Bullet-Point Book Review: Face Time

Face Time Your Identity in a Selfie World by Kristen Hatton

[Review by: Molly Dawkins Barnes]

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Book Synopsis: In the first half of Face Time Your Identity in a Selfie World, Kristen Hatton goes through the story of creation, Fall, and redemption through the lens of a teenage girl living in a social-media-driven world. The second half focuses on case studies of real teenage girls struggling with things like comparison, body image, peer pressure, and self-harm. After each case study, she provides questions for the reader to examine what is at the core of each girl’s struggle.

Quotes:

  • The majority of those surveyed say they feel alone and cannot talk to their parents about what they are experiencing. Nearly 50 percent say they cannot share openly with their friends.
  • Instead of being secure and content in who God had made them (Adam and Eve) to be, they saw their sin and were ashamed, in the presence of God and each other.
  • God came down to enter your world. Not to judge you, but to be judged for you!
  • Over and over again, Satan lures your heart to believe idolatrous lies that promise that life can be found in external beauty, sex appeal, money, popularity, talents, accomplishments, fame, perfection or anything else. Each of these pulls you into a downward spiral of self-absorption with whatever controlling desire (idol) you are chasing—after knocking you away from your secure and true identity in Christ.

Pros/Cons:

  • Hatton begins every chapter with a small story of a teenage girl to illustrate her point. Every teen girl can relate to those feelings about social media, and the book does a great job of pulling you in those ways. Most teen girls will see themselves in the girls in the book.
  • Hatton provides Scripture references and questions at the end of each chapter.
  • The case studies are awesome. This would be a great book to use in a small group, and it would open a lot of discussion among your girls!

Conclusion: If you have a teenage daughter or you work with teen girls, I would highly recommend that you read this book. It helps you get a better sense of the world they’re living in, while also helping equip you to teach them to fight against the lies they believe. The case studies were my favorite part, and Hatton does a great job of setting that up in the first half of the book. 

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