Everything changes the day you discover you’re going to be a mom. It’s not just yourself that you think about—you have a child to care for, too. While you wouldn’t trade your child for the world, some days are just hard. Baby-daddy drama, dealing with your parents, and worries about school, work, and your future slam you. Your friends can’t relate to your little family, and you wonder if God has turned His back on you, too.
Tricia Goyer understands. A mom at age 17, Tricia remembers what it felt like to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. She’s also been the coordinator of a teen mom support group for over twelve years, and she’s cheered on many young moms—from all walks of life—through their journey.
In Teen Mom, Tricia pours out her heart and shares advice for the hard things you face. She also longs to provide encouragement, reminding you that you can be the mom your child deserves—not in your own strength, but in the strength God provides.
Why I chose this book…
For the past year and a half I have volunteered as a counselor at a Crisis Pregnancy Center in my town. Each week I walk through the doors of our center not knowing who God will send my way — trusting every contact to be a divine appointment. While I am not post-abortive and I was not a teen mom myself, God has softened my heart and placed a calling on me to minister to young mothers. Of course, not everyone who walks into the center is in “crisis,” as the center also offers parenting classes, bible studies, and recovery classes. I chose to read Tricia Goyer’s book in the hopes that it would help me relate to, encourage, and support those who God puts in my path.
From cover to cover Teen Mom offers words of encouragement and hope to young mothers. Whether their pregnancy was planned or a surprise, whether they will be going it alone or with support, Tricia Goyer thoroughly addresses fears and challenges they will likely face. By sharing her story, Tricia lovingly offers words that instill confidence and courage — Teen Mom You’re Stronger than You Think!
Goyer’s tone and candor make her relatable to today’s teen. Allowing her to tackle difficult topics like the decision to finish school, loss of friends, teen mom stereotypes, seeking help, and holding onto their dreams. At one point she clearly states that teen moms must “chose the kind of mom you want to be.” Additionally, Goyer includes self assessment tools to help them set goals, evaluate friendships, and define the person they need to be to attract the kind of spouse they desire. Furthermore, Though they may not recognize it, God has uniquely chosen them as the parent for their child. The final chapter “What Am I Here For?” was my favorite because the author hits all of the needs discussed in the book and how Jesus is the only one who can fill those needs completely.
As a Crisis Pregnancy Center volunteer I have covered many of these topics with the girls I’ve ministered to. Although many of her points seem like common sense, this wisdom is often gained by trial and error, through tears, and adversity. If you know a teen mom you could save her much heartache by putting this book in her hands and encouraging her to read it. Better yet, you could walk through it with her.
“No matter how much time you spend on your appearance, your character is what shines the most.”
“You were chosen to be this child’s mom for a reason. And while others can see only your exterior, God has a unique ability to see the heart. He can also see your potential to be a great mom.”
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Tricia Goyer – Being A Teen Mom