Brave Is The New Beautiful by Lee Wolfe Blum, Forward by Shannon Ethridge
Published March 1, 2017 by David C. Cook
Genres Christian, Nonfiction, Memoir
In a culture that 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.
I really enjoyed this book, hard as it was to read some of the personal stories the author included from others and herself. The author takes on a variety of hard subjects in this book to make her point, that brave is beautiful. In the beginning of the book, one of the chapters focuses on how our culture has become utterly obsessed with our appearance and how that pushes many women into eating disorders, the author included. Some of the last chapters in this book were the hardest to read, dealing with things like losing a child and cancer. But through these stories, the author shows us that even in the hardest of times, when we can’t understand why God is allowing something so terrible to happen, that our faith might grow stronger through that struggle. That we might create a stronger relationship with Him and in turn find bravery we never knew we had.
At the end of each chapter, there is a section called ” For Reflection” that offers questions for the reader to think about in regards to the the topic discussed in the chapter. How do you define beauty? Do you think of yourself as a brave woman? Why do you think it’s particularly difficult to forgive others? What does it mean to you to trust God? I have read books similar to this in recent years, but I really enjoyed the way this book was written. The author does tell us of her own history and adds in personal stories, but focuses more on the stories of others and what we can take away from how they handled the situation. I think that many people would enjoy this book because it includes such a broad range of topics that I imagine almost everyone could relate to a chapter. As well as hearing the overall message of the book, to find the courage to be the real you.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an advanced review copy of this book. To find about more about the author and the book, check out her website here or head to the Litfuse landing page for the blog tour to read other’s reviews and purchase a copy of this book.