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Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8
Okay, let's get one fact straight right up front: Every girl has her own special beauty.
Yeah, I know you've heard your mother say, "Well, I think you're beautiful, honey." I also know that doesn't mean a whole bunch when some kid's calling you "Pizza Face," or everybody's telling your sister she's drop-dead gorgeous and then patting you on the head and saying, "You're cute, too, dear."
But really, God doesn't make junk. He made each of us just exactly the way he intends us to be. So just like everything else God made-from blackberries to rhinoceroses-ya gotta love it. Ya gotta love you, too.
Yeah, you may ask, but if every girl is beautiful, how come "everybody" isn't seeing it that way?
Because-bummer!-people aren't like God. Somewhere along the way, since the whole Adam and Eve thing, somebody decided there was only one way to be a beautiful woman at any given time. Right now it's being five-foot-ten, weighing about a hundred pounds, and having lips as big as the living-room couch.
So how are you supposed to convince "everybody" that you're this knock-out, even though God shaped you like a fire hydrant and gave you lips the width of a pencil line?
You aren't. You only need to convince yourself, and that's what this book is about. By the time you get to the end, I want you to be able to check yourself out when you pass a store window and say, "That's me. Cool! Ya gotta love that!"
Here's a good way to start. From now until you finish reading this book, try to follow this rule: NO DISSING THE WAY YOU LOOK!
That means no dwelling on the zits that have appeared on your forehead. No talking about how fat you are. No wishing you had curlier hair (or smaller ears or straighter teeth). Pretend you are a friend of yours, and you would rather eat Brussels sprouts than hurt that friend's feelings. NO putting your friend-you!-down.
That's a really hard rule to follow, so let's look at some of the things that can keep you from seeing how gorgeous you are.
BEAUTY BLOCKER #1: TV Training
One of the reasons people think there's only one way to be beautiful is because that's all they see on television and in magazines and movies and on billboards. Even the Barbie dolls seem to scream, "You have to look like me!" But you don't!
Girlz WANT TO KNOW
LILY: Those girls on the cover of Seventeen have perfect skin. How do they get that?
They don't. Nobody's skin is that perfect. Everybody has at least the occasional zit, freckle, or scar from when she had the chicken pox. Those magazine photos are doctored up and retouched with computers that can remove blemishes, make eyelashes longer, and even give people great cheekbones! If you met those models in person, you would see that they have pimples, birthmarks, and little scars, too. No lie!
ZOOEY: If I use those shampoos and face creams I see in the ads, will I look the way the models do?
Probably not. For openers, that model isn't you. And don't you think if a company wants to sell a product that's supposed to give you thick, shiny hair, they're going to pick somebody who already has that thick, shiny hair? Besides, if you were born with thin hair, there isn't much in this world that's going to make it thick. But who says you have to have thick hair to be beautiful?
RENI: I'm the shrimpiest girl in my whole class. How come God even makes short girls, when tall girls are always the ones people think are beautiful?
Actually, people's ideas of what's beautiful change over time, thanks to "the media." Back in the late 1500s and early 1600s, plump women with rolls of rosy flesh were considered beautiful, mostly because the better-fed you were, the wealthier you were. In the 1950s, lots of curves were the going thing in the movies and on the posters. By today's standards, Marilyn Monroe would have been considered overweight, but men in the '50s drooled over full-figured women. In the 1960s when the Beatles said on the radio that they preferred petite girls, everybody wanted to be a short little peanut. The Beach Boys even had a line in a song that went, "You're kinda small and you're such a doll. I'm glad you're mine."
Does that mean somebody who was beautiful 40, 50, or 400 years ago wouldn't be beautiful today? How much sense does that make? Nah, this makes sense: Everyone has beauty-plump and rosy, round and curvy, short and pixie-like, and tall and pencil slim-not to mention everything in between.
BEAUTY BLOCKER #2: The Comparison Game
Come on, we've all played it.
"I don't have breasts yet, so I'm not as grown-up as Stephanie, but at least I don't have to wear those geeky braces like Whitney, so I can't be that bad."
It seems like a harmless enough game. After all, most of the time you just play it in your mind until you come out ahead of somebody and can make yourself feel better, right? Well ... hmm. Let's see what God has to say about that.
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Posted April 29, 2012
I LOVED THE BEAUTY BOOK: I chose to read “The Beauty Book” by Nancy Rue because I was curious as to what type of books were available to young girls besides the usual get skinny look perfect magazines I see on the shelves of some stores. As a mother I taught my daughters to understand that you can be a beautiful as you want and still be ugly. Now that I am a grandmother I find my granddaughter is faced with appearance challenges where ever she goes.
“The Beauty Book” examines every myth young girls (7 and up) are faced with every day while revealing what the bible says about her body. I was impressed with the presentation of information, non-lecturing matter of fact stories which gave believable examples. I loved the book but would it pass the girl test?
My granddaughter and I sat down and read the book together. After reading chapter one “You Gotta Love It” together I asked her what she thought of the book. She enjoyed it and she understood the message.
This is an excellent book for young girls and some old one’s too! I would suggest parents purchase this book and use it as a catalyst to discuss personal image, what the bible says about our bodies and how we should look at ourselves. The book discusses every aspect, that I can think of, regarding body images including piercings, tattoos, and fashion trends.
Of course I recommend this book.
A complimentary eBook was provided to me by Book Sneeze in exchange for an honest review.
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Posted June 26, 2013
I loved this book! Its great if your struggling with insecurities or need to figure out how you are beautiful, especially in GOD'S eyes. Nancy Rue has written a good one again!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 29, 2013
Posted June 10, 2012
Posted June 3, 2012
Lily has learned that we should be proud of the gifts God gave us whether it be red hair or large lips. He has made us in his image. He has given us these body to care for. Our bodies are temples of God.
The Lily series for girls 7-11 years old is not only inspiring but pure fun. This Beauty Book is a great addition to the series. It is somewhat of a activity workbook. A companion journal would be good with this book. I raised four daughters and this would be a fun book to share with girlfriends asking each other the questions from the book. They can experiment with some of the activities like styling their hair and giving each other manicures and pedicures. This book will also help girls build there self-esteem and teach them proper hygiene.
I recommend this book for young girls.
I received a digital copy of this book from Booksneeze/Thomas Nelson for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
Posted May 31, 2012
Every day we are bombarded with the world view of what beauty is. Young girls are more often than not faced with themselves as “ordinary” rather than the perfect masterpieces that God has designed them to be. Rue aims to filter the truth out of the lies of the world’s fickle idea of beauty and allows young girls to see themselves through the lens of the master designer. An engaging book – young girls are given the opportunity of exploring God’s idea of their very unique beauty (no matter what they look like) in an engaging and fun way.
Packed with scripture, specific to image issues that we face, beauty tips and interesting tips, this book keeps the reader involved and thinking. A fun read aimed at tweens and teens (and good for us older girls too). Nancy Rue keeps us entertained and thinking about the truth of beauty in God’s eyes even after we’ve closed the book. Highly recommended to keep girls believing the truth about themselves and how God made them just the way he wanted them to be.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Posted May 28, 2012
Posted May 5, 2012
Need a reference book to help answer the questions of curious tweens? This could be the book you need........nancy Rue has a n amazing talent (or does she have a young daughter), for identifying many of the concerns a young lady might have.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 16, 2012
When I saw The Beauty Book by Nancy Rue, I was very curious about how it could help my daughter. It is one of many Lily Series books. I decided to read the book first before allowing my daughter to have it just to make sure that I agreed with what was said and it would not go against what I was teaching her. It didn't. I was very impressed with the book. It reads just like a child would talk, so it's very easy to read.
It starts with talking about ways to be happy with your body and find confidence even if you aren't the current definition of beautiful. Next it shows girls how to best take care of the temple God gave them, from their hair and nails to their skin and clothes.
I love that the book encourages kids to respect their parent's decisions and to be patient and to earn the trust they want when asking for privileges. In fact, it's probably my favorite part because I have a hard time getting my girls to respect the decisions I make. All in all I would say this book is a great book for any girl 8-13 years old who is having trouble with self-image.
Posted April 15, 2012
I have to admit, the cover of The Lily Series book, The Beauty Book, was what made me really want to read this book and then pass it on to my younger cousin. I have red hair and my family members all have red hair, so I thought this book would be the perfect gift for my middle-school aged cousin. I am so happy I selected the book by Nancy Rue for review. The book is formatted as a Question and Answer, and it asks questions about skincare, shaving, clothing, braces, nail polish, and many other topics that are of interested to tween-aged girls. There are also quizzes, the Lily pad where you can fill in certain questions, and the “talking to God about it” section.
I think this book will be great for girls in Middle School, as it talks about topics all girls worry about, and it does it in a Godly manner. There are also cute little drawings, and as I mentioned before, I love the cover art. J I think the tips contained in this book will help with things from clothing selection to steps on how to do a manicure and pedicure.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Posted March 8, 2011
I could not wait to start filling in all the blanks and doing the quizzes and stuff.After reading this book, it made me like, more knowledgeable on nail care, hair care and lots of other stuff. I can't wait to read the other Liliy books in the series!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 31, 2006
This book is good for girls. It tells them that you don't have to look like a superstar and that God loves you just the way you are. It also helps with parts of growing up. I recommend this book for any girls from about 8 to 12.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 16, 2001
This book is great for preteen-teen girls! It uses the Bible to help explain what true beauty is, and how to take care of your physical beauty as well. It talkes about hair, hands, feet, shaving, and more. It's similar to the American Girl book, 'The Care and Keeping of You'.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.