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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310284724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310284727
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nancy Rue has written over 100 books for girls, is the editor of the Faithgirlz Bible, and is a popular speaker and radio guest with her expertise in tween and teen issues. She and husband, Jim, have raised a daughter of their own and now live in Tennessee.



After 26 years in the U.S. Navy, where he served 10 years active duty as a Navy SEAL and 16 years as a reservist in Special Forces, Jim Rue turned his attention to more creative endeavors. With a B.F.A. in Technical Theatre, he has founded and directed a children's theatre, worked as a high school technical theatre director, and served as technical director for church drama camps. He has been a Sunday school teacher, a youth group advisor, and a team leader for teen girl missions trips to Costa Rica and Brazil. He currently engineers and builds sets for country and Christian entertainers who tour, but his most challenging job to date was the raising of now 31-year-old daughter Marijean. The SEALS, he says, were a cakewalk in comparison.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Martin on May 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
Note: I received this book for free from Zondervan in return for this review. However, this did not influence my review of the book and I have attempted to be fair and impartial in the review.

After finishing this book this morning before church, I went up to my wife, with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat and said, "I wish I had this book three years ago."

I am the father of two wonderful girls (and when I let them get online on their own, I hope that they'll already know and understand this). One will be 11 in just a couple of weeks, the other is 8. For the eleven-year-old, I sympathize greatly with Jim Rue in this book. There are times when I feel like it is too late, that I've made too many mistakes and that the damage has been done. And perhaps it has. But that's one thing that Jim does in this book in that he, as a father himself, has his own regrets but he does share a hope at the end that I think all father's should read.

So, what is this book about? Basically, if there is ANY book that a father of a tween should have memorized or engraved on the inside of his eyelids, this is it. Of course, I haven't read many books for dads of tweens but perhaps that's because there aren't very many, at least not from a Christian perspective. Essentially, this book walks you through the murky, messy thoughts and emotions that go through your daughters head in the pre-teen years. The way Jim and Nancy Rue do this is through anectdotes (both true and made up), subtle humor, and a good bit of blunt honesty about how lost dads get when dealing with their female daughters. Mixed into this all are scripture references that give a Biblical guide to the fact that, yes, what your daughter is going through is healthy, normal, and actually not that bad.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Curtis A. Cecil on May 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm a guy... yes I know it... but I don't always have to ACT like it.
I recently received the book "What Happened to my Little Girl" by Nancy Rue and Jim Rue. And it came at a great time.

I keep thinking I have years to go with the kids... years to watch them grow up.
Yet the other day I woke up and found my oldest daughter is in 3rd grade.
Then in the mail I get this book free from Zondervan to read.

There is a Disney film called "Old Dogs" where Robin Williams learns he has twins who are 7 he never knew about. Through this movie he tries to be a `dad' to them and has no clue. He blunders through it, and stumbles through it.. making a mockery of it all.
But in the end he learns that sometimes it is more simple then we make it out to be.

This book has many topics and helpful hints for Dad's dealing with their TWEEN age daughters. I do have to say I was shocked when I saw that TWEEN is considered to start at 8! Oh BOY!!!

Some of the topics are:
Can Somebody Tell Me What's Going on?
What happened to my Little Girl?
She'll Be Crying in a Minute
We Need another Bathroom
Who Is She Today?
Dealing with Girl Drama
I Liked It better When Boys Had Cooties

So dad's... you can either go out and by 3 things:
1) A GLASS BOX
2) Straight Jacket
And 3) Shotgun

Or you can purchase ONE thing, THIS BOOK to learn how to love, cherish and protect your TWEEN daughter!
Check it out for all you CLUELESS dad's like me!
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