“The world has a way of defining you if you don’t know who you are before you get out there.” —Candace Cameron Bure
As a woman in today’s world, you know what it’s like to feel pressure on all sides from clashing cultural expectations. How can you stay true to who God has uniquely created you to be in the face of the script you’ve been given? What’s more, how can you stand your ground with grace?
The classy confidence you know and love—whether it’s on set at Full House or Fuller House, Dancing with the Stars, The View, or Candace’s Hallmark films—is no act. But it hasn’t come easy. In fact, learning to stay true to herself with grace has been one of the biggest fights of Candace’s life.
The secret, she has learned, is kindness: it’s classy, unexpected, even counter-cultural, and ultimately wins the day.
In Kind Is the New Classy, Candace reveals the thought patterns and practices that have empowered her to stay centered in who she is while practicing radical graciousness toward others. Whether you’re navigating major life choices, questions of calling and career, relationships, or personal goals, this book will show you how to:
- Keep your cool under pressure
- Respond to criticism with grace
- Stay grounded yet go places in life
- Stay true to who you are despite the expectations of others
- Stay centered in what ultimately matters the most
Kind Is the New Classy is your permission to go off-script, to say goodbye to society’s “should’s”, and to step into a new way to flourish as a woman today.
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About the Author
Candace Cameron Bure, actress, producer, New York Times bestselling author, beloved by millions worldwide from her role as D.J. Tanner on the iconic family sitcoms Full House and Fuller House, Hallmark Channel movies, former co-host of The View, inspirational speaker, and Dancing with the Stars Season 18 finalist, is both outspoken and passionate about her family and faith. Candace continues to flourish in the entertainment industry as a role model to women of all ages. She lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and three children.
Ami McConnell is a Nashville-based writer, editor, and publishing consultant. Formerly VP and Editor-in-Chief, Howard Books/Simon & Schuster, and Senior Acquisitions Editor, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, her editing credits include many New York Times bestsellers and award winners. She lives with her family in Franklin, Tennessee.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Real Secret of Classy Women 13
1 Finding Your "Why": Kindness knows its purpose 31
2 Grace under Fire: Kindness keeps its cool even in the hot topics 55
3 Kindness, Please!: Kindness recognizes the image of God in all people 79
4 Dream Big, Pray Harder: Kindness gets ambitious for the good of others 103
5 Bad Hair Days and Bad Heart Days: Kindness practices healthy self-care 129
6 The Gift of Self-Control: Kindness takes responsibility for its choices and actions 151
7 Come On In: Kindness opens its door and life to others 167
8 Graciously Bold: Kindness steps forward in confidence for what's right 187
9 My Best Friendship Advice: Kindness works to cultivate meaningful relationships 205
10 Sending Out the Bat-Signal: Kindness starts small and trusts every action matters 231
Appendix 1 My Story 249
Appendix 2 How to Study the Bible 261
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really loved her honesty and even kindness in her writing. Sometimes books like this can leave you feeling guilty and judged. Simple, straightforward and practical steps for being more kind to others...which starts with taking care of and being kind to ourselves. Principles rooted in the Christian faith, but not preachy or condemning. A must read for people of any belief on how to spread kindness.
Kindness...Class....Being True to Yourself. These are the common themes in Candace Cameron Bure's newest, Kind is the New Classy. I received an advanced copy of this book, complimentary as a Zondervan and Harper Collins' partner. The classy confidence Candace demonstrates is an example to us all. We all have fallen in love with her strong character and morals, whether through Full/Fuller House, Dancing with the Stars, The View, or her many Hallmark Channel movies. But as a woman in today’s world, how can you stay true to yourself in a world that basically rewards those that don't? How can you stand your ground with grace? The secret Candace learned is that of "kindness". "We are so quick to lash out at those we disagree with, to get riled up about the latest hot take. But what if we decided to turn the tables to work toward a kindness culture instead?" I love how Candace brings up this question of using kindness in today's "outrage culture". One of my favorite points she brings up is this: "Can you image what the world would be like today if more of us resolved to live as kind, classy, confident women instead of women 'empowered' by the idea that the world owes us something?" An empowered woman believes she can do anything because of her own strength, courage, boldness, and drive are enough. Candace goes on to say this is 'in-powered', meaning God is within you, and that by accepting him in your life in and into your soul, that will give you the power, patience, and practice of kindness to be enough. We must get over our me-first mentality, and truly make an effort to practice kindness to ourselves and others...even in the most difficult and trying of times. "Remember that having empathy and compassion does not mean you have to agree on everything, but differences are never an excuse to be mean or dismissive for either party. Whether we disagree on politics, religion, family values, or parenting standards, we ALWAYS have the opportunity to be kind." One of my favorite chapters in this book is "My Best Friendship Advice", in which Candace discusses how kindness helps to cultivate meaningful relationships. Sometimes this means 'pruning' your life and people that may not be the best for you, and how to gracefully disagree with and still love people that have different values. This is a chapter EVERYONE in today's society that feels the need to protest, disagree with, or be offended by everything should read and learn from. Not only does it stress having healthy relationships, but also the importance of investing in them and making time for those people. Kindness is practicing 'grace under fire', it is 'finding your WHY', it is recognizing the goodness in others (even why they aren't showing it best), it is practicing 'healthy self-care', and it is opening the door and life to others. Most of all, kindness is growing together and toward changing our world from the inside out. This book is a great read for all ages of women, and will truly help you to understand what true empowerment (or 'in-powerment') is. Kind is the new classy, and with Candace leading this movement, I'll march by her side with confidence and courage any day.
Love this book! Already read it twice! It will be good to refer back to often. I love the stories from her life that she uses as examples of kindness.