As I continue featuring books for this month dedicated to women, I realize that I have been lucky in the influences I had growing up. My family provided me all I might need to step into power!
While I did wonder why women never did certain things, my parents gave me the freedom to be me; to be the individual I was, without remarking that I had do this or that or could not/should not do this or that because I was a girl! And that was (and still is) the most wonderful gift they gave me.
I truly had the best mentors and cheerleaders ever in my parents! Mom still is and dad was as well until he passed away just a few months ago. I miss him but his love for me and pride in me motivates me to keep being the best me I can.
Today’s featured book is kind of like a portable mentor and cheerleader you can take along with you!
Step Into Your Power: 23 lessons on how to live your best life
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Step Into Your Power
23 lessons on how to live your best life
by Jamia Wilson
Quarto Publishing Group – Wide Eyed Editions
Pub Date 05 Mar 2019
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From the team who brought you Young Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present comes a brightly illustrated follow-up guide that will teach you to harness your own power to achieve greatness.
Listen up little sister! You’ve heard about heroes and read about the greats, but how do you actually get there yourself? This book shows you how to make your big dreams a big reality. Learn from the lived experience of author Jamia Wilson and illustrator Andrea Pippins as they mentor you through growing up in the modern world, and teach you how to STEP INTO YOUR POWER.
“Slay your fear!” “You’ve got this!” “Take heart and trust your gut!” In this friendly guide, “big sister” Jamia Wilson helps you achieve your dreams and know your rights with caring advice and actions you can take and make your very own. Explore what it means to know and trust your insights and capabilities with stories, images, activities, resources, and action prompts that you can interact with on your own time and, most importantly, on your terms.
Unlock your power and be yourself—you may just change the world!
This book makes empowering yourself fun – with the right combination of language that does not preach or speak down to the reader and illustrations that pop out of the page with bright colors that appeal to the all.
Imagine having your personal mentor and cheerleader with you always. You can, with ‘Step Into Your Power‘!
Empowering you, the reader, to be the best You through exercises, action-plans, and stories to encourage and inspire, this book has it all.
For example, it talks about learning to speak up. And I love how the book goes into teaching the right way to speak up – to arm yourself with facts and discuss your opinions on things; to understand that it is ok to disagree with the people around you but to learn to do it the right way too.
Side-note: This reminds me of the times I tell my kids to learn the difference between speaking up and talking back! I am sure they disagree with me on this but that is ok 🙂 We are all learning together to bridge that gap!
Elsewhere, it teaches to say No, and teaches this again in wonderful ways (like saying no to bad habits, among other similar examples!)
The book also explores making your own path when you feel like you don’t fit in. Jamia teaches through her words of wisdom to learn to appreciate yourself – be the shining outlier, not the outcast.
These are just a few of the ways, each one simple but easily actionable, that Jamia teaches you – the reader – to Step Into Your Power. Andrea Pippin’s pop-out-of-the-page illustrations and bright backdrops are the perfect partner to Jamia’s words.
While this book can work for any age-group, I think it can have a lot of impact on 9 to 13 year olds. As a mom to a just-turned-teen-girl, I try to impart many of these lessons to my daughter, and this book is definitely going to help make it so much easier!
Giftable? Yes, totally. So ahead and buy ‘Step Into Your Power‘ for yourself or for that person who will love it.
Reading Level: 9 to 13 years (and above as well!)
Disclaimer: Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the eARC of this book. The opinions expressed are my honest thoughts as I read the book.
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51 thoughts on “23 Lessons on How to Step Into Power”
It sounds like a great and empowering book for teens! I’ll have to check it out!
thank you, it definitely is perfect for teens.. a book i know i will use for my own teen
I love EVERYTHING about this! I like this twenty million times. Excellent post, that looks like an excellent book teaching an excellent lesson!!
🙂 your comment made me smile Christina, a twenty million times over.. thank you
I adore this!
Not a book person but I think this one is a good read. Thanks for sharing.
It definitely is!
This book will be so rewarding to so many individuals especially since it teaches it readers how to respectfully set boundaries and speak up for themselves
thank you Jess. i truly enjoyed that aspect of the book..
I will suggest this to my pal, who has a girl of that age.
thanks Roy! I am having my girl read it as well
This sounds so adorable. And I would love to give this a try.
thanks Gayathri.. you should!
Nice review. It sounds a very poignant and helpful book.
thanks Stacey.. it is definitely helpful
I’m pretty sure this book can be for us adults, too. Aside from being able to stand up and speak up, we also need to do it in a way that is also respectful of others.
yes, I know I found many things useful too, for me as an adult, and also to help understand my teen’s point of view (she has to yet read this book but this gave me a better perspective of today’s teen!)
Not really too much of a bookworm but would really love to read this one.
thanks Surekha. this is an empowering read indeed
Thank you for your review on the book. I might consider reading it.
I generally prefer novels but when a book is well written and contains good life tips I like essays too. Before I suggest it to young people I know, I wish I can read it myself
thanks Sabrina. I am a fiction lover as well but of late, I have tried to start reading more non-fiction as well and children’s non-fiction is one good place to start..
Wow, first time hearing about this empowerment book for teens. Sounds like it’ll be an incredibly rewarding read.
it is rewarding, yes!
This sounds like a wonderful book! I love how you explain that the book isn’t preachy, that always seems to be a big turn-off for people.
Thanks Autumn.. I know what you are talking about – I have read books like that as well and never got around to finishing those.. this one, however, does the teaching so well.
This is the first I’ve heard of Step into Your Power, so thanks for sharing. I also enjoyed reading your review of Brilliant Ideas From Wonderful Women. I really hope they fix the typing errors you mentioned in the e-ARC as this would be a great addition to our library. Have a wonderful reading week, Vidya!
thank you Shaye.. for reading both those reviews:)
This is very timely! My teenage cousin will celebrate her birthday soon. I think this will be a great gift for her.
Thank you Karla.. i think so
I love books that give you that perfect boost of confidence you need. We often find we had what it took all along.
Joanna, this book is just that – that mentor that helps you find yourself and get that strength to pursue dreams and goals
Sounds like a very good book for kids, I am sure my son would love to read this book
Thanks Melissa.. this book will be helpful for everyone
Sounds like a great book with good advice. I will recommend.
thanks Joanne for sharing my blog post/pin 🙂
interesting reads might need to look into this some more! Thanks for sharing.
thank you Tanya!
This book sounds really good and definitely, it is perfect for teenagers. It would also be a good gift for the kids. Thanks for sharing your review.
Thanks Elizabeth.. yes, this is definitely giftable!
Absolutely love the premise of this book. I might have to to preview it for my two girls.
🙂 am sure you will enjoy reading it, Liz
It actually sounds like a great read. I am happy that you pointed out that particular age group because it is a very impressionable time in children’s lives.
thanks John, it is.. And as I was reading it, I realized the positive impact it can have on kids my daughter’s age..
Jamia Wilson sounds like a fabulous writer and I am sure my young niece would appreciate a book like this. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and a wonderfully detailed review 🙂
This books sounds really interesting and different from a lot of self-help type books I’ve read. I’m gonna check it out, thanks for sharing! xo, Brittany Nicole | http://www.theblistblog.com
Now I know which book I should buy for my sister. Thanks for this amazing tip!
I have a long road trip coming up and will add this to my list of potential reads. Thank you Vidya!
🙂 a pick-me-up read