rebelling against low expectations

AuthorJaquelle Crowe Ferris

is the former editor-in-chief of The Rebelution and author of This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years (Crossway). She's the co-founder of The Young Writers Workshop and hosts a podcast for youth called Age of Minority. She's married to Joe and lives in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Young Writers Can Get Published (Lesson #1)

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Most people believe that teenagers can’t get published. At least, not “normal” teenagers. It takes outrageous talent, famous connections, or astounding luck. Just like making it to the NFL or winning the lottery. It’s a common cultural assumption: normal young writers like you or me could rarely, if ever, get published. But what if that was just a myth? What if that assumption is not so accurate...

Introducing the WriterScore (A Free Writing Assessment)

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Six years ago, I had no idea how to be a writer. Well, that’s not quite accurate. I was writing at the time, so technically I was a writer. But I didn’t know how to grow as a writer. I didn’t know where to find motivation. I didn’t have a strategy for success. I didn’t have a mentor. I didn’t have a writing group. I hadn’t developed solid writing habits. I was undisciplined and regularly suffered...

Teens and Technology: An Interview with Tony Reinke

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“Technology is so immersive, it’s like oxygen.” So says Tony Reinke, a senior staff writer and researcher for desiringGod, who has studied culture and technology for years. “It’s so around us that we don’t even recognize technology as what it is. We’re sort of bathed in technology, if you will.” He’s right. In our day and age, technology is pervasive, and, in our culture...

7 Gifts To Get For the Rebelutionary Teen

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T’is the season for gift lists galore. Gifts for the home cook or the movie buff or the traveler. Gifts for your best friend, gifts for your nephews and nieces, gifts for your parents. This is a gift list for your teens. Parents, you’re scratching your heads this Christmas, wondering about their wish lists, debating over video games and smartphones and Netflix subscriptions. Put aside your fears...

Age of Minority: A New Podcast for Young People (And Their Parents)

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I love listening to podcasts. (Probably too much.) But there’s something fun and personal about listening in as real people have conversations about something meaningful (or, for that matter, about something utterly silly). I started listening to podcasts last year, shortly after I turned 18. But as I searched and stumbled across more and more podcasts, I noticed something – I couldn’t find many...

10 Resources Every Christian Teen Needs to Know About

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I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the hunt for fantastic resources for Christian teens. I’m forever on the lookout for the best books, blogs, music, movies, videos, and podcasts to edify and encourage us. One of my favorite things is to get recommendations from other young people. Which is why I thought I would share my top resources with you. Below, I have 2 books, YouTube channels...

10 Lies Culture Tells Teens About Love, Sex, and Romance

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We live in a culture that is constantly talking about love, lust, sex, and romance. It’s hard to get away from, honestly. You can barely turn on the TV, walk around the mall, or glance at a billboard without being assaulted by it. Of course, the mere fact that culture is vocal about it is not the problem. It’s an important conversation to have, for sure. The Bible itself frequently talks about...

19 Things I’ve Learned About Growing Up

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This summer I become an adult. At least, according to my country. I turn 19, and that basically means I can do lots of boring things legally — like get a credit card. My, what fun. It’s weird to think that I’ll be labeled a “grown up.” I still feel like I have a lot of growing up left to do. And I do! But I’ve grown up a lot since I was 13. Or 14. Or even 15. And...

The Risk We Face at Easter

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Last year Kevin DeYoung wrote this: “We must be careful: with Holy Week there is the risk of sentimentalism swallowing up substance.” We’re nearing the end of what has traditionally been called Holy Week. It’s the week leading up to the formal recognition and celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ on Good Friday and Easter. But there is a danger in this week, one that too many...

How to Survive the After-Christmas Blues

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And then suddenly, it was over. Weeks and weeks, months and months of secrets and shopping and decorating and waiting for one day – and now in a great big exhalation, that day is over. All we’re left with is recycling bags full of wrapping paper and a leaning Tower of Pisa stack of leftovers in the fridge. The snow (or grass) looks browner today, the trees deader, the presents nice...

rebelling against low expectations

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