What Do You Do When Your Dream is Bigger Than You?

Children - Coming of Age
168 Pages
Reviewed on 01/28/2019
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Author Biography

Kirstin Leigh grew up in a tiny town in Kentucky, where she had LOTS of time to dream big. Kirstin got a job when she was twelve years old and told everyone she was saving her money to move to New York City. Which is exactly what she did. Kirstin’s written countless articles for national publications and for International author and life coach, Tim Storey’s SUPERificKIDS’s site. She’s sings at churches, ceremonies, special events, toured with a top 40 band, and recorded her first CD with Grammy Award Winner, Tim Miner. Kirstin’s best-selling book for adults and teens, “Change Your Story,” is available on Amazon. Her new song, “Changed My Story,” recorded with Grammy Award Winner, Brian Yaskulka, is available everywhere music is heard and sold. BELIEVE is the first book in the Kristi Kate series. To find out more, please visit:

    Book Review

Reviewed by Sarah Scheele for Readers' Favorite

Believe: What Do You Do When Your Dream is Bigger Than You? by Kirstin Leigh is a Christian middle-grade story about a 12-year-old girl named Kristi Kate who wants more than anything to be a big star. Songs just come to her. She lives to perform. And she’s super-excited about the premiere at her school of a musical that she wrote! But everything is ruined when her father’s plane crashes in a tiny town in Alabama. Kristi is beyond devastated, but when she starts to make new friends in the town, it isn’t long before she realizes maybe all this happened for a reason. There’s a church that needs to be revitalized. Does God have a special plan for her in this place?

Believe took me on a charming journey with a young girl who has so much to offer the world and, at the same time, so much to learn. If you just can’t resist a feel-good, small town story with a great message, this book is picture-perfect. Kirstin Leigh creates some complex characters with real flaws, real relationships, and real growth journeys that—often literally—sing off the page and straight into your heart. There are authentic disappointments and achievements, such as Kristi’s struggle to get her father to accept her dreams and her hard work pulling all the kids in the town together for a big show. Kristi is a strong main character. She splashes across the page like a shiny ribbon of optimism and she comes to understand that God’s plan is driving her life and her dreams in a relatable way. A well-written book sprinkled with songs and “God ideas” that will encourage girls to unlock their potential and grow their faith.

Tammy Holt Mason

This book has such a good message. "Believe" tells the adventurous story of a Big Dreamer, in a little body - Kristi Kate! She's not just a dreamer; she has the gumption and courage to make her dreams a reality. When faced with what others would see as a road block, Kristi Kate listens to that inner voice that tells her she CAN and she turns her dreams into reality (with some help from some interesting characters). If you have a dreamer (or ARE a dreamer) who could use a little inspiration, this is just the book you need! I can't wait for the next book in the Kristi Kate series! Kristi Kate is a sparkling light with a spirit that can't be snuffed out!

Nylsa Dunbar

What a great story of inspiration, perseverance and friendship! I loved this story, filled with encouragement, new friendships, challenges and enthusiasm! This is a great read for young girls, it will encourage them to pursue their dreams even when things don't seem to go their way, keep your eye on the prize and keep an open mind! Loved it!

Amazon Customer

I am a 5th grade teacher and I read this before recommending it to my girls. I really enjoyed it and my girls LOVE it!! Great message!!!

Maya's Book Nook

“Because you can't play on both sides. Faith, confidence in what you hope for and assurance of what you can't see. I choose faith.” Believe by Kirstin Leigh is the first book in the Kristi Kate middle grade series. I really enjoyed this book and feel its perfect for tweens to help them realize they should never give up on their dreams and to not be embarrassed by their belief in God. I'm interested to see what adventures Kristi Kate will take on in the next book.

J. Dornbush

Kristi Kate stole my heart in this high energy and highly positive adventure! Believe is so much more than just a story, it's an inspiration to live out our lives with purpose and meaning and most of all joy! Uplifting! Delightful! Girly in all the right ways, but not fluffy or vacuous.. A great book for middle readers to add to your bookshelf! A perfect gift for all those seasons of a child's life when you want to instill joy, belonging, community, and purpose!

Amazon Customer

The adventurous, precocious, and ever so talented Kristi Kate captures your attention within minutes. Her child like spirit combined with her intuition, maturity, and sense of self, will have you soaring through the pages. Believe is a must read with strong values for young girls!

Amazon Customer

Fun book! It is not just for 8-12 year olds. I am an adult and enjoyed every minute of reading it. Twelve year old Kristi Kate and her friend Traci could have been my best friends.They are fun, adventurous, thoughtful,and determined to find a way when there is no apparent way,creating an inspiring message for all. This book is a treasure!