It was honestly such a blessing to be able to review the book, Redefining Beautiful, by Jenna Lucado. This book is written mainly for teen girls, but I found my mama's heart encouraged by the words that I read in this book. As we get older, we sometimes forget what it was like to be a teenager, and although I wouldn't want to go back and do it all over again, I do wish this book had been out when I was younger. I found that it was such a refreshing read.
Jenna writes this book, along with excerpts from her dad, Max Lucado. She makes the book so relateable and real for teens today. Every topic covered has to do with not just outer beauty, but more importantly, inner beauty, because most of the time, what is happening on the inside, is reflected on the outside. Jenna illustrates that concept really well by not only giving examples of different types of teen scenarios/characters, but also by explaining how that relationship with God can be found and can flourish. It's not all serious, though. Jenna has a way of throwing in funny little tidbits, and I found myself giggling as I read, especially stories she shared about growing up with her dad. There are also several places in the book, where you can journal or answer certain questions, to help you better understand and be able to grasp what is behind a lot of thought processes that go on when you're a young girl, struggling to understand.
Along with the inner beauty, there are little boxes she has added with real beauty tips that can be tried, and I found myself wanting to try just a few, especially the Vaseline on the feet....I don't think I knew there were so many uses for Vaseline.:)
I was so impressed with Jenna's candid voice throughout the book and how she just seemed so real. It was easy to see that she has a heart for the Lord and a heart for reaching out to our young girls today. I've been trying to think of a young girl I could pass this book on to, but I'm not sure I want to give it up just yet.:) I highly recommend this book, especially if you have a teen girl in your midst that could use a helping hand, a fresh new outlook on God and what it means to be His forever.
To read more reviews on this book, visit Thomas Nelson.
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