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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Review ,Tour and Giveaway Details: The Me Project: 21 Days to Living the Life 
You’ve Always Wanted by Kathi Lipp

The Me Project: 21 Days to Living the Life You've Always WantedI know from experience that Kathi's books are life-altering in a very real, very good way!  Kathi Lipp, author of The Husband Project and The Marriage Project, has brought us a brand new book in her "Project" books: The Me Project: 21 Days to Living the Life You've Always Wanted.  In her book, she admits that it is the most personal of the books she has written, and it is easy to see why.  She shares her dreams and how she is working towards making them a reality.

She encourages us to document our dreams and then helps us to get going in a direction that will begin making some of them happen. 

The Me Project reminds me a little of the movie The Bucket List, where a dying man has a list of things he wants to do before he dies, and together with friends, he tries to accomplish them.  While certainly not as morbid, and definitely more upbeat and empowering, Kathi has us make our own list, but it is a list of dreams you want for the next 50 years.  She then walks us through the project aspect of the book and helps us to get going down the path to actually making a dream come true.  The book is filled with plenty of real-life examples and stories that really make an impact and bring to life what she is saying.

Kathi writes in an open and honest style that makes looking at goals and relationships much easier.  Additionally, there is no right or wrong with Kathi - she makes a point to say that she doesn't believe in telling people that because she was able to do it, you need to follow her and do it her way, instead, she shows how important it is to embrace the steps you take to make your dream a reality, even if it means making yourself less than comfortable and taking a risk. 

I highly recommend Kathi's newest book, along with her past books.  She is giving us the tools to make our dreams come true.

The Me Project - 21 Days to Living the Life You’ve Always Wanted
by Kathi Lipp

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (Feb 1, 2011) ~ 224 pages
Non-Fiction /

Edition Reviewed: Paperback - Review copy received courtesy of the publisher, many thanks to both the author and the publisher for sending me a copy to review for this Kathy Carlton Willis Communications Blog Tour!

About the Book:
(San Jose, CA) Has that rush to make (and break) New Year’s resolutions already waned? According to Daniel Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, taking small steps every day will not only help you stay committed to your goal, but will also help you ultimately achieve that goal when obstacles come up. Author Kathi Lipp wants you and your friends to live out those dreams—and have some fun along the way.

As women, we forget the goals and dreams of our younger years. The busyness of everyday life gets in the way. To-do lists replace goals. The Me Project provides women with fun and creative ways to bring back the sense of purpose and vitality that comes with living out the plans and dreams God has planted in our hearts. Kathi Lipp’s warm tone and laugh-out-loud humor motivates women to take daily steps toward intentional goals. The end result? We get back our lives and enjoy living in the confidence of a purposeful life in spite of our chaotic schedules.

This handy guide coaches women to do one simple thing toward achieving our goals each day for three weeks. A woman experiencing the exhilaration of a rediscovered life offers more as a wife, mother, friend, volunteer, career woman.

Finding the balance between living day-to-day with purpose while pursuing the passions God has placed in our hearts is a delicate pursuit. In this refreshing, insightful book, Kathi lays out a doable plan that makes sense and helps make our God-given dreams a reality. Never stop dreaming, because women who dare to dream do make the world a better place.
—Jean Blackmer
author of MomSense: A Common Sense Guide to Confident Mothering
Publishing Manager, MOPS International www.MOPS.org

Three Super-Simple Kick Start Living Your Dreams in the next 15 minutes by Kathi Lipp
Is there a dream that God has given you, but you are waiting until the kids are grown and you have money in the bank before you get started?
You may not be able to enroll in a month long pastry making class or take a week off of work to get started on your novel, but today you can take three little baby steps to making your dream a day-to-day reality.

1. Go Public with It
It’s a little scary to tell the world what you want to do when you grow up—but this is one little step could get you closer to living your dream than almost any other. Plus—it takes very little time and you don’t have to raid your kid’s college fund to make it happen.

When you gather up all your courage and tell your best friend, “I want to learn how to paint,” suddenly she remembers an old art book she has laying around she would love to give you, or her friend from church who teaches art classes. The people you know and love want to be a resource. Give them the privilege of being a part of making your dream happen.

2. Join an Online Group
This is one of the simplest—and cheapest—ways to start exploring your passion. Find out who else is talking about restoring antiques and listen to their conversation. Start by Googling your interest along with the term “online groups.” You will be amazed with the number of people who want to talk about the proper way to care for 1950’s lunchboxes as much as you do.

3. Don’t be Afraid to Pray
I remember the first time I put an offer in on a house—I wanted it more than I had wanted almost anything else in my life. While I knew that I had dozens of other people praying on my behalf, I was too scared to pray.

I didn’t want God to tell me no. I was afraid to pray until my co-worker Kim asked me (in a loving, kind way), why I didn’t believe that God wanted His best for me. Don’t be afraid to pray—as with anything amazing in my life, the path is never what I expected, but it has always been obvious that God’s hand has been on it the whole way.
Copyright © 2011 by Kathi Lipp. All rights reserved.

About the Author:
Kathi Lipp is a busy conference and retreat speaker, currently speaking each year to thousands of women throughout the United States. She is the author of The Husband Project and The Marriage Project, serves as food writer for Nickelodeon, and has had articles published in several magazines, including Today’s Christian Woman and Discipleship Journal. Kathi and her husband, Roger, live in California and are the parents of four teenagers and young adults. For more information visit her website: www.kathilipp.com

Giveaway Details:
Leave a comment now through March 4th, 2011 and get a chance to win the Grand Prize Giveaway for The Me Project Blog Tour!  One person from each participating blog will be chosen to be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing that will be held March 7th.

Grand Prize Giveaway:Deluxe Starbucks Coffee Gift Basket

* Three 2.5-oz. bags of Starbucks coffee
(Sumatra, House Blend, and French Roast)
* Tazo black tea
* Starbucks marshmallow cocoa
* Almond roca
* Almond roca buttercrunch toffee cookies
* White chocolate and raspberry cookies
* 2 Starbucks mugs
* Keepsake black bamboo basket

$62 value

* Disclosure: I am an Amazon Associate


Anonymous said...

This book looks really interesting. I may need to get a copy of it...I so need some revamping!!!

Anonymous said...

I think there's something to the whole "going public with it". We don't like to disappoint people who are cheering us on and I think when we admit we're doing something we want to "save face" and follow through with it. However, I've often had to deal with negative comments, like "You can't do that." or "How are you going to do that" (they say cynically). So, I really, really have to be confident in my decision and my ability before I breathe a word!

Kathi Lipp said...

Wendi - I love reading your reviews - of any books but especially mine. (I know - selfish much...) Thank you for featuring THE ME PROJECT. You are a huge blessing to readers - and to me.

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