About The Book
One very sad night, A 16 year old boy committed suicide. His shocking death was a tragic loss to everyone who knew him and his loving family. The night of his suicide, God spoke to my teenage daughter Annie in a dream by showing her angels around the train tracks and Jesus right there, saying, “Life will come out of death.” That dark night was the beginning of a three-year journey of writing this book, with the help of over 1,000 teenagers and college students. Today, teens and college students face tremendous pressure where anxiety, depression, academic pressure, eating disorders, cutting and even suicide are common among their friends. Filled with real life stories of teens and college students, this book teaches how to silence the lies and negative voices in our minds through understanding the different voices in their heads, and learning to shut up the ones that are tearing us down. Say shut up to the negative voices tearing you down, and learn how to hear the encouraging voice of a God who loves you more than you can possibly imagine.
This book is so important because we simply cannot stay silent anymore. Shut up has helped me see the truth and realize the negative voices in my head are simply not valid. The book helped me learn the ways I can press on in life and discern the voice of God. I see a movement coming with this book!
“This book is an amazing tool for teenagers, we all need to learn how to shut up the lies from others and the lies we tell ourselves and replace them with the truth of Jesus’s, the truth that we are enough.”
“I think the book is incredibly helpful just by the title of it, “shut up”, which says it all.”
Thanks to the help of over 1000 teens and college students the book is done! We think it’s going to be helpful to many teens…
Love, Christy and our teen writers
About The Author
Hi! I’m Christy. I’m a mom of three teens (plus 2 dogs & 3 cats) and God called me to write this shut up book after our friend who was 16 years old committed suicide. I’m a pastor, Christian author, and most of the time I think people would say I’m a pretty nice person. But one day, when a mom told me she had grounded her daughter for making a B+ while she was also on club soccer, ballet dancing and president of the French Club, I experienced a level of rage that I rarely ever experience and I almost shouted out loud at this mom, “SHUT THE HELL UP!” That day, I realized that I have become so angry at the huge pressure on teens and college students today. I’m so tired of hearing stories of kids who are only sleeping five hours at night because they’re frantically trying to finish homework after rushing home following a club sports game. I’m so sad when teens call me and share their stories of feeling depressed, anxious, cutting, or even suicidal over all this pressure. I’m not a perfect parent. And, I won’t pretend to understand all your generation is going through. We, adults, can’t get it. But, I think it’s time for us parents, academic leaders, and coaches to seriously consider the toll all of this pressure is taking on you guys. More of us need God’s eyes of compassion for those of you who feel scared, depressed, or alone with no one to listen to your feelings.
Let me be very clear and honest with you. Believe it or not, the point of this book isn’t about saying shut up to other people. The actual purpose of this book is to help you know how to say shut up to the negative, lying, and dark voices that are inside your own mind. These are the thoughts that can make you feel so bad about yourself that you begin to feel anxious, depressed, lonely, hopeless, and sometimes, these thoughts take over. These thoughts can even whisper lies to you about doing stuff to harm yourself or even give up living. With God’s help, you really can shut up the dark voices inside your head. You can shut them up and make them stop. You really can learn to hear God’s voice of love, encouragement, and peace. You deserve that. You can be happy and have joy in your life.
If you want to read a sample of the shut up book which is being released on amazon and kindle October 2016, click on the link above.