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Spoken For: Embracing Who You Are and Whose You Are Paperback – April 15, 2014
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“Spoken For is the kind of book every Christian teenage girl wants to read: a perfect mixture of truth and love story and Jesus and humor. Robin and Alyssa have practically written the handbook for every young woman looking to understand how God feels about them.”
—Annie Downs, author of Speak Love and Perfectly Unique
“Spoken For is filled with life-changing truths that will help you discover, strengthen, or reclaim your true identity. This book will teach you how to embrace the person God has created you to be while dispelling the lies that keep you captive. A must-read for every young woman who longs to know her true value, beauty, and purpose.”
—Allie Marie Smith, founder of Wonderfully Made and author of Becoming Who You Are in Christ
“I highly recommend this relevant and essential book to any young woman trying to understand romantic relationships, navigating her way through the dating world, or even considering marriage. Robin and Alyssa are candid, thoughtful, and wise as they share personal stories and universal truths. This would be a great tool for mothers and daughters, book clubs, and youth groups. I’ll be recommending it to my young-adult readers.”
—Melody Carlson, award-winning author of the series Diary of a Teenage Girl and TrueColors
“Alyssa and Robin have written a book that is so tender and true, full of encouragement for all of us as we try to understand the love of the Savior. You will walk away from this book changed for the better and celebrating the fact that you are truly loved by the One who knows you best, the One who created you with a plan and a purpose.”
—Melanie Shankle, New York Times best-selling author of Sparkly Green Earrings
“What makes Spoken For unique is the authors’ ability to internalize and understand that we are in the midst of a divine love story! Alyssa and Robin casually and eloquently remind us not only of who we are but whose we are and that we are wanted, loved, and spoken for.”
—Bianca Olthoff, speaker, teacher, and chief storyteller for the anti–human trafficking organization The A21 Campaign
“In Spoken For, Robin’s and Alyssa’s gentle honesty and personal stories made me feel as if we were out having coffee together and talking about our love for the Lord. This book is a perfect reminder of how great his love is for us and how sweetly he cares for us.”
—Erynn Mangum, author of Paige Torn
“Anytime two unique voices come together with a unified message, there is power in it. Robin and Alyssa have different perspectives and life stages, but both have experienced God’s relentless love and now want to give it away. Spoken For will help you remember your infinite worth because of Jesus Christ and what potential abounds if you will only embrace it.”
—Jennie Allen, founder of the IF:Gathering and author of Restless
About the Author
Alyssa Joy Bethke serves alongside her husband--speaker, author,and spoken word artist Jefferson Bethke--as they travel the world sharing God's lavish grace. Alyssa and Jeff live in Hawaii with their daughterand son and theiryellow lab, Aslan. She enjoys reading, hiking, paddleboarding, and ofcourse, coffee.
Top Customer Reviews
Who doesn’t adore a good romance? The thing is, we often miss the greatest romance of all: the one we have with our Savior.
How do I describe all that this book did for me at this stage in my life? Let’s just say it was a message I desperately needed to hear, and that it left me in tears. Authors Robin Jones Gunn and Alyssa Joy Bethke helped me understand God’s love in a way I never have before in such a raw, touching way, I can honestly say this is one book that has helped change my outlook on life and relationship with my Savior forever.
There aren’t many books that can do that!
I am adopted, and while I grew up with the two most amazing, loving people I know as parents, I’ve always struggled with some feelings of rejection. So when I read the chapter called, “You Are Wanted,” I cried. I’ve never been the girl to turn heads, have never had a boyfriend, and usually hid in a corner on prom nights. So when I read, “You Are Pursued,” I bawled. And what salve to my soul to hear “You Are Loved” after a season of isolation and pain that seemed to last forever.Read more ›
Robin and Alyssa both share from their hearts and experiences as they impart important truths about who we are in God's eyes and our worth to him. Both of these authors write not only to their audience, but to themselves, as they remind us that even in the broken times, even when it seems all is lost and we feel alone, that we are children of God. We the Bride of Christ. We are Spoken For. In each chapter, they take turns sharing their stories. Stories of pain, and stories of hope and love. They share the words that God spoke to us in his precious Word to break down the lies of the enemy that are often so easy to believe and replace them with the truths that God wants us to know about ourselves.
As the chapter headings show us, they remind us that each of us is wanted, pursued, loved, have been called, are of great value, are peculiar treasures, are set free, are covered, promised and spoken for. Whether we are single, married, found Mr Right or are still waiting, no matter what our circumstances, these words hold true for all of us.
If you need reminding of how precious you are, how loved you are, how much our Lord and Saviour is pursuing you has His very own, this is the book for you. And who doesn't need to be washed continually in these beautiful truths? This book is a great encouragement.
Something that really impacted me was Robin's list of verses about how God feels about us- one of the verses being Exodus 19:5- "You are a Peculiar Treasure". This list is definitely something that I will go back to, again and again.
My only issue with recommending this book is that the authors spent a lot of time discussing their own romantic relationships. For young woman who are looking for these types of relationships might not be able to look the fact that both authors have both earthly lovers AND Jesus. It would be easy to look past the authors point- that you are being relentlessly pursued by your heavenly father. However, I believe that the author's intention is to be real with their audience- and humorous.
How does knowing that YOU are God's peculiar treasure effect you?
I received this book for free from the publisher’s Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.
What if you could know, the authors ask, that there is One who seeks you, intensely loves you, and desire you be His bride-to-be? What if there is an epic love story unfolding in your life right now?
The authors help you see your relationship with God in a new way, recognizing He is your Relentless Lover. God wants you. He loves you and is continually pursuing you. He has called you and you are of great value to Him. You are His Peculiar Treasure. He has set you free. You are covered and you are promised to Him.
Robin and Alyssa share their own stories of (human) love and rejection and how they have come to understand God's love for them. Robin shares her wisdom and life experience while Alyssa reveals her emotional experiences of dating and romance.
Discussion questions are included at the end of each chapter. It might make a good choice for a high school girl's discussion group
The authors hope that this book will encourage readers to respond to the invitation from the true Bridegroom.
This is a young woman's book. It offers encouragement to young women who are looking for love and are, perhaps, desperate for romance. Both Robin and Alyssa are very open about their experiences in love, being rejected, experiencing depression and an eating disorder.
My caution for this book is that at the very end there is quite a romantic section on how Jeff proposed to Alyssa. I felt it took the emphasis away from looking to the true Bridegroom and put it squarely back on the human romance level. A young woman might read the last section and be swept back into her intense desire for human romance, forgetting much in the previous sections of the book.
I received a complimentary digital galley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Alyssa and Robyn are true woman of God. This book made it known to me that I am worthy and that we all go through trials and lows in life. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
I purchased this book because of all the great reviews that I read on it! I am very excited to begin to read this book I just received it today in the mail earlier than expected. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Jessica W
I loved this and found it to have a lot of great advice and encouragement. I read it by myself but it would be good for a book club or single women's classPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful read! I am currently 21, single, and in graduate school and this book perfectly fits the season of my life I am in right now. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JF
It's an easy, quick read that really touches me. They write in a way that I can relate to as a young woman.Published 1 month ago by mayaiswhite
This book was very appealing to me at first. I read numerous reviews before purchasing it, all of which were positive. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like the way the story unfolds and how the author uses real-life situations to bring their point home.Published 3 months ago by Lena