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Product Details

  • Series: Devotionals for Teens
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (September 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556610408
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556610400
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lorraine Peterson is an award-winning writer whose experience as a junior-high teacher provides a rich background for communicating with young people. Originally from Minnesota, she makes her home in Mexico and continues her work with teens. size : 5.3 x 8.3

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Simply put, this book changed my life.
Joe Sampson
I bought this book thinking it would take me from cool to awesome, but I'm still just the average type of cool.
Tricia Barackman
I've been practicing awesome for 3 years since I first read this book.
BadAndy

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269 of 286 people found the following review helpful By ATB on August 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
For years, I struggled with meager coolness until I read this book. Now with my new-found knowledge and my "I am awesome" shirt, all the ladies want to get with me. It may look like they're just laughing and pointing, but I know that they truly find me irresistible. Since I've modeled my hair and clothes from the book cover, everyone thinks I'm Zack from Saved by the Bell. It just doesn't get anymore awesome than that. Oh yeah.
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89 of 97 people found the following review helpful By BadAndy on October 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've been practicing awesome for 3 years since I first read this book. After practicing for so long, I didn't become awesome until I finally found the perfectly diverse group of friends to hang out with me as I taught my awesomeness to them. Thank you devotionals for teens!
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102 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Joe Sampson on October 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
When I was a senior in high school, I was the big man on campus. I was worshiped by the students and faculty alike and the campus female population openly lusted after me. I truly was cool, there was no denying that. I would say, quite humbly, that perhaps I was the coolest person in the universe.

I easily gained admission into the college of my choice and looked forward to beginning a reign of coolness on yet another campus. I was in for quite a suprise, however, when I actually reached my university. It seemed that to be successful and popular in college, it wasn't enough to simply be cool. Even the epic level of coolness I had achieved failed to raise a eyebrow from the most mundane college students.

You see, I am very concerned with the way other people think and talk about me so I immediately searched Amazon.com for some sort of devotional book that may help me in my situation. Thankfully, "Anybody Can Be Cool-- But Awesome Takes Practice" was the number one search result. I promptly purchased it and eagerly awaited its arrival.

Simply put, this book changed my life. With Lorraine's guidance, I was able to elevate myself above coolness and into awesomeness. At the moment, I am only a sophomore, but I already have achieved Vice Big Man on Campus status. So, next year, when the current BMoC graduates I will be the first Junior classman in the history of my prestigious college to be the Big Man on Campus. Of course if something were to happen to the current BMoC, my duty as Vice Big Man on Campus require that I step into the role of Big Man on Campus. In that event I would become the first Sophomore Big Man on Campus in the history of the world.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Tricia Barackman on March 15, 2010
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I bought this book thinking it would take me from cool to awesome, but I'm still just the average type of cool. What gives?! Not only do I do devotions, but I devoted to be awesome. I want my money back.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Mike Ring on January 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
Coolness always came easily to me. Whether over a game of cribbage with my pals, or a shared float at the malt shop, I really emanated a significant amount of "cool"...I'm not going to lie. People would be heard to remark "Mike, you are cool". This wasn't just once or twice.

This all changed the day I met Chet out by the bleachers...

There he was, on that brisk autumn afternoon, his feathered blondness in stunning contrast to the fallen leaves. He was reading a passage from the Book of Ezekiel to his friends Chin-qui, Ugabe, Svetlana and Rosa. How emphatically and with what enthusiasm did he read! After finishing, there was a marked minute of silence, followed by "Chet....you are AWESOME!".

My world came crashing down. I had always thought "cool" was the highest adjective one could aspire to. How could I compete with "awesome"?

I must have said that last part out loud, because Chet handed me the book I'm currently reviewing, which for some reason had the exact same scene I was looking at one the cover, and said "Mike, you don't need to compete with awesome...you can BECOME awesome! But it'll take practice".

And practice I did. Through diligent commitment and daily sacrifice, I now too am able to attract groups of visible minorities whenever I read from the bible on the schoolyard.

Thanks, author!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By J. Rand on January 19, 2009
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I bought this book for two of my friends. They were pretty cool, but not awesome. They're both awesome now.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By William T. Rose on February 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
I was cool from about fifth grade on. Sure I had buck teeth and rubber-toed sneakers, but I had a quick wit and could quote Monty Python in appropriate circumstances.

In high school my coolness was sort of petering out. One day as I was doing my duties as Tenor Section Leader for choir and the Soprano Section Leader recommended "Anybody Can Be Cool...". She knew I was ready to be awesome, I suppose. Maybe she saw something in me. I read it in one sitting.

I can honestly say I've been "Practicing Awesome" for over ten years now and it has changed my life. I now have my own blog and play guitar at my friend's parties. I laugh with ease. I can sense danger before it happens. I trim my own bangs. And I have the quite confidence of a man who wears cargo pants.

Buy this book today and memorize every page.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Homer Simpson on April 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
You know I always wanted to be someone special. I wanted it all: the terrifying lows, the dizzying highs, the creamy middles. And now, thanks to this book I have all that I dreamed of and more. Sure, I might offend a few of the bluenoses with my cocky stride and musky odors -- oh, I'll never be the darling
of the so-called "City Fathers" who cluck their tongues, stroke their beards, and talk about "What's to be done with this Homer Simpson?" but it was all worth it because now, now I am awsome. To celebrate my new life I am going to change my name to Max Powers. Thank you book.
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