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The hook at the beginning of the summary of Kim Meeder's book , Fierce Beauty, was what drew me in when I selected it to review for Multnomah. "True beauty is not about how you look but how you live."
There were many segments in this book that brought tears to my eyes, if I wasn't already full on crying. Kim is so honest and open in her writing. She also has an incredible talent of painting such a vivid picture in her descriptions. So often I felt like I was right there with her. Without any pretense or sugar coating, she gets right to the heart of every lesson. Her illustrations and comparisons are truly inspired by God and cut straight to the quick.
The book is divided into three segments: The Problem, The King and The Warrior. Each segment has five or six chapters that provide real life stories and examples that delve deeper into God's purpose for our lives, as women of faith. This world tells us that we can only be beautiful if we meet the standards that are set by the media, flashing at us on billboards, in movies and in magazines. We spend so much time chasing outward appearances that we neglect the inside, our heart and our relationship with God. If we follow His plan for our lives, He gives us true beauty. It is only with His beauty that we can begin fulfilling His purpose for our lives and drawing others towards Jesus.
I loved this book. I love Kim's writing. And while I know that I have so much further to go and grow in my walk with Christ, this book was one thing, in a series of events, convicting me to step out in faith and give up on trying to meet the world's expectations.
If you struggle with feeling unworthy and find yourself constantly seeking approval from this world, I highly suggest this book. If you don't understand why you feel so far away from God or feel like you have to prove yourself before He will regard you as worthy... read this book. Our worth, our beauty, and true happiness can only be found in a relationship with Christ Jesus. Anyone can pretend to be a princess, but through Christ, we become a warrior and a daughter of the King.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Waterbrook Blogging for Books Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.