INTRODUCING RAISING A YOUNG MODERN-DAY PRINCESS
By Authors Doreen Hanna and Karen Whiting
How Did Raising a Modern-Day Princess Come to Fruition?
Author Doreen Hanna was married to Chad for 43 years. Chad’s heavenward journey in 2014 was a celebration of his life, leaving a legacy through their two girls: Brandy, married to Roberto Corea for more than 20 years and the mother of Doreen’s four grandchildren. Kamy, is Doreen’s youngest, who is presently single and is a tremendous help to Doreen in this season of her life and ministry. It seemed only natural that both girls assist in the creation of the Biblically-based “rite of passage” for teen girls curriculum first implemented in 2000, which led to the co-authored book, Raising a Modern-Day Princess with Pam Farrel, published by Focus on the Family in 2010.
Doreen’s recognition for a Biblically-based “rite of passage” led to researching the purpose of a rite of passage because those words are not commonly used in our society today. Yet, they are lived out in our daily lives. A birthday, an anniversary, and graduations are all rites of passage. They represent transition, worthy of acknowledgement and celebration. Doreen shares within the pages of Raising a Young Modern-Day Princess true stories of the challenges she faced in raising her daughters in her attempt to encourage the Fruit of the Spirit in their lives and the value of celebrating this rite of passage.
Author Karen Whiting’s formative years included the joy of creative activities with her grandmother. Karen’s marriage led to four children of her own. She used her creative gifting to educate and entertain them over the years. Karen’s gifts are once again utilized through Raising a Young Modern-Day Princess as each chapter ends with creative activities that reinforce that chapter’s Fruit of the Spirit. In addition, she shares several personal stories that attempted to implement a certain Fruit into the lives of her daughters and the challenges or successes she encountered along the way.
Other contributing authors also share their stories that will bring our reading audience to laughter and sometimes to tears.
Within our homes, and possibly churches too, celebrations of spiritual rites of passage are often overlooked. How many of us remember the moment we accepted Christ, but we can’t document the time, day, or maybe even the year? Or the date, time, or place and how we felt after being baptized? Today we are beginning to celebrate our spiritual steps in our Christian walk that can make a lasting impact in our children’s lives and a significant documented memory. Like the rocks the children of Israel set in places on their journey to the Promised Land to remember how God met them at those places, our “spiritual steps” are reminders of how God has met us in special places and ways.
Doreen and Karen hope that RYMDP will be heartwarming, insightful, and enjoyable as you implement some of the fun activities that will nurture the Fruit of the Spirit to grow in your daughters’ or possibly granddaughters’ lives, and you will have the joy of seeing it blossom and bear fruit for you and others to enjoy.
A Little More About the Authors:
Doreen Hanna is the Founder & President of Treasured Celebrations. She founded Treasured Celebrations to empower girls of all ages to discover their purpose, value, and strength in today’s society. She has been accomplishing her goal for more than a decade by training leaders with her same passion. She has authored the Modern Day Princess books and curriculum published by one of the most highly recognized publishers in the industry, Focus on the Family/ Tyndale. Her resources have been implemented in every state in our nation and in 22 countries across the world. She often speaks to women’s groups and parents, and she trains leaders internationally.
Karen Whiting, a freelance writer and author of 22 books, loves to let creativity splash onto the page as she writes. Whether offering creative solutions for busy women or designing crafts for tweens, her books reflect how imagination and writing intersect. Karen’s books include the popular tween series “God’s Girls” and “God Encounters” Ages 10-12 (small group prayer encounters). Her more than 400 articles and devotions have been published in over four dozen magazines including Brio magazine, Focus on the Family, Today’s Christian Women, Reminisce, and Devo-Zine. Karen also directed an award-winning tween and teen puppet ministry for more than a dozen years and hosted a TV series, “Puppets on Parade,” at WLRN for Miami educational television. Karen is a speaker for women’s groups, retreats, schools, and mother-daughter events.
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