Wednesday, March 14, 2018

In The Non-Fiction Corner--You Are Magnificent & A Giveaway!

In the Non-Fiction Corner With Lauren

Being enough. This is something we have all pondered on time and time again. I know that I have, and I know that I have preached to hundreds of youth that thought they weren't pretty enough, smart enough, spiritual enough, or whatever it is, thoughts that only come from Satan. However, Ganel-lyn Condie was the one smart enough to write a book on it. The premise and thoughts behind this book are really good, and you feel Condie is talking to a friend or a daughter who she cares about.

One thing I really enjoyed about this book is that the beginning of every chapter is very engaging. The titles make you want to learn more, because you start to think "Am I courageous enough? Am I faithful enough?" and then Condie reels you in with a good story or attention grabber. She also uses many current events that people can relate to. I loved when she referenced things like the eclipse or the hurricane in Texas, because those were recent enough that I remember how I was feeling during those events and I have never seen them in a book before. 

I love her scriptural examples and uplifting quotes, and she also shared stories about women who shine in the areas she was addressing. Sometimes it's hard to read these stories about women who give everything they have and have to use their counter as an ironing board because they no longer have one, never get upset and have the utmost amounts of patience, or literally give the shirts off their back. If I am not doing these things that she mentions in the book, am I really enough? There is always someone doing more than me and I can always do better, as I have seen through the several examples given. Condie told a story of when she was called to primary chorister and she felt inadequate. She said there were tears and temple visits, anxiety and an outbreak of hives. It made me wonder if a woman who speaks to thousands feels that uncomfortable with 40 children, should I be more self-conscious when I get up to do my calling? She is clearly a better speaker and more creative than me, but the amount of distress this caused her made me wonder if I should stress more like I just got asked to speak in conference.

Overall I learned that no one can convince you that you are enough. Someone can tell you you are beautiful until they are red in the face, but it doesn't matter until you believe it. At the end of all her chapters, Condie has takeaways that turn the reader to the Savior. And that's where the difference comes, when your relationship with Him tells you that you are enough in every aspect in your life, but to never stop improving. I'm glad that I read this book and that I was reminded to build up those around me, but especially myself.

You can get your copy of the book here

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Here's the back copy:

In a world where many women wonder if they measure up, the quest for perfection can be exhausting! For those who are overloaded and overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy comes an authentic and powerful lifeline of reassurance by best-selling author and popular motivational speaker Ganel-Lyn Condie. Featuring lessons taught through scripture, Church leaders, and personal experience, this inspirational book highlights the eternal strength inherent in and available to every woman.

Readers will laugh, cry, and feel supported as they live their earthly missions with renewed peace and confidence. From the innate beauty of daughters of God to the gift of self-acceptance to the transcendent power of Christ’s grace, sisters in every stage of life will be inspired to live more freely and fearlessly by learning to embrace their eternal potential and realize they are already more than enough—they are magnificent.

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