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VOYAThe terms poser, faker, and wannabe permeate teen culture as youth try to figure out who they are and what they believe, attempting to fit into various subgroups of their peers. Manning takes these terms that are clearly understood by teens and applies them to the concept of living an authentic Christian life. Manning's primary premise is that many Christians, himself included, put on a religious mask for outward appearance's sake while failing to adopt a genuine life of faith because they are fearful to the core of one essential thing—rejection. A former novice in the Franciscan Order and noted speaker on spiritual issues, Manning uses examples from his own life and the lives of people who have contacted him in response to his teachings to discuss the concept of faking a Christian life as opposed to embracing Christ. Manning's style is straightforward and will cause serious readers to reflect as he offers hope and acceptance to teen readers struggling with esteem. This book is Christian in nature, and it has a clear, evangelical goal. The primary biblical text used is The Message, and the way scriptures are quoted might confuse teen readers unfamiliar with this version of the Bible. Nevertheless the book is highly recommended for collections trying to meet specific spiritual needs. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Think/NavPress, 183p.; Source Notes., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 18.