I’ll admit that I asked to review The Beauty of Grace as soon as I saw the words “Dawn Camp” and “photography.” I didn’t really look at what it was actually about!
I’ve liked Dawn since I met her at a blogging conference years ago. She has 8 children, home schools, has her own website and shop, as well as freelances for other sites, keeps up to date with photoshop and photography, and now has a book! Just reading all that gives me hope that it is possible for me to have a family and a fun life.
The book is a collection of “stories of God’s love;” they are like the blog posts that I’ve read by those authors. You get insight from about 40 different authors that share a lesson they have learned from their life. Dawn took the best of the best and combined them into 7 categories which all together make up The Beauty of Grace.
It’s a good idea for me because frankly, I don’t read blogs like I used to. I used to keep up with many of these writers. I would sit and read the blogs, enjoy, and comment. Now that I do most of my work on the computer, my relaxing time is away from the computer; I don’t want to – nor do I have time to – sit and read on the computer. It was nice to re-acquaint myself with these writers.
I must be completely honest and say that I was disappointed when I first got the book because all the pages are black and white. I love Dawn’s photography; she takes beautiful pictures. I was looking forward to having a book with her beautiful pictures in it, but they are black and white matte. It’s just not the same after I’ve seen her pictures in beautiful HD color online.
It has taken me a little while to write this review because I actually savored this book. I kept it on my nightstand and picked it up right before turning my light out at night or right after turning it on in the morning. I’d read a story or two and set it back down. It was my little bit of peace and quiet that helped ground me. Reading about the struggles from some of the authors helped me remember that I’m not the only one going through rough times, and that I actually have it pretty good.
I hope you get a chance to check it out for yourself.
Here is some backcover copy:
In this hectic life, we all need a little peace, a little quiet, and a little beauty. Combining heartfelt stories from some of today’s foremost writers and bloggers with stunning photography of God’s incredible creation, The Beauty of Grace is your haven of calm contemplation amid the chaos.
This uplifting collection includes moving stories of cultivating friendship, waiting on God, choosing joy, staying connected, and more from popular writers such as Jessica Turner, Lisa-Jo Baker, Holley Gerth, Ann Voskamp, Bonnie Gray, Tsh Oxenreider, Leeana Tankersley, Emily Freeman, Margaret Feinberg, and many others. Each story is accompanied by an uplifting Scripture verse, and the book includes Dawn’s stunning photos. Foreword by Holley Gerth.
If you’re in need of a little peace, a little quiet, a little beauty, find comfort in this: you’re invited to experience them all within the pages of this soul-stirring book.
You can find more information at the author’s site. Published by Revell. This book was sent to me through Baker Publishing group for the book tour. The words are fully my own and my affiliate link is in this post.