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Being a woman is hard. I know guys have their problems too, but all I know is about being a woman. And when I think back to when I was a teenage girl! Oh my! This week I’m doing 2 posts about teenage life. Random, yes (actually no, I’ve been thinking about it). Several weeks ago I got an email from a publicist asking me if I would review new book by Annie Downs for teenage girls called Perfectly Unique. At first I thought, “Me?” then 4 seconds later, I wrote back saying I would love to. So a few days later I received the book in the mail. Unfortunately I didn’t start it right away (says the slow reader of 6 books at one time) so I’m just now finishing it.

My yes was so fast because I feel like a weird stalker of Annie’s. I’m really not stalking her, don’t worry, but I am a fan of her blog; seriously it’s a bright point in my Google Reader. She also lives in Nashville, knows people I know, and I’ve seen her at least 3 times but haven’t said hi. Just wanted full disclosure.

Perfectly Unique delves into many issues that teenage girls deal with in a fun, honest way. Each chapter goes over a part of the body (i.e. knees, heart, feet) and how it’s important physically and how girls can use it to glorify God. Annie is so brave in sharing parts of her life as a teenager and the lies she believed. She talks candidly about body image issues, mistakes she’s made, and areas where she struggles.

There are parts I want her to delve in and cover so much more, but this gives just enough information to be thoughtful and well-rounded. At the end of each chapter, she gives readers questions to ponder on how they can honor God with that particular part of the body. Some issues I could get nit-picky over on the details, but I had to remind myself that this is for teenagers. Girls will love how open and funny Annie is, and I hope in turn be more accepting of who God made them to be. It’s powerful because it’s believable. If you know any teenage girls who could use a guide on dealing with real struggles and learning how to glorify God in practical ways, this is a great book to buy. Even if you’re almost 30, Perfectly Unique reminds you of the beautiful ways in which God created you.

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