I have a fantastic giveaway for you all today! The BlogAbout Blogger Network kindly sent me a copy of Lynn Cowell’s Brave Beauty: Finding the Fearless You to review–as well as a copy to give away to a reader!
What is Brave Beauty?
Authored by Proverbs 31 Ministries author and speaker Lynn Cowell, Brave Beauty: Finding the Fearless You offers devotional writings that are perfect for young women. Lynn Cowell has raised three teens herself and is committed to help young women learn who they are in God and build confidence in themselves and in Him. Although Cowell wrote this book for girls aged 8-12, I think that older teens (and even adult women!) will find the thoughts and encouragement both rich and absolutely on track for questions of value, love, and identity.
Cowell discovered that 70% of girls do not feel they measure up. Given our culture’s focus on external beauty, the perfect selfie, and having been a teen girl myself at one time, I don’t find that surprising at all. Although it is sad! But I do think that it’s honest and truthful. We all, whether we’re female or male, want to know that we are of value; that we matter; that we measure up. So Cowell has written a fantastic book (full of 100 short devotional chapters) that address those issues, in the following categories:
- Section 1: I Am Loved
- Section 2: I Am Brave
- Section 3: I Am Confident
Each of these has subsections, where you’ll find titles like “I Can Redefine Beautiful,” “You Are With Me,” “I Can Do the Scary Things,” “My Purpose,” “I’m Beautiful,” and much more. Each of these subsections has four devotionals (comprising the 100 contained in the book) which develop those titles more and more.
Cowell’s writing is in a kind, friendly, and confident voice that is easy to read and enjoy. It’s clear that encouraging young women and enabling them to see the truth on what God says about them is the author’s passion. Each chapter talks about a particular issue and includes a Bible verse (or sometimes even a Bible story) that shares the truth that God would want a young woman to know and dwell on. The chapters are just long enough to develop a thought or idea; enough to encourage the reader but not overwhelm.
So what did I think of Brave Beauty?
I. Loved. It!
I actually wish that Lynn Cowell had written a version of this book for young men as well as young women! The ideas and truths that she shares are so vital for healthy thinking and healthy living with God and with others. As a matter of fact, I’ve read different chapters out loud to my husband and son in family worship or devotional times, because what she has shared has been so impactful to us.
Here are some words from several of my favorite readings:
- “God knows you because He has taken the time to search you.” (p. 37)
- “It takes bravery to be a girl who thinks people are more important than things.” (p. 40)
- “Knowing Jesus’ words can give us peace even when trouble is coming. When we learn what the Bible says about us, we can speak these words to our heart when it is hurting.” (p.46)
- “Finally, Leah changes the person she is looking to for the acceptance she wants so badly. “This time I will praise the LORD,” Genesis 29:35 (NIV) she says…..Leah was brave and beautiful. Brave because she never quit believing God would help her.” (p. 49)
And the rest of the book is full of more wonderful, loving, truths. This book would be an incredible gift for any young woman who’d like to know how God really feels about her…and the truths He speaks over her! It would be perfect quiet time or before-bed reading for girls.
And yes, I admit it; even as an adult mom I have found these readings incredibly helpful and a blessing to ME!
And I have one copy to bless a reader with!
The BlogAbout Blogger Network has provided a copy of Brave Beauty: Finding the Fearless You
for one reader of the FINCHNWREN blog. Just click on the pink “Enter Here” link below. That will take you to the Giveaway Tools form where you can enter to win! Giveaway closes October 4, 2017.
Best wishes, and enjoy! –Wren
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