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Life Interrupted

Tricia GoyerJames Rebecca St (Fwd)
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Life Interrupted
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Life Interrupted

Tricia GoyerJames Rebecca St (Fwd)

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Many young moms between the ages of fourteen and twenty-two face the unique challenges of juggling school and single parenthood. Life Interupted offers hope and help with practical ways to create a better life for herself and her child

- Publisher Life Interrupted Copyright 2004 by Tricia GoyerRequests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Goyer, Tricia. Life interrupted : the scoop on being a young mom / Tricia Goyer. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 0-310-25316-0 1. Teenage mothers - Religious life. 2. Unmarried mothers - Religious life. I. Title. BV4529.18.G69 2004 248.8''33 - dc22 2004004686 All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked LB are taken from The Living Bible 1971. Used by permis-sion of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, IL 60189. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked MESSAGE are taken from THE MESSAGE. Copyright by Eugene H. Peterson 1993, 1994, 1995. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. Scripture quotations marked TEV are taken from Today''s English Version. Copyright American Bible Society 1966, 1971, 1976, 1992. Used by permission. The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as a resource to you. These websites are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement on the part of Zondervan, nor do we vouch for their content for the life of this book. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means - electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other - except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Beth Shagene Printed in the United States of America 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 / .DC / 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 11 do I matter? importance The deepest principle in the human nature is the craving to be appreciated. - William James, author Erica handed the food stamps to the grocery store clerk. She tried to appear natural, as if it didn''t bother her that the government, not she, supported her child. Two-month-old Kayla fastened in the shopping-cart baby seat. The clerk had smiled at the baby but didn''t ask Erica any of the friendly questions new mothers typically get. Instead, Erica spotted something else in the woman''s gaze. Disapproval, with a hint of accusation.Erica tucked her change into her jacket pocket and loaded her few bags of groceries into the cart. Before reaching the exit Erica noticed an elderly woman approaching. The woman''s eyes fastened intently on Kayla. At least someone''s interested in giving my baby some well-deserved attention, Erica thought.Kayla''s pacifier wiggled up and down with each suck. Erica started to smile as the woman''s frail hand reached toward Kayla''s face. But instead of stroking the baby''s cheek, the woman plucked the pacifier from her mouth."That thing''s nasty." She dropped it into Erica''s trembling hand. "Don''t you know not to use those things?" The woman stalked away before Erica could respond. Heat crept up Erica''s neck to her face. Ignoring the customers who had witnessed the scene, she hur-ried to her small, blue hatchback.Erica struggled to hold back the tears. Did they think she was a bad mother? That she was a failure because of her age?Erica fastened Kayla in her car seat with a peck on her forehead. She then plopped the groceries into the trunk and slid into the driver''s seat.It was always the same. The looks. The comments. The lack of respect. Even a few weeks ago at the doctor''s office, her valid concerns for her daughter had been ignored."It''s just colic," the doctor had claimed, rushing off to visit the next low-income patient. It was only Erica''s persistence, days later, which brought more tests and a better diagnosis. Having a baby at her age was difficult enough, but the reactions of those around her made being a mother all that much harder.What if they''re right? she wonder

- Publisher One day you're a typical student. You're working part-time at McDonald's to pay for your clothes and car. The next day, you're a mother-to-be. You're confused and scared. Emotional and standoffish. You feel like a kid, but now with a huge responsibility.How could your life change so fast? Your youth wasn't supposed to be packed with worries and obligations, Lamaze classes and daycare choices---and you've still got work and school to deal with. Whatever happened to fun, friendships, and dating? You'd do anything for your baby---but what about you? What about your needs?Sharing stories from her own experience as a teenage mom and from other young mothers, Tricia Goyer shows you what to do about meeting nine basic needs that all young moms have. Needs such as the need to be appreciated, the need to know your life is not at a dead end, and the need to be loved. In Life Interrupted, you'll meet lots of young moms just like you. You'll also meet God, who cares about you very much.

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Many young moms between the ages of fourteen and twenty-two face the unique challenges of juggling school and single parenthood. Life Interupted offers hope and help with practical ways to create a better life for herself and her child
- Publisher

Life Interrupted Copyright 2004 by Tricia GoyerRequests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Goyer, Tricia. Life interrupted : the scoop on being a young mom / Tricia Goyer. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 0-310-25316-0 1. Teenage mothers - Religious life. 2. Unmarried mothers - Religious life. I. Title. BV4529.18.G69 2004 248.8''33 - dc22 2004004686 All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked LB are taken from The Living Bible 1971. Used by permis-sion of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, IL 60189. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked MESSAGE are taken from THE MESSAGE. Copyright by Eugene H. Peterson 1993, 1994, 1995. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. Scripture quotations marked TEV are taken from Today''s English Version. Copyright American Bible Society 1966, 1971, 1976, 1992. Used by permission. The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as a resource to you. These websites are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement on the part of Zondervan, nor do we vouch for their content for the life of this book. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means - electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other - except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Beth Shagene Printed in the United States of America 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 / .DC / 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 11 do I matter? importance The deepest principle in the human nature is the craving to be appreciated. - William James, author Erica handed the food stamps to the grocery store clerk. She tried to appear natural, as if it didn''t bother her that the government, not she, supported her child. Two-month-old Kayla fastened in the shopping-cart baby seat. The clerk had smiled at the baby but didn''t ask Erica any of the friendly questions new mothers typically get. Instead, Erica spotted something else in the woman''s gaze. Disapproval, with a hint of accusation.Erica tucked her change into her jacket pocket and loaded her few bags of groceries into the cart. Before reaching the exit Erica noticed an elderly woman approaching. The woman''s eyes fastened intently on Kayla. At least someone''s interested in giving my baby some well-deserved attention, Erica thought.Kayla''s pacifier wiggled up and down with each suck. Erica started to smile as the woman''s frail hand reached toward Kayla''s face. But instead of stroking the baby''s cheek, the woman plucked the pacifier from her mouth."That thing''s nasty." She dropped it into Erica''s trembling hand. "Don''t you know not to use those things?" The woman stalked away before Erica could respond. Heat crept up Erica''s neck to her face. Ignoring the customers who had witnessed the scene, she hur-ried to her small, blue hatchback.Erica struggled to hold back the tears. Did they think she was a bad mother? That she was a failure because of her age?Erica fastened Kayla in her car seat with a peck on her forehead. She then plopped the groceries into the trunk and slid into the driver''s seat.It was always the same. The looks. The comments. The lack of respect. Even a few weeks ago at the doctor''s office, her valid concerns for her daughter had been ignored."It''s just colic," the doctor had claimed, rushing off to visit the next low-income patient. It was only Erica''s persistence, days later, which brought more tests and a better diagnosis. Having a baby at her age was difficult enough, but the reactions of those around her made being a mother all that much harder.What if they''re right? she wonder
- Publisher

One day you're a typical student. You're working part-time at McDonald's to pay for your clothes and car. The next day, you're a mother-to-be. You're confused and scared. Emotional and standoffish. You feel like a kid, but now with a huge responsibility.How could your life change so fast? Your youth wasn't supposed to be packed with worries and obligations, Lamaze classes and daycare choices---and you've still got work and school to deal with. Whatever happened to fun, friendships, and dating? You'd do anything for your baby---but what about you? What about your needs?Sharing stories from her own experience as a teenage mom and from other young mothers, Tricia Goyer shows you what to do about meeting nine basic needs that all young moms have. Needs such as the need to be appreciated, the need to know your life is not at a dead end, and the need to be loved. In Life Interrupted, you'll meet lots of young moms just like you. You'll also meet God, who cares about you very much.
- Publisher

Meet the Authors

Tricia Goyer

Tricia Goyer has written hundreds of articles, Bible Study notes, and both fiction and non-fiction books, including From Dust and Ashes, Night Song, Arms of Deliverance, and Generation Next Parenting.

She was named Mount Hermon Christian Writers' Conference "Writer of the Year" in 2003. In 2005, her book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion and her novel Night Song won ACFW's Book of the Year for Long Historical Romance.

In addition to writing, Tricia enjoys sharing Jesus' love through volunteering as a mentor for teenage mothers in her community. She also joins the rest of her family, leading children's church every week, and travels throughout the United States as a speaker, mainly giving presentations to women's groups.

James Rebecca St (Fwd)

Rebecca was recently nominated for a Grammy Award in 1997, and is the author of Forty Days With God.

Excerpt

Excerpt from: Life Interrupted

1 do I matter? importance The deepest principle in the human nature is the craving to be appreciated. --- William James, author Erica handed the food stamps to the grocery store clerk. She tried to appear natural, as if it didn't bother her that the government, not she, supported her child. Two-month-old Kayla fastened in the shopping-cart baby seat. The clerk had smiled at the baby but didn't ask Erica any of the friendly questions new mothers typically get. Instead, Erica spotted something else in the woman's gaze. Disapproval, with a hint of accusation. Erica tucked her change into her jacket pocket and loaded her few bags of groceries into the cart. Before reaching the exit Erica noticed an elderly woman approaching. The woman's eyes fastened intently on Kayla. At least someone's interested in giving my baby some well-deserved attention, Erica thought. Kayla's pacifier wiggled up and down with each suck. Erica started to smile as the woman's frail hand reached toward Kayla's face. But instead of stroking the baby's cheek, the woman plucked the pacifier from her mouth. 'That thing's nasty.' She dropped it into Erica's trembling hand. 'Don't you know not to use those things?' The woman stalked away before Erica could respond. Heat crept up Erica's neck to her face. Ignoring the customers who had witnessed the scene, she hur-ried to her small, blue hatchback. Erica struggled to hold back the tears. Did they think she was a bad mother? That she was a failure because of her age? Erica fastened Kayla in her car seat with a peck on her forehead. She then plopped the groceries into the trunk and slid into the driver's seat. It was always the same. The looks. The comments. The lack of respect. Even a few weeks ago at the doctor's office, her valid concerns for her daughter had been ignored. 'It's just colic,' the doctor had claimed, rushing off to visit the next low-income patient. It was only Erica's persistence, days later, which brought more tests and a better diagnosis. Having a baby at her age was difficult enough, but the reactions of those around her made being a mother all that much harder. What if they're right? she wondered. What if I can't do this? What if they know something I don't? Erica thought back to just one year ago. She'd worked hard at school and her report card reflected those efforts. She'd trained her body to perform on the soccer field. The stellar plays and winning season were her rewards. What about this motherhood thing? She tried to do it right. Erica gave her baby plenty of time, attention, and love. She even practiced the baby massage techniques she'd learned in her Teen MOPS group. But was her hard work paying off? How could she know when there was no report card or scoreboard to judge her efforts? Erica's hands gripped the steering wheel as she thought back to the question she'd heard many times. 'Just how old are you?' She always told the truth, and she always received the same look of disapproval. Perhaps these people at the grocery store, at the doctor's office, knew something she didn't. Erica glanced back at Kayla, now asleep in her car seat. Could she do it? This mom thing? Or was she just a kid playing dress up, fooling no one except herself? Life as I See It I do feel inadequate. I cry sometimes and have even had a few anxiety attacks, but therapy is a luxury for us working poor. --- Travis, Michigan Some people have given me dirty looks when they see me with my baby. Others look at me and sigh. But some people are very nice when they see what a good mom I am. --- Diana, Washington Life Interrupted I'm finding it very overrated, all of this growing up, taking responsibility, becoming an adult. --- Brandon, 90210 These were supposed to be years of parties, football games, and fun. Dances with handsome dates and sleepovers with friends. You've gone from chatting with friends in the hall to changing dirty diapers. Not long ago, the only runny nose you wiped was your own. Colic wasn't an issue. Your clothes were spit-up free. Now you wonder where your importance is. When your baby came into the picture you not only lost your old life, but you gained a new one --- literally. Many of us know, without a doubt, that having our babies was the right choice. We want to be good moms. We want to give our babies the love that we, perhaps, never had. But if we're honest, we can't help but think how our lives have changed. Sometimes we wonder if it's worth it. 24 do I matter? Life as I See It When I found out I was pregnant, I was incredibly scared and didn't know how to tell my parents. They'd always said they'd kill me if I ever ended up pregnant. --- Desiree, Texas Before my pregnancy, I was in four clubs and had a meeting almost every night. Most of my friends have completely left the picture. I figured they would, but I feel very alone. Having a baby has really helped me to see who my real friends are. --- Amanda, Ontario, Canada Tell Me I'm Important Young moms want to be good moms. We try our best, we really do. Yet there are negative reactions we can't seem to escape. We've decided to carry and keep our babies (not an easy decision!). But often the people we encounter make it clear, both in words and with body language, that they disapprove. Sometimes we feel like we have no importance. But I'm here to tell you that what you do is important. Can you think of anyone who loves your child more than you do? I doubt that you can! You're the exact person your child needs to love him, support him, and be his biggest fan. Did Ya Know? Importance means having meaning. There are many things that people feel are important for young people: school, good grades, sports, and clubs. What things were important to you one or two years ago? What things are important now? Parenting comes with big obstacles. Yet as you'll see in a story often told, sometimes human beings can do the impossible when it comes to their child.

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  • Catalogue Code 213879
  • Product Code 0310253160
  • EAN 9780310253167
  • UPC 025986253165
  • Pages 224
  • Department Children / Young Adults
  • Category Youth
  • Sub-Category Christ.liv/issues
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Jun 2004
  • Dimensions 203 x 134 x 17 mm
  • Weight 0.217kg

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