Beauty Begins, written by Chris Shook and Megan Shook Alpha, suggests that the worlds definition of beauty needs to be exchanged for God’s view of beauty. Shook and Alpha are a mother-daughter writing team from Texas who share their own experiences and struggles with their reflections. In a society obsessed with beauty, this book is a relevant and important read for all women, especially teens and young adults, to help us see our true worth and beauty.
In our selfie obsessed culture, we have lost sight of what true beauty really is. Yes, we need to care for the bodies that God has given us, but we MUST stop comparing ourselves to others and worrying about what others think of us. I love how this translation of scripture puts it:
Let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t. (Romans 12:6, MSG)
We must instead choose to see ourselves, and our reflections, as God sees us. To focus on God’s priorities and not the worlds is a daily decision and a daily struggle, but if we just let go we can trust our Maker. We can find rest in His acceptance of us instead of constantly trying to please those around us in order to gain their acceptance.
When we imitate Christ and clothe ourselves in the things important to him (see Colossians 3:12 for specific examples), then we will truly be our most beautiful.
This book was not necessarily the most exciting, page-turner of a book that I have ever read, but the content found within its pages is extremely valuable. It is a quick and easy read which makes it ideal for busy moms to read and discuss along with their daughters or for youth groups wanting to do a short study.
In a book that is all about beauty, I appreciated that the authors (who from their book jacket photo appear quite gorgeous themselves) shared their own personal experiences. It was affirming to see that even women that I perceive as beautiful struggle too. This is an issue that affects nearly all women, regardless of age, race, religion, or socioeconomic status.
The final chapter of this book is written by the author’s husbands and is directed towards men. It gives and interesting perspective on the role that men (fathers and husbands in particular) have in helping the females in their lives recognize true beauty.
In closing, I would have no reservations in recommending Beauty Begins. In our beauty obsessed society, this book is a relevant and important read for all women, especially teens and young adults, to help us see our true worth and beauty.
*This page includes affiliate links. To see my full disclosures, click here.
**I received this book from Blogging for Books for review. All opinions are 100% my own.