Great Summer Reads 2019 Part 2 Day 15 :)

E. C. Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play Pajama Party. For three and a half years she published the Confidence in Life newsletter for Alpha Production Ministries, in addition to writing tracts and devotionals. 

Teaching a women’s Bible study at her church for eleven years naturally led to her current endeavor of writing inspirational romance novels and teen and young adult fiction. Her mission: spiritual maturity in the body of Christ through fiction.

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Most sleepovers are simple. Food, fun, and pillow fights. But sixteen-year-old Karen Duncan has bigger plans for her slumber party. Family troubles have changed her over the past year, and she’s no longer the petty, selfish girl she used to be. Now she’s ready to shake things up with her friends. The guest list comes as a surprise to some and a slap in the face to others. This popular girl has invited some not-so-popular guests. Even more shocking, she’s left out some of the girls she’s hung out with since middle school.

Diane and Evette are outsiders, nervous about being stuck in a house with the same girls who tease them at school. Kathy, Lisa, and Joann come to the party with the confidence of the in-crowd, but they’re masking inner-turmoil that is bound to surface. Sandy and Angela are usually the voices of reason…usually. And then there’s Linda, the friend that got away. She may not ever forgive the girls who abandoned her years ago. Karen hopes to change her mind.

Her agenda is ambitious, and it could spell disaster. But Karen is convinced God will use this party to spark a new beginning for everyone involved. This companion book to A Living Hope gives us the inspired story Sadie Cummings wrote for the girls of Shiatown.



Joann wiped a wet cotton ball over Karen’s cheeks. “Stop frowning. Keep still.” She tossed the cotton ball into the wastebasket and picked up a makeup sponge. “Parents need to give their teens more freedom. My folks are never in sync with me. Of course, I’m always right.”
“Unless you’re wrong,” said Kathy. “My parents understand me perfectly, so they limit my activities. My mom said, ‘We’re saving you from yourself.’ I like that.”
“It sounds like a conspiracy to me,” said Linda. “My dad said the same thing last weekend. He keeps trying to ruin my social life. Three of my friends wanted me to spend the night with them in Tulsa after the game Saturday.”
“Your parents are different from my folks. They would laugh if I asked to spend a night out of town with friends without a chaperone. I’m not allowed to ask them pointless questions,” said Diane. “Did you expect them to say yes? Did the other girls stay overnight?”
“Two of them did, and they convinced three other girls to join them.”

Someone had to get the room for them. Five parents allowed their teenage daughters to spend the night unsupervised in Tulsa. Doing what?” asked Angela.

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