by Chris Shook and Megan Shook Alpha
As a mom with three daughters, I was excited to read Beauty Begins: Making Peace with Your Reflection by the mother/daughter team Chris Shook and Megan Shook Alpha. Our culture truly is obsessed with beauty and it’s disheartening to see how girls are pressured to live up to impossible standards. Most women find it hard to be happy and comfortable with what we see in the mirror everyday. Chris and Megan tell us, “Generations of women have become casualties in this war on self-worth.”
This book is a quick and easy read with reminders about what true beauty means in God’s eyes and how beauty is eternal, but pretty is just temporary. They cover everything from choosing encouraging friends to shifting our focus off of ourselves and onto others. Megan in particular shares honestly about struggling with depression and how God transforms brokenness into beauty. They also cover issues like mother/daughter relationships, making wise choices when dating, and how to be a ‘fashion rebel’ by choosing compassion, kindness, forgiveness, love, etc. Their husbands also write a chapter at the end of the book specifically encouraging husbands and dads to praise the real beauty in their wives/daughters and be their biggest fans. Overall, the book is practical and uplifting, not an in-depth Bible study or a cultural critique so much as a gentle, sweet reminder that “You are, and always have been, beautiful.”
Each chapter begins with Scripture and quotes and concludes with brief reflection questions and a prayer. While any woman might enjoy the reminders in this book about true beauty, I think it could be particularly powerful for young women from teens to college age/young adults. It could also be a great book to read together for a mother and daughter in order to help pass on a legacy of encouragement.
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