Live Smart: Preparing for the Future God Wants for You  -     By: Dan Dumas
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Live Smart: Preparing for the Future God Wants for You

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Live Smart: Preparing for the Future God Wants for You by Dan Dumas presents practical tools and biblical advice to middle school and high school-aged readers so they can make the most of their youth. It covers everything from making the right friendships to how to think about education and how to invest in their relationships with God. The habits a person forms when they're young can last a lifetime--now's the time to make it count.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764217763
ISBN-13: 9780764217760

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A Guide to Living Wisely While You're Young

As a professor and youth director, author Dan Dumas has seen that young people have high expectations for themselves. They want their lives to matter, and there's no reason our expectations for them should be any different.

This book presents practical tools and biblical advice to middle school and high school-aged readers so they can make the most of their youth. It covers everything from making the right friendships to how to think about education and how to invest in their relationships with God. The habits a person forms when they're young can last a lifetime--now's the time to make it count.

This book is ideal for parents and youth pastors to give to young people to read on their own or study in groups.

Author Bio

Dan Dumas (www.dandumas.com) has served as a college pastor for fourteen years with extensive experience discipling young people. Dan serves as a senior vice president at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches and provides leadership for youth conferences (RENOWN and D3). He also teaches classes at Boyce College. Dan lives with his wife and children in Louisville, Kentucky.

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  1. NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good read for young Christians!
    October 9, 2016
    melz
    NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Live Smart by Dan Dumas is a must read for youth! Mr. Dumas delivers a comprehensive read full of wisdom on topics young Christians face as they journey through this world. Some of these topics speak about knowing the Bible, praying and serving others, working hard, amongst other topics that I believe every young Christian should know about.

    Mr. Dumas writes with much wisdom, inspiration, and gets to the point. I found it to be a quick read and it was filled with a lot of passion for guiding young Christians in their path in life. I think parents will appreciate the care in which Mr. Dumas has written this book.

    Happy Reading!

    Note: I have received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    One Of My Favorites!
    October 7, 2016
    Wife, Then Mama
    Quality: 5
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have been reading a lot of books lately*, and Live Smart by Dan Dumas has to be one of my favorites. It is written for high schoolers, so, seeing as how I am writing this on my 30th birthday**, I am not the intended audience. However, almost everything in the book is applicable to Christians of any age.

    This book is excellent because it is to the point. It is a fairly short book, but covers so much. It is broken down into four parts:

    You + God

    You + Others

    You + Yourself

    You + the Gospel

    Each part covers a few different things, ranging from the importance of studying the Bible and praying, to working hard. I did not find anything in this book to be controversial in the least bit, it could easily apply to anyone that accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior and seeks to follow His word, whether you are of a faith the interprets the Bible literally or more liberally.

    The book has some anecdotes, but only when they really apply, the bulk of the book is doing just what the title says: preparing you for the future God wants for you! It has applicable Bible verses in each topic, allowing you to see WHY he says these are the things you should do to "Live Smart", other than taking his word for it.

    While I was reading it I thoughtthat the author could easily tweak a few things, tell a few different stories, and make a series of books for people in different situations:children, mothers, husbands, etc.,much like Stormie Omartianhas done with the "Power of aPraying..." series. Iwas wishing that he would, because the book was so good, and such a short read I would love to give ittopeople as a gift, but they might be thrown off when I hand them a book aimed at teenagers.

    I literally had no complaints about this book, which I received for free from the publisher.

  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wisdom Calling
    July 14, 2016
    daleenc
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    UnknownThe habits you form right now can last a lifetime. Almost each and every one of us has seen that at least once or twice. If not in ourselves, then in someone else. The habits you form now can make or break you later on in life.

    Dan Dumas, knowing this, set out to help young people grow in wisdom. Thus, Live Smart.

    I didn't want this book at first. There was an adult coloring book that I thought looked awesome. Instead, for some reason, I asked for Live Smart. And I got it.

    And I was not disappointed.

    Dan Dumas took Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and James and condensed it down into a 137 page book of comprehensible wisdom to anyone willing to read it. Using stories from his own life, stories and verses from the Bible, he helps to decipher the wisdom books of the Bible and give you wisdom to make good habits to last you for the rest of your life.

    Would I recommend this book?

    Absolutely! Two thumbs up!

    I'd say this is for kids Jr. High and up. Adults, you too. Dan Dumas doesn't water things down, but he does make it understandable. If you're having difficulties with the wisdom books of the Bible, definitely check this book out. If you aren't having difficulties with the wisdom books, check it out anyways. If you've never even read the wisdom books, well, still check this book out. :D

    Happy reading folks! This is one book that you will not want to miss out on reading.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    A great book for teens!
    June 2, 2016
    Hannah
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Live Smart was a good book! It was easy to read and had a lot of good things to think about like submitting to authorities, working hard, stepping out of your comfort zone, etc. I would rate it 4 stars just because I thought it was sometimes a bit elementary, but overall it was still a great book! I would recommend it to anyone 6-25. =)

    "I got this book from Bethany House Publishers for this review"
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Tool Box
    June 1, 2016
    Jane
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Live Smart by Dan Dumas is a smart little book, which is now on my teen's must read list. While it is written to a teenage audience, the topics Dumas discusses are the things that all christians need to be practicing. Sub-titled: Preparing for the Future God Wants for You, this book is a tool box for spiritual growth.

    The fourteen chapters are broken into four sections: You and God, You and Others, You and Yourself, and You and the Gospel. Each of these offers very practical advice for building a relationship with Christ, choosing and maintaining wise relationships with others, keeping accountable, finding mentors to encourage growth and discipling, and sharing our faith.

    I was impressed with this book because there is no fluff, Dumas gets right down to the basics without being boring or scholarly. He is blunt but fervent, getting and keeping the attention while lighting the fire of conviction. He inspires action by equipping the reader with the fundamental tools for following Christ.
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