Sunday, June 5, 2011

Book Review: Shattered

About the Book: Author Melody Carlson has a gift for storytelling and knows teenagers well. Cleo’s story was captivating, and, though the consequences she faced were extreme, they weren’t unrealistic. As Carlson intended, Shattered is a this-could-happen story, warning teenage girls of how quickly they can lose control once they begin to make wrong choices. All Cleo does, at first, is sneak out of the house to go to a concert—a Christian concert, no less. But the unintended consequences completely shatter her world.

A Caution to Parents: (Note: The following is not a criticism of the book. For the right audience, I highly recommend it!) If your daughter has already chosen to follow Christ and lives in obedience to Him and to you, this book may encourage her and affirm her decision. It may even help her to help friends who are struggling to do right things. However, if your daughter is making rebellious choices or seems to be sitting on the fence, this book may be more of a how-to manual than a cautionary tale. I’ve seen teenagers use books like this that way—writing off the consequences as fiction, while learning how to misbehave and get away with it—for a time—from the main character.

Again, I’m not criticizing the book. I’m just suggesting, as always, that parents carefully consider where their daughters are spiritually and how they may respond to the story before giving it to them. Books can be helpful, but parents shouldn’t rely on them (except for the Bible) to guide their children morally. Prayer, honest communication, and mentorship from trusted leaders and friends should come first—always.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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