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The Savvy Girl's Guide to Grace: Small touches with Big Impact - at Home, Work & in Love (Volume 1) Paperback – June 1, 2013


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Product Details

  • Series: The Savvy Girl's Guide to Grace
  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Parasol Press; 1 edition (June 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985595019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985595012
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,228,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alicia Young is an Australian international TV journalist with more than fifteen years’ experience as a medical reporter, foreign correspondent and news anchor. Alicia was once told off by Mother Teresa for not having children (she forgot) and has volunteered at a hospice and leprosy hospital in India. Outside work, Alicia handles parasols and power tools with equal ease (not really, but she helpfully holds the flashlight when needed). She recently relocated from Chile to the US. www.savvy-life.com

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Audrey Hepburn would be proud!!
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An exceptionally well-written and beautifully presented book with a wide range of advice.
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I enjoyed the fun this book brought me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Francie L. on July 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
Upbeat and delightful! Alicia Young does a spectacular job reminding readers of the simple ways every woman of every age can be a Savvy Girl. She creatively weaves anecdotes from famous books, news stories or her own worldly accounts to support her savvy advice on friendships, family and romance. From nasty neighbors in Moscow to a pregnant Maria in South America to a friend's rant over the phone, Alicia entertains and educates.

I don't always read the intro to a book but this one is a must! I found myself breaking out the highlighter. Alicia's inspiration for sharing grace sent tingles across my skin. With so much selfishness in the world, it was a pleasure to read how classy, gracious behavior can make a difference and it may as well start with me. I'm really glad I picked up this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SJS on July 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my daughter and she absolutely loved it. In such a busy world its important to remind ourselves to slow down and be kind to each other. Highly recommend as a gift for any daughter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Bertrand on July 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
After reading the introduction, I started looking for an opportunity to try out deliberate grace doing. When I noticed an anxious looking driver waiting in the driveway of a gas station, it was so easy to graciously slow and let him cut in front of me, thinking to myself, this is the kind of thing a savvy girl would do, and the fellow acknowledged my gesture with a wave of thanks that I read as
"I appreciate your gesture and realize that you didn't have to let me go ahead of you". This guide reminds us, in hundreds of thoughtful ways, to add grace to daily modern living and it feels good too.

Giving high marks (4.65 stars) to The Savvy Girl's Guide to Grace means that it will be a motivational and useful read to a wide audience for the good cause of practicing grace.

Parasol Press succinctly outlines the table of contents on one page, but the two hundred odd pages are loaded with well meaning tips in the tactful Aussie voice of TV journalist Alicia Young. Although the title implies that The Savvy Girl's Guide to Grace is for females, I found it appropriate for savvy guys at least 90 percent of the time, but I noticed that Young only used the word "guy" once under the heading, The Office Kitchen. Hummm. Headings are used throughout and are consistently concise and specific which makes them memorable (Life among the cubicles.). Check the index regularly because you will learn how a savvy, super savvy and future savvy girl (or guy) rolls out grace ...or thinks twice.

A few website references show up like Stuffyourrucksack.com (page 165) but they don't dominate the many charming examples of savvy girls' acts of grace from around the world, Perth to Moscow. I see The Savvy Girl's Guide to Grace as a just-in-time compliment read to Sheryl Sandberg's recent book, LEAN IN about complex issues of equity in the workplace and at home for savvy men and women.

Wendy Bertrand, Author/Architect of Enamored With Place: As Woman+As Architect.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grace M. on July 1, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed Alicia Young's wonderful new book on how to live a gracious life. Moreover, the importance of this book can not be overstated for the times in which we live. With all of the stimulation, technology and distractions which surround us in our modern day lives, it is so easy to forget to be thoughtful of others and to be gentle with ourselves. This book is the reminder that we all need to live our lives with grace.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shelley Lapkoff on September 5, 2013
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I loved this book. I could hear the author's voice as I read each chapter; very friendly and easy to read. The book is engaging and entertaining as she gives examples of being graceful by telling true personal stories, including her experience with Mother Teresa. This book is reminiscent of Miss Manners but goes beyond Miss Manners both by having an international flair and a spiritual side to grace (without a religious agenda). I think this book would be of value for all age groups, and probably for men too. Enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sabgant on July 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
I love this book. It's written in a way that makes no assumptions about the reader and delivers sound advice for any woman, not just young girls. The author writes empathetically and never patronizes the reader. We all have something to learn from this book and it's made so much richer for all the anecdotes used. It must have taken Alicia Young a long time to collate all of those wonderful memoirs from people to perfectly illustrate the points in the book. I also love that this book can be read cover to cover, or just dipped into for some real grounding before a life event. Having recently attended some difficult social events it was great to be able to read those chapters beforehand and remind myself how to behave gracefully, regardless of the other attendees behaviour.
This is a book that I will pass on to my daughters and son (yes, it all applies to guys), and will stay at the front of my bookshelf for the odd reminder of the things I already do gracefully but also to remind me how to just be a better person from day to day.
If you have a teenaged family member/friend about to move out or away to college, this book will serve her well. It's a great reminder of what's important in life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rose CV on July 12, 2013
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This book offers extremely helpful and practical guidelines on how to reconnect with people around you in the busy world in which we all live. Overscheduled lifestyles have made it difficult to have deeper conversations and memorable events with family, friends and other loved ones. Additionally, extreme reliance on, if not addiction to, technological devices such as smartphones that allow people to call, text and research simultaneously has further distracted them from better connecting with those around them.

Against this backdrop, Alicia Young's The Savvy Girl's Guide to Grace, is a welcome and refreshing read. A witty and delightful writer, Young offers suggestions on how to be kind and thoughtful to those around us. Importantly, her recommendations on how to deal with various people - from our family to strangers - would help us have more meaningful human connections. In other words, Young reminds us of the need to be better human beings.

I strongly recommend the book!
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