I’m not sure why I chose to read this book, but I think that it was one of those “everything happens for a reason” type things. Wake Up, Generation is by Paige Omartian. The book starts with her recalling when she was 10 years old and a lump was found in her leg. It turned out she had cancer and would need to go through treatment. While in the hospital, she was visited by Make a Wish and she chose to go to Nashville and record a couple of songs in a professional studio (how fun!)
After her initial recording, she was contacted by Bath and Body Works and asked to have her songs included on one of their in store compilation CDs. Through this she had the opportunity to visit the Today Show and she began to realize what her gift was.
The rest of the book goes on to tell Paige’s Generation to “Wake Up!” and try and find their gift. At the end of each chapter there are questions posed to the reader in order to help them reach inside and find out more about themselves and just what their gift is so that they don’t sit around “bored” and wasting their life. One of the things that struck me was when she said that she had sometimes wished that other kids would have cancer for just one day to see what it is that they have to go through so that maybe they wouldn’t stress with their little “problems” (like a bad hair day) as much. This is something I say to my mom too about my CP. When people park in a non-existent parking spot that blocks the part of the curb I use to go down because I can’t get down the curb without help – I often say that I wish that people could have my CP for a day to see how difficult that is and maybe act less selfishly. Not that I can really compare my CP to cancer by any means – I am sure that is much more of a struggle considering it is unfortunately life and death at times, but I just found it funny that someone else kind of has the same way of thinking as I do!
I often wonder just what my “gift” is, and why I am here. I will be going back through the book when I have more free time (at the time I am writing this I am working crazy OT at my job – by the time you read this I hope that things will be back to normal!) to see if the questions at the end of each of the chapters help guide me.
Paige is Christian and this book does have a lot of references to the bible and is God-driven. If you find this a turn off, this might not be the book for you.
I received a free e-copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in order to write this review.
About The Book
Wake Up, Generation, a breakout new title from debut author Paige Omartian, will revolutionize the life of any young adult seeking purpose, passion, and direction. As a growing generation is characterized by a lifestyle of apathy and indifference, Paige uses biblical teaching and shares relatable stories to help young people break the chains and discover the God-driven mission for their lives. Readers will…
- understand their life’s sacred purpose
- wake up to the needs of the world around them
- develop a vision and mission statement for life
- realize how their own story fits into God’s design
- become equipped to live out the passionate, fulfilling life God intended
Singles from Paige’s debut album, Wake Up, have appeared on Top 30 charts of Christian music, and extensive media coverage, including an appearance on the Today Show, has earned her a legion of fans. With a growing reach, Paige will connect with readers and help them understand that it’s time to wake up!