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Friday, February 17, 2012

Think on These Things: Girl Talk and Other Awesome Reads by Nicole O'Dell!

Philippians 4:8     Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things (NIV). 

Well, it's Friday, and as always we've been on the search for great "things" to share with you.  Normally, our discoveries fall into either the teen/young adult category or the parent category, but this time I've found something for both I'm talking about the books for parents and teens by Nicole O'Dell.

Nicole is an author, blogger, speaker, and founder of choose NOW ministries.  She has a passion for building teen-parent relationships and helping youth avoid life's "uh-oh" moments.  Here's what Nicole has to say about herself:

I’m a mom of six–including three-year-old triplets! I’m the host of Teen Talk Radio, the author of a bunch of books and the wife of one really cool guy. I love to get out among teens and parents when I speak at conventions, churches, conferences, etc. I also love a really good and long bike ride. 

Her latest book is called Girl Talk.  Written with her daughters, Natalie and Emily, this book tackles many of the questions she has received on all sorts of issues ranging from relationships and body image to gossip.  It's written in question and answer format, with related scriptures.  You can check out this trailer for more info:

This book is great for small group study or for individual use.  It opens the door to meaningful discussions between parents and their teens as well.

Then, there is her Scenarios for Girls series.  These books are written in the style of "choose your own adventure," but the choices involve issues of right and wrong!  The reader makes major life decisions for the main characters and learns about consequences, forgiveness, and restoration as a result.  At the end of the books, there is an opportunity to make a commitment to make wise decisions.  It's a fun way to tackle difficult subjects and realize the importance of thinking before we act. 

In Dare to Be Different, Lindsay Martin and her friends begin playing "Truth or
Dare" at sleepovers.  It begins as harmless fun, until the dares become more risky.  She has to choose between standing up for her faith, or going through with the dare and suffering the consequences.  In the other scenario, Drew Daniels wants to be as different from her twin sister as possible, but her new boyfriend begins pressuring her to lie to her parents.  She must choose between what she knows is right and what will please her boyfriend.  You, the reader make the choices as see what happens!

Molly Jacobs gets hired at the ultimate girls' clothing store, making everyone, even the popular girls at school jealous.  But then, Molly's friends pressure her to do something that would compromise her job.  Does she cave to peer pressure or do what she knows is right?  In the second story, Kate Walker secures a spot on the school's swim team.  She becomes obsessed with practices and winning the championships with flying colors.  Then, her friends encourage her to do something illegal to make it through her events.  What will these girls do?  You decide. 
Seniors and best friends, Amber and Brittany, are neck and neck in a good-natured competition for a car being given away by a local business. The winner? Whoever maintains straight As without being absent one day during the school year. When Amber cheats on her final exams to win the car and Brittany gets blamed for it, Amber is torn. Will she let her friend take the fall? Or will she admit she cheated and face the consequences?  In the next story, Lilly Armstrong has an unhappy home life. She “invents” youth group activities just so she can hang out with her boyfriend, Jason. When Jason convinces Lilly to lie to her parents so she can stay at his house while his parents are out of town, how far will she let things go? What will Lilly do?

There are so many more books, articles, and columns I could share with you, but the best way to discover them all is to go to her website and see for yourself.  There is a parent side to the website, where you can read articles and blog posts on various aspects of parenting teens.  Also, she has a teen side with all things relevant and written with youth in mind. 

Nicole has a facebook page and a radio program called Teen Talk Radio.  It's obvious through all these avenues of outreach that her passion is to equip and empower young girls to make wise decisions and reap the lifelong benefits of right choices.

I hope you enjoy!  If you get a chance to read any of the books, let us know!

What other "things" would you like to see highlighted on our weekend posts?  Leave a comment or send us an email at and we'll discuss the things that interest you!

1 comment:

Nicole O'Dell said...

thanks SO much for having me here. I love your blog and so appreciate the awesome post!