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I Create My World by Connie Bowen #BookReview

by Vidya Sury December 8, 2012 22 comments
I create my world by Connie Bowen #Bookreview #kidsbooks

“I Create My World” is a beautiful book of affirmations by Connie Bowen for ages 6 and up – and for the child in us all. The book empowers the reader, encouraging her to create their own affirmations and illustrations.

Connie Bowen is offering our readers a giveaway of three copies of her Kindle book “I Create My World,” a value of $20.97. This Kindle book is a beautiful set of affirmations for ages 6 and up – and for the child in us all.

From our reviewer, Vidya Sury:

Written and illustrated by Connie Bowen, “I Create My World; the Power of Thought to Shape Our Lives: A Book of Affirmations” is a beautiful book of affirmations that gently nudges us to use the power of thought to shape our lives. As someone familiar with the Law Of Attraction, I found myself nodding in agreement as I turned the pages. Connie reaffirms that we hold the key to our destiny and can attract the outcomes we want, leading to a life of fulfillment.

Written and illustrated by Connie Bowen, “I Create My World; the Power of Thought to Shape Our Lives: A Book of Affirmations” is a beautiful book of affirmations that gently nudges us to use the power of thought to shape our lives. As someone familiar with the Law Of Attraction, I found myself nodding in agreement as I turned the pages. Connie reaffirms that we hold the key to our destiny and can attract the outcomes we want, leading to a life of fulfillment.

The book encourages the reader to have faith in herself, urging her to acknowledge her unique talent. Reading the affirmations brought on a sense of serenity.

As soon as I downloaded the book I feasted my eyes on the brightly colored visuals and couldn’t wait to ask my 15-year-old son to join me and enjoy it together. My son is a talented artist and has been sketching from the age of three, and I knew he would love this. He did.

I had the privilege of studying in a school where we had a “values” class where we would listen to inspiring stories with a moral. We were also encouraged to narrate real life incidents and describe what we learned from them. Connie’s book is a lovely way to teach children to recognize their own strength while cultivating their sense of self-esteem, making them feel worthy. Doing this at an early age can mold a child’s belief system, steering them along the path to positivity.

Fueling the imagination

I enjoy being with children and love the way they are always brimming with ideas. Show them a picture and they will come up with their own beautiful interpretation of it. Connie’s paintings with each affirmation in her book are filled with fun characters that will inspire children to craft their own story, limited only by their imagination. Here’s a look at some pages in the book:

  • I can picture what I want to create– using visualization to make our dreams come true
  • My imagination lifts me higher– we are blessed with unlimited imagination and we can use this to manifest what we want
  • I focus on what I love– focusing on the positive, attracting love
  • I am thankful for the bounty of the universe– an attitude of gratitude and appreciation for the abundance we receive from the universe
  • In giving, I receive– experiencing the benefits of the joy of giving
  • My thoughts overflow with loving kindness– showing kindness and love and encouraging others to reciprocate the same way
  • The universe is fun, safe and loving– the world is full of love and the universe cherishes us unconditionally
  • All is well– Just saying out loud “All is well” opens up a world of possibilities
  • I hold the keys that create my world.– Our words and thoughts mold our experience
  • I follow the light of my inner joy – We were born to be joyful. Remembering that the path to joy will lead us to a fulfilling life

I grew up believing in the power of positive thought, and reading this 38 page book packed with imaginative and cheerful paintings was a treat. The affirmations accompanying each painting are just the sort I would use to create posters and put them up in the most visible spots for ongoing inspiration.

Everything about the book exudes a positive feeling.

When I asked Connie what inspired her to create this beautiful book, she said,

I painted the collection of whimsical paintings that comprise I Create My World, each with their own characters and interesting story, for a child to interpret using their unlimited imagination. I enjoyed making them, and it was fun and challenging thinking up new and interesting images. After I had collected quite a few, I put them safely under my desk and moved on to other creative pursuits. Fast forward years later when I was working with affirmations and theories of the law of attraction.

One day, on my early morning walk, I had been repeating affirmations while concentrating on picturing the life I wanted to create. Soon after, I was enjoying the warm water of my morning shower when into my mind popped the words “The paintings under your desk go with those affirmations.” I had not been thinking about those paintings, and they would still be under my desk to this day, except for those words.

The ebook “I Create My World” is the final result of pairing those paintings with affirmations that encapsulate what I’ve learned in my spiritual studies.

Connie’s creative process includes meditation and connecting with her inner guidance. She believes in staying in tune with herself, only working on something if it feels exciting and fun. To quote her, “All days are meant for joy and laughter. Follow your creative whims – they lead you not astray – for as you follow, you will be led – to still more of the truest bounty – the richest being Love.”

Connie recommends encouraging children to let their imagination run free as they enjoy each illustration in the book. Coming up with their own affirmation based on their interpretation of the image can be fun. The next step is to let them create their own affirmations and illustrations and displaying them around the home!

To the right is something my son created – he is writing a story around it!

Connie’s first book “I Believe In Me” was listed in Huffington Post’s 50 Inspiring Children’s Books with a Positive Message.

I recommend this book – and hope that the author will introduce a print version.

About Connie Bowen:

Connie began drawing at an early age, majoring in art at Washington State University. She is the author of the endearing Unity classic I Believe In Me, winner of the National Athena award for book-as-mentor in the category of spirituality. I Believe In Me was recently listed in Huffington Post’s 50 Inspiring Children’s Books With a Positive Message. Connie lives with her family in Portland, Oregon. Visit her at www.conniebowen.com.


You can purchase your own copy of I Create My World at Connie Bowen’s website . Each copy is $ 6.99 and can be downloaded via iTunes store for iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, via Amazon in Kindle Store or via Barnes & Noble for the Nook.


This is a joint giveaway with Going A-Musing and Natural Parents Network.

For your own chance to win a copy of I Create My World by Connie Bowen , enter by leaving a comment and using our Rafflecopter system below. The winner will receive 3 copies of the Kindle ebook I Create My World. Contest is open WORLDWIDE.

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_________________________ Information About Our Reviewer: AUTHOR BIO:

Vidya Sury is a happy work-at-home Mom who relishes the joy of parenting and growing up with her son. She is a freelance writer, business blogger and social media enthusiast and loves DIY, Coffee, Music, Photography, Family, Friends and Life. She believes that Happiness is a DIY Project. She blogs at www.vidyasury.com and tweets as @vidyasury


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Joy December 8, 2012 at 3:53 pm

What a beautiful book…the message, the style, the feel, the art work. I love resources that invite children to explore presence and empowerment through affirmations in creation and connection. Thank you, Vidya, for sharing this book, and thank you, Connie for creating it

After visiting Connie’s site..I love that she followed her heart in the creative process..enjoying the painting, then waiting until she was nudged to share. It might be why the “blossoms” are so beautiful..they were given ample time to grow.

Vidya Sury December 8, 2012 at 6:07 pm

It is absolutely wonderful, Joy! Connie is a beautiful person. Her paintings on Facebook are stunning. I really loved her story. You express it beautifully – about the blossoms being given time to grow! What a great visual that is, of lovingly nurturing this precious book.

Hugs! Joy!
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greg December 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm

what a great sounding book – blessings and peace and thanks so much for alerting me to the presence of the book

Vidya Sury December 8, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Dear Greg, welcome, and thanks for your comment. It is a lovely book. Please do enter the giveaway!
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Carolyn Hughes December 8, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I am the proud owner of Connie’s book and it is fabulous! All I can is that if you don’t win it, go buy it!
Thank you Vidya 🙂
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Vidya Sury December 8, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Yes! Carolyn. Reading the book was a joyous experience for me. I am thrilled you have it! Thank you! Love, Vidya
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Mayura December 8, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Hi Vidya,

This is a cool giveaway and I’m fascinated by the pictures in the book. I just love ’em. You know am a kiddo 😉 lol…

Thanks for the giveaway and I think it might be the first one on your blog 🙂

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janet December 9, 2012 at 1:35 am

hmm could have sworn i tried to enter a giveaway for this book somewhere else.. but i haven’t won it yet! would still love to win 🙂 not sure what i’d do with three copies though… though i suppose the intent is to share it along or do my own giveaway? 🙂
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vanita December 9, 2012 at 11:12 am

oh girl, you made me go to connie’s site. I spent quite some time. I love her last post on her blog about perception being everything and the El Ranchito Restaurant. I’ve had similar episodes myself. 😀 great giveaway sister and beautiful review. I am definitely entering.
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Terri Sonoda December 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Hello Vidya! Sounds like a wonderful book! I would like a chance to win. Thanks!
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My Inner Chick December 9, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Sounds beautiful. I need that book 🙂 xx

Loooooooooooooove to you, Vidya.
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Nola thompson December 9, 2012 at 7:48 pm

This book would be a wonderful addition to my library of books!Hope I’m lucky!Best to you Vidya!!

Sandra / Always Well Within December 9, 2012 at 7:06 pm

What a fabulous idea and gorgeous book! I felt uplifted reading the pages you shared here. Sharing the power of positive with our children is a wonderful step toward creating a kinder and more positive world.
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MamaTim December 10, 2012 at 9:21 am

1stly : Weeehoo Vidya babe.. TQ for the importblog – exportblog tips U gave, I’ve updated my blog with posts from the other blog. Had it not been for you, I’d lose more sleep wondering what to do! haha.. I wanna hug U sista! HUGS!!!

2ndly : Oh the illustrations in the book are really gorgeous, definitely will attract any child to it. thanx for sharing this. The book’s as wonderful as you and reading it would be as wonderful as discovering you – full of kindness and awesome surprises.. Take care dear..
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Betsy /Zen Mama December 11, 2012 at 1:31 am

Heading over to Connie’s site. What a beautiful book! I would love a chance to win and use at my preschool!
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Barbara Storey December 13, 2012 at 5:58 pm

This looks like a beautiful book, both the affirmations and the art! I would love to own it! Thanks for this giveaway! 🙂
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Vidya Sury December 13, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Thank you, Barbara! 🙂 Indeed it is a wonderful book!

Lori Gosselin December 13, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Hi Vidya! This looks like a beautiful book for children! All those wonderful affirmations and pictures to go with them! This is the message I tried to give to my kids. It’t nice to know that by the time my grandchildren arrive there will be books like this available!
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Vidya Sury December 13, 2012 at 6:47 pm

It is, Lori! In fact, I am in love with Connie’s paintings which she regularly posts on Facebook! I believe in affirmations as I have experienced the transformative power. My son is a big believer too! 🙂 So happy you came by!

Barbara Storey January 4, 2013 at 12:24 am

I just got an e-mail from Natural Parenting saying I had won one of these e-books! YAY!
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Vidya Sury January 4, 2013 at 5:33 am

Wow! That’s lovely, Barbara! Congratulations! You’re going to love the book. Enjoy it! Hugs and happy 2013 to you!
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Barbara Storey January 4, 2013 at 5:51 am

And Happy 2013 to you, too! It was a lovely surprise, and I look forward to reading it. Thanks for doing this giveaway! *hugs*
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