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Gr 7–10—Aware that adolescence can be an overwhelming time for girls, Kampakis has created a version of the 10 commandments for teens. She lays out her ultimate truths ("Kindness is more important than popularity"; "You were born to fly"), covering a different one in each chapter ("Confidence," "Reputation," "Patience," "Inner Beauty"). Written from a conservative Christian perspective, the text supplies biblical references to support each truth. Kampakis discusses why each of these topics is an important part of being a girl and how complete acceptance of God's plan is the best path to future happiness. The advice is reassuring and encouraging and the writing accessible, but the book only addresses Christian readers. The chapters on interacting with boys promote "The Rules"-like dating behavior ("If you want a boy to court you, don't make it too easy. Let him work a little…"), but it's a standard message in conservative circles. Kampakis's well-written, big sisterly advice will certainly resonate with some readers but will leave others out of the discourse entirely.—Elaine Baran Black, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta


"A smart and solidly written guide to life as seen through stained-glass windows." - Kirkus Reviews

"Kampakis does not talk down to her audience, making this a highly readable guide, and no doubt the many readers of her blog will be eagerly awaiting this release." - Booklist

"As the mother of three boys, I'm so thankful for the wisdom packed into this book that I know will greatly benefit my boys. Kari isn't afraid to tackle our kids' toughest challenges, and she does so with extraordinary grace and profound Biblical wisdom. I wish this book had been available when I was young!" - Jeannie Cunnion, MSW, author of Parenting the Wholehearted Child

"Kari delves straight into the mind of today's teen and speaks truth into her soul. The relevant and engaging topics make 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know an ideal choice for small group discussion." - Allison Hendrix - writer, The House of Hendrix blog

"Kari presents for her readers a dynamic and challenging book. God calls each of us to be 'the best version of ourselves.' Kari presents to her readers a road map for that journey, for there can be no authentic spirituality without authentic development. Girls are reminded to see their relationship with God, themselves, and others as integral to their physical and spiritual development." - Reverend Robert J. Sullivan, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Birmingham, AL

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0529111039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0529111036
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Doe VINE VOICE on October 20, 2014
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Perfect book at the perfect time. Our daughter is going through a tough time at school – 9th grade. All of a sudden, girls have gotten so mean … really mean. Why do they do that? Is it part of coming of age? Do they make themselves feel older by attacking anything they perceive as child-like? So eager to be grown up. Either way, there comes a point when they are pretty sure you popped out of the womb as an adult and have never experienced what they are going through – as a result, they are pretty sure you don’t know what you are talking about. This book is perfect for bridging that gap. It speaks to young teen girls like a trusted friend in language they can understand. They also seem more willing to trust it since it is in writing and comes from somebody else. It is built around ten great messages. Things you really want your daughter to understand. I won’t steal the authors thunder to restating them hear, but in essence it is things that build their self-esteem, build their faith, and slow down on the boy crazy antics. Our daughter really enjoyed it (devoured it) and we have seen a real difference in her behavior. She seems more patient, stopped the desperate search for a homecoming date, and generally seems to feel better about herself. I love her with all my heart, and anything that can help her get through the teen years with less angst is awesome!
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This book is amazing in MANY ways! First, the 10 truths are great:
10.) Kindess is more important than popularity
9.) You were born to fly
8.) Today's choices set the stage for your reputation
7.) Chasing boys doesn't make you cool. It makes you a nuisance (LOVE THIS ONE!!)
6.) You weren't made to worship yourself
5.) People peak at different times in life. Trust God's plan for you
4.) Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Otherwise you'll never stick to your guns
3.) Boys are visual creatures. The clothing choices you make affect the way they see you.
2.) Pretty girls are a dime a dozen. Outer beauty attracts attention, but inner beauty is what holds it
1.) The source of all peace and happiness lives inside you. Learn to listen to the whispers of God over the megaphone of public opinion.

As you can see, these are some pretty deep, but also relevant topics for teen girls today. One thing that makes this list great is that it uses language and stories to meet girls where they are! It puts Biblical examples and scripture in an accessible and practical light for these girls. Each Chapter begins with one of the truths (descending from 10-1), and that entire chapter explains that truth, gives examples, uses scripture, and has discussion questions all pertaining to that truth. This allows each truth to be thoroughly thought about, discussed, and truly absorbed.

Another thing I LOVE about this study is that it has "Quick quizzes" that give a scenario and a few choices of different reactions. For each reaction it offers a piece of wisdom. IE "If you answered B or D, you are thinking correctly. You've put your friend over a bad hair day and the bad attitude that can result.
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This book is a quite literally a godsend. As much as we parents try to encourage our girls, steer them away from negative influences, encourage healthy relationships, and boost their self esteem, our words often fall flat. The message doesn't come out right, and our girls end up feeling misunderstood. The stakes are high, and anxiety rises. Then this book comes along like a life preserver. It's written for girls in a clear, thoughtful voice that speaks to them right where they are. Kari Kampakis has the ability to shine a laser light exactly on those tender, raw places where a girl is most vulnerable. She offers realistic and meaningful advice that helps girls navigate the pitfalls of adolescence with grace -- not just surviving the teen years, but thriving. She offers strategies for real life situations -- ways to keep the bigger picture in mind and live with integrity, rather than regret. Her guidance will help girls to quiet the noise, and listen to that still small voice inside that reminds them we were made for more than this world will often expect from us. The book is rooted in Christian wisdom, but never preachy or sanctimonious. Your girls will devour it and refer back to it over and over again. Parents -- I urge you to read it, too. There are lessons here for all of us. I only wish I had this book when I was a teen!
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We have a pre-teen daughter who has been actively involved in anti-bullying practices in and around her social circle. She has gone as far as setting up a group of friends in her school that watch for bullying and intervene by way of informing teachers, counselors, etc. This has come a long way and she sees the negative impacts that these types of situations have on people involved...the victim and the bully are both negatively impacted. I was able to get her two books on the topic, this book and another. The books both focus on helping the victim understand that they are much better than the people around them would lead them to believe. Positive reinforcement.

This book deals with all of the things that a pre-teen or a teen may be facing in their daily lives. It is a guide to help them understand that they are better then what they may be feeling. The layout of the book is interesting in that it gives you real world examples and explanations followed by questions about the topic matter. The answers to the questions can be written in the space provided in the book thus making this book a workbook of sorts towards self improvement and believing in oneself. The book does use a lot of biblical references which may not be applicable to most situations (depending on the religion one follows). However, the religious aspect of the book does not detract from the end goal.

Children have a lot to deal with these days in their social lives. Friends at school, friends on social networks, friends outside of school, etc....there are a lot of decisions they must make and giving them the right guidance through your teachings and or books like this help them along in the right direction.
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