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Add Some Happy into your Day!

Do One Thing Every Day That Makes You Happy: A Journal
by Robie Rogge and Dian G. Smith

There is a lot of negativity in the world, so everyone needs some more happiness to brighten their day! Enter this cute tiny book full of smile generators.  There are quotes. There are pictures. There are thoughts, ideas and writing prompts for journaling. There are checky boxes. There are action prompters There are questions. Go to the book preview section of the amazon listing to get an idea of the content.
This book is bright and shiny - happy even to look at! It would make a great gift for a coworker, friend, or teen.  I would recommend this to anyone who wants a little more happiness in their life. I'm sure it's meant to be gender neutral, but I would recommend for ladies and gals.
I received this book as a gift from the publisher in exhange for my honest review.

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I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to know more about the Bible, male or female, adults or teens.
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I just got the opportunity to peruse the new book BraveBeauty, written by Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker Lynn Cowell. WOW! This is a great resource for tween girls! Subtitled, "Finding the Fearless You", The publisher summed it up nicely by saying, "It's all about helping girls find confidence in God, rather than in someone, some place, or some thing,"

100 short devotionals, packed with scriptures and relatable stories. Cowell even includes quotes from the journal she kept as a tween! Solid advice for girls, and a prompter for moms to remember the feelings and struggles of the teenage years.

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I received this book as a gift from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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It has a little bit of violence, but nothing too graphic. No sex or language. I would recommend the book to any reader interested in legal suspense - male or female.

I received this book as a gift from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

The Wellness Revelation

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I love the themes woven throughout her novel:
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I received this book from the publisher as a gift in exchange for my honest review.