Now Picture This

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Scooping up the new green dress, Sierra held it in front of her and waltzed around the clutter on her floor. Never before had her spirit soared to such dizzying heights. She laughed when she thought how she would show everyone what a magnificent free spirit she was.

Book: Now Picture This (The Sierra Jensen Series #9) by Robin Jones Gunn, Bethany House Publishers, 1998

Genre: Realistic Fiction
Target Audience: Girls 14-19
Subjects: Friendships, Relationships with family, Dating relationships, Growing up
Summary: The letters seem to be pouring in! And Sierra cherishes each and every one! Now Paul is even asking for her picture! Her friends help her pick out a beautiful dress to take a picture in and she has her grandma use up nearly a whole roll of film getting photos. Then she even starts looking into the same college Paul is at. Her dreams are going wild! But her parents don’t seem to share Sierra’s enthusiasm. Neither do her friends. She keeps get challenges to slow down and reevaluate the relationship before she soars out of control. That is definitely NOT what she wanted to hear!
Notes: Sierra Jensen was introduced in the last book of the Christy Miller series and this is the one of twelve books about her story. Ninth in the Sierra Jensen series, Now Picture This, has Sierra losing focus. She gets too carried away and blows things up beyond reality. It simply boils down to patience. She’s no longer willing to wait on God’s timing in her relationship with Paul. She wants it to grow and wants him to truly be her boyfriend. She’s reminded of the first item listed in the love chapter – love is patient. It takes challenges from her friends, parents, and boss before she finally gets it and becomes willing to wait. It’s a good reminder for most teen girls – how easily dreams take over reality and how important it is to wait on God’s timing and the boy’s timing. Rushing ahead instead of letting the guy take the lead may not be wise, but it is extremely easy to do.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

1 Corinthians 13:4 – Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.


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