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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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Encouraged by Scaffolding

Posted by Julie on September 9, 2011 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

Last week I was working with a friend from church on bulletin boards for children’s church.  There are so many boards to decorate! She had wonderful, creative ideas but looking at the work ahead of us, I know I was overwhelmed. We talked a bit about the impact of such things and agreed doing projects like this makes a difference. It’s just in a way you might not know this side of heaven. One of those things that you believe is a “seed planter.”

The next day I looked up my reading plans on You Version and was so encouraged. I don’t know the author or the reading but the message hit me good. The author wrote about a test he had to take in school that was in French, not his first language. He translated everything but one word, he’d never seen it before. None of his friends had. He got the test back and did well, despite not knowing that word. He forgot about it.

Fast forward many decades and he is on a street somewhere and sees a truck that has that same French word on it. He said no matter how many decades passed him by, that word came back in a matter of seconds. He asked his colleague what the word meant. It was scaffolding in French.

I think what we do to encourage others is like that French word for scaffolding. We do it, hope it matters, but we move onto the next thing. Decades pass and then you have a jolt from the past.

For me, my scaffolding came in the form of a pastor. Thing is, he wasn’t a pastor 18 years ago. He was a kid in youth group and he seemed to always be in trouble with the leader, his dad. As leaders and mentors we wondered if we made a difference, especially when some meetings lost focus due to this son’s antics.

He felt back then called to be a pastor and it was a huge faith stretch to see it, but I remember praying for him for years, way longer than I knew or stayed in touch with him. My best friend is the one that updated me. He’s married, with children I believe, and is a pastor. He gave the message, I believe, at his home church and started by calling out certain names. They were the youth team members. He apologized for his behavior and explained whether or not they knew it or felt at the time, they really made a difference.

An eternal one.

Scaffolding.

May it encourage you!

 

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