10 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, December 2, 2016!
Whose approval are you looking for?
Social media is great. But for teenage girls growing up in a generation saturated with social media, getting enough likes, comments, and online friends can become an unhealthy obsession.
Listen up, girls, because this is life-defining news: You are not defined by your latest post. Your life doesn’t have to be a quest to impress. God loves you exactly as you are. This means you can let go of the insane expectations that are put on you and just be yourself.
In Liked, Kari Kampakis helps you think through those questions that stir wildly in your mind and heart, such as:
- Who am I?
- What is my purpose?
- How can I change the world and make an eternal difference?
- How can I love myself when I feel unlovable?
No matter who likes you and notices you, God knows you and loves you. Once you understand the depth and permanence of His love, you can live a life of confidence made possible only by Him.
Exclusive interview with the author:
1) If Oprah invited you onto her show to talk about your book, what would the theme of the show be?
Well, that’s fun to think about! I believe the theme would be “Empowering Your Teen Daughter” since Oprah is all about cultivating strength from the inside out.
One thing I’ve noticed about parents is our tendency to want to solve our kids’ problems. If someone’s mean to our daughter, for instance, we may pour more energy into wishing we could “fix” that mean kid than trying to equip our daughter to handle a difficult peer. I think we do our daughters a real disservice reacting this way because it keeps them in victim mode. It’s better to empower them early and help them develop the life skills and mindsets they’ll need to become healthy-minded, confident adults who can handle challenging people and hard situations.
2) Considering a book from the first word you write to the moment you see it on a bookstore shelf, what’s your favorite part of the process? What’s your least favorite?
My favorite part is meeting my readers. Honestly, that’s what makes it click for me. That’s when I find closure to any head-banging frustrations I had while writing the book (my least favorite part) because at last I can see the rewards of those efforts.
Writing for teen and tween girls is the best. When they connect with you, they get giddy and excited, and that energy is contagious. I wish more people would share their time and talents with this age group. It’s fun to encourage them, and they need all the encouragement they can get because their daily environment can be tough.
3) Is there a soundtrack/playlist for your book? If so, please share!
While writing the book, I didn’t listen to a specific soundtrack, but there are some songs I love and tie into the theme of Liked. A few of my favorites are “I Can Only Imagine” by Mercy Me, “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake, “Whenever I See Your Smiling Face” by James Taylor, “The Show” from the movie Moneyball, and “Brave” by Sara Bareilles.
4) We’d love some of your favorite book suggestions! Can you give us a few and tell us why they’re your faves?
There are so many amazing books, but my favorites are those that resonate deeply, stay with me a long time, and enlighten my view of God. The books I believe should be on everyone’s reading list because they are life-changing are The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren, Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis, and The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller. I also love the Jesus Calling books, both for children and adults.
5) We’d love to hear all about the specific moment you got the idea for your book. Were you in the shower? Jogging? Out to dinner? When/how did your book idea actually hit you?
The idea for Liked started emerging as I travelled to share the message of my first book, 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know. After speaking with girls in different cities, and hearing from moms who shared with me the issues their daughters struggle with in private – self-confidence, friend drama, basing their self-worth on Instagram “likes”– I noticed the same themes cropping up everywhere. My original book title was Applause, and I planned to journey through the difference between chasing the world’s applause and chasing God’s applause, living for external validation versus living for that quiet peace in your heart from God. When Thomas Nelson’s marketing team suggested Liked, I knew we’d found a winning alternative with a timely appeal for moms and daughters.
6) What’s up next for you?
As for what’s next, I’m not sure! I’ve missed blogging, so I hope to do more of it while also connecting with the readers of Liked and learning from them. Whatever God has in mind for me, I have no doubt that my young friends are the ones meant to lead me there!
About the author:
Kari Kampakis is a blogger, author, speaker, and newspaper columnist from Birmingham, Alabama. Her first book, 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know, has been used widely across the country by teen youth groups and small groups to empower girls through faith. Kari’s work has been featured on The Huffington Post, TODAY Parents, and other national outlets.
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