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10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know by Kari Kampakis

“These ten simple truths can build one big change in your daughter’s life. When Kari Kampakis wrote a blog post in July 2013 titled “10 Truths Young Girls Should Know,” the post went viral and was shared more than 65,000 times on Facebook. Obviously her message strikes a chord with moms and dads across the country. This nonfiction book for teen girls expands on these ten truths and can reach the hearts of both moms and daughters. Teen girls deal daily with cliques, bullying, rejection, and social media nightmares. Kari Kampakis wants girls to know that they don’t have to compromise their integrity and future to find love, acceptance, and security. Her ten truths include: Kindness is more important than popularity. People peak at different times of life. Trust God’s plan for you. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Otherwise, you’ll never stick to your guns. Today’s choices set the stage for your reputation. You were born to fly. Fans of Kari’s blog and newspaper column will not want to miss her first book. Filled with practical advice, loving support, and insightful discussion questions, 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know is a timely and approachable list of guidelines that will help young girls navigate a broken world and become the young women God made them to be”– Provided by publisher.

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 7–10—Aware that adolescence can be an overwhelming time for girls, Kampakis has created a version of the 10 commandments for teens. She lays out her ultimate truths (“Kindness is more important than popularity”; “You were born to fly”), covering a different one in each chapter (“Confidence,” “Reputation,” “Patience,” “Inner Beauty”). Written from a conservative Christian perspective, the text supplies biblical references to support each truth. Kampakis discusses why each of these topics is an important part of being a girl and how complete acceptance of God’s plan is the best path to future happiness. The advice is reassuring and encouraging and the writing accessible, but the book only addresses Christian readers. The chapters on interacting with boys promote “The Rules”-like dating behavior (“If you want a boy to court you, don’t make it too easy. Let him work a little…”), but it’s a standard message in conservative circles. Kampakis’s well-written, big sisterly advice will certainly resonate with some readers but will leave others out of the discourse entirely.—Elaine Baran Black, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta

Review

“A smart and solidly written guide to life as seen through stained-glass windows.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Kampakis does not talk down to her audience, making this a highly readable guide, and no doubt the many readers of her blog will be eagerly awaiting this release.” – Booklist
“As the mother of three boys, I’m so thankful for the wisdom packed into this book that I know will greatly benefit my boys. Kari isn’t afraid to tackle our kids’ toughest challenges, and she does so with extraordinary grace and profound Biblical wisdom. I wish this book had been available when I was young!” – Jeannie Cunnion, MSW, author of Parenting the Wholehearted Child

“Kari delves straight into the mind of today’s teen and speaks truth into her soul. The relevant and engaging topics make 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know an ideal choice for small group discussion.” – Allison Hendrix – writer, The House of Hendrix blog

“Kari presents for her readers a dynamic and challenging book. God calls each of us to be ‘the best version of ourselves.’ Kari presents to her readers a road map for that journey, for there can be no authentic spirituality without authentic development. Girls are reminded to see their relationship with God, themselves, and others as integral to their physical and spiritual development.” – Reverend Robert J. Sullivan, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Birmingham, AL

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