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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.

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#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 jessicafralin.com, 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 http://jessicafralin.com.

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Book Review: This Means War by Stephen Kendrick, Alex Kendrick

Posted by Julie on September 4, 2015 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

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The teen years can be tough; don’t try to make it through without one of your most powerful weapons—prayer. A companion book to the movie War Room, this new kind of journal will get you ready for a new kind of prayer life, one that’s strong, growing, and reflects just how powerful prayer is. Each short chapter tackles one of the biggest questions teens have about prayer, questions such as:

Why pray, anyway?
What should I pray for? Are selfish prayers okay?
Who should I pray for? Am I really supposed to pray for my enemies too?
Will God listen? And will He answer?

Just-right journaling prompts will then get you thinking—and praying—and reinforce the real power of fighting battles on your knees.

I’m so impressed with all Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick have done to incorporate the principles from their movie, War Room, into resources for families. This Means War is no exception. This book for teens contains prayer prompts/questions for teens to journal. It talks about prayer in a way teens will respond to. I found it visual and informative without being overwhelming.

The best proof? I haven’t seen This Means War since I showed it to my teen son. It’s part of his daily routine. Not a lot of books get that kind of attention from him. I think the fact that he has it and is using it daily says volumes.

To purchase This Means War, click here.

I received This Means War 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 (www.projectinspired.com), 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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What 45 Looks Like on Me

Posted by Julie on March 28, 2015 in About Me, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

Each year around my birthday I take a selfie or have a kid snap a picture and share what I’m experiencing. In this year of “revive” I have another hair change planned and new glasses so I’ll wait and post one from February.

February2015_edited_editedWow. 45. That’s a crazy number. Thirty didn’t bother me because I felt right on track for goals and God’s direction. Forty wasn’t too bad because the thirties had been tough, tough years in many ways.

Forty-five?

That’s inching to fifty. Yikes!

I’m at a place where we have a teen driving and getting college mail. Our talks aren’t about Blue’s Clues and dogs, they are about relationships, faith and the future. We watch Vines and Jimmy Fallon.

We also have a tween and this year especially we’ve noted the change. She wears headphones a lot and retreats to her room. She’s finding me more often for girl chat, if she looks for anyone at all. She’s caring more about her appearance and rolling her eyes more than I like (because even once is more than what I like.)

My husband and I are talking about parents and hospital stays. When is a pet’s life no longer quality. Parts of the job that aren’t fun. Grown up stuff that isn’t full of laughs.

Then there are the changes. New home and transition. Being published and trying to savor that but needing to be working on the next thing, while marketing. Realizing more change is on the horizon.

And being tired.

So very, very tired.

As up to date and current as I’d like to think I am, and our son’s friends are kind enough to play around, I feel that age, especially with bad knees. There are times I see more of my chiropractor than my husband and that’s sad. The supplements I take doubled since last year. I can’t stay up as late as I have in the past, not without a mandatory nap the next day.

It’s a transition time and that’s a little scary, but what is secure in my life—my faith and family, that gives me the courage to take a breath and move forward.

That’s 45 on me.

What about you? What does your current age look like on you?

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Book Review: Parenting for Launch by Dennis Trittin and Arlyn Lawrence

Posted by Julie on June 6, 2014 in Book Review, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

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Key strategies for parents of teens in the crucial window before that “launch” into the real world. Learn how to set them up for success through effective communication, valuing and cultivating their unique strengths, and empowering versus control. Help your teens build a strong personal leadership foundation that will enable them to live successful, independent lives of purpose, integrity, and impact.

INTRODUCTION 
PART ONE – Destination Preparation
Chapter One Give Them Wings, Not Strings
Chapter Two Keep Your Eyes on the Goal
Chapter Three Build a Solid Leadership Foundation
Chapter Four Prepare Them for Key Life Decisions
PART TWO – Relationship Preparation
Chapter Five Value Your Teen’s Uniqueness
Chapter Six Affirm Your Teen’s Immeasurable Worth
Chapter Seven Communicate and Relate!
Chapter Eight Know Their Third Party Voices
PART THREE – Transition Preparation
Chapter Nine Moving From Driver to Passenger
Chapter Ten Launch Time!
APPENDICES
ENDNOTES

With graduation not too far away for our oldest, I was curious what Parenting for Launch would be about and if I’d be encouraged or feeling like I missed out as a parent. Turns out Parenting for Launch is a comprehensive look at preparing your child for success. There are principles that cover every aspect of the transition from teen to young adult. I love what chapter one covers—giving our children wings, not strings. That’s just one area the book covers.

There are also “Take 5” activities for you to work through and the appendices include checklists, charts and other resources. I walked away feeling empowered. There’s a lot of room for us to improve and now we have the tools to help us get there.

No matter whether your child is in kindergarten or ready to start their senior year, I recommend Parenting for Launch:Raising Teens to Succeed in the Real World.

To purchase, click here.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Undaunted Student Edition by Christine Caine

Posted by Julie on September 25, 2013 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

I’m late to the party. I’ve heard of Christine Caine, saw some quotes attributed to her on Facebook, but had not read any of her books or knew her story.

Then I read Undaunted: Daring to Do What God Calls You to Do, Student Edition.

Christine shares her story about identity, loss, confusion, and rejection. She weaves together her story with feelings and circumstances teens can relate to. Not making a team. Not trusting people. Afraid. Wanting to do something amazing, but only hearing all the reasons why it will never work.

And like a beautiful song, she builds to a crescendo, hammering  theme of undaunted. Despite fears. Despite the past. Despite the discouragement—we’ve been called for more, and God will equip.

The book shares her passion to help people trapped in the s*x slave industry, and despite all the odds, she cofounded The A21 campaign. I wondered at first if teens would gloss over such a thing, as important as it is, because teens can be self absorbed. Then I remembered the youth from my church. They sacrificed a week in the summer to minister at The Dream Center. My teens was so inspired he plans to go next year. My generation was self absorbed. The teens today get it. They are the world changers, and Undaunted will give them ample inspiration.

Undaunted is a book I highly recommend. If an adult can’t get their hands on the regular edition, don’t be afraid to read the student edition. I was just as inspired.9780310743101

Description:

Undaunted: Student Edition, Christine Caine uses her dramatic life story to show teens how God rescued her from a life where she was unnamed, unwanted, and unqualified. She tells how she overcame abuse, abandonment, fears, and other challenges to go on a mission of adventure, fueled by faith and filled with love and courage. Her personal stories inspire teens to hear their name called, just as Christine heard her own—“You are beloved. You are the hope. You are chosen”—to go into a dark and troubled world, knowing each of us possess all it takes to bring hope, create change, and live completely for Christ. Part inspirational tale, part manifesto to stir readers to lives of adventure, Undaunted: Student Edition shows the way with spiritual wisdom and insight.

To purchase, click here.

I received an ARC from Zondervan in exchange for an honest review.



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