We know that beauty is fleeting.
That most of the magazine ads are photoshopped.
We know that the prettiest celebrities are usually the most troubled.
So WHY ON EARTH do we keep pursuing it as if it will make us happy, satisfied and liked by others? This is a huge lie that we are trapped in. Carolyn Mahaney and her daughter Nicole Whitacre address these topics and more in their book True Beauty.
Refusing to give hard and fast rules about what to wear or how much money to spend, I appreciated Mahaney’s approach to the sensitive topic of beauty and appearance. She challenges her readers to stop believing and practicing culture’s ever-shifting definition of beauty. However, she suggests that this does not mean to ignore beauty or try to redefine it ourselves.
We need to look to God, who is beautiful, who created beauty and who will hold us accountable.
She says, “Because our taste for beauty comes from Him in the beginning, it is accountable to Him in the end.”
The book discusses many hot topics, such as:
- Motivations for fitness,
- Eating disorders,
- Femininity, and
- Training our daughters.
However, since the book is only around 120 pages, instead of an in-depth look at any particular issue, it gives a more foundational overview to the question “What is beauty?”
The advantage to this foundational approach is that it is applicable to absolutely every woman on the face of the planet!
No matter how old you are, or what stage of life you are in, I am sure that you will find value in this book.
If you are struggling in one of those particular areas regarding beauty and appearance, you may want to begin with True Beauty and then look into some other resources addressing your specific struggle.
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Guest Post by Julie Thompson
Julie is a wife, mom and freelance designer at www.thetypetree.com. In her spare time she reads, bakes, hosts parties and drinks coffee.