Summer Book List for the Christian Girl

I know what you all are thinking, “it’s summer and the last thing I want to do is read a book!” Trust me when I say I AM RIGHT THERE WITH YOU.

I need to be transparent with you all. I am the worst reader. Like the worst reader you have ever met. I will start a book and continue to work on it for months. So when Tiffany brought up the idea of writing a post about books, I secretly prayed that I would not be the one to write it, but here I am. 😂 I guess the Lord has a funny sense of humor.

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Our Christmas Giveaway!

I know, I know…it’s not even Thanksgiving yet! But I HAVE to tell you about our Christmas giveaway!

The gift: A signed & personalized copy of either “The Insatiable Quest for Beauty” or “Boycrazy: And how I ended up single and mostly sane” — from me to you!

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How to enter: Simply email a question you’d like me to answer on my YouTube channel to tiffanydawn@tiffanydawn.net by December 5.

When could you win? Two winners will be picked at random and announced on my Christmas DIY YouTube video on December 6th!

Please feel free to share this with your friends! I can’t wait to hear your questions!! 😍

(Want to share some of your favorite DIY Christmas décor and gifts IN the December 6th video?? We’d love to have you involved! Just email tiffanydawn@tiffanydawn.net to find out how!)

My New Book!!!

Friends, I have been literally getting up and DANCING all day today!!! For two reasons:

First, the new “Insatiable Quest for Beauty Book” is now here!!!

EEEE!!! And I LOVE IT. It is seriously SO MUCH BETTER than the old one.

As much as I had loved the original version when I released it four years ago, my writing style has matured a lot over the past few years, and I’ve learned more on my journey. So I rewrote a TON of this book and I LOVE it. Also, my friend Kirsten designed a new cover and it’s amazing!!!

You can purchase it on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Insatiable-Quest-Beauty-overcoming-perfection/dp/1475272553/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1461616141&sr=8-3&keywords=tiffany+dawn+the+insatiable+quest+for+beauty

You can hear more about the new book here:

 

And the second reason I’ve been dancing all day is because…

TOMORROW (4/26/16) is the FREE, community event at 7pm at SCCC in Schenectady, NY!!!

If you live in the upstate NY area, you should definitely come join us!!

Not only will I be sharing a brand new version of “The Insatiable Quest for Beauty” Seminar, and having it video recorded, but you’ll also get to:

  • text in anonymous questions for our guest panel to answer;
  • be inspired by a beautiful dance, music, and videos;
  • and stick around for a book signing, as we officially release this new book!!

Want more info?? Visit the Facebook page here! https://www.facebook.com/events/233006347048660/

It’s going to be AMAZING.

And every time I think about it…I  just want to dance!!

10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Young Ladies

Are you racking your brain for gift ideas for a friend, daughter, or significant other? If that person is a young woman between the ages of 12-30, try these on for size! 🙂

1) “His Princess: Love Letters from Your King” by Sheri Rose Shepherd. This is my favorite devotional, written beautifully, straight to a girl’s heart!
2) Fleurie’s “Arrows” digital music album. My friend Fleurie just released her EP, and it’s INCREDIBLE. (You also may have heard her featured on NF’s latest album!)
3) Salted caramel chai from Trader Joe’s. Oh my word. SO DELISH. Curl up with this and a good book, and a girl is good to go!
4) A delectably soft blanket. (BB&B has some on clearance!) It’s like curling up on a dream. (Can you tell I like to curl up and read? :)) Speaking of reading…
5) “The Insatiable Quest for Beauty” (by yours truly). This book contains twelve “coffee dates” straight from my heart to young women wrestling with body image, disordered eating, or identity. (There’s also a free, downloadable workbook you can use to talk about the book together!)
6) Bethel Music’s “You Make Me Brave” album. I have to admit, this album contains most of my new favorite worship songs.
7) “Boycrazy: And how I ended up single and (mostly) sane” (also by yours truly). A fun, easy read full of practical advice on healthy dating relationships and how to enjoy the season of singleness.
8) Starbucks gift card. To my great delight, I received quite a few of these for my wedding…and have used almost all of them already. 😉 They’re great for coffee dates with friends or study breaks at college, away from campus.
9) Fuzzy socks! (Need I say more?)
10) A day with you! What does the girl in your life love doing? Surprise her with a way to do it together! You could even get a puzzle with a picture of what you’ll be doing on the front. Then write your invitation on the back of it, and make her put the puzzle together Christmas morning to see what you’re giving her. (Totally stole that puzzle idea from my best friend’s brilliant mind.)

Do you have some great ideas to add?? Do tell! You can share below! 🙂

Book Review: A Broken Kind of Beautiful

coverI was inexplicably drawn to the title of this book, as I may never cease to wonder at the way God turns brokenness into beauty.

Christy-award finalist and Carol winner Katie Ganshert penned the beautiful story of a world-famous model, who is falling apart underneath her perfect facade. Loved by many, and yet truly loved by no one, she was rejected by her father, used by those close to her, and now stands hidden behind a self-built wall of “perfect.”

With my passion for girls’ issues, A Broken Kind of Beautiful sounded exactly like the kind of novel I wanted to read. And it was. With insightful thoughts on beauty, becoming oneself, the fear of falling in love, and redemption, Katie draws you into the world of the kind of woman many girls idolize, draws you beneath the surface, and helps you look deeper into your own self.

Check it out! I think you’ll love it too. Here you can read Chapter One, find more information, or check out author Katie Ganshert’s bio and other books!

Note: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

The Boycrazy Book!

I am SO EXCITED for the new BOYCRAZY book to come out!!!

When’s it coming out??? THIS SUMMER!!!! (ETA: End of August!)

Who’s it for? It’s for girls!!! Particularly single (aka, not married) high school, college, and 20s-age girls!

What’s it about? Check it out…on the back cover…right here!

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What’s the front cover look like?? I thought you’d never ask! Take a looksie:

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My amazing friend Kirsten Reilly designed this super fun, chic, and endearing cover.

I’m so excited!!! Keep your eyes out for updates on the release date!! :):):)

Book Review: It Had to Be You

bookI just finished the latest book Tyndale sent me for review: “It Had to Be You” by Susan May Warren. Every chance I got to sneak a few more pages in, I was all over it!

You see, I love a good romance novel every so often (sometimes more than often), particularly one in which I learn about something new (i.e. history, politics, law, etc.), but after awhile they all sound the same — poorly written, cheesy flicks that I end up putting aside for something more exciting like espionage (big surprise coming from this CIA fanatic).

So when I got “It Had to Be You” in the mail, I had this initial moment of, “Why did I choose THIS book? I’m so sick of romance novels right now!” But then I opened and started to read…

author…and I discovered that Susan May Warren can write!!! (See a Q&A with the author here.) There are few books where I think, “Oh man, I love how she weaves words together,” and this was one of them. On top of that, it taught me a bit about ice hockey (and let me tell you, sports is one subject I desperately need to learn about). It felt easy to read, and drew you into its narrative and characters, complete with an entirely unexpected twist at the end!

I really enjoyed this book. So if you’re looking for a new, clean, beautiful, feel-good-and-inspired novel, check out this one!

Let me leave you with these paragraphs from the end of the book, written by one of the characters (an aspiring reporter who feels invisible), as her ode to someone’s life. These words pricked my heart, offering a refreshing perspective in our world of searching to be seen and noticed.

“Is it possible to have a remarkable life by simply caring for someone else? To be a champion by losing everything? To become a hero by becoming invisible?

“Hudson taught us that the answer is yes.

“See, we pass them every day. They sit on a ratty piece of cardboard, wrapped in bags, fraying woolen hats, matted and dirty hair in tangles down their backs, wearing old Army surplus jackets.

“They hold out their hands, and we avert our eyes as we drop a quarter, maybe a dollar.

“Why? …They are different, broken, weary, forgotten, and we try not to notice them because they frighten us… if we saw them as any different, we might have to connect, to care.

“It might cost us something.

“We all judge each other. We see what we want, what we believe based on stereotypes, on rumor, and even on our own fears. We put people into categories and assign behaviors to them, and it isn’t until we take the time, until we commit to the cost, that we see beyond those stereotypes…

“Hudson knew that, to these forgotten, these unseen, God says, ‘I see you, and My heart breaks for you. I long to heal you. To comfort you. For you to rise up and know you are Mine. I am proud to be your daddy.’

“Hudson knew that to live a remarkable life, it start with seeing just one person and reminding them of God’s love.” (pp. 360-361)

 

Note: Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review.

The Perfect Book for Valentine’s Day

Girls. Valentine’s Day is coming up, and if you’re in your teens or twenties, you’ve got to check out this book!

My friend Dechari from Girls Living 4 God (GL4G) recently released her book Finding Your Fairytale Ending.

I have to say, it’s one of those books you don’t want to put down! She shares her story so beautifully and honestly; I remember feeling like I knew her so much better by the end of it!

Thinking back on high school and college, Dechari shares her journey through the confusing world of dating and friendships, along with practical advice and things she learned from each part of her adventure.

I love this book because it’s down-to-earth and actually means something in my life!

Sometimes I feel like I don’t really connect with books, or feel like it doesn’t apply to my life, but Finding Your Fairytale Ending felt like I was talking with a friend who got me. I loved it!

So. If you’re looking for a good read for yourself, or if you’re searching for a Valentine’s Gift for your girlfriend or daughter, totally check this book out!! 🙂

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What you have to give besides your body

[This post is based on my new Boycrazy seminar.]

My greatest fear in life has been that I wouldn’t give a guy a reason to stick around.

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No, I take that back. My greatest fear in life is being eaten by wild animals. (I’m so serious right now. Realistic, I know.) My second greatest fear is that I’d never keep a guy’s attention.

Too many times I’ve bought into the cultural idea that I am my body, and my body is the greatest gift I have to offer in a relationship. Too many times I’ve bought into the mentality that, even if I’m not having sex (which I haven’t), I should still be super physical with a boyfriend.

If you were at the Boycrazy seminar, you heard the story of my last boyfriend, who sat me down and told me, “Tiffany, I feel like you’re trying to prove something, like you’re trying to prove to me that you’re sexy enough. But you have nothing to prove! I like you the way you are, and I respect you. I want to treat you like a daughter of the King, and I need you to help me do that.”

[Cue collective “awwww” moment.]

He exists!!!

In that moment, I knew that the kind of man I’d dreamed about as a little girl actually existed. The kind of man who was strong and kind, with the heart of a lion. The kind of man who would fight for the heart and honor of a daughter of the King. In that moment I knew:

Never again will I settle for anything less than this.

So here’s what I want to say to all you girls out there: You are worth more than your body.

I know you’ve heard it a hundred times, but I don’t think we often believe it. I never thought I was worth waiting for, so I didn’t respect myself. Now I know: I am worth waiting for — not because of who I am, but because of who my Father is. 

As much as I look forward to being with a man physically when I am married, in the meantime, I have so many other things to offer in a relationship — besides just my body.

So. Let’s talk about ten things we have to give in a dating relationship — besides our bodies.

  1. Interests. Find things the guy is interested in, and learn about them. I had this boyfriend who loved weather systems (so weird, right? It’s cause he was a pilot). Anytime I’d talk with him about weather, he LOVED it!!
  2. Surprises. Leave a note on his windshield or a fresh, steaming cup of coffee in his locker.
  3. Affirmation. I always thought that only girls needed to hear they were wonderful. Turns out guys do too! They want to feel needed (though not smothered) and respected. We can let them know how wonderful they are!
  4. Activities. Go do something fun together! (I’m talking sports and adventure, people, keep it clean!) Try a new activity or enjoy a hobby you have in common. What about geo cashing, board games, rock climbing, kayaking, or something else? What if you join a group of people who play soccer or hike all the mountains in the area? Make something that’s your thing to do.
  5. Friendships. Get to know his friends and family — and let him get to know yours! I’ve tried to date in a vacuum, and it doesn’t work. How a guy interacts with his family and friends tells you a lot about who he is. Plus, group dates help keep us accountable in our physical relationship — and they’re tons of fun!
  6. Thank yous. Notice the little things he does, even things like opening doors for you or helping your little sister work on her bike. Let him know how much you appreciate those things.
  7. Listening. Really listen, don’t just fake it.
  8. Humor. Be goofy together! Just HAVE FUN!!
  9. Devotion. Encourage one another in the Lord; keep Christ front and center of your relationship.
  10. Food. Obviously. We all know the way to a guy’s heart is through his stomach! (Actually, that’s the way to my heart too…)

Remember: You are more than just your body!!

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Cor. 6:19-20)