Your Identity in a Selfie World
Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Vine, Face Time. By the time you read this, there will be new ways to engage with others on social media. It’s fun to be connected, but it’s also a lot of pressure isn’t it? Social media constantly reminds you what others are doing, how they look, and who they are with. As you check your accounts (all the time!) it can be easy to think you aren’t measuring up.
What if you don’t measure up? Do you cover it up with risky behavior and pack your calendar with more and more activities? Do you crash diet, explore your sexuality, or experiment with cutting? It seems like other girls solve the problem in these ways. But they are still anxious, sad, and unsure of who they really are. Is there a better way to get comfortable in your own skin?
Face Time helps teen girls deal honestly and wisely with issues like body image, sex, dating, substance abuse, materialism, perfectionism, and comparison. Author Kristen Hatton, a trustworthy guide for teens, wants girls to have the deep security, value, worth, love, and acceptance they crave. But she points them in a different direction than they might expect. Instead of looking within, Hatton helps them to look up—to the one who made them and cares for them through all the ups and downs of their lives.
In this easy-to-read guide, Kristen Hatton takes girls on a step-by-step, hope-filled journey toward understanding who they are, who loves them, and how to live out of that love every day. Face Time is fun-to-read and engaging, using fictional but true-to-life narratives and clear biblical teaching to help girls learn to recognize lies and counter those with truth.
About the Author
Kristen Hatton is a native Texan now putting roots down in Edmond, OK with her church-planter/pastor husband. With a public relations background from Southern Methodist University, Kristen has a wide array of professional experiences, none of which she counts as important as the job of being a “present” mom. Through leading a Bible study with teenagers, she has discovered her passion for teaching and writing about God’s grace. Kristen and her husband have three daughters.
“As a father of teens, I often feel overwhelmed and ill-equipped with the changes that social media are making in our everyday lives. Kristen Hatton has provided a huge dose of information, wisdom, and gospel-oriented encouragement in this book. I highly recommend it.”
— Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Theology, Westminster Seminary California. Author of Core Christianity, and cohost of The White Horse Inn
“We’ve long since passed a time when socialization of our children was the limited domain of families, churches, and schools. By teenage years our children face an array of influences, not the least being the pervasive and growing impact of social media. Kristen Hatton has written a wise, winsome, and biblically informed road map to help girls navigate an online culture that can create enormous pressure and anxiety. Highly recommended.”
— Tom Cannon, National Coordinator, Reformed University Fellowship
Table of Contents
Part One: Your True Identity
- 1) Our Selfie World Reality
- 2) The Problem We All Face
- 3) The One Who Faced Our Mess
- 4) “Look Full in His Wonderful Face”
- 5) The Struggles We Still Face
Part Two: Facing False Identities
- 1: Comparisons
- 2: Body Image
- 3: Eating Disorders
- 4: Perfectionism
- 5: Materialism
- 6: Friends
- 7: Peer Pressure
- 8: Drinking
- 9: Boy “Friends”
- 10: Sex
- 11: Sexual Identify
- 12: Self-Harm