Monday, January 10, 2011

Book Review: Redefining Beautiful

"Am I beautiful?"

I suppose that is a question that - like it or not - most teen girls wrestle with.  As the mother of one teen girl (who will cringe when she sees I've labeled her as such!), one almost-teen, and two more sure to come, it's a topic that gains attention in my house.  

Jenna Lucado has written a helpful book, but one that is written squarely for the teen market.  She covers topics such as a young woman's value to God, finding identity in Christ, and security in knowing the love of God.  Along the way, she includes actual beauty tips (Vaseline, anyone?) and plenty of space in the book for teens to write their thoughts.

The message is good:  don't define yourself by the world's standards.  Our scriptural plumb line should be from our fear of the Lord (Proverbs 31: 30) and our gentle and quiet spirit (1 Peter 3:4).  (Note to readers:  I'm still working on that one!) 

The delivery - at least for our family - leaves me wanting.  The language used is immature and flippant, very geared to the "teen culture" and lowest common denominator.  We tend to stay away from resources that are more "popular" in tone. . . but that's just us.  For other families that are looking for a book to use as a discussion starter with their teens, Jenna Lucado's Redefining Beautiful will be a good resource to bring God's perspective on a timely subject.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their Blogger Review 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 Commissions's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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