The Princess Within for Teens: Discovering Your Royal Inheritance

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It's time to get ready for the ball.

Girls of all ages want to feel like Cinderella at the ball. But maybe you feel more like Cinderella before the ball--overlooked, inadequate, hurting, maybe even used and abused. Sometimes it's hard to feel beautiful, in God's eyes or your own, when something or someone has robbed you of your inner beauty.

Serita Ann Jakes understands those feelings. She knows how past failures and present hurts can prevent ...

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Overview

It's time to get ready for the ball.

Girls of all ages want to feel like Cinderella at the ball. But maybe you feel more like Cinderella before the ball--overlooked, inadequate, hurting, maybe even used and abused. Sometimes it's hard to feel beautiful, in God's eyes or your own, when something or someone has robbed you of your inner beauty.

Serita Ann Jakes understands those feelings. She knows how past failures and present hurts can prevent you from realizing your true identity in Jesus Christ. She has helped hundreds of girls work through personal struggles, and now she wants to help you. Whether you're struggling with poor self-esteem, difficult friendships, family problems, secret shame, or something else, above all, she wants you to know,

You are a princess--a daughter of the King!

Serita Ann's insights and encouragement will give you the courage and strength to shed your tattered rags and find your inner princess--and to walk in confidence as a young woman who knows her true beauty comes from a Christ-honoring life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764212048
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/2014
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 94,865
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Serita Ann Jakes has been involved in Christian ministry all of her adult life and has served alongside her husband, Bishop T. D. Jakes, throughout their marriage. In addition to raising three sons and two daughters, she has assumed an active role at The Potter's House of Dallas, where her husband serves as senior pastor. First Lady Jakes is in demand by women's organizations nationwide as a celebrated speaker on issues concerning marriage and family.
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  • Posted August 19, 2014

    Wait For Your Prince This book was written for teenage girls to

    Wait For Your Prince

    This book was written for teenage girls to help them cope with different dilemmas they might face in today's world.  She especially focuses on a girl's self-esteem, and temptations that could be real pitfalls in a girl's life.  At the beginning of each chapter, portions of the story of Cinderella are used to set the theme for the point being discussed.  There are also some song recommendations for the reader to listen to that go along with the subject line.  A section called, "My Story," is included that has a true account from someone who has experienced this issue.  The author combines all of this with the word of God and speaks about each subject with candor, knowledge and good ideas.
    The author is very up-to-date with current trends and topics that face today's teenage girls--including some really dangerous circumstances that exist.  The book is interesting, and would not be difficult for a teenager to read.  She really makes the reader think by including surveys, often asking the audience questions and querying "what's your story" in different situations.  Mrs. Jakes gives really good advice about what not to do, but also, what to do if a teenager messes up.  The author assures the girls that it is never too late to turn their lives around, and that if they include God in their lives, so much the better.  God will never turn His back on them, no matter what they have done or experienced. 
    This book was uplifting, and really wants to get teenage girls to make the right choices, have good self-esteem and include Jesus in their lives.  Mrs. Jakes doesn't shy away from hard topics.  I recommend this 5-star book to teenagers or their parents.  The author has five adult children, as well as grandchildren. She is also the wife of Bishop T.D. Jakes of the Potter's House in Dallas, Texas.  
    The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.

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  • Posted July 12, 2014

    This book is loaded with ideas, suggestions, scriptural readings

    This book is loaded with ideas, suggestions, scriptural readings and advice for teenage girls who feel insecure or unworthy and who long to be cherished and loved.  Serita Ann Jakes delivers a wealth of information while providing food for thought.




    Each chapter addresses a separate area of issues of concern to young women.  These chapters include quizzes, a music playlist and a mini devotion designed to help readers discover, admit and reveal what obstacles are keeping them from growing close to God.  Stories from Scripture illustrate that some of this issues have existed for centuries and Biblical heroines have overcome them.  Today’s young women can, too.




    Each reader will identify the areas where her own doubts lie.  Perhaps it is lack of forgiveness, poor self-image or resentment.  Whatever the case, God has more than enough power and grace to help vanquish the problems and bring each woman to see the plans He has for her.  The quizzes and journal writing provide stimulating encouragement to help each girl identify her weaknesses and mistakes and learn to let go.




    The one rather painful inconsistency in the book is the use of Cinderella’s story as an analogy.  Serita Jakes seems to have forgotten that Ella’s stepmother was once an insecure young girl; a daughter of the King, striving to find herself and her Savior.  Although stepmothers have been vilified for centuries, she has married a man whom she loves deeply enough to take on the hardest job in a family.   Ella’s two stepsisters are also young women who are struggling to find the princess within and claim their royal inheritance.  Ella, herself, is a stepsister.  While it is doubtful that the author harbors resentment against stepmothers or blended families in general, the stereotypical portrayal is insensitive.  God’s love and salvation are for everyone and every girl and woman can be a princess.




    I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an unbiased review.  I recommend this book for teenaged girls and women.   There is a princess in each of us and it is never too late to allow her to claim her inheritance.

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  • Posted July 2, 2014

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    Most teenagers deal with feelings of insecurities, hurt, and in

    Most teenagers deal with feelings of insecurities, hurt, and insignificance. But most of us would love to be Cinderella - after the ball - when her prince comes knocking on her door. We want to feel special, beautiful, and worthy. So how do we accomplish this? The author takes the reader on a spiritual journey that shows how God wants each of us to find our Princess within to become the young women he's designed us to be.

    Each chapter begins with a modern day telling of Cinderella. Next is a play list of music that will fit with the topic. Quizzes, personal stories from different people, and Bible verses help to bring the subject home and make it real. The chapters end with a section called "What's Your Story?" that helps the reader to make the topics more personal and applicable. The book ends with several pages of resources for girls to turn to if they are dealing with a specific problem.

    The author did an outstanding job of writing in a way that teenagers will find relate-able. The chapters focus on a different aspects, but they all tie in together. I was a bit distracted by the multitude of things in each chapter, but I'm sure this will help keep the attention of the young girls it's intended for. It's definitely a book I can recommend and I will be keeping it for when my daughter reaches this age.

    I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    I received a copy of THE PRINCESS WITHIN FOR TEENS: DISCOVERING

    I received a copy of THE PRINCESS WITHIN FOR TEENS: DISCOVERING YOUR ROYAL INHERITANCE by Serita Ann Jakes from Bethany House. This is an excellent book for teenage girls, although I’m worried they won’t be apt to read it unless it is assigned to them. The book does have a catchy cover, but it also has the look of a textbook.

    THE PRINCESS WITHIN uses religion and fairy tales to help teenage girls think about how to live their life as proper young ladies. I say “proper,” since the book does focus on royalty.

    The book has catchy chapters, like, “Wash off those Cinders!” I highly recommend this to Sunday school teachers and parents who are hoping to help their young women lead fulfilling lives. Once you start reading, those catchy chapters and fast-paced sentences help to fly the book along.

    You can tell that Serita Ann jakes cares about her writing and helping others. You can also tell from her picture on the back cover that she’d a wonderful person. I researched her and saw that she has another THE PRINCESS WITHIN book. That one is geared toward “Restoring the Soul of a Woman.” I’m intrigued to see what lies within those covers.

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