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I don’t know about you, but I often struggle with feelings of inadequacy. I often feel like I’m not using my talents to my full potential or I’m not doing a good enough job as a parent or a homeschool teacher. But, most often, my inadequate feelings stem from self-esteem issues and not being content with what I see when I look in the mirror. (I shared some of that in this post.) So, when I read the description of a new book called Beauty Begins, I was intrigued. After all, the tagline totally fit – making peace with your reflection.
Since I’m becoming so much better at actually finishing non-fiction books, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one.
About Beauty Begins
You are, and always have been, beautiful.
“Beauty begins. That’s the point of this book. Our understanding of beauty got started somewhere and somehow, and probably due to someone. Now that may have been a good start, but then again it may not have. But regardless of what your past looks like, we want to offer up this word of hope: it’s never too late to make peace with your reflection.”
We live in a culture that’s obsessed with beauty. Walk by any magazine stand, turn on a television, or visit the local shopping mall, and you’ll be bombarded with the images and ideals that our culture believes are the epitome of what it means to be beautiful. And if you’re like most women, you’ve probably spent countless hours trying to measure up to this standard of beauty whether you realize it or not.
But if you don’t make peace with your reflection, you’ll end up declaring war on yourself.
That’s where mother-daughter team, Chris Shook and Megan Shook Alpha, want to help. In Beauty Begins, they explore the origins of beauty (hint, it didn’t start with a fashion magazine) and challenge each of us to trade the pressure of perfection for God’s perfect love.
Poignant, relevant, and relatable, Beauty Begins is for every woman who wants to reclaim what it means to be truly beautiful.
Do you feel beautiful?
When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Others may tell you that you’re beautiful, but do you believe them? Why not? Don’t let another day go by without believing and knowing that you are fearfully and wonderfully made.
It’s time for you to exchange society’s cookie-cutter suggestions for what is beautiful and instead discover and reclaim what true beauty looks like – and the One who created it.
In Beauty Begins, Chris and Megan share with you their own experiences and struggles with appearance and body image, as well as equip you with the wisdom to distinguish what’s artificial beauty and what’s real. Filled with heartfelt encouragement, insightful challenges, and undeniable truth, after reading Beauty Begins, you’ll never look in the mirror the same way again.
About the Authors
Her daughter, Megan Shook Alpha, is a graduate of Baylor University and works as a pastor to students at Woodlands Church.
I really enjoyed – and needed – this book. It’s an easy read, and I actually read through it fairly quickly. I even took it along on a recent business trip where, ironically enough, I was feeling inadequate about my clothing and personal appearance.
Chris and Megan have shared openly and honestly about their own personal struggles regarding their appearance and how they are learning to overcome these struggles and feelings (I saw “learning” because it’s an ongoing process for all of us!)
In addition to personal stories, they share lots of Scripture verses and biblical insight that reminds you that what the world defines as beauty is not at all what God defines! It’s a nice reminder to know that, when I look in the mirror, what I see is exactly what God created – and He thinks that I am good! And, rather than comparing myself to those around me, I need to only compare myself to God. He loves me, he created me, and he is proud of me. And He feels the same about each and every women He created.
And, you know what else? We ALL struggle! I might compare myself to the tall, thin girl who has long flowing hair and feel inadequate; but, the truth is, I don’t know what she’s feeling inside or what might be making her struggle or feel like she’s not measuring up. Everyone has their own set of circumstances and feelings, and everyone feels like they don’t quite measure up, for whatever reason.
I took this picture one evening as I was reading through the book. I’m not usually a fan of The Message, but this verse really hit close to home:
I plan to share this book with my daughters and a few friends as well. But, it’s one I know I’m going to need to go back to time and time again until I get it right (if I ever get it right this side of heaven!) Goals! We need goals, right?
Every woman, regardless of age, will benefit from reading this book and being reminded where our beauty comes from. We can make peace with our reflections!
If you’d like to learn more about this book, you can visit the publisher’s website. You can purchase the book as a hardcover or an eBook. Chapter 1 is available for free download. There’s also a free Mother-Daughter Study Guide to use alongside the book.
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