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Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose [Kindle Edition]

Candace Bure , Dana Wilkerson
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“How do you do it all?”

That’s the question that wife, mom, actress, and best-selling author Candace Cameron Bure is often asked. And it’s a question that women everywhere are asking themselves as we seek to balance all of our roles, responsibilities, and opportunities.

So, how do we do it? Working since the age of 5, Candace has been in a balancing act for nearly her entire life. She is the first to tell you that there is no miracle formula for perfect execution in every area of your life, but there definitely are some lessons to be learned, lessons that come to life in Candace's story.

Come along and dig into Candace’s story from her start in commercials, the balance-necessitating years on Full House, to adding on the roles of wife and mom while also returning to Hollywood. Insightful, funny, and poignant, Candace’s story will help you balance it all.

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About the Author

Candace Cameron Bure, actress, producer, New York Times’ bestselling author and inspirational speaker, is both outspoken and passionate about her family and faith. Known to millions worldwide from her role as “D.J. Tanner” on the iconic family sitcom “Full House,” Candace continues to flourish in the entertainment industry as role model to women of all ages. She lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and three children.

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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We all need a little balance in our lives January 3, 2014
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Most people my age remember Candace Cameron Bure as DJ Tanner on Full House. Those a bit younger may remember her as Summer van Horne on ABC Family's Make It or Break It. I was born almost exactly two years after her and got married almost exactly two years after she did. My oldest and her second child were born within days of each other. I grew up "with" her, watching her every week on TGIF. Now, I follow her on Twitter and Facebook and read her blog. I read her first book, Reshaping It All and found it to be very useful so I looked forward to the release of her new book, Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose.

Balancing It All is part memoir, part self-help/motivation, and part Bible study. Most chapters are laid out starting with a Bible verse (she uses the Holman Christian Standard Bible) that relates to the topic for that chapter. Topics include marriage, parenting, friends, service, education, and more. Most chapters give a story from her life that relates to the topic. Then she ties it all together with ideas that have worked in her life for maintaining balance when you are being pulled in a hundred different directions and feel like it's all going to crash down on you.

There is nothing new, no earth shattering ideas in Balancing It All. What there is is a lot of support and motivation and a few reminders to do things we know we should (like pray!) but often forget. Candace Cameron Bure is extremely honest in this book. She is not perfect, her family is not perfect (it sounds like her daughter is a little harder to handle like my daughter and just knowing that is comforting to me). Sure, she's had life experiences that are unlike most people, but she still has a lot of the same struggles as everyone else.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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I love Candace. She is a beautiful person, but this book was a miss for me. I was looking for tips on how to balance everyday life. Maybe if not that, then some funny stories about housework, work, children, family, etc. Most of the book was about her life growing up on the set of Full House and her friendships that she has made in her life. I didn't find much (if any) advice on how to be more organized, how to balance all daily life, nothing.

I do love her and support her. I just wish the title and cover wasn't so misleading.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Talk about an on time message. January 1, 2014
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The topic of Bure's latest book is what I've been craving now more than ever. Talk about an on time message.

As someone who has for the most part always embraced responsibility, priorities have always been very important to me. Getting it right has been an obsession of mine. I'm not married and I don't have kids but I still have priorities and struggles with balancing it all. Mainly, making God the ultimate priority and the center of all that I am and do. I'd like to think that I have it all together spiritually but truth be told, I have my phases where for months at a time I drown myself in the word of God and months at a time, I'll open up that bible only a handful of times. This has to change. I need to put my foot down and be consistent in all things rather than solely the things I think I want for a time. Balancing It All was the push I needed to sit down and really think about my priorities in a way that I truly never have before.

I'm a list keeper. Always have been. I make To Do lists all the time. Sometimes my daily to do lists are organized by the hour. Short term lists. Long term lists. I make them all. The thing is, I can write to do lists all day and the word, "Prioritize" comes to my mind multiple times a day for a couple of days out of every month but do I sit down and look at that list? My lists are organized by both the timely manner in which I can get it done and how high of a priority I believe it to be. But to really sit down and analyze these hasn't been done in awhile. What do I mean?

"Balance isn't necessarily about cutting things out of our lives, but rather being led to invest in the right things."

That. I can't stress the above line enough. Talk about an "aha moment.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Great read for people who wonder how to balance life as a wife, mom and Christian woman in today's busy world! Quick read!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy, Fun Read January 8, 2014
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I like Candace's easy reading style. She is very honest and open about her life, both privately and publicly. I think it's hard to relate at times because she is a celebrity, but her choice to be a wife and mother is clearly set forth as the precedent for this book, and therefore is applauded. I've seen her speak, and she is well poised and presented to be educated, which I like. It's worth reading for the encouragement.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! March 25, 2014
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I love the way she share her journey. She make the reader understand the path that she traveled and help them to understand how to walk through that path by themselves with God at their side. Excellent book! Excellent author!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Read March 22, 2014
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I grew up watching Candace Cameron Bure on television and she was one of my favorite 80's/early 90's teen actors! The show she was a part of, Full House, was always a part of our family tv viewing time on Friday nights and it was so exciting that once again I get to review her work. It is so great to see a young woman who loves Jesus and has chosen to embrace her faith, and apply it in all aspects of her life, particularly in her marriage and journey as a mom.

Balancing It All is written in a very easy manner, almost conversational like, and honestly, felt that I was in a coffee shop with Candace as she told me her story. The book is appropriate for teens and adults, and is a quick read as well. It is part biography and part how-to, with Bure using scripture, practical ideas and lots of personal stories about how she balances life. The aspect that I loved most was her spiritual journey of both her and her husband Valerie Bure. It was clear that everything that has occured with both of them has been by the hand of God. He worked in her life when she had no idea that He was. I loved her honesty that life is crazy, busy and sometimes it is hard! I loved that she did not sugarcoat her feelings of being lonely and depressed after moving to Montreal as an NHL wife, I loved her story of friendship with her best friend (even though they are very different people) and I loved all the scripture references made in each chapter. She covers all the various topics we as women and moms will experience in our adult life, whether it's marriage, how to educate our children, religion, and more. It is full of humor, practicality, encouraging and completely inspiring.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Candace is Amazing!
Candace is such an amazing role model for women. This is an awesome book! I would recommend it to anyone who needs guidance in their spiritual walk.
Published 1 hour ago by Sarah Brim
4.0 out of 5 stars Like sitting down with a friend
Growing up watching Candace on tv, I was curious to see the motivations to write a book. In doing so, I enjoyed reading her story like sitting down with a friend. Read more
Published 15 hours ago by M. Richards
4.0 out of 5 stars Should have been titled "How I Balanced It All Sometimes"
I am a fan of Candace but this book reads like more of an autobiography than anything else. Here and there she will add a line or two about how doing x, y or z has helped her... Read more
Published 1 day ago by M. L. Lopez
2.0 out of 5 stars Christian memoir
I have not been following Candace Cameron Bure's life since I stopped watching Full House, but when I saw her on the cover of this book, I figured that I would check in and see... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Jennifer Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Candace's transparency is so refreshing!
What an encouragement to hear other women are experiencing the same things! Thank you so very much! God bless you!
Published 1 day ago by Hope M Slegers
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
Good book
Published 1 day ago by julie
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it!
A book full of truth. I enjoyed it!
Published 2 days ago by dorytos
2.0 out of 5 stars which I enjoyed.
This book was a bit too religiously based for me. I ended up skipping the religious lessons and reading everything else, which I enjoyed.
Published 2 days ago by Jennifer L.
3.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted reading about a favorite personality
It's so easy to look at the life of a celebrity and think he or she has it so easy. But we're just people, people. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Deena Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars praying balance
Really enjoyed this book & perspective it gave. Live the prayer at the end. Praying for balance is definitely key to balancing all.
Published 5 days ago by Tyler
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Dana Wilkerson is a writer, editor, and collaborator living in Missouri. She enjoys traveling, reading, watching the St. Louis Cardinals, and spending time with family.

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