This Christian, nonfiction book is very real and tells some raw stories about really rough – even awful – things that happened to women. You might question, “Why should I read about that?” Maybe because each woman made it through, lived to tell her story, and is now an encouragement to others.
Each chapter of Brave is the New Beautiful is titled with a verb. Here are some examples: “Shifting, Separating, Choosing, Breathing, Telling, Rising, etc” Not all will speak to you when you read the book. In fact, I think you could pick it up and read them out of order. For me, I read straight through because of doing this review, but it was really the middle section that caught my attention. I was detached from the stories at the beginning and the end, but everyone goes through different seasons and experiences and you might be more interested in one of those chapters.
The author did a great job of making me think, as well as bringing each chapter to an encouraging close on a positive thought – which through some of them I was really waiting for, as I wiped the tears out of my eyes.
Here is some backcover copy:
Live out true beauty.
In a culture that bombards women with “thinspiration” messages and pressure to “do it all” while wearing the mask of perfection, women are left feeling alone and overwhelmed. How can they stop comparing themselves to others? How can they live out who they really are?
Lee Wolfe Blum offers stories from everyday women who have answered these questions with their lives—and found true beauty in the process. In Brave Is the New Beautiful, Lee weaves reflections from her own journey with inspirational stories from everyday women who chose to take off their masks and live authentically. Through call-to-action questions and ideas, she encourages readers to be brave enough to be who they really are and the beloved that God knows they are.
You can find more information at the author’s site. Published by David C Cook. This book was sent to me through Litfuse Publicity for the book tour. The words are fully my own and my affiliate link is in this post.