Beauty in your heart is of far more value, and is far more real, than any kind of beauty on the outside.
This is the premise out of which Your Beautiful Heart begins. In this book you journey through 31 chapters of examining what a beautiful heart is made of, and helping you examine your own heart and find out how to grow it into something truly beautiful.
Although her accident and recovery are not the central themes in this book, that story underpins it as you realize that this woman comes from a world of glamour and fashion, but understands that all that is simply trappings, and points you to the deeper places of the heart for their lasting value.
She never condemns the fashion industry, only simply shows that in the end, all of that is just the outside, and the real value is in the heart.
This is a simple, and good read. Each chapter is clearly thought out, and not extremely long. Taking the time to soak in each message and go through the discussion questions can help you really take stock of where you are in your own heart and life, and help you understand more fully what characteristics are you want to pursue.
Although I do think most women could potentially get something out of this book, I think it would be especially relatable to the teen to twenty-something demographic. As each young woman journeys through, they may find their confidence in who they are as a woman of God begin to grow.
There was one chapter in particular that touched my heart, in it she spoke of another woman who has also lost a part of her body, Bethany Hamilton loved to surf and had big dreams when a shark took her arm.
She became well known in the world as she fought back, and eventually became a pro-surfer despite the loss. But what I loved about the story most was how it illustrated that God can use us, no matter what, to be a testimony for His kingdom.
There is nothing that can disqualify us from what He wants us to do!
In todays world that is so focused on everything outside, and even when most Christian books on beauty dwell so much on what beauty isn’t, this book dwells on what beauty truly is.
Beauty is the face of Christ!
Joy Aletheia Stevens