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book review: Be A Changemaker

changemaker_jacket_r3.inddTitle: Be A Changemaker: How To Start Something That Matters

Author: Laurie Ann Thompson

Publisher: Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster

Complimentary copy provided by: NetGalley

Rating: A+ for content (C+ for formatting)

Release date: 9/9/2014

 

Publisher’s Description:

We’ve had the civil rights movement and the women’s movement—now it’s time for the youth movement.

When Divine Bradley was seventeen, he just wanted a safe place to hang out away from gangs and violence, and Team Revolution was born. At age eleven, Jessica Markowitz learned that girls in Rwanda are often not allowed to attend school, and Richard’s Rwanda took shape. During his sophomore year of high school, Zach Steinfeld put his love of baking to good use and started the Baking for Breast Cancer Club.

Gone are the days when kids were supposed to be “seen and not heard.” Today, youth everywhere are rising up, building new organizations, and creating the changes they want to see in their communities and around the world. Be a Changemaker gives readers the tools and confidence they need to affect real change. Readers will learn how to:

– Research ideas
– Build a strong and passionate team
– Create a business plan
– Enlist a savvy adult
– Plan events
– Work with the media
– And more!

Plus, profiles of youth-led social organizations show readers that it’s never too early to become a changemaker.

My Thoughts:

Another great gem from NetGalley! In Be A Changemaker: Start Something That Matters, author Laurie Ann Thompson encourages youth to engage the world by connecting with their passion and doing something productive with it, in this case, launching a social venture aimed at changing the world in some way. Love it!

The strength of this book is that it clearly communicates a positive message to youth. That message is twofold: your voice matters and your participation in creating a more just and positive world matters. The author guides youth through the process of identifying an area of passion and then walks readers through the steps of establishing a social venture business fueled by the identified passion based on a commitment to help others. From forming a Board, to marketing and fundraising strategies, to developing a business plan and forming a team, Ms. Thompson provides very practical advice and tools for turning passion into vision and vision into a social venture.

May this book spark a revolution in the youth of today to become activists in many arenas. May this book equip a new generation with the skills to engage the issues and challenges in the world with confidence and optimism. May this book provide an avenue for the next generation to fuel their passion for a more just world in such authentic ways that communities around the world are transformed through a myriad of social ventures that impact lives for the better.

(I received a complimentary copy by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

Formatting Critique:

As a Kindle Paperwhite user, I encountered the following formatting issues (which may be addressed and corrected by the time this book is published in September 2014):

  • Letters are randomly missing (f, th, t, w, …) on every page. For the most part it’s simple enough to fill in the blanks but enough challenges occurred to cause frustration. I almost pitched the read based on the formatting, not the content. If I had been aware the review copy was an “uncorrected reader’s proof” I may have passed up the opportunity.
  • Initially I was unable to advance or return pages (it would skip entire chapters or two at a time) but this issue disappeared all together the third time I opened it to resume reading.
  • I am unable to view embedded images, pictures, charts or graphs.

About the Author

Laurie Ann Thompson cofounded a successful Internet start-up with her husband during the technology boom. She has volunteered with Youth Venture, an organization that supports teens with big ideas, and she makes time for other volunteer opportunities as they arise. Thompson has more than twenty-five published articles in Faces, Know, Kono, WeeOnes, ParentMap, and more. Visit her at LaurieThompson.com. – See more at: http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Laurie-Ann-Thompson/414428270#sthash.PldbzOxs.dpuf

laurie-ann-thompsonLaurie Ann Thompson cofounded a successful Internet start-up with her husband during the technology boom. She has volunteered with Youth Venture, an organization that supports teens with big ideas, and she makes time for other volunteer opportunities as they arise. Thompson has more than twenty-five published articles in Faces, Know, Kono, WeeOnes, ParentMap, and more.

Connect with Laurie Ann Thompson on her website: http://lauriethompson.com

 

Laurie Ann Thompson cofounded a successful Internet start-up with her husband during the technology boom. She has volunteered with Youth Venture, an organization that supports teens with big ideas, and she makes time for other volunteer opportunities as they arise. Thompson has more than twenty-five published articles in Faces, Know, Kono, WeeOnes, ParentMap, and more. Visit her at LaurieThompson.com. – See more at: http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Laurie-Ann-Thompson/414428270#sthash.PldbzOxs.dpufhttp://lauriethompson.com/

 

book review: 7 Ways To Be Her Hero

7 ways to be her heroTitle: 7 Ways To Be Her Hero: The One She’s Been Waiting For

Author: Doug Feilds

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Complimentary copy provided by: NetGalley

Rating: A+

 

Celebrating ten years of marriage this year, I committed to read one book each month for the next twelve months about marriage and relationships. What a great way to start my “marriage enhancing” journey than with 7 Ways To Be Her Hero by Doug Fields.

7 Ways To Be Her Hero is the reason I enjoy reviewing books. Fields has written a witty and insightful self-help ‘manual’ intended to act as a guide for men who wish to enhance their marriage.

Yes. I know. I am not a man. I admit my curiosity and I read it anyway. I am one of the “sneaky women” Fields refers to who picked up a copy in order to scope it out. As much as I wanted to see how “on target” the author is when it comes to marriage advice for men, I also hoped to glimpse into the male psyche to glean what’s occurring in the “man chatter” these days about marriage so that I may learn how to improve my relationship with my hubby. I was pleasantly surprised on both accounts. Fields is right on target and I walked away with a fun list of ways to improve my relationship.

With a great deal of humour infused, Fields’ conversational style is endearing and immediately disarms any potential prickles that could poke the reader by sharing so openly from his own mishaps and experiences over 30 years of marriage.

While 7 Ways To Be Her Hero can certainly be considered a quick read, I’d advise against it. Skimming through will defeat the purpose. The principles and advice shared are relevant for men in any season of marriage (or can be referenced for a genuine refresher).

My only critique is in regard to the formatting for e-reader devices. I use a Kindle Paperwhite and at times I found the formatting choppy and broken, especially around chapter transitions, which I found distracting.

(I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.)

About the Author:

Doug FieldsDoug Fields was a youth pastor for 25 years and has been teaching pastor at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church since 1992. An award-winning author of more than 40 books, Doug speaks regularly at Saddleback and other locations around the world. He and his wife Cathy have 3 children.

To find out more about Doug Fields visit: http://www.dougfields.com/

book review: Fun Loving You

Blog - Fun Loving YouTitle: Fun Loving You

Author: Ted Cunningham

Publisher: David C. Cook Publishers

Complimentary Copy Provided via NetGalley

Rating: A

 “Ted Cunningham gets it. Starting with his very first paragraph he shows you how to have

a vibrant, fun-filled marriage. And what I love the most is that he and his wife Amy live

in the real world and know how to relate to our lives.”

Dan Seaborn, speaker, author and founder of Winning at Home

Publisher’s Description:

For a Good Time, Call Home! Ted Cunningham has a surprising definition of marriage: a man and a woman enjoying life together. In fact, God created marriage to be a blast—even when it feels like the rest of life is going to explode. This refreshing book will help you:

  • Laugh together again (it’s easier than you think)
  • Make sex even more exciting than on your honeymoon
  • Discover how to make doing dishes together a party
  • Fight as teammates, not opponents
  • Figure out how to break the routine without breaking the bank
  • Remember why your spouse is the most likeable person you know

Fun Loving You puts laughter, fun, and even spin-the-bottle back into marriage.

My Thoughts:

What a delightful read. If you are married I suggest adding a copy of Fun Loving You to your “Marriage & Relationship” home library shelf. Author Pastor Ted Cunningham’s passion for helping couples live healthy, thriving marriages oozes off every page. With a passion for helping “people develop and maintain loving and honoring marriages,” every chapter of Fun Loving You is filled with encouraging stories, honest advice, practical activities for strengthening communication, and thoughtful reflection questions to engage solo or with your spouse.

While Fun Loving You is written for couples who have been together for some time, as a means to help overcome the routine and complacency that tends to settle into relationships with time, the context will speak to, and benefit, any season of marriage

Author - Ted CunninghamAuthor Bio: Ted Cunningham is the founding pastor of Woodland Hills Family Church in Branson, Missouri. A graduate of Liberty University and Dallas Theological Seminary, Cunningham is the author or co-author of numerous books, including Trophy Child and Young and in Love. He and his wife have two children.