Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Love Your Selfie by Tessa Emily Hall, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Love Your Selfie Author: Tessa Emily Hall Publisher: Ellie Claire Gifts Release Date: October 13, 2020 Genre: Teen/Young Adult Devotional God loves the real you-without filters, followers, or fabulous backdrops! This glittery devotional journal helps teens find their inner sparkle so they can love themselves. The truth is: the Creator of the Universe stamped His approval on you far before anyone ever had the chance to disapprove. In this 52-week devotional journal, you will be guided through a journey of embracing the unique way you were created. Author Tessa Emily Hall shares her personal struggles of dealing with insecurity and self-shame as a teen, then she invites you to reflect on the weekly message through journal prompts and social media challenges. You will be taken on a journey to understand what Scripture says about your identity, discover how you can tap into your God-given potential, and learn to love who you are inside. Ellie Claire’s LeatherLuxe® material is given new glittery life in this stunning journal with full-color interior design. The rich feel of leather is finished with round corners to make this journal an extraordinary gift for any time of year.FEATURES:Premium, thick, acid-free, non-bleed paperGuided journal from a teen for teensLightly-ruled space for notes and reflectionsFull-color interiorPresentation page for personalizationLeatherLuxe® binding with NEW glitter finish that doesn’t rub offRibbon markerSmythe-sewn bindingPURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Christianbook
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Overcoming Insecurity by Embracing Our Unique Roles
My first insecurities developed when I reached middle school. I witnessed the friends I’d been close to in elementary school separate into cliques based on their reputation and even their appearance. Since I never felt as though I belonged in a certain clique, I began to compare myself with those around me. Why couldn’t I have a “better” personality like the talkative girls in my classes? Why couldn’t I, too, be interested in going shopping and browsing through teen fashion magazines?
This battle with self-shame continued throughout my teen years as I wrestled with the question of why I couldn’t be “like everyone else.” But through the process of drawing closer to Christ—developing a relationship with Him and grounding my identity in Him—His love renewed my perspective. My confidence no longer became attached to the things of this world; rather, it became attached to who I am in Christ. He helped me learn how to embrace my uniqueness rather than condemning myself for being “different.”
Throughout this journey, I discovered why the enemy wants to keep us paralyzed with insecurity: because he doesn’t want us to reach out. He wants us to remain hidden rather than being like a “city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden” (Matt. 5:14). Because if the enemy can cripple us with self-shame and insecurity, then we will never gain the confidence we need to step up, to speak out, or to extend a helping hand. We will never come to realize the full potential God has placed within us—gifts we should use to build the Body of Christ.
Of course, this isn’t to say that I don’t still battle insecurities every now and then. I am still human, after all, and living in a fallen world. There are times when those thoughts try to arise back into my mind: Why can’t I be more like them? Look more like them?
But the number one way that I continue to conquer these insecurities has come through the process of dying to my fleshly impulses and maintaining a healthy perspective: I am here to spread God’s Kingdom. Not mine. I am here to fulfill my role in furthering the Body of Christ. If I were to be “more like everyone else” then I would neglect to carry out my unique assignment.
Any time that comparison tempts me, I remind myself of the truth found in 1 Corinthians 12:14-20 (NLT):
Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?
But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body.
This life isn’t about me. I am simply a part of One Body, and our goal as the Body is to accomplish His purpose—by loving God and loving others.
As I continue to draw close to Christ and feed on His Word, my heart’s desires begin to align accordingly. The fleshly impulses that once fed those insecurities (pride and jealousy) die in the process. With my flesh now crucified, I become free from the chains of self-shame and insecurities and can embrace a life of newfound confidence and freedom.
A freedom that allows me to embrace my unique role in His Kingdom.
(1) winner will receive a book-inspired prize package including an autographed copy of Love Your Selfie, InnerSparkle coffee blend sample from the book, book swag, prayer journal, pink glitter nail polish, lip gloss, facial mask, etc.!
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