Publisher: TH1NK Books
Publication Date: 2003
List Price: $12.99
Teenage years can be brutal. There is a constant pressure to fit in and be liked. Unfortunately, this pressure often causes teenagers to conform to what they believe others want them to be. In his book, Posers, Fakers & Wannabes, Brennan Manning shows readers the problem with developing false personas, and the freedom that can be gained when this activity is stopped. His main premise relies on the fact that God loves us just as we are. There is no need to hide who we are from God, or anyone else.
Although the book is intended for teenagers, it does not read like a typical self-help book meant for this age group. In fact, most teenagers probably will not be familiar with many of Brennan’s references. For example, he only alludes to older movies such as Woody Allen’s Zelig (1983) and Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). Brennan also relies heavily on anecdotes from classic literature, a feature I personally enjoyed. At some points, the amount of quoted material distracted from Brennan’s main points. Nevertheless, Posers, Fakers, & Wannabes is a great book for teaching both teenagers and adults to remove their masks and accept who they are.
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