Choosing Beauty: A 30-Day Spiritual Makeover for Women

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Mascara will help and eyeliner too, but the surest way to a beautiful you doesn't require hours at the cosmetics counter. The best beauty routine starts within. Choosing Beauty guides you through a day-by-day inner makeover that will give you a glow that can only come through a life infused with the virtues. Learn how to step away from gossip, grow in courage, practice mercy and enter more fully into the qualities that will allow your inner light to shine.

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Overview


Mascara will help and eyeliner too, but the surest way to a beautiful you doesn't require hours at the cosmetics counter. The best beauty routine starts within. Choosing Beauty guides you through a day-by-day inner makeover that will give you a glow that can only come through a life infused with the virtues. Learn how to step away from gossip, grow in courage, practice mercy and enter more fully into the qualities that will allow your inner light to shine.

Suitable for individual or group study, Choosing Beauty includes lively reflections on the virtues and questions for discussion in a user-friendly format.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780867169218
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Pages: 116
  • Sales rank: 553,426
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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GINA LOEHR holds a master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Author of Real Women, Real Saints, she writes and speaks on such topics as the virtues, the sacrament of marriage and the vocation of women. Gina lives with her husband and daughter on a six-hundred acre dairy farm in southeastern Wisconsin.
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  • Posted August 8, 2009

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    Thirty days toward a brighter soul

    Like Loehr's earlier book Real Women, Real Saints, Choosing Beauty is organized around the cardinal and theological virtues: prudence, justice, fortitude, temperance, faith, hope, and charity. After reviewing modern standards of beauty, Loehr describes virtuous women as those who light up their homes, communities, and workplaces like the sun. She offers a 30-day plan for women to learn concrete ways to develop virtue. Readers who allow the reflections to affect their lives "will be amazed at how much 'brighter' your soul will be one month from now," she writes.

    Material on each virtue is divided into three-day segments, each consisting of a story, definition, prayer, and reflection questions. The third day ends with examples of the virtue as practiced by two models, usually Mary and another saint. Most of the daily reflections open with an incident from the author's life.

    Day 20, in the hope section, describes Loehr's panic as she faces an overwhelming task list in preparation for her wedding. Her fiancé encourages her to trust in God; the wedding and reception turn our beautifully; and Gina learns a lesson in hope. She discovered too late that all her worries prevented her from taking advantage of "a golden opportunity to grow in the virtue of hope and in authentic beauty."

    The day's reflection includes a reference to Mother Teresa's spiritual suffering hidden from others by her joyful exterior. "Women who radiate joy are especially beautiful. Strengthening our hope helps this feminine beauty flourish," Loehr writes. The prayer asks for trust in God in the face of pain, sorrow, and fear "so that I can smile even in the midst of these trials." Reflection questions address the beauty of joyful women, situations that helped us grow in hope, and areas of our lives in which we need to decide to be joyful.

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