Monday, February 11, 2013

Wake Up, Generation (Book Review)

Do you know the Matthew West song, "Do Something"?  In it, he sees the injustice and suffering in the world and asks God, Why don't You do something?--to which God replied, "I did:  I created you."

I think Paige Omartian, author of Wake Up, Generation, would agree.  As a child she was diagnosed with cancer, and out of that she resolved not to waste her life.  Her purpose in writing this book is to encourage young adults not to waste their lives, either.

Before I read Wake Up, Generation, I hadn't known that the word "teenager" wasn't coined until 1941.  (Incidentally, it was coined by Reader's Digest.)  Until then, young adults were expected to behave like young adults, but the label "teenagers" gave them license to be irresponsible, even hopeless.

I like this quote:
Somewhere along the way we've gotten the message that we are of no value.  We have been told that what we do doesn't matter--that we are insignificant, incapable, and unworthy.
That is the biggest lie. ...
God wants to rescue us from the degrading mindset the world has given us and exchange it for a purpose and value.  I can feel the Lord saying, "Wake up, generation!  I created you for more than this."
Wake Up, Generation is an inspiring call to action for young adults.  With examples, direct challenges, and personal stories, the author effectively makes a case for not wasting your life.  I'd say that she achieved her purpose for the book.

For more information, visit the Harvest House Publishers product page for Wake Up, Generation.

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book, at no cost to me, for review purposes.  I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions in this review are my own


  1. Melissa,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review my book! I deeply appreciate your honest and encouraging feedback. Be blessed in your ministry!

    With love,

    Paige Omartian

  2. this would be a great book for our house... with one that just turned 17... then the soon to be 14 and then follow with a 12 year old and later on Broxton... thanks for the review.

  3. Sounds like a great book! I think a lot of teens don't see a lot of purpose in their lives other than having a good time.

  4. This book would be great gift for my nephew.

    Thank you!


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