If I Knew Then What I Know Now

If I Knew Then What I Know Now

If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Time To Stop Recycling The Same Old Mistakes

In this book, Ruby Hillsman offers life lessons to last more than a lifetime. She shares from experiences in her own life as well as encounters with others. Many times, life gives us a break, e.g. when hospitalized, and during these times we get a chance to think and reflect about our lives. Sometimes the turning points come during a particularly hurting time. Ruby has put together many lessons from a wide variety of people, lessons that come in handy in many of life’s situations.

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The Wall Around Your Heart

The Wall Around Your Heart - Mary DeMuth

The Wall Around Your Heart – How Jesus Heals You When Others Hurt You  –  By Mary De Muth

This is a surprisingly candid book that deals with forgiveness and hurt using the template of the Lord’s prayer. Mary shares her experiences openly, even when she has been in the wrong. She describes the pain and discomfort of hurtful relationships, even when one is the victim. She doesn’t stop there, however. She goes on to show how one can live victoriously through Christ’s help.

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Simple Secrets To A Happy Life

This has been an interesting and inspiring read for me. The author highlights very simple things that we can do to ease the clutter and congestion in our lives and hearts, and free them up to truly enjoy what’s most important in life.

I have taken some of this literally and decluttered my office work space as well as my home. I can tell you some certain things for sure. The office is a much more refreshing place to work in, and I am super productive, given that all I see before me is the task at hand. This helps me concentrate on it and give it my all without unnecessary distractions. It also enables me to retrieve documents for others who need them faster. It has made my working experience so much more fulfilling.

At home,

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Half Year Review-where’s your life at?

The middle of the year is here with us, and the second half of 2012 has begun. Today I have spent some time thinking about the gone part of the year, the goals I had set and whether I have been achieving them or not.

There are three main developments we could make in our lives:-

Integral development: Of those around you, i.e. family and society e.g. church, school, estate, etc using your skills, talents, abilities and responsibilities. Resource Development: In order to be able to facilitate the above e.g. having jobs so as to provide for your family. Personal Development: In order to build capacity for better and higher resource development e.g. completing your doctoral studies. The question is, have you been making advancements in the above areas?

As I was doing my review, I looked at several things.

Who am I, really? (Besides my name) What do I want my life to count for at the end of the day? How can I do this? Where can I do these things? (And with whom?) How about development? Who am I, really? (Besides my name) – I see myself as, and desire to be more and more of: A Princess to God, a Treasure to Myself, an Angel to my Family and a Gift to the World. As a princess I enjoy God being my Father, as a treasure to myself I give myself choice treatment, as an angel to my family I choose to love them no matter the situation, as a gift I offer what God has blessed me with freely e.g. counseling, mentoring, etc. What do I want my life to count for at the end of the day? I want to worship God in excellence in all that I do and thus inspire beyond my time and space. How can I do this – what abilities can enable me to do these important things in my life? I want to use my talents and abilities for this e.g. singing, writing, leading, planning & organizing things and people, art, poetry, etc Where can I do these things?(and with whom?) At home (e.g. during devotions, sing; in church – counseling, mentoring, reading announcements, moderating; with Amazing Girl Ministry write on this website, counsel girls one on one, in groups and virtually, have Amazing Girl Parties, etc How about development? Through the above, integral development. As for resource development, keep working at my job, and for personal development – reading (at least one book per week), subscribe to helpful websites, attend events that help me learn, grow through challenging projects and situations. I also looked at what I could do to improve on the above, and I came up with a few things:-

Work towards daily family devotions Regularize the above activities and improve their quality Pray and fast at least once a fortnight Perhaps you could look through the same for yourself, and let me know whether you are making progress.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Anngladys,

@amazing-girl.org

Facebook.com/anngladysw

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Daddy Dates

This is one book that I would recommend for all fathers to read. All fathers who want to be dads to their girls. Greg Wright writes about the dates that he has taken his daughters on, and the results of dating his daughters

I was particularly awed by the ring factor, where upon turning 16, he gives his daughter a ring, promising to take care of her until he hands her over to her husband-to-be. This makes the girl feel very special, and as they continue to date, she matures through the learning process, and gets to know what treatment and attributes to expect from a man – setting her standards pretty high and consequently protecting her from very potential heartbreak.

I highlighted many of the parts as I read, such as the following.

QUOTES

“I believe it’s the job of every husband and father to understand that his job – perhaps his most important job is to be the pursuer. Not just at the beginning, but all the way through….Girls want us to discover their specialness, praise it, and treasure it.”

“Keep knocking. Your little girl is in there somewhere, and she wants and needs your love and approval.”

“I want their daughters to value their bodies, sure, but also understand that their bodies do not define who they are. That’s the plan, anyway. I am trying to teach them that sex – as fun and important as it is in life – will not deliver what they want, which is true love and real intimacy.” (Wright)

This is a book I will be reading over and over again. Only one disappointment though, he doesn’t talk about how to dad a woman, because as he honestly lets known, he doesn’t know how to (yet.) I’m waiting for that book, Wright. Write it, Wright!

This book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Put Your Dream To The Test

Put your dream to the test Book Review

Title: Put your dream to the test

Author: John C. Maxwell © 2009,

Thomas Nelson Publishers, USA.

This is a great book that asks fundamental questions regarding the dreams that we each have. Are those really our dreams or are they imposed on us by others around us? Does achieving those dreams fulfill us and benefit others? How can this be done, especially when the dreams we envision are so much bigger than ourselves?

How do we handle critiques and discouragers, beginning with ourselves, seeing as we are the very first people to lack confidence in our dreams and abilities? These are questions you definitely want answered regarding your personal dream that will have the butterfly effect to reach the world around you.

I’d like to quote a bit from the book.

“Only a clear picture of who you are and where you want to go can help you prioritize what you need to do. We all make choices. The question is, are you going to make choices that bring you closer to your dream or take you farther away from it? If you don’t know exactly what your dream is, then you won’t be capable of making the right choices. Clarity of vision creates clarity of priorities.”

“Is your dream based on your real strengths? ….. If you’ve been told you’re capable of doing anything you set your mind to – and believed it – then you’re not being realistic about your strengths. If, on the other hand, you’ve been told you’ll never amount to anything – and you’ve believed it – you’re not being realistic either. You need to know where you have not talent or skill and see the true potential in your areas of strength. You must be able to put it all together and passionately pursue your dreams by building on your strengths. Do you know your strengths? Can you see yourself using those strengths in your dream? ….. When people’s talent does not match their dreams and they fail to recognize it, they will be forever working but never winning.”

I rest my case.

This book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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The Principle of the Path

The Principle of The Path by Andy Stanley

The Principle of The Path by Andy Stanley

Title: The Principle of the Path: How to get from where you are to where you want to be

Author: Andy Stanley, © 2008, Thomas Nelson, Nashville, Tennessee

Oh don’t we all wish for our dreams to come true. We pray, plan, desire, talk about them….and wait for them to happen. We begin engaging in activities that we truly believe will give us guidance and direction on the same. We buy all the self-help and motivational books that we can, read them, get excited, and a bit puffed up with the knowledge. But the principle lies in wait for us…because unless we engage it, we will fail. We will not achieve our goals. Because direction, not intention determines our destination.

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Outlive your Life!

Title: Outlive your Life: You were made to make a difference

Author: Max Lucado, © 2010, Thomas Nelson, Nashville, Tennessee

Max has done it again! He’s taken the Bible, personalized it, and even given action ideas for how each person can do the same.  For how each ordinary, everyday  person can live an extraordinary life, a life that touches many people not in just one generation, but in many.

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