Student contributes to devotional for teens
March 03, 2006

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A Bryan freshman is joining the ranks of published authors with her contribution to a devotional for teen-age girls to be published in May.
            Amy McKoy, an elementary education major whose family lives at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, now but considers Dothan, Ala., home, has written several devotionals for This Is Now: A Girl-to-Girl Devotional for Teens, which is to be released in May by Multnomah Publishers, Inc.
The book contains 365 essays encouraging young teens as they address coming-of-age issues today. “They were looking for advice about issues younger teen girls would struggle with,” Amy explained. “I wrote about the whole self-image thing. We were all so caught up in how we look. I stressed that that’s not what it’s all about.”
            Patti M. Hummel, who compiled the book, said she and Multnomah agreed last year that “rather than publishing a book written by another adult to teens, we would invite teens themselves to write about real issues and how they got through some of the problems all teens face.
            “Each contributor wrote from her heart. These young ladies have been the most humble and precious people to work along side.”
Ms. Hummel said the authors are young women she knows or who were recommended to her by Christian friends who could vouch for their character. “They were asked to write on any subject important to them, provided the message was clear. The end result had to be a message of hope for other teens who might be struggling with similar issues.”
Amy said a friend of her family, Bryan alumna Dawn (Kinter) Leach, a 1987 graduate, knew about the project and arranged for Amy to contact Ms. Hummel. “She said, ‘Here’s the format.’ I wrote some entries and sent them in.”
This is the first experience she has had writing for publication, a characteristic she shares with most of the writers, Ms. Hummel said.
Amy explained that she likes to write, although her efforts largely have been confined to school assignments before this. “If I were not an education major, I would be an English major,” she said.