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Crew Review: 25 Truths

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Ed Douglas Publications might just be the website you never knew you were looking for if you are striving to live a happy and fulfilling life, or would love to have the perfect blueprint to hand to someone who is striving for success, or if you are looking for a devotional-type study to share with your family or group.

Ed Douglas’s book 25 Truths is a power-packed little dynamo of short and sweet “truths” to read, discuss, share and live.  This dynamic little 5×7  inspirational guide is full of  important morals and values based on Christian principles. Each concept is presented with a short and sweet “truth” followed by a little story or description from Mr. Douglas’s life experiences, a summary, and some discussion questions.  Each spans only a few pages, and is straight forward and attention grabbing. Nothing boring, flowery or condescending, making you feel as if you should go back into your hole. Instead, this little book lights a spark, motivates and leaves that “I can do this!!” feeling.

The truths are obvious. Things that we have all heard (hopefully from our parents and caregivers from the time we can first remember) that are woven into the fibers of our roots. Common sense.

But here, they are all summed up together for us to see, shake our heads up and down and say “yep, I know that’s right.”

Sadly, I know inside that everyone wasn’t given the same upbringing or opportunity to learn and understand these concepts, and for those, this might be a fresh new look at life!

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Whether these truths are a review, or a brand new outlook on life, the stories and motivation that Mr. Douglas brings to the table are personal and moving.

Protect your reputation.

Don’t be lewd, crude, or rude.

Watch what you say, do and write. (Hello Facebook!)

Be slow to judge.

Tell the truth.

$12.50 is a small price to pay for this awesome little tool to use, to share,  and to live!  Targeted age range is 6th to 12th grade , but I can really see teens and young adults wrapping their brains around it. It is also easy to include younger children in discussions!

25 Truths at Gunn Ranch Academy

When I first got this book for review, I couldn’t put it down. I sped through it like a freight train. It’s cute little size really captured my attention, as I could visualize it traveling in backpacks, little purses and living under pillows or beside tables.

I love how the layout is easy, not cluttered, with the Truth and number at the top, an inspirational quote or scripture following, then the short little story or discussion by the author following. The bold printed summary and questions help distinguish those so you can easily refer back and forth when discussing the principles without losing your place.

This was a great devotional to share with my kids in our busy summer months. My kids are 16, 13 and 7.  As homeschoolers we are used to discussions together, and everyone is usually pretty good about participating.

While I had some blank stares with the open “do you agree” and “what do you think” questions, there were many great opportunities for discussing current issues and encouraging some important character traits.

But my favorite part really is just the chance to high five those little things that don’t always get noticed. We talk a lot at our house. We discuss friends, feelings and relationships often.  I love to have an outside source to reinforce the truths we talk about so often!

I also love that the book doesn’t stop at “tell the truth, be slow to judge, and don’t be mean”. One of my favorites is “never surrender” with a quote from an old song I used to listen to years ago by Corey Hart!  And another my father used to tell me that I have stressed to my kids over and over- “practice makes perfect”.

“Set goals, write them down”,  “get as much education as possible” and “give and it will come back to you”  are some other jewels.

I love the Biblical principles interwoven with our real-life day to day living experiences. While it’s not meant to replace your Bible, it’s surely an awesome little study guide based on Christian principles.

When we finished 25 Truths I asked my kids if they could think of anything else that hadn’t been covered, and to make their own lists including those concepts plus their favorite ones from the book. I asked them to keep that list handy and when they receive their own copies of this book to use it as a bookmark. I believe every kid should have a copy of this book to take with them into life along with their Bibles.

I love that this was a tool to get them thinking of their own truths.  Some of the “truths” we found to be more advice for a succesful life, and those were great additions. Some of my kids’ truths and advice include: learn to speak in front of others, know what you are talking about before you speak, learn how to care for animals,  (and my 7 year old’s most important truth was learn how to handle a gun responsibly, LOL). Each created an amazing personalized list!!

We all agreed that the very last truth in the book “Truth Plus One”  is indeed the most important of all:  All You Need is Love.  I’m thankful and blessed that all of my kids know God is love, and my prayer is that this book will help others to understand that as well.

Wonderful resource, ten thumbs up from Gunn Ranch Academy, highly recommended, and will be used for gifts of all sorts from now on: graduation, going to college, teen birthdays, etc.

Check out my Crew Mates adventures with 25 Truths!

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Enjoy your journey,

Dr. Chris

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