November 20So Screwed Up
Do you ever come across something so stupid it’s hard to believe it’s real? That’s how I felt about the Huffington Post article I happened upon when researching if my kids’ healthcare would be affected by Obamacare. Seriously, it’s a little hard to believe that any advertising agency would do this (see the pic below). Are we really endorsing casual sex and binge drinking (see link to Huffington Post) as worthy [...]
October 16It’s a Brain Thing
No one is born profoundly wise. I bet you knew that. Despite the “learning curve” of figuring out life, there’s another real reason why young people struggle with making good choices… in part, it’s a brain thing. If you’re younger than about 25 years old, you’re making daily decisions based on an undeveloped part of your brain called the prefrontal cortex. It’s right up in front, under your forehead, and [...]
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Sarah Siegand’s Story
My life began under pretty ordinary circumstances. Second born into a middle-class family, eventually becoming the middle child. My parents had only been married a few years but things were going south fast. Our home was a violent and broken place. When I was in first grade my brothers and I were taken from our home and placed in foster care. My mom fought to get us back, and she did, but dad would never be part of the picture again...
Sarah Siegand comforts, prays, mentors and leads with morality and integrity. Over the years Sarah taught excellent lessons to our Young people and Women’s Ministry, including loving people with extremely challenging family situations. In fact she may be the best speaker we have ever had. She is a tremendously bright woman with enormous personality and creativity. Her character and disposition is excellent and she has made quality choices with her life. In a nut shell, Sarah Seigand is a woman with moral fiber and is made up of quality character. I have no reservations in strongly recommending her to speak at any function or event. — Dr. Joe Hernandez, Pastor, Gateway Church, Martinez, CA
In Smart Girl, Stupid World Sarah Siegand challenges young women to look at the decisions they are making now and to realize these decisions could set the course for their entire life. It is an engaging read, full of gripping stories, along with godly wisdom and insight on how to live right. After years in pastoral and college ministry, I have seen first-hand how wrong choices have affected young women, and this book gives straight answers to many questions a young woman might face. Sarah has been a constant woman of encouragement and counsel in my own life, so I am excited that women around the globe will benefit from her words. Be a SMART GIRL! — Janell Martin, Living Way Foursquare Church co-pastor, Seattle WA
After becoming pregnant at 20, I got married and within two and a half years my child and I were abandoned and forsaken. Sarah Siegand opened her home to me and my child, and I had the extreme privilege of learning many of the principles in this book from her first-hand. Today the Lord has redeemed my life beyond what I could have imagined. I am re-married to a wonderful husband and father and am beginning my nursing career. For those who will listen, Godly wisdom will transform your life! — Mary, wife and mother
Smart Girl, Stupid World is a necessary and compelling book for any young woman who wants to understand how God’s Word applies to everyday life in a modern world. Sarah’s down-to-earth writing style, real-life examples and insightful perspective make it relevant and easy to read. It’s also convicting, but Sarah’s compassionate heart and focus on the goodness of God’s ways draw the reader to seriously consider the consequences of a life lived from godly wisdom or a life lived from worldly stupidity. Girls who heed its urgent message will begin adulthood with a spiritually mature advantage, avoiding emotional and physical pain that take many older women years to work through. — Joanne Chantelau, Writer/Blogger
One of my favorite things about Smart Girl, Stupid World is that it lets us in on a little known secret…We have a choice! A choice to GET SMART! An option to stand up and shout to this stupid world that we will not take it anymore. There are so many times we feel helpless, but when it comes to the trajectory of our lives we can make a difference.
Sarah Siegand’s stories are gripping and raw. She lays it all out there. If you are ready for honest, up-front, vulnerable truth, then look no further. Sarah writes with compassion and conviction. She feels the pain of a generation of girls who feel unloved, worthless, abused, trapped and forgotten. She speaks directly to the heart of every girl who feels like her life is going nowhere, fast! — Angela Detweiler, College Sophomore