Paige knows the value of life. She was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma when she was ten. The mass in her leg that had made it sore was cancer. She spent time in a cancer ward. At one point, angry and confused by the death of one of her young friends in the ward, she scribbled in her journal. A verse. Then a chorus. She had written her first song and it was a defining moment for her.
Through the Make-A-Wish foundation, she recorded two Twila Paris songs. Word got around. She was not yet fourteen, was cancer free, and was singing at corporate events and fundraisers. She was on the Bath & Body Works Christmas CD (to benefit Make-A-Wish) and was sent on a media tour.
Paige uses her own story to introduce her readers to the truths she has learned. She reminds us it is a big lie that we are of no value. Each of us is a perfect candidate to be used by God. “No matter how filthy, bruised, or beaten down you may be, God wants to rebuild you.” (71)
She helps us find out what our gift is, how to renew that fire of our dream. She gives several examples to show that young people can change the world. She encourages us to form our own mission statement, showing us how to identify our passions. She gives great examples of teens who have made the world a better place, both as individuals and as working with established groups.
Paige is hard hitting: “When Christians don't represent Christ with their lives, the world is left wondering if Jesus is really in the business of changing lives at all.” (163)
Paige concludes by reminding us that each life is too valuable to be wasted. “So,” she asks, “what will your story be?” (205)
This is a wonderful book for teens and those who work with them. At the end of each chapter Paige includes an Action Challenge. The questions help in discussing the chapter and give suggestions for action. Paige is certain every person has a God-given mission for life. She has written this book to help people find theirs. This book has the potential for a great impact in the lives of teens. Just make sure your teen and your youth worker at church get their copies.
Paige Omartian is a 21-year-old cancer survivor, recording artist, author and speaker. She has traveled the country sharing her music and story. She is married to music producer and song-writer Chris Omartian. They make their home in Nashville. You can find out more about her and her tour schedule at www.paigeomartian.com.
Harvest House Publishers, 224 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from a publicity group for the purpose of this review.