He Numbered the Pores on My Face

I saw this title and laughed. Well, laughed inside my head. I thought, “Wow, what a funny title!” And then I wondered what was on her face, and evidently, it’s a facial mask. With cucumbers on her eyes. (This book is supposed to be for teenagers but then I realized in half a year I will be one.)

by Melody, age 12

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*He Numbered the Pores on My Face: Hottie Lists, Clogged Pores, Eating Disorders, and Freedom from It All by Scarlet Hiltibidal

Released: July 15, 2019
Publisher: B&H Kids

Page Count: 192
Age: Teens

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It can be tricky to forget the past, especially scenes that were particularly embarrassing and horrifying, or you just want to forget it. You want to forget your past mistakes, but the thing is, the more you think about it, the more it comes into your mind. So that’s when you turn to God for help.

Everybody struggles with living more like Christ. Even me. People always say, “Oh, I’m going to read my Bible and pray.” But then they forget. The thing about doing that is that it’s a matter of habit and discipline. (Discipline is hard.) But the more you do it, the more you want to spend time with Him, the more you want to read His word.

He Numbered the Pores on My Face is for teens who long for beauty, love, and rest. Any labels you long for today might as well be “looks good in butterfly clips” if you are not rooted in who Jesus says you are, because any self­-centered identity is going to leave you in the same place: unfulfilled and unhappy. Girls will relate to Scarlet’s stories as she discusses hottie lists, eating disorders, and haphazard beauty in a way that is both humorous and thought provoking. Through it all, she describes how she found peace by learning to see life not through a mirror but through a Savior who shapes who we were, who we are, and who we will be.

A Note from Melody’s Mom:

If there is another woman who has survived the teen years and is willing to share a beautiful message of worth and identity in Christ to my girls, I’ll take it! Just from the intro: “I’m watching teen girls all around me growing up and growing scared and wondering if they are enough” and “As we fumble our way through each day, falling and failing and trying again to make our lives more centered on a crown of life than on a crown of flowers, I pray that God will continue to transform us from the little girls we all often are into mature women whose eyes are looking not to a mirro that teslls us what we look like, but to a Savior who tells us who we are.” Scarlet, in usual humor, shares her stories of her teen years, some stumblings through trends and other moments that she can look back on and laugh about…and points to the Scripture of girls can see how treasured they are by the Creator of the Universe – acne and all!

About the Author

Scarlet Hiltibidal is a very professional wife and mother to her family in Middle Tennessee. She loves sign language with her daughters, nachos by herself, writing for her friends, and dreaming of being a famous chef while spilling the cheese dust from the macaroni box on the kitchen counter and using it anyway. She treasures the freedom of resting in the work of Jesus and hopes to help others rest as well. Her book Afraid of All the Things released in January 2019.



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