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How can one girl change the world? It all began with a heart for justice and a little black dress. In 2012, sixteen-year-old Bethany Winz decided to make a difference. To raise awareness, she determined to
wear the same black dress every day for a year to bring attention to the lack of choices slaves have.

Her yearlong journey was one of hope, discipline, and sometimes disappointment. She celebrated some successes yet despaired at the depth of the problem. As she found her identity tied to the things she did, Bethany discovered that while she stood for freedom for others, she also struggled to find her own freedom in believing that she was loved just as she was. One Dress. One Year.  shows readers that their voices matter, they can make a difference, and sometimes the smallest gestures have lasting impact.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801018366
ISBN-13: 9780801018367

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Author Bio

Bethany Winz is studying social justice at Trevecca Nazarene University where she's learning to love Nashville and urban farming. She already loves Jesus, hot tea, good books, and bacon. She processes the world by writing and blogs about the adventure of growing up and what she's learning about justice at www.bethanywinz.com. She grew up in Orlando, Florida, with her parents and her brother.

Susanna Foth Aughtmon is the author of All I Need Is Jesus and a Good Pair of Jeans, My Bangs Look Good and Other Lies I Tell Myself, and I Blame Eve. She coauthored A Trip around the Sun with New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson and Richard Foth. A pastor's wife and mother of three, Susanna assists her husband, Scott, in various ministries at the church they planted in Redwood City, California, and blogs about life's adventures at www.tiredsupergirl.com.

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  1. love2read
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A good read for young women who need encouragement to be the change God wants them to be!
    April 26, 2016
    love2read
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    One Dress. One Year. is a non-fiction book that I received by Baker publishers and is about a young woman named Bethany who decided that she would make a change in her personal life and would use it to show the depravity of the slavery that still exists in the world. She wore the same dress for a year and kept up a blog that documented her journey as well as asked for donations to help the cause that she feels God has brought her to. Bethany's heart shines through this book and her vulnerability and honesty throughout her journey was refreshing. It was encouraging to see someone pursue what they believe was their calling and be able to follow the ups and the downs, which I think it is important. So many times we do not see the entire journey and it can feel like our own lives don't measure up to other peoples' lives. I think this book was a good, quick read that I would recommend to younger women. Young women (and men) need to realize that their efforts can be used by God and that they should never be afraid to do what they think the Lord is calling them to do. I would give this book a 4/5 stars!

    This book was provided to me by Baker publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.
  2. Bekah
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Still Raising Awareness, Even After the Experiment Ended
    April 23, 2016
    Bekah
    Quality: 4
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I like to switch up the kinds of books I read to get a well-rounded reading experience. This week was no different. I read One Dress. One Year. by Bethany Winz with Susanna Foth Aughtmon.

    Bethany was sixteen years old when she decided to do something tangible and entirely out of her comfort zone in order to help raise awareness about modern day slavery. She'd learned in junior high that slavery wasn't something that happened only way back in the olden days, but it was {sadly} alive and well at this very moment. Sickened by the idea of humans treating other humans in such a degrading way, she wanted to do something.

    So she made a black dress and wore it every single day for one year. Talk about the ultimate capsule wardrobe! During that year, Bethany blogged about her adventure, shared {sad but true} facts about modern day slavery, and challenged readers to give money to reputable organizations working to end trafficking.

    The book is a quick read {just 146 pages} and part of each chapter shares excerpts from her original blog posts, including some of the slavery facts she shared and how she wore the dress that day. {Using accessories, she actually wore it differently every day.} The rest of the book shares her thoughts, her ups and downs, her fears and triumphs during that year of explaining her experiment and raising awareness.

    Though not marketed as a young adult book, I would say that the writing style {which holds true to the teen voice that Bethany was when she completed this experiment} would make a teen audience the logical draw to read this book. Having said that, I recognized my teen self in Bethany and was able to relate to her as I read, even though I'm not that age {kind of by a long shot} anymore. And I did learn things about modern day slavery that I did not know.

    One thing I really appreciated about this book was that her experiment was not the wild success she hoped for when she set out. {Hang on! Stick with me.} Her goal at the start of her year was to raise $100,000 for her cause, and when all was said and done, she raised less than $10,000 in a year. She wrote regularly about her frustration that all her efforts {through social media, blogging, making connections, speaking to groups, etc.} didn't make the wild impact she hoped it would. She wanted people to care and jump on board and they didn't with the intensity that she desired.

    And yet...her work still mattered. I think that truth spoke the most loudly to me as I read. We are conditioned to believe we have to do something crazy huge to matter, but being obedient to the call of the Lord is what matters. Bethany did that. She kept her commitment to wear the same dress every day for a year and came out on the other side a different girl in her own heart. And while she didn't raise what she wanted to raise, she DID make an impact for organizations working against trafficking, and she did raise awareness. I'm glad she was able to share her story in book form especially because her campaign didn't achieve what she hoped it would. It seems that the only people who get book deals are those who have some massive story, and it was refreshing to hear from an ordinary person who tried something new and different.

    Check out Bethany's website if you'd like to see more of the actual dress and the ways she wore it, and if you have a teen in your life who feels passionate toward social causes, this story might provide the needed encouragement to take a stand and trust God with the outcome, big or small.

    * Baker Books provided a copy of this book to me in exchange for a review. *
  3. Jen Pen
    Midwest
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Perfect for young adults, youth groups and ministries...
    April 18, 2016
    Jen Pen
    Midwest
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    SUMMARY:

    One Girl. One Dress. One Year. For Freedom. So begins the idea behind author Bethany Winz's project to raise awareness in fighting human trafficking. Deciding she needed to do "something" to help stop modern day slavery, known as human trafficking, sixteen- year old Bethany sets out to wear the same black dress every day for an entire year. Though she can accessorize it, change it and wash it, every morning she puts it on as she focuses attention on the world of trafficking. Raising money for the cause along the way, meeting many people on her journey, but most importantly, learning and growing herself, Bethany understands and shares that God loves you dearly and deeply, no matter the circumstances...

    A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:

    An amazing undertaking by a sixteen-year high-school student, I was inspired and encouraged by the author's commitment to persevere through her endeavor, even when it became hard to do so. Watching her grow in her relationships, her beliefs and her abilities was exceptional especially during the difficult times. Written from Bethany's personal perspective, it was easy to read while cheering on her efforts. Definitely a book to share with young adults, youth groups and ministries, the entire theme of the black dress makes a mark. Well done, Bethany!

    RATING:

    4 (out of 5) pennies

    *I received a complimentary copy of One Dress. One Year. from Baker Books for my honest review*
  4. Alannie Marshall
    Raleigh, NC
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Real and Inspiring
    March 29, 2016
    Alannie Marshall
    Raleigh, NC
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I recently finished reading One Dress. One Year.: One Girl's Stand Against Human Trafficking by Bethany Winz with Susanna Foth Aughtmon. All I can say is, "Wow." Bethany's story is both an incredibly relatable diary and inspiring insight into the horrors of human trafficking. I especially appreciated Bethany's candor regarding her motivation during The Dress Project. As a long-time Christian who also read Alex and Brett Harris' Do Hard Things in high school, I was hit hard with her admissions of struggling with perfectionism. This book is not only a chronicle of Bethany's life during The Dress Project, it is a mirror through which all believers should examine themselves. While Bethany repeatedly calls her readers to join the fight against human trafficking, she also calls them to examine their motivations for doing so. Overall, an excellent and inspiring read. I would definitely recommend this to any and all believers. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.
  5. Kav
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fascinating read
    March 28, 2016
    Kav
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A teenage girl with a convicted heart and the courage to do something about it. Her transparency is commendable. The determination to complete this journey is inspiring. By her own admission, Bethany starts the year feeling that this project would somehow increase her value, make her special and what sixteen-year-old doesn't what that kind of validation? Instead she discovered that the experience altered the way she sees herself and increased her understanding of the way God sees her. "All I could do was hope that somehow, even when I felt unlovable, he loved me still. The beautiful part was that in my darkness and my doubt, God met me. He's still meeting me." (p. 13)

    A truly fascinating read. I'd recommend it for anyone but especially teen girls. It would make a great book club read as well since there are so many topics that would make for lively and enlightening discussion.

    Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.
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