Lately I’ve been getting several emails from those of you who have read Grace for the Good Girl and either say “I wish I had this book when I was in high school!” or are looking for something similar to read with the high school students you work with. Many of you already know GFTGG (my next book will have a shorter title, amen) was originally intended to be a high school book. Instead, my publisher asked if I could write it for women first and then have a teen/youth/student version a year later. (Does anyone else kind of hate the words teen/youth/young women?)
It can be a lonely road, walking through life with this next generation. They leave before you know if you’ve had any impact at all. My small group is in their junior year right now and I’m already grieving their graduation that is still a year and a half away.
I know many of you reading also work with students in some capacity and some of you are going at it alone without fellow adult leaders around. I would love to meet you and also make it easy for you to connect with one another. If you consider yourself a mentor to the next generation, might you be willing to link up below so we can find you? Here is what you can do:
Scroll to the bottom of this post and either link to your “About Me” page OR a post you’ve written about working with/loving on/pulling out your hair because of high school students (this post could be a past post or you could write a new one. I’m not picky.) The idea is so we can easily find you and quickly know what your role is. So in the links below, where it says “Name”, put in what your role is. For example “emily small group leader” or “emily the youth pastor wife” or “emily desperate for advice” or whatever. I’ll leave these links open for a week so you can have time to come back and add if you can’t do it today.
And in the meantime, here’s a video from a weekend I had with my small group at the lake a few weeks ago. It’s one minute long and it is random and ridiculous. Meanwhile, my book for these high school girls will release in September. I’ll keep you posted with the details.
And if you’re reading but don’t have a blog, feel free to leave a comment here. You may have a question or a need for curriculum or ideas – I may not have answers, but surely someone reading will. I know I’ve sprung a linky on you (sprung a linky?) so I don’t expect a ton of linkage. But would love to meet some of you!