Changes Everything is challenging, but it doesn’t leave you to walk these paths alone. One, it lets us know that we have friends in the thousands of Christian teens who are dealing with the exact same things we are; and two, it repeatedly points us back to the Father and the Savior, from Whom all our help comes anyway.
This book forced me to take a good look at myself and reconsider things I thought I already understood, everything from insecurity to evangelism to prayer. It taught me a lot about my heart, things I didn’t even realize I’d been hiding from. Honestly, reading this book reminded me of a lot the places I still fail—but it also reminded me of why there’s grace. 🙂 It convicted me and convinced me not to stop trying, that I can start again right now, right where I am, and that Jesus will be there every second of the way to help me change.
When the author said, “This changes everything,” she meant everything. This is real, deep, life-changing stuff and the book digs into it all—as it should, because it’s about the Gospel. And I believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ, when applied, truly, deeply, and completely changes everything.
Review: 5 stars out of 5
As you can see, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it. If you’d like to pick it for yourself, you can find it on Amazon for $8.90.
So what have you been reading lately? Link me up to some of your reviews! Can’t wait to hear from you all and I will see you in the comment section!
~ Love, Alexa
Note: I voluntarily reviewed a free ecopy of this book.