Thursday, November 29, 2007

Focus Group

Okay, I'm convinced that I have found a need (with both mothers and daughters) and I'm going to attempt to fill it with this little book, Emails to My Daughter. I have begun to read each entry aloud to students (young women and men) I read it to them, we have cried together. Even my editor and his wife had the same "teary-eyed" experience.

So, now I'm going to ask each of you to email me ( with your direct email address and I would like to send you random sections of the manuscript to read and review with others who might give us truthful insights. Most importantly, I know we all want to reach a young generation of women who are selling out to (or being swept away by) culture and giving away (and losing) their precious selves to those things that will never satisfy.

I would also like to ask your permission to randomly and anonymously include your blog comments in the back of my book--I feel that we all come from different places but we have the same your words, which articulate so personally your pain, can help another person who hasn't identified with me...if you would give me permission in your email to me, I would be grateful.

The manuscript has to be completed by December 13, 2007, so don't delay in contacting me, okay!!

You encourage me!


Friday, October 19, 2007

Correspondence to include...

As this literary project unfolds, I realize I have finally found a forum in which to publicly address all the students who have shared their inmost secrets with me through confession. After visiting almost 40 college campuses, I am convinced that this young generation--especially those who have been raised in the church--are completely overwhelmed with the mixed messages that come at them from every angle.

Media presents one picture. Professors in state schools present a dramatically different viewpoint than those in private schools, and yet, students who left high school with a Christian foundation seem to be flailing.

I am convinced that the culture in which we live is aggressively stealing, killing, and destroying our children's faith, sexual purity, morality, and the purpose for which they were born--and women of all ages need to stand up and say something!

This book, Emails to My Daughter (working title), is a compilation of the stories I've heard from students while visiting almost 40 college campuses. And I am convinced, they will shock you into helping me reach this young generation--whether you have a student or not!

In the coming weeks, I am planning to post only 1/2 of the correspondence between me and my daughter--her words and questions to me. (My answers will not appear in this blog, but be published in 2008, yet if you believe I'm on the right track, I'd love your thoughts on each entry.) But for those of you who have lived through what I'm going to share, I write this book (1) to assure you (and your daughters), that you're not the only ones experiencing heartache, and (2) to provide some answers based on biblical principles that I have seen work in the lives of the students who've inspired this correspondence.

I have a very specific purpose for this "fictional" book--that every parent and/or student who is desperately seeking spiritual encouragement, indomitable hope, and practical answers for standing firm amidst the incredible challenges of our culture will find it.

Pray for me, will you? The answers to my daughter's emails will be published in 2008...

In the meanwhile, be encouraged.


Saturday, September 15, 2007

I sat next to a college student on a plane recently...

We struck up a conversation immediately--about where she was going, what she would do when she got there, and why some of the decisions she was about to make could really hurt her. She was anxious, tearful, and afraid.

After a short time I said, "If you were my daughter, I would tell you to get off this plane and get on the next plane home!" She sighed and said, "My mom told me to go and have a good time."

I've had numerous, similar conversations lately. And I'm convinced that there are many young women who are looking for mentors who will speak the truth in love to them.

So, I've decided to send emails to the daughter I've never had (though my son has gotten plently of these from me)...with the expectation that I'll reach someone who is sincerely looking for the advice, encouragement, and love of a mom.

Check in regularly for my thoughts and feelings...and don't hesitate to ask me questions!

Be encouraged,