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Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
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Would you rather be liked onlineor loved in person?
Social media can be great. But for girls growing up in a generation saturated with social media, getting enough "likes," comments, and online friends can become an unhealthy obsession.
In Liked, Kari Kampakis offers positive and powerful insights to help girls navigate the digital age. Applying Gods timeless truths to modern realities, this unique resource dives deeply into topics like social media, friendship, identity, and faithwhile ultimately encouraging habits that lead to real and lasting relationships.
Liked can help girls think through those questions that may stir wildly in their mind and heart, such as:
- Who am I?
- What is my purpose?
- How can I change the world and make an eternal difference?
- How can I love myself when I feel unlovable?
For anyone tired of the quest to impressand ready to rest in Gods unconditional loveLiked is the answer. This book is a conversation-starter that will quickly unite mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends by speaking to the female heart and addressing the need for approval with wisdom, hope, and grace.
Kari Kampakis is a blogger, author, speaker, and newspaper columnist from Birmingham, Alabama. Her first book, 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know, has been used widely across the country by teen youth groups and small groups to empower girls through faith.
Karis work has been featured on The Huffington Post, TODAY Parents, and other national outlets. She and her husband, Harry, have four daughters and a dog named Lola. Learn more by visiting www.karikampakis.com or finding Kari on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.
JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A Must-Read for All Teenage GirlsJanuary 20, 2017JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If you have a teenage daughter, Kari Kampakis has written a book that is well worth investing in. Throughout this book, "Liked," Kampakis mentors young women in the art of making real friends while navigating the confusing world of social media with wisdom and integrity. Kampakis has four daughters, herself, so she has thought this through thoroughly. She writes as an experienced mentor who cares for and wants the best for young girls. (The book is full of great insights and reminders for women of all ages, though, so when you purchase this book for your daughter, you will want to read it, too!)
Throughout the book, Kampakis emphasizes the importance of in-person friendships and teaches her readers how to strengthen these. She also identifies the pros and cons of social media, offering warnings and suggesting limits regarding on-line activities. Overall, she teaches that a relationship with God is most important and that God is the One Who gives wisdom and guidance for all other relationships. She teaches her readers how to make Him Lord of their lives and to practice listening for His voice. Each chapter features one element for girls to develop in their lives: identity, confidence, kindness, character, commitment, connection, wisdom, humility, courage, and direction.
I thank Thomas Nelson Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of this book. I'm going to share it with my daughter now.
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Good book for girls and momsDecember 13, 2016Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I "liked" this book from the get-go! Having two daughters myself, I understand the pressures of being liked and fitting in. As a blogger, I understand the pressures of social media, gaining followers, and numbers. I also tend to be somewhat of a people pleaser. Yet, many days can end up lonely, when we find our worth in people, numbers, or how well we are "liked".
This book focuses on the importance of helping girls find their value in their identity in Christ and cultivating face to face friendships over online ones. In an age where social media, status, and peers can define them, Kari helps them understand who God created them to be and how to define themselves by what truly matters. She shares wisdom concerning social media, what they should or should not be posting, and how that affects their image.
Kari writes in a personal, interactive, easy to read style that is on a tween and teen girl's level. She uses questions and answers and verses to zero in on the only thing that really matters, pleasing God and the status of their relationship with Him! She tells stories girls can relate to, to help get the point across, and addresses their fears and insecurities. At the end of each chapter are discussion questions to help girls get their facts and thoughts out in the open and formulate a plan.
I was impressed with this book, and can't wait to use it with my daughter. Since she is a younger tween, I will probably work through the book with her. Although she is not yet on social media, it will be a good foundation for the day she is. I would recommend working through the book with younger girls, but teens and older tweens will likely do well working through it themselves.
I am so thankful to the publisher and iconmedia group who provided me with a free copy of this book to review. I was not required to review positively and no other compensation was provided.
Kendra4 Stars Out Of 5Good for Group StudyDecember 8, 2016KendraQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4In Liked, Kari Kampakis tackles the issue of social media and the unhealthy obsession it can be for girls. This book was written for the typical teenage girl wrestling with peer pressure, identity questions, and a culture that is enamored with self. Kari attempts to help girls understand Gods unconditional love and acceptance, and how a firm foundation in Gods truth shapes ten critical areas of life, including identity, character, connections, humility, and direction. The book is designed to be used in group studies, and each chapter ends with six questions for reflection and discussion. It is easy to read, and includes numerous lists (8 Ways to Deal with Hard Emotions, 10 Ways to Deepen Friendships, 20 Ways to Grow an Active Faith, etc.) that give specific tips and ideas for growth in the different focus areas.
It has been a long time since I was a teenager, and when I was there was no such thing as social media, but even now I find myself wrestling with some of these issues. While this book isnt a complete theological discussion on any of topics, I think it has a lot of good points to offer in a friendly and non-threatening presentation. Anyone who is reading with an open heart will be challenged in some area.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Good book for teensNovember 26, 2016bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4We all want to be liked. God made us to live in community and to need friends. But what about when our desire to be liked takes our eyes off of God? Kampakis challenges us to consider if we care more about what our friends think about us than what God knows about us.
She reminds us that the only audience that really matters is God. He is the One who loves us just the way we are. Our deepest desire to be known and loved can only be fulfilled by God.
Kampakis has good teaching for us, helping us understand the art of friendship, our identity in Christ, and making God our top priority. She helps us understand our search for identity and how finding it in Jesus is better than trying to find it through people. She gives good suggestions as to how to cultivate one's real self. She reminds us of the importance of developing a godly character and what it means to have positive social media habits. She distinguishes between social friends and real friends, the ones worth our time and effort.
I really like her emphasis on physically connecting with friends as opposed to friends on social media. She provides good suggestions for deepening friendships. I also like her insights on dealing with emotions, having humility, growing in faith, having courage to be the person God created me to be, and living a life that pleases God.
Kampakis uses both fictional stories and real life experiences to illustrate her teaching. She has also included discussion questions at the end of each chapter.
I recommend this book to teens and those working with them. While people of all ages could benefit from the teaching in this book, the illustrations and writing style are aimed at teens and perhaps young career age. It would be a good book for a teen study or reading group.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Icon Media. My comments are an independent and honest review.