Do you remember the angst of being a teenager? That feeling of being left behind with others being so much prettier, brighter, popular than you? Teen SpiritÂ by Lindsay Ullman is an uplifting new book with a holistic and spiritual message written for teenagers to help boost confidence and inspire them to be themselves. A perfect gift for the teenagers in your life.
In Teen Spirit, Lindsay Ullmann offers teenagers a voice to share their personal stories and reflect on their lives with honesty, compassion and most of all, hope for the future. Â In so doing, she raises vital questions about identity, belonging and the spiritual journey. There areÂ over twenty contributors, many of them teenagers, who share their diverse experiences and the importance of their different faiths, as well as those who have no faith at all.
Chapters include topics such as relaxing, gaining confidence, being spiritual and finding your passion. Written in an accessible and easy-to-read, dip in and out, format, the book provides a welcome source not only of emotional support and encouragement for teenagers but also practical advice including useful contacts and helplines for times when you need to talk to someone who understands.
As an adult and a holistic therapist, I feel that Teen Spirit also offers parents and teachers a valuable insight into the lives and minds of young people and acts as a reminder of the need for empathy particularly during those times when teenagers are at their most difficult and challenging. Indeed, some of the stories took me right back to my own troubled adolescence and I found myself telephoning my 19 year old daughter to say how much I loved her and believed in her.
About Lindsay Ullman
The author of Teen Spirit, Lindsay Ullmann, who is now 30, was bullied at school, leaving with few qualifications and has personal experience of the isolated world of low self-esteem and confusion.Â Finding inspiration and solace through music, she turned her life around, gained a degree in journalism and is now well on her way to becoming a successful singer-songwriter. Her own story is delicately woven throughout the book with moving lyrics from her songs, recollections of key moments in her life, a letter from Lindsay and a section on â€˜Lindsayâ€™s Wisdomâ€™ that includes â€˜Listen to Wise Peopleâ€™. It is my hope that this wise book will inspire teenagers to find the inner strength to be themselves.
Teen Spirit: Inspiration and information for young people by Lindsay Ullmann, published by Spiritual EnglandÂ www.spiritualengland.org.ukÂ price Â£7.99. ISBN: 978-0-9564877-2-8