Thursday, November 10, 2016

Need Inspiration In Uncertainty? ~You've Got This! How To Look Up When Life Has You Down


You've Got This!: How to Look Up When Life Has You Down

You've Got This: How to Look Up When Life Has You Down
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Genre: Non-Fiction Inspirational
Source: Received eBook from Publisher to Review

Book Description:  Life is tough, but so are you! Learn how to work through life’s trials with advice from popular youth speakers, including Hank Smith and Al Carraway, who have endured a few challenges of their own. This encouraging book will help you see trials as essential stepping-stones to becoming who you’re destined to be.

My thoughts: We live in a world where people have problems.  The news reports in the last few days confirm that TRUTH.  Life and the world are in turmoil.  It's great to have a compilation of stories written to youth that teach about hope and the lessons learned in trials.

This is a short book of 128 pages that packs a powerful message.  We all need to be reminded that there is hope at the end of trials.  I loved Hank Smith's opening message of Joseph who was sold into Egypt.  It is my favorite Old Testament story.  He shares it with clarity and brings it home to apply it to our day.  Of course, my family loves everything Hank Smith.  He made a positive impact on my son when he was his Seminary Teacher.

The next two stories talk about life and how experiences in Chile influenced them for the better.  I immediately thought of my son, I mentioned him in the above paragraph, who served a mission in Chile. (Maybe I need to get him a copy of the book for Christmas?)  I guess my point in mentioning all of this is that I can apply the stories in my life.  I can think of my children and the things they are going through.  I can gain strength from this book.  Most of all, I need to look up and remember Him who will always be there for me and those I love.

I loved the variety of stories and the different voices of the people who wrote them. They have their unique take on experiences and how to apply them to life.  Such a great book!  I'm thinking that I may need to buy four copies for my four children for Christmas.

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About the Authors: After serving as a missionary to the Brazil Manaus mission, Elise Babbel Hahl completed her studies in English at Stanford University, married her mission pen pal, and went on to earn a master’s degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University. Her work has been published in Choosing Motherhood, Whereabouts: Stepping Out of Place, Education Next magazine, Do NOT Attempt in Heels, and recorded on “The World in Words” podcast. She lives with her husband and four children in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.

Hank Smith has been a full-time religious educator for the Church for 12 years, teaching seminary and in the Religion Department at BYU. Hank is a favorite speaker with Especially for Youth, BYU Education Week, and Time Out for Women. With his trademark sense of humor and his captivating stories and examples, Hank makes it fun to learn gospel principles and strengthen personal testimonies.
Al Fox Carraway has been a popular blogger, YouTuber, and public speaker for the past several years and is most well known for the blog post, “The Tattooed Mormon.” She has been on the cover of LDS Living Magazine and has done countless radio interviews, TV interviews, and everything in between. Al won the Community Speaker award in 2014, presented by the Dean of BYU. She has traveled countryside for years speaking with well-known speakers like John Bytheway, Brad Wilcox, and General Young Women’s President, Bonnie Oscarson. Just recently she spoke to over 24,000 people with Elder Neil L. Anderson at RootsTech.

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