At the age of 20, Canadian Jaquelle Crowe has achieved a lot. She’s a podcaster, startup founder, and now the author of her first book, This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years.
Written while Jaquelle was a teen, the book explores how to navigate the sometimes tricky years of adolescence while also living for Jesus.
Speaking with Sam & Duncan on Hope Breakfast, Jaquelle shared her heart for writing the book, which really, is to spur on others.
“My desire for This Changes Everything was for other teenagers who are following Christ to know that they’re not alone, they’re not weird, and that following Christ is the best way to live through their teen years,” said Jaquelle
Jaquelle also praised her parents for the way they brought her up to know Jesus and urged other parents of teens to do the same:
“I would plea to other parents – to intentionally disciple [your children]. My parents took so much time to sit down with me one-on-one to teach me the Word of God, and to talk to me about my life, what was going on in culture, and how the gospel changed that.”
Jaquelle shared, “every week since I turned twelve my Mom and I had a meeting where we sit down. Sometimes we read a book together, sometimes we just talk. Sometimes she calls me out on sin, encourages me, and she prays for me. To parents I would say, take the time to teach your kids what it means to be a Christian – us young people need the help of older people and mentors to support us.”
Jaquelle also spends time each week with her father Sean, who is a pastor. Together they co-host Age of Minority, a podcast tackling different topics to help teens stand firm in their faith.
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“We have an episode on dating, social media, the church – relevant issues to a young person’s life, and how to follow Christ in these mundane areas. You get the perspective of a young person, and a perspective of a Dad and a pastor. We hope it’s encouraging to young people and motivating and really inspiring in their own faith.”