Just Ask — "Diary of a Teenage Girl: Kim" Series
Just Ask by Melody Carlson has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine. It is the first book in the "Diary of a Teenage Girl: Kim" series.
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Kim Peterson, a Korean adoptee, has little use for the Christian faith of her parents and best friend, Natalie. She toys with Buddhism when a classmate's death gets her thinking about eternity. She's not the only one with questions — her dad has her writing a teen advice column for his newspaper called "Just Ask Jamie." She fields tough inquiries on topics like romance, family problems and body image. Only when she becomes a Christian is Kim able to start giving helpful advice to those with questions about death and the meaning of life. As Kim grows in her faith, she confronts issues like dating, self-esteem, friendship struggles, alcohol use and lying. At the end, her mom is diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and Kim must trust God to work out the future.
Just Ask is the story of a girl accepting Christ and learning to apply His principles in the "real world" of today's teens. Once Kim becomes a Christian, she lays out the message of salvation for readers. The prayers of Kim's Christian friends, and their support after her conversion, play an important role in her faith journey; Kim begins to attend church and go to a youth group, and her "Just Ask Jamie" answers reflect her newfound convictions. From the time she begins struggling to when she accepts God's role in her life, Kim frequently prays.
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Buddhism is explained and discussed in detail as Kim examines the belief system of her Korean heritage. The author uses this as a tool to explain some of the tenets of that faith and to contrast it with Christianity. Kim ultimately determines that only following Christ makes sense.
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Note: Other series characters include Caitlin, Chloe and Maya.
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