Saturday, March 12, 2016

Beauty Begins: Making Peace with Your Reflection by Chris Shook & Megan Shook Alpha Review


You are, and always have been, beautiful.

“Beauty begins. That’s the point of this book. Our understanding of beauty got started somewhere and somehow, and probably due to someone. Now that may have been a good start, but then again it may not have. But regardless of what your past looks like, we want to offer up this word of hope: it’s never too late to make peace with your reflection.”

We live in a culture that’s obsessed with beauty. Walk by any magazine stand, turn on a television, or visit the local shopping mall, and you’ll be bombarded with the images and ideals that our culture believes are the epitome of what it means to be beautiful. And if you’re like most women, you’ve probably spent countless hours trying to measure up to this standard of beauty whether you realize it or not.

But if you don’t make peace with your reflection, you’ll end up declaring war on yourself.

That’s where mother-daughter team, Chris and Megan Shook, want to help. In Beauty Begins, they explore the origins of beauty (hint, it didn’t start with a fashion magazine) and challenge each of us to trade the pressure of perfection for God's perfect love.

Poignant, relevant, and relatable, Beauty Begins is for every woman who wants to reclaim what it means to be truly beautiful.

Do you feel beautiful?

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Others may tell you that you’re beautiful, but do you believe them? Why not? Don’t let another day go by without believing and knowing that you are fearfully and wonderfully made.
It’s time for you to exchange society’s cookie-cutter suggestions for what is beautiful and instead discover and reclaim what true beauty looks like – and the One who created it.
In Beauty Begins, Chris and Megan Shook share with you their own experiences and struggles with appearance and body image, as well as equip you with the wisdom to distinguish what’s artificial beauty and what’s real. Filled with heartfelt encouragement, insightful challenges, and undeniable truth, after reading Beauty Begins, you’ll never look in the mirror the same way again.

About the Author
CHRIS SHOOK is the co-author (with her husband, Kerry) of two New York Times bestsellers, One Month to Live and Be the Message. Together they minister at Woodlands Church outside of Houston, Texas. Her daughter, MEGAN SHOOK ALPHA, is a graduate of Baylor University and works as a pastor to students at Woodlands Church.


I received a complimentary copy.

You can purchase this book on Amazon.

Cassandra's Review-  I would like to start by saying that men and boys go through this as well.  I have been watching my teen brother struggle, because his mom felt that he was a little chunky and the poor kid has done everything from drink protein shakes to weight lift and is so obsessed with his weight, and I was just shocked. 

 As a mom myself to see and hear this everyday, I have tried to let him know that he is perfect and really he does not have any fat on him at all, just muscle.  He went down 4 waist sizes and is only going to turn 18.  

For a  mom or anyone to put the thoughts of  being ugly or self worth so low to a person's mind is hateful and disturbing.  Sadly he does not believe me or my family when we tell him he is and has always been perfect.  

On the other side of this is my sister who is a teen as well and she had never had a weight problem and has just been on the skinny side her whole life and her mom has her on a diet with the rest of their family, and really I can do nothing but put in a few comments and try to talk to them, but in the end their mom always digs her disgusting views into their head. 

 Okay so by now you're probably thinking what in the world does this have to do with reviewing this book and so here is my summation to this.  After I got done reading this book I was so powered up to gift my new found knowledge to my brother and sister and I am still hoping to do that soon.  While trading God's love for whistles and public recognition as beautiful might not appeal to everyone, this is a great book to reduce the anxiety and stress of public perfectionism. 

 



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