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Book Review: Liked by Kara Kampakis

Posted by Julie on December 11, 2016 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |
Liked by Kara Kampakis

Liked by Kara Kampakis

For many girls it starts early. The desire to be perfect. The need for approval. The longing for acceptance and being liked by a lot of people.

Thanks to social media, these desires now get channeled online. Girls can curate an image, build a following, and test-drive identities until they find one that draws attention and applause.But in this quest to be liked and noticed, girls often fail to feel loved and known. The result is a generation of girls who hunger for real and authentic relationships – yet are unclear on how to create them.

From popular blogger and bestselling author Kari Kampakis comes a powerful book for girls in the digital age. Designed to empower teens and tweens through the Christian faith, it’s packed with godly wisdom and practical advice related to identity, friendships, social media, and a relationship with God. 

Topics covered include:

  • Living for God’s approval, not human approval;
  • Cultivating a true identity;
  • Using social media wisely;
  • Building a positive reputation online;
  • Spreading kindness, love, and compassion;
  • Distinguishing online friends from real friends;
  • Building deep connections that last;
  • Handling rejection, criticism, and volatile emotions;
  • Activating your Christian faith; and 
  • Making an eternal difference, not a temporary splash.

For anyone exhausted by the quest to impress – and ready to rest in God’s unconditional love – Liked is the answer. Written succinctly with thought-provoking questions, it’s an ideal resource for a small group or youth group study, and a conversation-starter that will quickly unite mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends by speaking to the female heart.

This is a comprehensive look at how to successfully navigate the teen years when the world is pressuring girls to focus on being liked. It’s easy to read, full of practical, yet Biblical tips, discussion questions, quizzes, and more. I could see me going through this with my daughter, but it also is a great book to use with a small group. I see too many girls trapped in the lie that having likes and follows determines their love and success. I highly recommend LIKED to empower girls and speak truth into their precious lives.

To purchase LIKED, click here

I received a copy for review.

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How to Create a Life You Love

Posted by Julie on July 7, 2016 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini |

I have been an iBloom lurker for years. I read their blog posts, liked their Instagram posts. When I knew that God was switching things up big time with my writing this year, I headed to their site and looked at their resources. Not only did I keep reading all their materials, I took their “Which business woman are you?” quiz and ordered the iBloom planner. I am such a fan of that planner that for the first time ever (I’ve been blogging for nearly a decade and have been courted HARD by businesses,) I said yes when iBloom asked if I was interested in being a partner.

Here is a taste of the many things iBloom offers for women and I love this course because it is for anyone. Stay at home moms. Business owners. Those that work outside the office. If you’re a woman, this course can benefit you. Best news? It’s free (if you use the coupon code below.)I’ve already signed up and am ready to go.

Will you join me? Here’s more information.


Do you love your life? Join me for a life-changing experience with iBloom that will change your life.

You may be in the habit of being grateful. You may even keep a journal just for that purpose. But when your head hits the pillow at night, are you smiling? Exhausted from pouring out your skills & talents into those people and things you love? Or are you just worn out and already dreading the next day?

Yes, we can be grateful in all circumstances but why not do everything you can to LOVE your life while you’re here? Every day is a gift but unless you know the answers to these 3 questions, you may not feel like you are opening up a gift each morning.


How to Create a LIfe You Love with iBloom.

How to Create a Life You Love

30-Day Experience

Join Me by clicking HERE. (Use coupon code LOVELIFE and the course is FREE, a $47 value!)

My friends at iBloom are on a mission to revolutionize the way women do business and live life. I’d love for you to meet them! If you feel weighed down by responsibility instead of inspired by possibility, something is wrong. There will be hard days, but more often than not, iBloom is helping me learn how to wake up excited about the day ahead and feel fulfilled when it’s time for bed. You really can love your life! Join me to find out how to make the changes that make all the difference.

Join me and the iBloom Team as we get clear on these 3 things:

  1. What is your God assignment?
  2. What is your definition of success?
  3. What are your priorities in this season and how can you live into them on a daily basis?

If you are curious about what it takes to create a life you love, join me. I have been blown away by the value I have gotten from every iBloom training & product I’ve experienced. I hope you will check it out!

CLICK: How to Create a Life You Love

Again, at Check-out, use the coupon code LOVELIFE and this course is FREE, a $47 value.



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#Stolen by Jessica Fralin (and a chance to win $100 cash card)

Posted by Julie on October 9, 2015 in encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

stole #Stolen by Jessica Fralin | Instagram Contest and $100 Cash Card Giveaway

Author: Jessica Fralin

Is social media stealing your identity? We need an #IdentityRevolution! Take part by reading Jessica Fralin’s debut book, #Stolen! In #Stolen, author Jessica Fralin uncovers our deep desire to be affirmed, valued, and loved and then points to the only place where that desire can be filled: in Christ not social media.

Join Jessica and Abingdon Press on Instagram for the chance to win a $100 cash card!


One grand prize winner will receive:
•A $100 cash card
•A copy of #Stolen

Enter today by following the instructions below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 30th. The winner will be announced November 2nd on the Litfuse blog.

Here’s how to enter the contest:
1.Take a no-filter selfie of you either holding up a copy of the book (if you have one) or holding up a sign that says, “I will not be #Stolen!”
2.Caption the photo with the following (just copy/paste this on your mobile device): “I’m participating in an #IdentityRevolution with @JessicaFralin’s new book, #Stolen! Learn how to be affirmed, valued, and loved through Christ, not social media. #contest”
3.Follow @JessicaFralin on Instagram.

Rules: Open to the U.S. only. Entries will be tracked by using the hashtags #Stolen and #IdentityRevolution. Entries must be submitted by 10/30/15 at 11:59 PDT. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on 11/2.

Per Instagram rules, this promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm that they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. Void where prohibited by law.


#Stolen Book Description

How many hours do we spend scrolling Facebook newsfeeds, retweeting something on Twitter, or posing for the perfect selfie on Instagram, hoping what we post will get likes and comments from our friends and followers? To get those likes, we post what is—according to social media standards—pretty, popular, and acceptable. We hide the messy parts of life, play up the fun times, and even twist the truth a bit so we look a little better, smarter, and funnier. But what happens when people start holding us up to these unrealistic standards? What happens when you realize that who you are on social media isn’t who you really are? Have we let social media steal our identity?

In #Stolen, author Jessica Fralin uncovers our deep desire to be affirmed, valued, and loved and then points to the only place where that desire can be filled: in Christ not social media. She offers creative #FunFact, #GiveItATry, and #WhatDoYouThink callouts containing fun notes, activities, and ideas to discuss with your youth group and friends. As she tackles the issues and insecurities like popularity, body image, and cyberbullying, Jessica shows you how to find your identity in the one voice that really matters, not the million of voices online.

Learn more and purchase a copy.
Jessica Fralin is an author & blogger in Nashville, Tennessee. Whether speaking from a platform or typing away on, her heart is to convey the message of love, acceptance, and worth that can only be found in the gospel. On any given day, you can find her holding a book or a latte and passionately teaching others who they are―and why it matters―when it comes to social media.

Find out more about Jessica at

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Character Confession: And There You’ll Find Me

Posted by Julie on June 7, 2014 in About Me, Julie Arduini, Writing |



June is a fairly busy month for me and I can’t seem to come up with any brilliance I need to confess this week that I didn’t already share on Facebook.

I thought I’d take a second and share where you can find me across social media and cyberspace. It’s easy to assume everyone knows this, but as my writing life becomes more active, I don’t want to miss anyone. I’ll also share what I think about each place.

Please feel free to find me, connect, and show others how to find me.

Facebook Personal Page—This is where I engage the most. I share everything here, writing stuff, family updates, etc…I won’t accept requests that fully explain who they are or are pictureless or written in another language.

Facebook Writing Page—Not long ago all the experts said build this page, get your followers, this is the future. There are times I think the powers-that-be sit in the FB offices and ask how could they screw up a good thing. If not, it’s a consquence of changes to business pages. I’m not working as hard to build this page because no one will see it without me paying money. It’s sad, because we have great conversations there. If you set your notifications for my writing page as a favorite, it should come through on your newsfeed, but still, a shame.

Twitter—I’m not on as much as I want to be, but I love to connect here.

Google+—-This isn’t as user friendly as I wish, but what I do understand to do, I like. I want to engage here, so if you say hello, give me time to respond, find you. Otherwise, yell and I’ll find you there to say hi back.

Pinterest—I pin my blog posts here and once in awhile while waiting I’ll look at other pins. My account is quite active, but as far as chat, etc…there isn’t much of that there.

Instagram—I love to post my amateur nature pictures here. I don’t do a lot of writing updates here, but I love looking at your pix here.

I’m not on Tumblr because I don’t quite understand it. Anyone care to explain it to me?

The number one way in 2014 I’m trying to connect is through my newsletter. I read a lot of Jeff Goins, Jon Acuff and Michael Hyatt and they all say social media changes so much, so fast, that building a database through email is the best way to stay in touch. To thank subscribers I have a story I’m sending this year through the newsletter.

Match Made in Heaven is a contemporary romance where Beth Prescott didn’t count on her new job at the Hammondsport senior complex included matchmaking. She’d rather focus on her career and forget the past. Dean Kellerman moves to the Finger Lakes area to help his grandfather and hopefully earn forgiveness for the many regrets he’s carrying around. When Walt Kellerman volunteers as part of a senior program, neither Beth or Dean realize how good Walt’s volunteering is good for them, too. Can they overcome their pasts to realize they are a match made in heaven?

I’m having so much fun writing this, and the feedback and new connections through subscribing has been great. Want in? I’d love it. Subscribe for free by filling out the form on the right sidebar of and watch your inbox for activation. There’s also a Pinterest board for Match Made in Heaven, as well as the other manuscripts I have.

Heidi Glick, Elizabeth Maddrey, Kym McNabney, Paula Mowery, Donna Winters and I recently handed in our infertility devotional tentatively titled A Walk in the Valley to Chalfont House Publishing. Stay tuned to their page for updates.

There you have it. I believe in faith there will be more places to connect, but for now, come find me. Tag, you’re it!


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Introducing BookShout!

Posted by Julie on September 26, 2012 in Book Review, Julie Arduini |

Every once in awhile I receive a request to check something out on the web and blog about it. The tech savvy and faith filled folks at BookShout! asked me to check out their new addition to social media and reading.

This groundbreaking platform allows you to purchase and read select free books from Random House and other publishers.

BookShout! is a new social/e-reading platform that has relationships with 120 publishers whose books are available via the app, including most Christian books and now it is forming relationships with most of the big mainstream publishers. Random House has already partnered with BookShout! and many other publishers are in the works.

The app is currently only available on iPhone and iPad, but android and web-based versions will follow soon. BookShout! has impressed users by not only allowing them to read a book but to further experience, discuss and dialogue about it with others. Bookshout! connects people around reading, and its simple and elegant user interface takes interacting and note sharing to a whole new level.

Unlike other reading platforms which only display random public highlights, BookShout! users can create personal reading groups – known as “reading circles” – of any size, which can be made public or private. Each reader can see and interact with others’ notes and comments with a unique multi-colored highlighting system.

Caitln Murr wrote a post about BookShout! for author

“Think of BookShout as an online book club…on steroids.”

From Christian Post Reporter Alex Murashko:

“Rethink Books says that through their Facebook connections, users can create “reading circles” of any size, which can be made public or private. It can be a virtual group or a group with a physical location. Each reader can see what others in their reading circle highlight as well as read their notes and comments with a unique multi-colored highlighting system. Other readers’ notes can also be turned off without having to “un-friend” them.”

I signed up for free for a look-see. The hard part for me is I’m a Droid user, and the app isn’t ready. There are free books to choose from but scrolling through, many are samplers.  I have a decent mix of FB friends who are in the writing industry, and they aren’t signed up yet. Yes, I can invite them, but personally, I want to see more first.

The site is clean and easy to sign up, especially through FB.

Michael Hyatt is an author and former CEO for Thomas Nelson. He’s also on the board for Rethink Books, the company behind BookShout! When his name is attached, I find it to be a quality product. His affiliation is a great asset.

Rethink Books CEO and Founder Jason Illian was the CEO for Godtube and is excited about the potential for enhanced conversations book club members can have when they use BookShout! with their reading. Instead of checking in once a week or so, members could see notes other members were highlighting. It definitely looks like a great social medium addition.

For me personally, I’m going to sit back and wait on it. Wait for the Droid app. Wait to find more people using it. I’m not a big book club person, I tend to read a lot, give a quick rating on Shelfari and Goodreads, and answer individual questions as they come. But for book club readers, I think BookShout! is on to something.

Are you a BookShout! member? What are your thoughts?

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A Facebook Secret

Posted by Julie on August 6, 2012 in About Me, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

Facebook loves to change, and there have been many.

There was one, I don’t even know when it happened or if they promoted it, but unlike the rest of them, I never heard about it.

But what a find.

It’s the acquaintance feature.

It’s a list where you can make a FB friend an acquaintance. They can see all your posts, but you don’t see many of theirs.

For me, this is like milk chocolate. As a writer I have friends who come from different aspects of my life. I have an Ohio life. Upstate NY. Writing. Sometimes there are people who post a lot and it bogs my feed. Putting them as an acquaintance gives me the choice to read their updates on my terms.

Having acquaintances also helps my ministry heart. I don’t like to unfriend people because I know what it feels like to be unfriended. But sometimes there are people who don’t live like me and they are okay with profanity. There are some who toss f-bombs like I can toss back M&M’s. So, acquaintance works for me. Prayerfully I hope I have a post that might encourage them, yet I avoid the curses.

Sound good?

On your FB home page, left side, your cursor will allow you to edit when you hover on the actual word Friends. Acquaintances might be a category listed.  Hit the pencil on the left of the category named Acquaintances, and add/delete as you wish. It’s pretty user friendly. If stuck, I often Google my question and can find an answer quickly.

Remember, we’re friends, right? Not acquaintances.



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