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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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Book Review: NIV Bible for Teen Girls

Posted by Julie on October 26, 2015 in Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

Book Description:

The NIV Bible for Teen Girls, designed specifically for girls ages 13 to 18, is for real teenage girls with real lives. Packed with daily readings, highlighted promises of God, challenging insights, smart advice, and open discussion about the realities of life, this Bible is designed to help teen girls grow in faith, hope, and love. The NIV Bible for Teen Girls is as sincere about your walk with God as you are, helping you discover his will for all areas of your life, including relating to your family, dealing with friends, work, sports, guys, and so much more.


Features include:



    • Daily readings for teen girls by popular Christian female authors (Annie Downs, Bekah Hamrick Martin, Christine Caine, Crystal Kirgiss, Bethany Hamilton, Nicole Weider, Elsa Kok Colopy, Denise Van Eck and more)


    • Character profiles of women in the Bible


    • Book introductions for each book of the Bible


    • Highlighted promises of God: verses worth remembering


    • A concordance for help in finding verses


  • The complete text of the bestselling New International Version (NIV) of the Bible

    4PReBwAAQBAJI spend a decent amount of time with teen girls.  Some I have known since early elementary school where reading the Bible was exciting and something easy to challenge them to make part of their daily routine.

The teen years? It’s a challenge to challenge them. When they do open a Bible, it’s usually an app on their Smartphone. So when I see a traditional Bible, I’m skeptical. I don’t see teens carry them around much anymore.
I loved that this Bible has character introductions, daily readings, character profiles and a concordance. I have no problem with the NIV translation. However, I didn’t find the book visually stimulating. I tried to look at it as one of the girls, and they can pull up a verse in a bigger font on their phone. They can find commentaries and concordances. Reading plans from Christian women they admire. With all that, I think a hand held Bible has to compete for reader attention. I know it’s God’s word and that should be enough. But…teens have so much competing for their attention. I wish the NIV Bible for Teen Girls had more to see than a pink outline here and there and very small font.
I received the NIV Bible for Teen Girls from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Project Inspired by Nicole Weider

Posted by Julie on August 21, 2015 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

51uJZ3E0eYL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Nicole Weider is on a mission: to help young girls avoid the traps that culture sets. The trap that baits you into thinking you must sacrifice your self-worth in order to be beautiful and popular. Nicole launched Project Inspired in 2010 (, a website for teen girls that analyzes pop culture and explores ways girls can live in their authentic beauty.

In Project Inspired, Nicole shares tips for you to stay true to yourself—to how you were created to be—as well as how to dress modestly yet fashionably, how to make a positive difference in the world, and how to enjoy your teen years while standing firm in your faith. With photographs, real behind-the-scenes stories from inside the fashion world, and an honest look at living a life that looks great on the outside and feels great on the inside, Project Inspired is a book you’ll turn to time and time again.

This easy-to-read book from model and actress Nicole Weider is a message all tween and teen girls need to read. Nicole briefly shares her modeling story where she had trouble fitting in at school and that she never felt enough. Through it all she had a friend who was always praying for her, and that friend’s faith helped Nicole realize she needed a relationship with Christ.

Now Nicole is on a mission to help girls find their identity in Christ and walk confidently with their peers. She has tips on clothes, makeup, modesty, friendship, dating, and much more. I found the tips to be at their level and yet Biblical and what I agree with as a parent.

I also found Nicole’s pictures modeling clothes very helpful. My daughter is visual and seeing what looks Nicole was writing about really helped.

Project Inspired is a book girls can read quickly, but it also contains so many gems, girls can also reference it again and again.

I definitely recommend!

To purchase Project Inspired, click here.

I received a copy of Project Inspired in exchange for my honest review.

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Amazon Vine Book Review: True Images Bible for Teen Girls

Posted by Julie on September 7, 2012 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Life Lessons |

In an age where teens are using Bible apps for their reading, I was curious to see a “real” Bible available for review. The Amazon Vine program offered the True Images Bible for Teen Girls.

This is a hardcover Bible in NIV, New International Version. The Bible is geared for girls age13-16 and does contain issues that are mature in nature that teens face. I think this is an important Bible, and I think the issues are important to incorporate. But parents, consider going through this Bible with your daughters.

NIV True Images, the only NIV Bible designed specifically for teen girls ages 13 — 16, is for real teenage girls with real lives. Packed with edgy graphics, personal notes, cool quizzes, challenging insights, and open discussion about the realities of life, this Bible is designed to help you build a closer relationship with God. NIV True Images is as sincere about your walk with God as you are, helping you discover his will for all areas of your life, including relating to your family, dealing with friends, work, sports, guys and so much more. Whether you are reading the reality-based ‘In Focus’ stories about real teenage issues, drawing encouragement from ‘Love Notes From God,’ or letting ‘Truth or Dare’ challenge you in practical ways, what you will value most is discovering how deeply God is involved in your life: laughing when you laugh; grieving over your tears; listening when no one else seems to care; smiling because you delight him; and loving you through thick and thin.

The Bible features complete NIV text, 120 “In Focus” articles that show other girls’ lives to see how the Bible applies to your life, over 500 “Truth or Dare” notes challenging you to discover the truth about God, life, and faith, 52 “Mirror Images” profiles of women in the Bible, over 100 “Love Notes from God,” over 300 “Genuine” notes on authentic true inner beauty, 24 full-color pages with quizzes, advice, insights, and introductions to all 66 books.

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I’m obviously out of age demographic so my one complaint about the font being a little small is probably one that won’t bother the girls. I applaud the In Focus section that shares a real situation teens deal with, and practical advice. Sometimes teen want to hear the truth, but not necessarily from a parent. In Focus gives Biblical wisdom to topics girls might be afraid to ask.

The Genuine section is well-done, too. The world won’ talk about inner beauty, and this is something teen girls desperately need to receive. I think the Mirror Images help girls see women worth paying attention to and modeling because they were Godly women.

The activity pages are colorful and fun, but not superficial. Again, the content threads together Biblical truth and wisdom.

Like I said, I’m surprised to see a hardcover Bible for teens in a time where most use phone apps, but this is a great Bible. If a teen needs one for school, or wants something tangible for their personal study time, the True Images Bible for Teen Girls is one I would purchase for a teen girl.

To purchase, click here.

Amazon sent me this book in exchange for an honest review.

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