What if your daughter’s propensity for “feeling all the feels” is actually a good thing?
Teens and tweens have a reputation for letting their emotions get the best of them, so much so that we often wonder if our families (and the world) wouldn’t be better off if these young women we love could feel just a little less. But as Linda Barrick discovered, these emotions play an important role in the spiritual lives of young women, and, when they learn to direct them rightly, their feelings can be a powerful force for good in their lives, homes, and schools.
That’s why Linda and her daughter Jen wrote this devotional for teen girls. After Linda’s daughter, Jen, was in a traumatic car accident, Jen was in many ways “frozen” at age fifteen and completely uninhibited. That means Jen still says what she’s thinking and feeling almost all the time. Because of this Jen’s mom, Linda, got a unique glimpse into the inner world of young women, and she realized that the emotions young teen girls feel are a beautiful gift. It gives them the ability, like Jen, to have an unhindered, best-friend relationship with their Heavenly Father.
In this 30-day devotional for young teen girls, Jen Barrick, with the help of her mom, Linda Barrick, compiled her own real-life prayers with passages from Psalms in order to speak directly to the heart of young women. It will teach these teens and tweens how to cultivate a deep, emotional relationship with the God who loves them. Each day will:
- address a different feeling and examine it in light of God’s truth from a short passage of Psalms
- affirm young women’s feelings as a gift of God
- demonstrate how their emotions are meant to lead them closer to God
- show them how to make their faith stronger when they use God’s Word to navigate their emotions
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About the Author
JEN BARRICK is an inspirational speaker who travels all over the country, with her mother Linda, sharing their miraculous story of faith, hope, and forgiveness. She suffered a traumatic brain injury over a decade ago when her family's van was struck head-on by a drunk driver going 80 miles per hour. Even though Jen still suffers from vision impairment and memory loss, she knows there is no limit to what God can accomplish through her life. She recently completed a diploma from the Institute of Biblical Studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Connect with Jen and Linda at hopeoutloud.com.
LINDA BARRICK is a wife, mother, author, Bible teacher, and founder of Hope Out Loud Ministries. Her daily radio feature, Hope Out Loud, is heard on 733 stations in the US, Canada, and overseas. A graduate of Liberty University, Linda is a dynamic speaker who has conducted a weekly Bible study for 500 women at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, VA, for the past ten years. Linda and her daughter Jen Barrick, travel across the country sharing their miraculous story of faith, hope and forgiveness. Jen suffered a traumatic brain injury over a decade ago when her family's van was struck head-on by a drunk driver going 80 miles per hour. Though Jen still suffers from vision impairment and memory loss, she knows there is no limit to what God can accomplish through her life. Connect with Linda and Jen at hopeoutloud.com.
What People are Saying About This
Every young person longs to feel secure and significant, and my friend Jen Barrick understands. Even after a terrible accident left devastating injuries, Jen held fast to the God of the Bible. And in Jen’s new book, Priceless, she leads other young people on a personal and powerful journey toward finding significance and security in the Lord. You’ll love it!
Joni Eareckson TadaJoni and Friends International Disability Center
Packed full of amazing wisdom, hope, and a lot of encouragement, Priceless by my dear friend, Jen Barrick, is every young woman’s must-read devotional each and every day. She is an absolute treasure from the Lord.
Megan AllisonAuthor of Totally God’s and Smart Girls, Smart Choices
Jennifer Barrick authentically unveils the many issues of a teen girl’s heart and marvelously provides the Answer they all need by pointing her audience toward an intimate relationship with Christ. Priceless contains lifelong truths that are life-changing. This devotional book is a must-read for any young woman in search of love and security.
Monica Rose BrennanDirector of the Center for Women's Leadership, School of Divinity, Liberty University
I have traveled the world and met so many young women who need what Priceless offers: a reminder that God has created them uniquely, beautifully, and with intention. Jen’s life is on display throughout these pages, and it’s clear that God has written her story to impact and inspire this generation.
Noel Brewer YeattsPresident, World Help
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is one of the sweetest, meaningful devotionals I have probably ever read. The daily devos are easy to read, engaging, and totally relateable. Each little chapter begins with a feeling and then adds a truth. For example, "When I feel beautiful. . . I'm reflecting God's glory"; "When I feel invisible. . . I'm seen & known"; "When I feel like giving up. . . I'm about to be rescued" (and so on). Through the trials and joys of her own life, author Jen Barrick pulls experience and humor into each devo, effectively getting down to the level of each girl and whatever fear they face. She stresses that when we have those days of not feeling enough, God's enough-ness more than covers us. Jen's story in itself is a work of love & miracles. She had prayed for God to grant her a boldness, but little did she know He would answer that prayer through the trials of a severe car accident & brain injury. What a testimony! and a challenge to live out loud the Hope we have in Christ. This devotional is a beautiful and simple way to teach girls & teens how to study Scripture AND put it to work in their own lives.
The teenage years can feel like a roller coaster ride with emotions hitting highs and lows, often in the same day. Priceless by Jen Barrick is a 30 day devotional designed to teach teen girls how to communicate with God and navigate these days wisely. “You’ve probably heard people talk about how unstable your feelings are, and they probably weren’t talking about them in a positive way. Maybe it almost made you feel like something was wrong with you or like you didn’t have the freedom to be yourself … What if [this age] is the perfect age for you to learn to worship God with all your heart and soul because you are bubbling over with feelings? What if God planned this special time as you blossom into adulthood to capture your whole heart because your heart is so full? (taken from page 14) The author shares her personal story of an accident which left her with devastating injuries and her life forever altered. The one remaining and unchanging aspect of her life was her faith in God. Priceless was written based on the author’s own feelings and thoughts as she worked her way through the most difficult and challenging days of recovery. She explores feelings of being abandoned, afraid, confused, disappointed, fat, invisible, tired, ugly, and unpopular to name a few. Each day includes a short devotional, a prayer, and often an action step. The author hopes for teenage girls is for them to discover they are priceless, loved infinitely by God, and He has a plan for each life. The devotionals are written transparently and authentically resulting in daily readings which will resonate with teenage girls. This is a wonderful book not only for teenage girls but for those working with teenage girls. *I was provided a copy of this book by Moody Publishers for review. All opinions are honest and my own.
This is a good devotional for girls. I will be buying it for the three preteens in my family. I received this book free from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.