New Family/Relationships/Parenting Book for Review: Your Daughter Needs a Hero by Maria C. Furlough

Your Daughter Needs a Hero Maria C. Furlough will be touring June 4 – 22 with her family/relationships/parenting book, Your Daughter Needs a Hero.

What drives teenage girls? What tempts them? What causes their insecurities? More importantly, what can parents do to make a difference in their lives? Author Maria Furlough battled self-image and self-esteem issues as a teenager, and in Your Daughter Needs a Hero she uses a mix of personal stories and years of experience counseling teenage girls in youth ministry to show parents what their teenage daughters are going through and how best to help them.

Furlough explains how things such as fad diets, the media, and pornography influence a teen girl’s body image, and she guides parents on how to counteract the constant pressures and influences that affect teen girls every day. This book will show parents how to effectively build their daughter’s self-esteem, self-image, and, most importantly, their faith in God and in their parents. If you have a daughter, Your Daughter Needs a Hero is a must read!

Book Excerpt:

I’ll never forget the very first time I looked in the mirror
and thought I was fat. I was nine years old and spending
my Saturday afternoon like I always did, locked in my
room with a Teen Bop magazine.
The afternoon festivities went something like this.
First, I went to extreme lengths to make sure neither my
parents nor my younger brother entered into my room
without first alerting me. Second, I needed a soundtrack,
which usually included Wilson Philips or New Kids on
the Block. Thirdly, and most importantly, was the full-length
That full-length mirror entertained me for hours. I
would pose, dance, sing, model, dress up, imitate my parents,
and put on makeup all in front of that one long, full-length
reflection. But this Saturday, this specific Saturday,
would forever change the way I looked in that mirror.
So, first on the agenda for that afternoon was reading
my Teen Bop magazine, and truth be told, the pictures
were the only thing that really mattered. I would
go through the pages, find a picture of a girl I thought
was cool, and then pose like her in the mirror. At this
particular moment in time, a picture of Tiffany Amber
Thiessen stood out to me. She was propped up against a
locker with one leg up and her hands on her hips. Now
was my turn, so I propped up against my dresser carefully
in order to copy her perfectly. I put one leg up and
hands on my hips. I remember feelings of dread and sadness
came over me as I looked in the same full-length
mirror that had previously brought me innocent views of
myself. My next thoughts were thoughts that, to this day,
are imbedded permanently in my mind: I don’t look like her.
I am not as skinny as she is. And that was it. From then on,
was ruined. The realization hit me like a ton of bricks: I
don’t look like the girls in the magazines.
I realize that from the outside looking in, this story
doesn’t sound like a very big deal. A cute little girl realizes
she doesn’t look like the girl in the magazine. So what?
Well, to me and to so many young girls, it is a very big
deal. After that instance, I began to grow up believing I
was too fat for words (which I wasn’t) and that my worth
a woman lied solely in the way I looked in a skirt. I lost
all of my years as an adolescent going to great lengths to
try to get to a place where I was comfortable in my own
body, a place where I loved the way I looked. The sad part
I was on a journey to a place that could never bring true
fulfillment to a young woman simply because it is a place
that does not exist.
This place is a place that the media convinces us exists,
place of physical perfection. Us girls, we tell ourselves that if
we work hard enough and hate our bodies enough,
then someday we will find that euphoric place. Sixteen
painful years later, I can say with confidence that it is a
lie that I don’t want another single young girl to buy into.

330 pages

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