I wrote this book to encourage teachers who WANT to stay positive and keep a good attitude, but struggle because of the random, endless list of stuff that just seems to pop up everyday, all day long in school. Awakened provides specific actionable steps you can take to change your perspective and response to stressful situations. Though this is not written just for Christian teachers, each suggestion is based on biblically-sound principles. My intention is that people who don't know the Lord will gain solid, common-sense, practical advice, and believers will recognize tips that reinforce their faith. Here's more info from the back cover copy:
Do the never-ending pressures of teaching drain you emotionally? Is a lack of support and resources stealing your enthusiasm? Are the small daily hassles adding up and overwhelming you?
Effective teaching requires serious mental fortitude. Awakened will empower you to develop the resilient, flexible, positive mindset you need to:
- Consciously challenge the negative thoughts that discourage you
- Build your tolerance for frustration so you become less ‘disturbable’
- Live beyond your feelings to stay motivated when you don’t see results
- Change your perception of setbacks so they feel less stressful
- Let go of unrealistic expectations, standards, and comparisons
- Realize a sense of accomplishment in a job that’s truly never done
Awakened provides simple steps to help you feel peaceful and energized no matter what’s happening around you. Drawing upon principles of stress management, cognitive behavioral therapy, spiritual truths, and personal experiences, Awakened helps you develop thought habits that produce an unshakeable sense of contentment, motivation, and purpose. Learn how to renew your mind and take a fresh approach to the challenges of teaching!
The book is available in paperback and eBook editions (including versions for Kindle, Nook, and other eReaders.) All the info you need for purchasing is on the Awakened page of my website.
My husband and I are off to Costa Rica this week to celebrate our anniversary and relax together. I hope you all are enjoying the rest of your summer! May your hearts, minds, and bodies be refreshed and prepared for the amazing work God has ahead of you in the fall.