My book, Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl, is available on Amazon.
The Story Behind Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl
If you’d told me I’d spend the first thirty-two years of my life single, I would’ve said, “Shoot me now.” I was just ten when I wrote about a boy in my diary (with no inkling I’d one day share these journals with the world). He wasn’t the first boy I noticed or the last. Over the years, my crushes became more frequent and more costly.
Before I knew it, I was trapped in an endless cycle: Spot a cute guy, dream about him non-stop, and do whatever it took to get him to notice me (including swallowing a live goldfish). When he didn’t pursue me, I’d get over him by hating him. Then I’d transfer my affection for him to the next cute guy, and the cycle would begin all over again.
When I tried to fix myself, it was like slapping a flimsy Band-Aid on a deep, gaping wound. My boy craziness had a deep-seated root I couldn’t budge.
Eventually, I prayed a desperate prayer: that God would free me from my idols and teach me to trust Him with my love life. I didn’t expect the punch to my gut that left me reeling and my world spinning out of control. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
I also asked God if I could one day write a book to help other boy-crazy girls. He heard those prayers, and one day, Moody Publishers asked me to write a book. As I began to write, my goal was to:
- Point girls to Jesus in every chapter, the One they’ve been longing for all along without even knowing it.
- Infuse girls with the hope that they can change. God transforms broken girls into beautiful trophies of His grace. If He can do it in me, He can rescue anyone.
Reader Feedback from Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl
In 2013, Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl entered this world. It didn’t take long to hear how many teens could relate, like Laurissa:
I am sixteen and have had a boy-crazy reputation since I could remember. I never thought I was boy crazy, but reading this book totally opened my eyes. You wrote it just for me! It has helped me become a better person, a stronger believer, and a girl who will wait on God’s plans and perfect timing!
While I wrote Confessions for teens, women of all ages told me how much this book impacted them, like Jessica:
I read your book without any intention of getting anything for myself, but for a young girls’ group I’d be leading. But as I read your journey, I began processing more of my own journey. It was when I read about you dressing modestly, but wanting your image to be burned into the back of boys’ minds that God showed me I was not only flirty and needy in the past. I still have this heart, and I’m married! Oh, I was brought to my knees.
After finishing your book, it took me a week or two of searching and listening to God’s Word for me to realize I have never really gone to Him for my acceptance or affection. . . .
Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl is for anyone who’s ever looked to “little g” gods (idols) to satisfy what only the “Big G” God can. It points the way for you, too, to move from neediness to freedom. I hope you’ll pick up a copy, read it, and then share it with a teen.
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Endorsements for Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl
Teenage girls often look to others for security and significance—most often, it’s boys. Good-looking boys. That was me at the age of sixteen, and had someone put this book in my hands back then, who knows the heartaches I could’ve avoided. This book is a must-read for today’s young women!
Joni Eareckson Tada, CEO, Joni and Friends International Disability Center
What a joy it has been to watch Paula on her “journey from neediness to freedom.” The transformation has been nothing short of remarkable. Her reflections on that journey are honest, engaging, refreshing, and insightful. In this book, young women will find Paula to be a relatable, caring, wise friend. She will make you laugh, cry and think! And she will point you to the only true Satisfaction for a heart that longs to be chosen and cherished.
Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, author, Revive Our Hearts radio host
Love the boy. Hate the boy. Long for the boy. Wait for the boy. If you want off the roller coaster ride of romance, this book is your ticket. In a style that feels like a great conversation with a good friend, Paula gives us front row seats to her up and down ride on the roller coaster of love and then teaches us that there is a better way. You will be encouraged, inspired, and entertained by her story and ultimately you’ll find the surprising secret to the lasting Love you’re looking for.
Erin Davis, author of the One Girl series
There are not many words that describe this book . . . because it was amazing. I cannot tell you how much it related to me and gave me the example and Scripture I needed to get through my obstacles. I am really boy crazy and love the thought of love, but this book helped me in more ways than could be counted.
Ginni Mathis, a teen reader
With encouraging transparency, deep faith, and wisdom learned in the crucible of pain, Paula Hendricks invites us into her heart. As I read, I saw myself over and over again: as a “boy-crazy girl” and as a woman who has been taught by Christ that He “is in the business of transforming broken girls into beautiful trophies of his grace.” Nothing is more soul-satisfying than the realization that surrender of all to him is not a loss at all. If you are a boy-crazy girl (or woman) or if you’re a mom or grandmother who knows one, this book is a wonderful resource. I heartily recommend it!
Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, author of Found in Him: The Joy of the Incarnation and Our Union with Christ
Here is warm, wise, and clear-headed counsel from someone who has dug past the surface and has identified the root cause of boy-craziness. Paula knows firsthand about the “expulsive power of a new affection.” Take the quiz in the first chapter and see if this book is for you or for someone you know.
Bob Lepine, cohost, FamilyLife Today
Paula allows us to take a peek into her life through stories, transparent journal entries, and God’s guidance along the way. She’s relatable, humorous, practical and just plain real. Gospel-saturated and biblically sound, Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl provides wisdom for young girls, teens, and moms navigating the tendencies of our boy crazy hearts. Paula has written a book that gives hope for every boy-crazy girl.
Trillia Newbell, author, United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity
Paula Hendricks has charged right into the heads and hearts of most females with her Confessions. I wish I could’ve read this book as a young teen; it addresses so many common temptations and provides gospel-centered help. With refreshing transparency, Paula invites the reader into her struggles with image, beauty, insecurity, lust, and of course—guys! Paula comes alongside the reader as a friend and opens her heart to tell her story. She doesn’t run from the tough questions, but uses Scripture to grapple with the heart issues. If you’re a teen, you need this book. If you’re a parent or you have input into young women’s lives, you need this book. May the life lessons Paula shares here impact the next generation for God’s glory!
Kimberly Wagner, True Woman blogger and author of Fierce Women: The Power of a Soft Warrior
Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl is so brutally honest and biblically encouraging that I wish I had read it when I was younger. Like Paula, I also believed that all I had to do was trust God enough and be pretty enough to attract a boy. Wrong! If you’re the least bit boy-crazy like Paula (and like me) you will be thoroughly encouraged challenged in your faith and relationships.