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Eighteen, No Time to Waste Paperback – May 1, 1987


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  • Paperback: 121 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan Publishing House (May 1987)
  • ISBN-10: 0967270707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967270708
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,905,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This mother writes of the tragic death of her teenage daughter and how their often turbulent relationship was resolved. -- Book News Publisher, 1987

About the Author

Margaret Johnson lives with her husband in Kentwood, Michigan, a suburb of Grand Rapids. They have three adult sons living in Southern California, a daughter in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and four grandchildren. Margaret began her writing career with the publication of 18, No Time To Waste, the story of her second daughter, Kathi, who was killed in a tragic accident. Margaret is the author of seven books for Zondervan Publishing House, and three novels published by Avalon Books. The Johnsons lived in Southern California for thirty-four years. Upon retirement they moved back to their home state of Michigan. During her last decade in California, Margaret was the Assistant to the Founders of CHILDHELP USA, a non-profit organization working in the field of child abuse and neglect.

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I was very inspired by this story.
Lila
The story of Kathi's life and death will strengthen your own faith and cause you to reflect upon God's amazing grace.
Pat Dempsey
I read this book about the age of 18, I am now 45 and this book has stayed in my heart for all these years.
Sierra Lynn Scarlata

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sherry A. Innes on October 2, 2005
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A must-read for every mother with a teenage daughter. Margaret Johnson's description of Kathi's emerging independence and how it affected their relationship is honest. Kathi's boundless energy and determination, so cute in the little girl, was exhausting when the adolescent Kathi continually clashed with mom. Her choice of a best friend was a huge blow to her parents, especially her mom. It was more than the usual teenage "stuff"; there was a serious personality conflict between them. Before the book is over, Kathi has a life-changing experience that profoundly improves the relationship with her mother. Sadly, Kathi's life was cut short, leaving Margaret to sort things out. This great little book was the result. If she had lived, Margaret might never have shared Kathi's story.

When I read the book in the early 70s, it didn't occur to me that one day I would relate to so much of it. My tiny daughter and I had enjoyed a special relationship so I was unprepared for the clashes that surfaced during adolescence. Re-reading the book during that experience gave me encouragement to pray and keep being the mom. It helped! My daughter is now happily married to a mild-mannered guy who truly appreciates her strong opinions and independence.

I continue to recommend this book and recently purchased a newer printing from Amazon for myself. The last time I loaned my original copy, it didn't come back to me. It's a must for my library.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lila on December 16, 2004
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I first read the book about Kathi's life probably at least 20 years ago. It is a book that is hard to put down. I was so drawn to Margaret's story about her relationship with her daughter. It certainly created a new awareness of the brevity of life, and to seize every opportunity to serve the Lord, because tomorrow is not promised. I was very inspired by this story. Excellent reading!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 2004
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I read this book for the first time over 20 years ago. I was living in a very dark situation, and this book gave me hope that there really was a God who I could hold onto in all of life's difficulties. I read this book so many times as a teenager the pages fell out. I had to stick a rubber band around it to keep it together. Somehow, it got lost over the years so I was so excited to order it again all these years later. I read the whole thing the other day and find it still has a profound affect on me. It truly is an example of how God brings good things out of every hard thing and tragedy in our lives when we are His and called according to His purpose.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 14, 2003
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What an inspiring book for anyone, especially mothers of teens. I could see so much of my relationship with my son as Margaret told how she wanted to draw closer to her daughter--to know her better--but felt like she was driving a wedge between them instead. This is such a beautiful and uplifting story, I recommend it to anyone. Have a box of tissues ready, as tears came to my eyes while still reading the dedication.
Kathi's testimony was a wake-up call to me to rededicate my life to the Lord. What a beautiful person she was! We will never know this side of glory just how many people her life has touched, many of whom she never met. Thank you, Margaret, for sharing this precious person with us.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 2004
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I read this book for the first time over 20 years ago. I was living in a very dark situation, and this book gave me hope that there really was a God who I could hold onto in all of life's difficulties. I read this book so many times as a teenager the pages fell out. I had to stick a rubber band around it to keep it together. Somehow, it got lost over the years so I was so excited to order it again all these years later. I read the whole thing the other day and find it still has a profound affect on me. It truly is an example of how God brings good things out of every hard thing and tragedy in our lives when we are His and called according to His purpose.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I Love Amazon.com on April 24, 2004
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I first read this book 25 years ago and it profoundly changed my life and my view of life. Already a Christian when I first read it, I was deeply touched by the story of Kathy & Margaret Johnson and Kathy's short but profound life. The book is a timeless tale of conflict between mother and teenaged daughter, the battle for holding on to what is dear and letting go. It speaks to understanding yet still not understanding that God is in control and His will is paramount. It also teaches that life on this earth can be so short and making the most of each moment as a follower of Christ is so important.
I recommend this book to parents and teens alike and challenge you to read it only once. I think you will want to read it again and again!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeannie on February 2, 2002
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I was introduced to "18, No Time To Waste" Godincedently. I just finished reading it, actually listening to it. That's how Margaret writes. As if your sitting right beside her and Kathi sharing each other's moments of pain and joy.
If you are a parent and want encouragement and hope, this books for you. If you know teens, share this book with them. Your not sharing a book, your sharing treasure that is in Heaven, and just maybe someone who hear's Margaret as this book is being read will find that they to are a diamond in the making just as Kathi was. She is still shinning brightly through the testimony of her faith!
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