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You’re Beautiful Now Available

Posted by Julie on January 7, 2018 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender, Writing |


You’re Beautiful Now Available

This series was inspired by our teenaged daughter Hannah after a tough transition to junior high. Instead of giving up and becoming bitter, Hannah decided to take the lessons she learned and create a series for girls her age. Julie (Hannah’s mom,) has a passion for mentoring. As she listened to Hannah create characters, Julie realized there was a message in Hannah’s work for women, too.

Each book in the Surrendering Stinkin’ Thinkin’ Series uses the theme of letting go of a lie the characters believed. There will be two key characters in each book. One, a junior high student, and the other, a woman out of school. It’s our desire to see girls of all ages (even grandmas!) to read these books and find freedom and hope in them.

Hannah created the storyline, character names and traits, plot points, and conflict. She had the vision for the cover, and directed Julie in the design. Julie wrote out Hannah’s vision and managed the writing and publishing process, staying true to Hannah’s creation. You’re Beautiful is a work of fiction, but a message of hope for you.


About You’re Beautiful:

Hayley Atkinson withdraws from her friends and new opportunities with the new mentoring group, Linked, after she is told a lie that she believes is true about herself. Sabrina Wayson is a mentor in Linked who feels she can’t help encourage girls because she’s struggling as much as they are. Can they surrender the lies and find freedom?


You’re Beautiful is now available for all eReaders. Print version is coming later this month. Stay tuned!


Hannah and I believe in this message because we’ve lived it, and chances are, you have as well. Please read, if you like it, write a review, and tell others to do the same. Thank you!

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Product Review: Passport2Purity DISCOUNT OFFERED!

Posted by Julie on July 18, 2015 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini |


Product Description

A life-changing getaway with your preteen

Your child begins the journey into adolescence in a world of sexting, bullying, online stalking and moral defiance. Innocence is under attack, and you cannot win the battle with a single awkward talk or a strict set of rules. The primary defense for your child is a strong relationship with you and with God.

FamilyLife has developed Passport2Purity® (P2P) to assist you in building heart-to-heart communication with your preteen while laying a foundation of purity that will prepare them for the turbulent years ahead. Through the shared listening experience, object lessons and guided conversations of a P2P weekend getaway, you can set your son or daughter on a journey of moral integrity—and strengthen the bond between you.

Passport2Purity® is designed to be used by a mother and daughter or a father and son when the child is a preteen. It is suggested that the materials be completed over a weekend away from home, as the child may be more open to discussing the topics away from his or her normal environment. If this isn’t possible, the material can be completed over a period of four or five weeks.


About the Author

Dennis and Barbara Rainey cofounded FamilyLife®, an international ministry to families and marriages, located in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dennis hosts FamilyLife Today®, a nationally syndicated broadcast bringing help and hope to nearly 1000 communities in the U.S. They have six adult children and a growing group of happy grandchildren.

About the Product

  • receive 25% off the getaway kit by using the promo code PASSPORT on their website.  This promo code is good through 8/31/15.  

    About the getaway kit:

    (1) Tour Guide for the parent, (1) Travel Journal for the preteen including 25 follow-up devotions, and (8) CDs containing 5 sessions, scripture memory songs and downloadable MP3s:  Session 1: Beginning the Journey – Challenges, Traps, and Choices; Session 2: Running With The Herd – Friendships and Peer Pressure; Session 3: Ready For An Upgrade? – Changes in Him, Changes in Her; Session 4: Destination: Lé Pure – Setting Boundaries; Session 5: Crossing The Date Line – Seeing Dating Differently

    CD and Paperback: one Tour Guide (parent), one Travel Journal (preteen), and eight CDs (5 sessions, scripture memory songs & MP3s that can be downloaded from the CDs)

  • Publisher: FamilyLife Publishing (May, 2012)


I can’t believe we’re at the stage with our youngest where we have to monitor everything. Talk about bullying. Purity. Boundaries. The good news is The Passport2Purity kit gives the resources to not only start the conversation, but keep it going.

I haven’t finished the entire series as we  want to take our time with it but she loved the activity. It really drove home the point. She loved the journal. It’s designed with a tween in mind and again, is created to keep emphasizing the principles.

Although she didn’t complain, I was surprised it wasn’t a video series. Tweens are so visual and the CD aspect seemed a little outdated. But like I said, our daughter didn’t complain.

The world and the temptations for our kids is spinning so far off its axis that we need all the help we can get. Passport2Purity comes from a ministry I trust and people I respect. I definitely recommend parents add the Passport2Purity kid to their resource library.

To purchase Passport2Purity, click here.

I received a Passport2Purity kit from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Saturday Confession: Practice What I Teach

Posted by Julie on July 19, 2014 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

It was a rare summer Wednesday evening where I actually had teaching to do with tween girls. One of the girls was back after missing several weeks for sports, so we played catch up. The unit was “Commitment to Christ.” The lesson was basically why He’s worth following.






At first I wasn’t very excited because it wasn’t that long ago I read the same lines and gave the exact examples. But this is a girl who is hungry for teaching and in a desperate need to be armed with knowledge and relationship to tackle life outside church walls. I made sure I gave the lesson with enthusiasm, paying extra attention to the second point.

His ways are best.

The lesson explained that our ways don’t always match up with His, and that’s okay. Because He knows best. We should trust Him. I gave examples of situations she might encounter to drive home the point.

And when I drove home, I had no idea that lesson would be of use to me.

My husband let us know that the sellers backed out of the deal. The house we were counting weeks until it was ours to run in the yard, build a doghouse, set up a writing area, invite others to for fellowship and ministry—was gone.




My plan was to get a closing date, pack up the rest of our stuff and move in.

And I thought that was God’s plan, too.

I didn’t want to get on board with His plan. The house reminded me of a life I left behind, and of people I miss. I can’t let go of that. Again.

Then the lesson came to mind.

He does know best.

He makes all things work together for good. 

We have to trust Him.

I promised God that I’d never share a thing or teach a lesson if I wasn’t willing to learn and live it first. It took me 24 hours, some mad questions directed His way, a few tears, and a large turtle pecan with chocolate ice cream DQ blizzard to get on board.

But agreeing with His plan is right.

Even if I don’t understand it.

So, we start the house search again.

Trusting Him.


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