As a mother of two little girls, I often ponder – what does it really mean? To be beautiful … what is beauty really? My girls often tell their friends that they are beautiful; they tell each other too. Beauty is deep though. I know that. Because I have struggled with this concept in my life…Haven’t we all?
In our world today girls are ” bombarded (overwhelmed?) with “thinspiration” messages and pressure to “do it all”; they become skilled at wearing a mask of perfection. “
So many women struggle with feeling left out, not good enough, lonely and unsure of themselves. Are we really brave? How can we possibly be beautiful?
In Brave is the New Beautiful, Lee Wolfe Blum shares stories from women who are beautiful and brave. Who have struggled, questioning their own beauty, and in their search, have found true beauty. This is a read you cannot put down; woven in is her own journey along with inspirational stories from everyday women who bravely took off their masks and live an authentic life. With reflections and call-to-action questions, we are all encouraged as we read to be brave enough to be who we really are and who God has for us to be .
“…bravery is at the root of true beauty…”
As I read this brought back so many memories – of clients I worked with long ago – lost and empty souls who seemed so far from what the world would see as beautiful. Yet they were stronger, lovelier than so many. They were real and raw; there was nothing hidden. So are the women whose stories are told within the pages this book. These stories, these reflections, they redefine beauty for us. They make us consider for ourselves what beauty is and who we are striving to be beautiful for. Are we authentically who we were created as? I really enjoyed this book! Really. I read it in one day!
Shannon Ethridge says, “Vulnerability breeds vulnerability, bravery breeds bravery. Beauty breeds beauty.” ❤ ❤
This really is a wonderful and powerful read. It reminds of us the value of being our situations and experiences through the right lens. Are we looking at everything through the grace and love of God? Again and again, as I read the stories told within this book, I had to stop to wipe tears; I had to get paper and pen to write down notes and thoughts that came to me. How beautiful every one of the women whose stories are told in these pages.
“To reinvent myself, I had to quit.”
Read this. I mean it. See grace in action. See God’s love and true beauty. Real, raw life. That is what you will find in these pages. No filters, no pretend, no masks. Can we quit? So we can begin again. The right way? God’s way? We all have to realize, He has a better way for us. If we just trust Him.
- How do you define beauty?
- Do you think of yourself as a brave woman?
- Why do you think it’s so difficult to forgive others?
- What does it mean to you to trust God?
Read this. I mean it. See grace in action. See God’s love and true beauty. Real, raw life. That is what you will find in these pages. No filters, no pretend, no masks. Can we quit? So we can begin again. The right way? God’s way? We all have to realize, He has a better way for us. If we just trust Him. Let us be courageous ladies; let us be brave as we go forward to find the new beautiful within every one of us!