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Product Details

  • Series: Mothers of Preschoolers (Mops)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (June 22, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310253160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310253167
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #654,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

One day you’re a typical student. You’re working part-time at McDonald’s to pay for your clothes and car. The next day, you’re a mother-to-be. You’re confused and scared. Emotional and standoffish. You feel like a kid, but now with a huge responsibility.

How could your life change so fast? Your youth wasn’t supposed to be packed with worries and obligations, Lamaze classes and daycare choices—and you’ve still got work and school to deal with. Whatever happened to fun, friendships, and dating? You’d do anything for your baby—but what about you? What about your needs?

Sharing stories from her own experience as a teenage mom and from other young mothers, Tricia Goyer shows you what to do about meeting nine basic needs that all young moms have. Needs such as the need to be appreciated, the need to know your life is not at a dead end, and the need to be loved. In Life Interrupted, you’ll meet lots of young moms just like you. You’ll also meet God, who cares about you very much.

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Tricia Goyer is the author of more than 40 books, including the novelization for Moms’ Night Out. She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like TheBetterMom.com and MomLifeToday.com. Tricia and her husband, John, live in Little Rock, Arkansas, where Tricia coordinates a Teen MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group. They have six children.


More About the Author

Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of one, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. Tricia is also on the blogging team at MomLifeToday.com, TheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites.

In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Tricia, along with a group of friends, recently launched www.NotQuiteAmishLiving.com, sharing ideas about simplifying life. She also hosts the weekly radio podcast, Living Inspired. Learn more about Tricia at www.triciagoyer.com.

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This book is a wonderful blend of stories, resources, and pragmatic advice.
Carmen Leal
Tricia Goyer has created a great resource for young moms and also for those who wish to support a young mother.
Martha Johnson
Now they can read Tricia's book and say, "Now there is one lady who made it."
Michelle Sutton

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Sutton on August 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
Tricia has written an engaging story that is teen friendly and a great resource for people working with young moms. She offers helpful, practical advice that young people can relate to. The content is interesting enough to keep the reader's attention. Having worked with young moms for sixteen years, I can honestly say that I have not seen a book more suited for today's young mom, Christian or otherwise. I see it as a sort of, "What to Expect When You're a Teen Mom" handbook. I'm glad someone had enough guts to put forth an honest book about their experience as a young mother to encourage other girls in the same situation. Her story is a great example to other expectant mothers who can't see any hope in their future. Now they can read Tricia's book and say, "Now there is one lady who made it." If they read further they can see how God had a lot to do with it, so maybe the reader will seek God's will for her life too. Great job, Tricia. I liked the book so much I requested a copy and handed it to our county's Carenet Agency director to make available to interested expectant teen moms. Thanks for stepping up to the plate and providing a valuable resource.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Carmen Leal on September 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
Life Interrupted is the book I wish had been available when my sixteen-year old sister gave birth to my nephew.

I think had she had this she would have made wiser decisions for herself and her son. This book is a wonderful

blend of stories, resources, and pragmatic advice. The layout makes it easy to read and the chapter topics are

relevant to today's teens. I believe this book is not only for the moms who get pregnant, but for every teenaged

girl. Tricia Goyer has done a marvelous job of creating a resource that needs to be in every school in America as

well every church.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Baldwin on October 11, 2004
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I received a copy of the book to review for [...] and was happily surprised at the book's frank and honest way of relaying information. This book will be not only a helpful resource to young moms and dads but also to grandparents, teachers, friends and others. With quick snatches of quotes, relife experiences and others Tricia Goyer has assembled a must have manual. I will be giving copies to the local Crisis Pregnancy center. I wish we had it when we had six young girls get pregnant in our small town church.

The thing that disturbs me about the book however, are reviews like the one from Lori in Waterloo on Amazon. com. She says this:

This book contains plagarized information, exploiting the struggles of the very mothers it offers to support. Very unethical which suggests that it is very unChristian.

I wrote to the author and asked her about this. She is very upset that someone would slander her like this, because she has obtained permission from everyone's work she uses in the book. But mostly she's worried that this book won't get to where it needs to be because of some odd jealous paranoia from a few.

Once I recieved the information from the author and have no reason to doubt her as she is a credial writer with great references (and needless to say her publisher and MOPS are no strangers to the legalities of the business) I have no qualms about the five star rating and the high recommendation I am giving it as well.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 2004
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I recommend this book for anyone who is a teen mom, or knows someone who is about to become a teen mom. Tricia's candid, sometimes humorous, always down to earth, writing style would appeal to teens going through this difficult time in their life.
This book is refreshing, smart and very, very useful.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Nancy in LA on July 25, 2004
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Full of practical advice, encouragement and hope. This book will make young/teen moms feel heard, understood, and inspired...I recommend it!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 2004
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<i>Life Interrupted</i> by Tricia Goyer is full of excellent advice for the teenage mom. It addresses, in a kind and encouraging way, the problems faced in a teen pregnancy. Goyer gives young mothers instruction in meeting and overcoming the challenges of isolation, hurt, disapproval, and damaged family relationships.

She primarily deals with unplanned teen pregnancy, yet the author gives advice that any young mother could benefit from: how to get help; how to find your identity; how to heal relationships; how to grow as a person; how to pursue your dreams; how to discipline and show love to your child; how to find hope in a situation that seems hopeless.

Goyer gives this down to earth advice in readable chunks. Each chapter ends with a short assignment to help women sort through their situations and emotions and inspire growth and resolution. For example, one chapter has the reader answer short questions to determine what her hopes and dreams are.

<I>Life Interrupted</i> contains quotes from teen moms about how they feel, what they experience, and how they relate to friends and family. The book addresses the problems many young mothers face from a realistic, never condemning, point of view.

I found that by reading this book I gained sympathy for a teen mom's predicament, and became aware of ways in which I could reach out and help a teen mom. I was also able to see some of the errors of heart, and presumptions and prejudices that I have unwittingly carried against young moms; in light of that, I would recommend this book to older Christian women as well as women facing teen pregnancy first hand. <b>-- Elece Hollis, Christian Book Previews.com</b>
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