Growing Up & Liking It: 13 Steps to a Happier Self Perfect Paperback – Mar 1 2011
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By Author Cliff Roberts I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review which was easy to do.
In “Growing Up” Dolores continues with the theme of her first book, “I’m Not Perfect and it’s Okay”.
Once again she provides sound advice and solid common sense wisdom that is sorely lacking in most books of this nature. She writes with humor and humility while providing the reader with helpful insight into dealing with our own trials in life.
It is truly a testimony to a wonderful transformation in the writer’s life that is sure to provide inspiration for the challenges that we all face.
I highly recommend this book and it needs to be placed on your book shelf right next her first book and referred to daily. This is a great book from a wonderful writer. Five Stars!!!!!
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I'm Not Perfect and It's Okay, the author's previous book, left me with the feeling that I had just sat down with Dolores over a cup of coffee to get some good advice. Growing Up and Liking It, had me feeling much the same way. The advice is still sound and something we can all benefit from and Ayotte in her personable and likeable way, instantly makes the reader feel at home as she doles out her advice with anecdotes and quotes.
In fact, I don't think I've seen so many quotes in one book before. If anything, the author's pen name should be "the quote lady" as I'm certain she has a good one for every occasion! But,as she explains in her book, "Over the last 25 years, I have collected numerous quips, quotes, stories and newspaper articles." This is something that comes naturally to her and has helped enormously in her writing. Without the quotes, the book just wouldn't be the same.
I love the author's easy style of communicating with her readers. I can picture her at her desk, as she often stops in her writing to tell us what she is doing, or what her husband is doing while she is writing to us. Truly, she has a unique way of engaging the reader.
At the end of each chapter Ayotte has provided questions or suggestions on how to get started on having a happier life. I found that I took a long time reading this book, not because it was a large book, it is only 192 pages, but because I wanted to meditate on her suggestions.
I believe this is a good book for a woman's study, combined with her first book you would get a good dose of wisdom and timely advice from a woman who loves the Lord and genuinely longs to share what she has learned from following Him.
Growing Up and Liking It - 13 Step to a Happier Self, is one book you will want to add to your shelf!
Described by the author as the "second half of my suggestions for a happier self," Growing Up & Liking It is a companion to her first book, I'm Not Perfect and It's Okay. Based on her own struggles, Ms. Ayotte uses anecdotes and quotes to illustrate her thirteen suggestions. The book has a devotion feel to it and certainly could be used as such. She gives practical advice for applying tips like creating a dream board to post pictures and quotes for inspiration. I enjoyed the analogy of sunlight streaming in to expose dust on the floor being similar to opening our soul to God's light and allowing ourselves to see what needs to be cleaned and then doing so. She encourages the reader to grow spiritually and gain discernment. The book's goal is to use self-analysis to examine your life and its impact on others. Chapters on reducing stress, communication, how we choose to look at life, balance, and friendship encourage the reader to ask the tough why questions and get excited about life. One of my favorite quotes in the book is "`The rewards for those who persevere far exceed the pain that must precede the victory.' In the end, you will be victorious more often." Anyone looking for a plain-spoken self-help book won't be disappointed.
I hope that everyone will give Growing Up & Liking It a chance and when you find yourself smiling as you read... don't say I didn't warn you!