Winner of the Book Give Away!

Congratulations to Chrissie!! YOU are the winner of your very own copy of Your Best You: Discovering and Developing the Strengths God Gave You!

E-mail me your snail mail address and I will pop it in the mail for you!



Book Give Away! Your Best You

Hey, hey! It's a book give-away!

To Celebrate the release of my non-fiction Your Best You I'm giving away a copy of the book!

How can you win a copy of Your Best You? Easy - leave a comment between now and March 31 and you will be entered into a draw for the book. (All names will be tossed in a hat and the winner will be drawn at random).
The more times you comment, the more chances you have to win!
The book is the product of my years in program development where I developed strength based programs for families at risk.The book is the journey of you - Your Best You - discovered, celebrated, and beloved.I hope to hear from you this month!


Star Pheonix Article

The Saskatoon newspaper, The Star Phoenix, has a wonderful article in the "Religion" section of the paper this past Saturday about the Your Best You conference for women:



Your Best You - A Conference for Women

Your Best You: A Conference for Women
Saturday, March 21, 2009 at: Louise Street Community Church
3042 Louise Street (behind Market Mall)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Doors open at 8:30 for registration.
conference : 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Cost: $60.00 (CND)
early bird until March 15 - $5.00 off.
includes catered lunch and snacks.
What is the Strength Based approach?
• Learn what makes the Strength based approach different from traditional methods of change.
• Answer questions to begin to discover your own, unique personal strengths.
• Explore your personal strengths by talking about what they mean to you, how you have used
them in the past.
Goal setting. Begin at the Beginning.
• Find out if you are ready to make some kind of change in your life.
• Learn the right way to decide what kind of change is important to you – not the one you think you
should want.
• Learn how to use your strengths to help you choose a goal that matters to you. Then, you’ll break
that goal down in to smaller doable goals. You’ll be using your strengths to help you make the
process comfortable, even enjoyable.
The Change Room
• Your strengths will help you try on new thoughts, attitudes, and behaviours.
• Drawing your map
• You’ll draw your own map which will guide you as you move toward your authentic goals, and
use your strengths to ensure success.

8:30 Registration/coffee and snacks
9:00 Main session – Introduction – what the day will look like
9:30 Main session – What is the Strength Based approach?
-finding your strengths.
10:30 Coffee break
10:45 Break away groups
- exploring your personal strengths
11:30 Main session – Goal setting
-are you ready to make a change?
- how do decide what kind of goal to set
12:30 Lunch
1:15 Main session - Using your strengths to choose a goal
- finding the doable goal
2:30 Coffee Break
2:45 Break away groups
- using your strengths to try on new thoughts, attitudes, and behaviours
3:15 Main session – Drawing your map
- retest your readiness to make a specific change
4:15 Main Session – Revisit your strengths
- add to the list – say good bye.
4:30 Dismissed
To register, call Louise Street Community Church: 306-374-4622
Or e-mail: bcg@bonniegrove.com for a registration form.



Browse through the different categories for extra couching from Bonnie Grove

Getting Support- Having someone who supports your effort to change your life is very important. In fact, research shows it is the single most important indicator for success.

It’s important to have people on your side—cheering for you, supporting you, offering you an ear when you need it. It’s how God created you. Genesis 2:18 tells us that God created us to be in community with one another—-that it’s "not good" to be alone.
You need a "suitable helper," too. Who is your suitable helper?

Let’s start at the top: God. People of faith understand that God is as close as "right here." We believe that we communicate with God through prayer, reading the Bible, and being in community with other Christians. There’s a strong understanding that God is present in the lives of His people.

With God working with you in your life, you are never alone, never facing the unknown by yourself.

It's also important to have at least one person in your life who strongly supports your decision to change. If you are married, your spouse is the best place to look for support. A person who has spousal support has a much higher success rate than a person whose spouse is un-supportive or indifferent.

But, if it is not possible to look to your spouse for support, don't give up! You can look to a close friend, or family member.

Your Best You: Discovering and Developing the Strengths God Gave You contains exercises that will help you create your own plan for developing the social support you need as you walk through the valley of change.

Share Your Strengths

Here is the place for you to share the strengths you've discovered in yourself. Use the comment section to write about, express, share, and otherwise rejoice in the joy you've found inside of you.

Honestly, this is my favorite part of the book (or of a conference) - people sharing with me, and each other, the amazing strengths God has given them. I'll be checking back often, commenting, and highlighting various unique strengths in this section of the blog!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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About the Book, Your Best You

Have you ever tried to change something about yourself but had a hard time making it stick? If so, Bonnie Grove knows how you feel. The problem, she explains, is that when it comes to self-improvement, most of us start by asking ourselves the wrong questions.

Instead of, What are my weaknesses? How can I fix them? we should be asking, What are my strengths? How can I build on them?

This book is not a one-size-fits-all approach to lifestyle change. It doesn’t offer a ten-step formula or a one-minute prayer that guarantees success in 30 days.

This book is about you. It’s about discovering and developing what you do well, what you love, and what brings you joy so you can see yourself the way God sees youand begin to truly receive His best for your life.

Unlike some self-improvement books, you won’t be asked to:
  • spend time digging around in the past
  • put your problems under a microscope
  • try and fix everything that’s “broken” in your life
  • improve on things you’re not very good at
Instead, the author gives you tools and resources to help you:
  • discover what you’re good at—not what you think you should be good at
  • develop your strengths and use them to offset your weaknesses
  • learn to recognize your true goals
  • create a personalized map to follow as you begin your journey to becoming your best you

Available March 1, 2009 at bookstores everywhere.

Pre-order/online order at: Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Tower.com