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I Am Strong! I Am Smart!

Book Review: I Am Strong! I Am Smart! by Fay A. Klingler

In an age where google is the authority and the idea of social acceptance has seemingly no ceiling. Where bullying can happen well into adulthood. And when being “liked” can be seen as the mark of success to feed insatiable desires for self confidence, what a relief it is to have a book that offers sound principles to build true and inner confidence on.

I Am Strong I Am Smart ReviewAs a child I wish I would have had this book to navigate all the bullying I encountered and other difficult situations I couldn’t understand, nor had an advocate to help me with. We would all like to believe that family is enough, but unfortunately we live in a world where surrogates are necessary for filling extended, and even immediate, family holes and roles. I would have cherished this book as a child.

As a mother I am deeply grateful to have this book for my children.

The wise and knowing voice of our grandmas (and grandpas) is often marginally heard or accepted in this busy and often frenetic culture we have created for ourselves. This book brings a pause into my home that offers something we didn’t have before. Its message is almost as good as having Grandma over. (Maybe even better because there is no dysfunction within its pages!)

Thank you Lu and Grandma May for sharing true and essentially enlightening lessons in such a simply delightful and full circle way. You can find their story in Christian books stores and at Amazon.

Fay A. Klingler, author and illustrator, is an award-winning creative and technical writer, as well as a sought-after motivational speaker for women’s groups. Her expertise includes successful patterns for life, betrayal recovery, and effective grandparenting. Her previous publications include We Are Strong! Mothers and Daughters Stand Together; A Woman’s Power: Threads that Bind Us to God; Shattered: Six Steps from Betrayal to Recovery; Daughters of God, You Have What It Takes; The LDS Grandparents’ Idea Book; My Magnificent Mountain; The Complete Guide to Woman’s Time; Our New Baby; and A Mother’s Journal.

The Klinglers have twelve children and thirty-five grandchildren in their blended family. They reside in Draper, Utah.

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  • Cambendy March 22, 2014, 8:21 am

    This looks like a nice book for my niece.

  • Amy Lockhart March 22, 2014, 8:27 am

    My girls certainly enjoy it and my 13 year old son even said, “That’s a nice book mom. I am glad you got it.”

    Thanks for reading!

  • Sarah March 23, 2014, 8:24 am

    :D Briana, the illustrator, is one of my best friends from high school!! She’s so talented! And the woman who wrote the book is an amazing lady. Love this! =)

  • Amy Lockhart March 23, 2014, 10:52 am

    Thank you Sarah. I especially enjoyed the illustration of Lu’s hand rested tenderly on Grandma May’s. Your friend is amazingly talented and captured the sweetness of that moments, along with others, perfectly!

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