Wednesday, November 04, 2015

The Wise Girl's Guide to Life

The Wise Girl's Guide to Life. Robin Brande. 2015. Ryer Publishing. 109 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Did I enjoy reading Robin Brande's The Wise Girl's Guide to Life: 100 Tips for Increasing Your Confidence and Happiness? Yes. For the most part. Though perhaps written with tween or teen girls in mind, I think some of the advice is so good, so wise, that it will last you your whole life long. In other words, even if you don't "need" all 100 tips, there is a good chance that a handful of them will be just-right for you, no matter your age.

The Wise Girl's Guide to Life reads like a devotional. Most people probably tend to associate devotional books with faith or spirituality or Christianity to be exact. And that is not the impression I want to give you. It's not. The Wise Girl's Guide to Life isn't exactly about passing along spiritual wisdom to readers. (I would never classify the advice as "Christian advice.")

No, when I say devotional, I mean that it's a short passage with an inspirational, invitational, uplifting feel. Each of the 100 readings has a concise, often practical, nugget of wisdom that you can take with you and process throughout the day.

For example:
  • You decide who you are.
  • The only way to change is to change.
  • Accept where you are, then go from there.
  • Being who you are inspires others to do the same.
  • Ask yourself questions.
  • Tell yourself what you most need to hear.
I definitely liked this one. It's a good book.

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