10 ultimate truths girls should know review

I received a copy of 10 ultimate truths girls should know from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.  First I will give you the book description from the site, then my thoughts.

10 Ultimate Truths girls should know book cover

“Book Description

These ten simple truths can build one big change in your daughter’s life.

When Kari Kampakis wrote a blog post in July 2013 titled “10 Truths Young Girls Should Know,” the post went viral and was shared more than 65,000 times on Facebook. Obviously her message strikes a chord with moms and dads across the country. This nonfiction book for teen girls expands on these ten truths and can reach the hearts of both moms and daughters.

Teen girls deal daily with cliques, bullying, rejection, and social media nightmares. Kari Kampakis wants girls to know that they don’t have to compromise their integrity and future to find love, acceptance, and security. Her ten truths include:

  • Kindness is more important than popularity.
  • People peak at different times of life. Trust God’s plan for you.
  • Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Otherwise, you’ll never stick to your guns.
  • Today’s choices set the stage for your reputation.
  • You were born to fly.

Fans of Kari’s blog and newspaper column will not want to miss her first book. Filled with practical advice, loving support, and insightful discussion questions, 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know is a timely and approachable list of guidelines that will help young girls navigate a broken world and become the young women God made them to be.

About the Author

Kari Kampakis is a newspaper columnist, blogger, and former children’s photographer from Birmingham, Alabama. Her writing has been featured on HuffPost Parents and reflects her passion for family and God. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Kari holds an MBA and public relations degree. She and her husband, Harry, live in blessed chaos with their four daughters and a dog named Lola.”

I like the topics that she covers with the girls.  I took pics but they didn’t turn out so well.  So, I will type them out in the order and way they are in the book.

“The 10 Ultimate Truths

Truth #10: KINDNESS is more important than POPULARITY.

Truth #9: You were born to fly.

Truth #8: Today’s choices set the state for your reputation.

Truth #7: Chasing boys doesn’t make you cool.  It makes you a nuisance.

Truth #6: You weren’t made to worship yourself.

Truth #5: People peak at different times in life.  Trust God’s plan for you.

Truth #4: Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.  Otherwise you will never stick to your guns.

Truth #3: Boys are visual creatures.  The clothing choices you made affect the way they see you.

Truth #2: Pretty girls are a dime a dozen.  Outer beauty attracts attention, but inner beauty is what holds it.

Truth #1: The source of all peace and happiness lies inside you.  Learn to listen to the whispers of God over the megaphone of public opinion.”

There are places for the girls to write as they read / work through the 10 truths.

Honestly, I do not think the books needs me to say any more than the description and the list of the 10 truths.  I think they speak for themselves.  Our girls NEED to know these things.  These are tings we need to be teaching them from an early age and reinforcing all through the teen years as they learn to stretch their wings and fly the way God intends for each and every one of them.  This would be a great book for you to give a pre-teen or teen girl you love and you could even work through it with them – at least be available to talk to them as they learn new things or cover topics they have all ready learned about but are finding new understanding in.

 

Rachel Sig

 

 

 

 

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Big Daddy Weave Love Come to Life Review

I was offered a free CD from Family Christian Stores to review and jumped at the chance :)  The CD is Big Daddy Weave’s Love Come to Life: Redeemed Edition (this is an affiliate link just so ya know).  At that link you can buy the CD or you can buy individual songs in MP3 format.

Big Daddy Weave Love Comes to Life Redeemed Edition

In 2012 Big Daddy Weave released their Love Come to Life album.   Love Come to Life: The Redeemed Edition features acoustic and live versions of some of their chart-topping songs.

Track Listing:
Jesus Move
Magnificent God
Love Come to Life
Stay
Different Light
If You Died Tonight
Redeemed
The Only Name (Yours Will Be)
Save My Life
Maker of the Wind
Give My Life Away
Overwhelmed
Everything Beautiful
No Other Name
Redeemed [Acoustic]
The Only Name (Yours Will Be) [Live]
Redeemed [Live]

The case insert does have the lyrics for those who don’t know the songs as well and like to read the words.  I have LOVED listening to this album over and over and over and over!  My favorite song is The Only Name (Yours Will Be) – here’s a video of it.  I love this album – full of heartfelt worship songs that anyone can relate to.

Here is some background on Big Daddy Weave from Wikipedia.  Big Daddy Weave is a contemporary Christan band that started in 2001 on an independent label, and in 2002 released their first album with Fervent.  They have contributed to many WOW albums, have received Dove award and nomination.  Check out Wikipedia and their blog page for more info on them. They are currently nominated for Worship Song of the Year and Artist to Appear on a 7Up Can in the K-Love Fan Awards – go vote!

 

Rachel Sig

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the life-changing magic of tidying up book review

I was given a free copy of the life-changing magic of tidying up the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by marie kondo by Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

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I have enjoyed reading this book.  I love her idea of only keeping the things that bring you joy.  And I love her recommendations on how to fold and hang your clothing for more space and better visualization of what you have in your drawers / closet.  Brandi has been reorganizing in her room and used these folding methods and it looks great in her drawers.  I will be working on mine soon – I’ve been too busy reading the book 😉  LOL

Marie suggests starting with clothes and moving onto books and then other categories.  She never mentions toys.  She actually says to take care of your own stuff and then everyone else will follow suit – we will see.  But we do have to go through games, toys, and stuffed animals soon so we will see how the “does this bring you joy” question works with Little Miss Hugs-A-Lot 😉

Marie does talk about your belongings being alive and that by touching them you are giving them energy and bringing them back to life.  She also says that when you are getting rid of things that you should thank them for making you happy (whether it was for helping you through the loss of a loved one, figuring out what styles you don’t like, or being worn threadbare) and then donating them or throwing them out.  She says you need to handle every single item as you decide so that you can truly know if it brings you joy.  This makes sense to me.  It also seems to me that it can help to get rid of things easier if you do acknowledge its purpose if=n your life and even thanking the item and God for the item.  I know, I know, the item has no clue that you are thanking it – to me its more about letting yourself acknowledge out loud, for your ears to hear, that this item has served its purpose in your life and now its time to move on.

Some items don’t necessarily bring you joy but you have to have them.  So that old spatula in the kitchen doesnt necessarily bring you joy but what you do with it does.  Feeding your family and friends a nutritious meal, baking a cake to celebrate are things that bring you joy – in effect the item does too.

Honestly, I have enjoyed reading this book and plan to look back through it as I declutter / organize things a bit more around here.  Oh – she says not to declutter by room but by item (clothes, books, makeup, etc.) because so many people keep the same types of items in so many different areas.  I am not sure how I will approach this – but am thinking I may just start with my bedroom because that is where most of my stuff is, if I have similar items in another area I may work on those areas of items at that time too.  We will see over the next few weeks as I delve into working on my room 😀

Rachel Sig

 

 

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Five Minute Friday – PLAN

This weeks Five Minute Friday prompt is:

PLAN

START

I LOVE to PLAN!  It’s the follow through that I tend to have trouble with.  Or the stick-with-it-ability 😉  It depends on the project and the length of said project and how quickly I see success (that lasts!).  I have a new plan to help me with my weight loss and I am reading some books on how to declutter better and how to decorate my home in a way that brings comfort and joy to all who live here and all who enter.  God has a plan for my life and I know that and I know that I have to apply myself in order to learn more about Him and more about His Plan for me.  I am learning that sometimes the plan is just for my sanity even if it is barely followed I know that I have thought through different versions of the plan. But I need to remember that God has SEEN the way it all plays out so I need to trust His plan and his timing.  Off to work on today’s plan of prayer & action.

STOP

Rachel Sig

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Abraham by Charles Swindoll – Book Review

I LOVED the book Abraham by Charles Swindoll!  I was given a free copy of this book by Tyndale House Publishers in return for an honest review.

Abraham Cover

I finished reading Abraham two nights ago and pretty much underlined the last 2 chapters!  Charles Swindoll talked about being old in spirit and even being dead but not in the grave.  Abraham & Sarah were married for over 100 years – he remarried (Genesis 25:1) sometime after her death and had 6 more sons (no mention of daughters), and died at 175 years old!  He lived a life of faith, one where he rarely knew what to expect when God gave him instructions to go or to do.  If we had all the answers, we would not need God!  Abraham was not perfect and did not always do as we would expect a faithful servant of God to act.  Often, in our minds, we think a faithful servant has no flaws and never questions God.  Abraham lied about his marriage to Sarah at least two times, laughed when God told him Sarah would have a baby at 90 years of age pleaded with God for Lot’s life, took matters into his won hands with Hagar (& Ishmael).  But, he always returned to God & His promises.  He knew God’s promises. He did not know when they would be fulfilled.  He didn’t doubt God’s promises.  He didn’t know God’s plan to fulfill those promises.  It’s easy to grow weary when we try to figure out God’s plan, we try to figure out God’s plan, or fret over not knowing the timing or the stepping stones on the path.  If we try to push the plan, it can feel like we are wandering in the dark or like we are in limbo living between two lives.

God’s plan isn’t past then future, or A then Z, or river bank then river bank; there’s the present, B – Y, and river in the middle.  The middle, life, needs faith in God.  Faith in God means trusting Him with the details while you continue living your life.  Don’t act like you’re all ready dead.  Enjoy your family, spend time with friends, read a book, exercise, spend time worshiping, talking to and hearing from God.

On page 249, Charles Swindoll writes, “Great rewards await if you obey without knowing all the details.  It’s a principle God wants each of His followers to experience.  Learning to trust Him is like making a journey step after step.  Faith builds upon faith.  When we trust, we receive unexpected blessings.  This strengthens our confidence and inspires us to trust God again as take another step.  It isn’t complicated, but it goes against our nature.”

I learned so much and am challenged in my faith walk.  I highly recommend you read this book, make the opportunity – don’t just wait for it.

Rachel Sig

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Five Minute Friday – WHEN

I haven’t done a Five Minute Friday in a while.  I am hoping to start up again, starting today.

This Weeks Prompt: WHEN

 

START:

When?  So many things to do and I wonder When?  When will I do it?  When will I have less to do?  Will I know what to do when I do?  LOL  But my real questions are not about when will I get the laundry folded and put away or when the school lessons will be graded or the groceries will be bought.  But when will I remember that its up to me to slow down and take the time that God has given me and invest it in the relationships He gave me?  When will I invest more time in my relationship with Him?  With My Man?  With the kids?  My friends?  Even truly taking care of myself?  When will I figure out what changes I really need to make to get more in shape so I can enjoy doing outside activities in our beautiful home state with my family?  When?  The answer should be now.  But I am afraid of it not working out and of not getting the things done that I know need done even when investing in those relationships – but I KNOW the relationships are so much more important than folded clothes (I mean they are washed and dried right?).  When will I stop going in circles in my thoughts?  WHEN? Now – I will change that now!

 

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Cyber Monday at EduCents

They’re finally here! The two biggest sale days of the year! Educents is having their Black Friday & Cyber Monday sale from November 28 – December 1st, 2014.

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EduCents Cyber Monday

They’re finally here! The two biggest sale days of the year! Educents is having their Black Friday & Cyber Monday sale from November 28 – December 1st, 2014.

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EduCents Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales

They’re finally here! The two biggest sale days of the year! Educents is having their Black Friday & Cyber Monday sale from November 28 – December 1st, 2014.

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EduCents Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

They’re finally here! The two biggest sale days of the year! Educents is having their Black Friday & Cyber Monday sale from November 28 – December 1st, 2014.

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