Friday, January 11

Make It Happen Book Review


About the Book
Title: Make It Happen: A Guide to Happiness for LDS Singles
Author: Kylee Shields
Release Date: October 2012
Publisher: Walnut Springs Press
Genre: LDS Self Help
Book Description:
Do you know what it means to be a kigatsuku person? Are you currently in a “hurricane” relationship or a “bridge” relationship? Do you know what it takes to be “righteous in the dark”? Have you struggled to find your place in the world as an LDS single? Do you feel like a misfit or a menace—like a circle trying to fit into a square?
If so, you’re not alone. It used to be an anomaly to be twenty-one and single in the LDS culture, but now there are entire stakes filled with single adults. In this book, author Kylee Shields explains how you can make the most of your single life, even if your current situation isn’t what you expected.
Make It Happen is a collection of principles, blog entries, stories, and conversations had on couches, floors, kitchen tables, and at many single-adult gatherings. It is filled with practical ways to make changes in your life, find hope, increase faith, strengthen relationships, and build the kingdom
Author Bio:
“My name is Kylee and I am passionate about life. I am the oldest of 8 children and have the most amazing parents ever. I have one adorable niece and one adorable & squishy nephew. I grew up in Oregon, moved my senior year of high school to Utah, then moved to San Diego, Boston, and currently live in Arizona.
I went to BYU and got my BA in English (creative writing/Editing) and a minor in Linguistics. I love words and writing! There is something very powerful in putting words together and expressing human emotions. I love poetry, reading great novels, blogging, etc. I have an old typewriter I adore and like to type out letters now and again and seal them with wax. I am an author and avid reader. I love learning new words and can trace that back to my mom who has the most amazing vocabulary.
I also attended ASU and got my Masters in Social Work (emphasis in child & family therapy). I have always been drawn to the "punk kids" and absolutely love my job. I work as a Shadow (family therapist) at The Anasazi Foundation. I get to do therapy with amazing adolescents out in the deserts of Arizona. My office is on the trail and I get to throw rocks, hear hearts, and get to know some incredible kids from all over. Not bad for a day job!
When I am not with my family, hanging out with my friends, or working I absolutely love to travel. I have been to Egypt, Ghana, Italy, Mexico, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, and almost all 50 of the states. I love music--singing, writing songs, playing the piano, and listening to other musicians. I co founded a Musical Fireside group that is in the process of becoming a non-profit. I have loved watching INSPIRE: music. service.hope grow and touch the hearts of those who hear us sing.
I am a huge Avengers fan (Captain America), I like straws, bridges, swinging on swings, and trains.
I love God and try to recognize His presence in my life. For Him I am indebted for my many blessings and tender mercies. All that I have and am is because of Him.”

My Review:

I love that my family is so large, yet we are all so close to each other.  It is amazing to see the great things that they do.  One of these moments, is when you read your cousins book and you realize that she is an author.  My cousins Kylee Shields is an author, who wrote a book.  I read the book and I loved it!  She gives great examples, experiences and stories of her life and what she has done to make the most of it. 

Each chapter starts with an awesome quote or scripture.  It gives the reader a good beginning for what that chapter is about.  Although I am not single (but remember, I didn't get married until I was 26, and in the Mormon world, some may say that is old!) I learned a lot from this book and came to the conclusion that there are always areas where I can improve and become a better person, friend, husband and father. 

Kylee is not afraid to put herself out there and share all of her experiences, good or bad.  She tells about what she learns and what she can do to become a better person.  Her positive attitude radiates through her words on each page and you can tell that she is a happy, motivated and positive person who is always looking for the best. 

Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of the book and give it a read.  As you read you will have a motivating and exciting experience where you will want set some goals and get to work at becoming a better person in your everyday life, whether you are single, married, widowed or divorced.  Read it, you won't regret it! 
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As part of the tour, Kylee is offering 4 amazing giveaways!! These include a $25 gift card to Amazon, a $25 gift card to Target, and a hard copy and ebook copy of the book.

To enter to win these prizes, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form provided below. 
  • Open from January 8 to January 31.
  • Must be 13+ years of age to enter

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Good luck and thanks for participating!  Go pick up the book and give it a read today!


Lexie@BookBug said...

Thanks so much for being part of the tour and for the awesome review!

Marcus Lane said...

Any time Lexie!!

Kylee said...

thanks for the great review!

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