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Ready, Set ... Grow!
by Dondi Scumaci

Reviewed by Carol Kurtz Darlington

"...a dynamic resource for anyone of any age who hasn't yet reached their goals in life or business."

Are you living a fulfilling life, an inspired life? Or are you running on the wheel only to find yourself disappointed at the end of the day? Dondi Scumaci's latest book offers hope for something better. Because she is so practical, so thorough in her treatment of deliberate living, we come away with a clear understanding of what we need to change and how to change it.

Sometimes that's the hardest part - knowing what we need to change. We know we aren't living an abundant, happy life, but we don't even realize the beliefs that limit us, the past hurts we've been nursing, and the fear that we hardly notice anymore. Scumaci deals with it all, sharing examples of women's lives and how they made the changes she suggests.

It's as simple as this - when was the last time you dwelt on the best case scenario? She doesn't just tell us what not to do, but she gives us a clear plan of action to replace toxic and negative patterns with Biblical and positive ones. Scumaci’s use of Scripture grounds us on a foundation of a dynamic and grateful relationship with our Father, first and foremost. It is only then that we can truly function as we are meant to function.

Each chapter ends with a journal exercise, a set of thought provoking questions that tie in well. And as Scumaci has recommended before, mentoring is highly recommended and explained in the book. She could have easily used as an outline for the book her 11 ways you can nourish hope and develop a positive expectancy in yourself and others---teaching your children the power of gratitude, encourage the people who have encouraged you, and stop looking for what is wrong to name a few

But Ready, Set . . .Grow is also a map of how a Christian woman can get from hectic and harried to perennial hope. It's a light shining into our souls, revealing the big drain of worry that we might be so used to we have accepted it. And when we learn that “we are headed for what we are thinking about” it's a call to action giving us practical tools to harness the power of our beliefs.

This is a dynamic resource for anyone of any age who hasn't yet reached their goals in life or business. Dondi Scumaci manages to keep things moving and keep it interesting with lots of personal anecdotes. Ready, Set... Grow teaches us how to prepare, plant, and produce the life we really want rather than living by default.

Carol Kurtz Darlington is a certified personal trainer and a certified group fitness instructor who works with people who want to lose weight as well as those who just want to enjoy better health. She enjoys empowering and encouraging others to reach their health and fitness goals, feel better about themselves in the process, and enjoy more energy to stay active in all areas of their lives. She is the founder of Totally Fit With Carol, a Christian weight loss website featuring workout videos, health tips, exercise advice, and more. She loves her morning cappuccino and her beloved grand-dog. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and haunting Starbucks.