“Beauty Begins”


We live in a culture that is so obsessed with beauty. What started as a little girl that paints her nails has moved to a teenager struggling with anorexia to be stick-thin… This teenager then turns into an insecure adult who has to have monthly visits to her plastic surgeon just to stay “beautiful”. Yes, this is just an example, but you know what I am talking about. Who even set this standard of so-called beauty?

Chris Shook and Megan Shook Alpha, co-authors of Beauty BeginsMaking Peace with Your Reflection, dive in to the origin of beauty. Ready or not! Throughout the book, readers are reminded that beauty began in the heart of God, but it has been stolen by society and given a new “image”-a marred one. Sadly, instead of regaining a Biblical approach to beauty, we as women strive to be beautiful in the eyes of the world.

I appreciated the Shook’s straightforwardness throughout the book that was backed by Scripture, reminding us over and over again that true beauty begins in the heart of God, our Creator. Psalm 139:14 tells us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made-and until we start living in this truth we will be at war with our reflection. We will always be trying to live up to society’s standard of beauty-which isn’t beautiful at all!

Ladies, pick up a copy for your sister, niece, friend or for yourself! It is worth the read.

Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.









I’m Happy for You–Well Maybe

41bF+bdNj9L._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_We live in a world where we are striving to get the most Facebook likes on a picture, well “reactions” I suppose now. We want every friend or even acquaintance to click the heart on our Instagram post. We want followers to retweet and quote our tweets on Twitter. Sadly, we live in a constantly comparing atmosphere–never satisfied with who we are and what we have.

Kay Wills Wyma takes on the subject of contentment in her book, I’m Happy for You (Sort Of… Not Really). She uses humor along with personal stories to remind us that we can be content in a world that is constantly comparing us to others, even when we do the comparing ourselves!

She points out that “…the longing to know we belong compels us to race after anything that offers to secure our feelings of importance and worth.” How sad, but how true. We as individuals want to belong, we have that desire to fit in. We as believers, however, are not created to “fit in”-we are to be different. We are to be a shining light in a world that is very dim.

Thought-provoking read! Pick up a copy.

Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.