Ignite the Light - Empowering Children and Adults to be Their Absolute Best is a book written by Vicki Savini. Savini has been motivating both children and adults to be their absolute best for the past 20 years. Savini is a public school teacher, a parent, and a speaker who empowers individuals to believe in themselves and live their truth. On the back cover of Ignite the Light, it says that "this book will give you the tools to educate, enlighten, and empower our children to see that they are perfect just as they are."
I tend to read non-fiction books at a slower pace than I read fiction books. It is not that I enjoy fiction books more than I enjoy non-fiction books. I just find while reading non-fiction books I really internalize and think about each part of the book. This was exactly the case while reading Ignite the Light, by Vicki Savini. I read Ignite the Light over a period of time because I really wanted to grasp the message that the author was wanting to share in her book.
I am both a parent as well as an educator, and I have worked with children in many different settings. I felt like Ignite the Light would be something that I would be able to relate to as well as be able to use as a tool when working with children. Upon finishing Ignite the Light I had a little bit of a mixed review. A part of me absolutely loved some of the beautiful passages in the book as well as Savini's life experiences she shares. Another part of me felt like there was a lot of repetition in the book amongst the different sections. I also felt the book didn't flow in a way that made the author's thoughts feel organized. Now, with that being said, I do feel like Vicki Savini offers a lot of valuable wisdom throughout her book.
Ignite the Light is broken into three parts:
Part 1:See the Light
Part 2: Ignite the Light - The 7 essentials
Part 3: Be the Light
I am fortunate to be a part of the most marvelous book club! One of my favorite parts of our book club is that throughout the discussion of our book each month, a lot of our book club members share their favorite quotes from the book. So, I thought that for this book review I would do the same thing. Believe me, I have many more parts of the book underlined that I enjoyed, and it was hard for me to choose just a few quotes to share with you today.
Without further ado, here are a few thoughts that really spoke to me while reading Ignite the Light:
On the very first page, the "Author's Note", Savini states, "I am on a journey of life just like you, and I feel truly honored that our paths have crossed." I absolutely love that statement and I can't tell you how many times I have told someone that I am so glad that our "paths have crossed" in this lifetime. I always learn something from everyone I meet, and there are so many people that I have met that have been absolute blessing in my life.
On page xvii of the introduction it says, "I love getting notes from high school seniors who remember my classroom not necessarily because of something academic that I taught, but because of how they felt there." I love, love, love this! This is absolutely how I have felt in my 9 years of teaching. I still keep in touch with some of my first 4th grade students I taught. Some are married, some have had their first child, some are finishing up college, etc. Just the fact that some of my students keep in touch with me and share their special life moments with me, it makes me feel like they truly felt important and loved while gracing me with their presence in my classroom. Honestly, as a teacher, we are the ones who are blessed on a daily basis from the sweet students that we teach.
Page 9 says, "If we truly want to teach our children effectively, we need to begin by touching their hearts before we even attempt to teach their minds." Isn't that such a powerful statement?
On page 45 Savini explains that, "Helping our children to see the light within means holding a mirror up to them and asking them to see, feel, and believe that they're important, whether the world acknowledges that or not." One of my daughters has had a difficult time with her self esteem this year. It has broken my heart to know that she doesn't see the kind, talented, and beautiful person that she is. As a mother, I want nothing more than for her to see the "bright light that shines within herself". I truly love my daughters with all of my heart.
One last paragraph that I wanted to share with you is on pg. 58 where Savini explains, "As a child, I learned that my self-esteem, self-image, and self-identity were all based on the thoughts and opinions of others." Savini then goes on to say that she "finally understood that what really mattered was how I felt about myself. To be able to look in the mirror and love the person staring back at you is so very important." She then talks about how once we are able to love ourselves, that it will be much easier to show our children how to love themselves. So very true and enlightening. How often have I tried to build my daughter's self esteem up, while at the same time I have had negative thoughts enter my mind that say I am not good enough for this, or I should be better at that? Too many times to be honest. I hope to take Savini's quote more to heart.
My Final Thoughts:
I too believe that we are all born with a brilliant light inside us. Hopefully within our lifetime we will discover what special individuals we all are. I know at times our children may feel like their light is dim and fading, while other times they may feel their light shining so brightly they could burst with joy. Ultimately, I hope that we will all see ourselves as our Lord and Savior sees us, the glorious individuals that we are.
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment and opinion of the book.
This "Ignite the Light Book Review" first appeared on my blog, Artistically Shauna, on February 2, 2015.
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