Genre: Christian/Inspirational Fiction
Topics: redemption, teen pregnancy, mother-daughter relationships
Recommended age: 15+
Sixteen-year-old Aleah Matthews is living a wild and reckless life, consumed with getting revenge on her ex-boyfriend for leaving her alone and pregnant last year. Her nights at parties and various guys’ houses leave her very little time for anything else—including talking with her overworked mother and taking care of her little boy. Although she presents herself as confident and self-assured, on the inside she is brokenhearted and lost.
Steve Jenkins is the pastor of his church and the leader of a youth group called New Life. He feels fulfilled in his mission to make a positive impact in teenagers’ lives, and in his role as a single father to his son, Ben. But he also feels as if his next-door neighbor is trying too hard to butt her way into his life.
When Aleah receives the news she’s been dreading, she heads down a desperate road of hopelessness and despair. A spark of hope arises when she ends up at a New Life meeting, and feels accepted and included for the first time in years. Even though she knows her feelings of joy and contentment are just temporary, and that her pretend life as a normal teenager will collapse the moment the other kids learn the truth about her, Aleah can’t help coming back week after week, talking to and learning from Pastor Steve. Maybe, just maybe, he holds the key to a whole new life for both Aleah and her mother.
Songs that remind me
songs played at new life meetings:
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Don't miss the second book of the series, New Chance! Click on the cover image to be directed to the New Chance details page. Click here to read a sample from New Chance.
“When God tells you to do something, there’s always a reason. You might not be able to see it in the moment, but He has a plan.” - from New Chance