Brave Is the New Beautiful
By Lee Wolfe Blum
David C. Cook, 2017
Our culture 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, Blum 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.
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Beauty is the woman who sees her brokenness
and acknowledges the scars of life
but doesn’t try to cover them up or hide behind them.
Brave Is the New Beautiful looks directly into your eyes and speaks straight to your heart. We see beauty in its true sense, far from how the world would define it. Within its pages, we meet courageous women and situations like Shannon with her scarred face … Heather Jo, for whom adopting children turned into aching heartbreak … Megan’s decision about her unborn child … Stacy’s determination to not be defined by cancer.
Blum’s writing style in engaging in this collection of women who have faced the unimaginable and grown in faith. Their stories are real, as are their struggles. You won’t find endings where everything is tied up neatly – and that makes them even more inspiring. Chapter themes reflect life processes like confronting, believing, reinventing, surrendering, enduring, trusting. I loved the thought-provoking quotes that begin each chapter. Questions for reflection offer times for introspection and healing.
Brave Is the New Beautiful is full of hope and inspiration, packed with a compelling message for all women. Highly recommended.
I was provided a free copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Lee Wolfe Blum is an energetic and passionate speaker who loves to help women find hope in healing from perfectionism and addictions. She works as a mental health practitioner in the field of Eating Disorders and Chemical Dependency. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and three boys.
Find out more about Lee Wolfe at leewolfeblum.com.