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Torn Between Two Masters:

Encouraging Teens to Live Authentically in a Celebrity-Obsessed World

National Release Date: June 21. 2011

What We Need To Know To Counteract the Devastating Influence of Celebrity Obsession


Author Kimberly Davidson

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Author Kimberly Davidson Kimberly Davidson is a board certified biblical counselor personal life coach, speaker, and founder of Olive Branch Outreach—a ministry dedicated to bringing hope and restoration to those struggling with eating disorders, body image, and negative thinking. Kimberly volunteers in youth ministry and youth education outreach. She is the author of three books: I’m Beautiful? Why Can’t I See It?, I’m God’s Girl? Why Can’t I Feel It?, and Breaking the Cover Girl Mask. ... read more about Kimberly

Description & Table of Contents

Do you ever wonder why so many Christians are star-struck by celebrities? Why is the lure of celebrity so powerful?This book explains what we need to know—parents, youth leaders and mentors—to counteract the devastating influence that celebrity obsession has on our adolescents.

Key: Scripture says, “You want something but don't get it” (James 4:2). Deep inside people feel something is missing. Stuffing themselves with fragmented identities will never fill that hole. Only Jesus Christ can. He is the only one who can transform a person’s life into one of purpose. He is the only one who can dispel and change deceptive worldviews that the celebrity culture sells.

Table of Contents

Star-struck Teens

To Live Authentically and Extraordinarily

Part One: The Gospel of Celebrity: Voices of Influence

The Age of Celebrity and Pop Culture

The Most Vulnerable Audience

Voices of Influence

America’s Next Top Model?

The Many Causes of Eating Disorders

Mirroring Celebrity Casual Sex

Part Two: Celebrities: Why They Have Such Power

Why Are We (Christians) Living Like Rest of the World?

Uncovering Blind Spots

Which Master Meets Your Deepest Needs?

Where Have All the Grownups Gone?

Part Three: Obsessed with the Master: Experiencing Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ Super Star

Obsessed with Jesus

The Mission

Freedom from the Beast

Part Four: Born an Original: Living Authentically

No One Can Serve Two Masters

Maximum Self-Worth

Designed to Make a Difference


Overveiw of Book

• Why is it that so many Christians are star-struck by celebrities?

• Why do so many adolescents want to be sports, music, runway, or Hollywood stars instead of teachers, nurses, pastors, or carpenters?

• Why is the gospel of celebrity so powerful in our lives and can we reduce its impact or is it too late?

This pop culture, via the media, has made it quite clear: celebrities matter—and we, both Christians and non-Christians are star-struck by them. I look at this phenomenon like an onion—there are different layers of different explanations we need to peel off. Peeling off the first layer reveals some surface reasons. I peel the onion down to the core and expose the real reasons for celebrity worship and fascination and then lay out a number of things we can do to diminish its negative force.

The underlying issues I address are:

1. Why the lure of celebrity is so powerful,
2. How to minimize celebrity obsession by increasing a teen’s self-worth,
3. The best ways to help teens navigate and be critical of the media,
4. How to identify and discourage negative and normalized behaviors such as eating disorders and “hooking up,”
5. How Jesus Christ can transform a teen’s life into one of purpose, and
6. Many other eye-opening insights.

What I want the readers to take from this book:

  1. Do not underestimate the negative influence celebrities can have on an adolescent. As a child approaches the tween years, most parents will notice a greater interest in teen idols or celebrities than they used to have. Some interest in celebrities is normal, but it can go too far. It is a fact, an obsession with celebrities can result in loss of self-worth in children.
  2. Know the facts. Knowledge changes everything. Drawing on the Word of God, the latest research, ministerial experience, and interviews with teenagers, parents and leaders, Kimberly provides an eye-opening study that encourages the reader to take action.
  3. Children imitate their parents (or guardians). As a primary role model I want parents to look into the mirror of their own life and determine to what extent they are influenced by celebrities. This is a book for them too.
  4. Get to know and develop a relationship with the only person worthy of obsession: Jesus Christ.

Target Audience: Primary: parents (or guardians), youth leaders, teen mentors; Secondary audience: 5th – 12th graders.

About the Author Kimberly Davidson:

Kimberly is a board certified biblical counselor personal life coach, speaker, and founder of Olive Branch Outreach—a ministry dedicated to bringing hope and restoration to those struggling with eating disorders and negative body image. Kimberly holds a Masters degree from Western Seminary and Bachelors from the University of Iowa. She volunteers in student ministries and youth education outreach. Kimberly is the author of books: Something Happened On My Way To Hell, I’m Beautiful? Why Can’t I See It?, I’m God’s Girl? Why Can’t I Feel It?, Breaking the Cover Girl Mask.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Star-struck Teens
To Live Authentically and Extraordinarily

Part One: The Gospel of Celebrity: Voices of Influence
The Age of Celebrity and Pop Culture
The Most Vulnerable Audience
Voices of Influence
America’s Next Top Model?
The Many Causes of Eating Disorders
Mirroring Celebrity Casual Sex

Part Two: Celebrities: Why They Have Such Power
Why Are We (Christians) Living Like Rest of the World?
Uncovering Blind Spots
Which Master Meets Your Deepest Needs?
Where Have All the Grownups Gone?

Part Three: Obsessed with the Master: Experiencing Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ Super Star
Obsessed with Jesus
The Mission
Freedom from the Beast

Part Four: Born an Original: Living Authentically
No One Can Serve Two Masters
Maximum Self-Worth
Designed to Make a Difference

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