Brave Is the New Beautiful: Finding the Courage to Be the Real You

Brave Is the New Beautiful: Finding the Courage to Be the Real You


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ISBN-13: 9781434710307
Publisher: David C Cook
Publication date: 03/01/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 312,184
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Lee Wolfe Blum is an energetic and passionate speaker who loves to help women find hope in healing from perfectionism and addictions. She works as a mental health practitioner in the field of Eating Disorders and Chemical Dependency. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and three boys.

Table of Contents

Foreword 13

1 Shrinking 19

2 Confronting 29

3 Shifting 41

4 Telling 51

5 Hoping 63

6 Reinventing 77

7 Forgiving 89

8 Separating 101

9 Belonging 115

10 Enduring 127

11 Believing 139

12 Choosing 149

13 Breathing 163

14 Surrendering 173

15 Trusting 185

16 Rising 199

17 Cheering 209

Acknowledgments 217

Notes 219

About the Author 223

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Brave Is the New Beautiful: Finding the Courage to Be the Real You 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Brave is the New Beautiful was an eye opening and insightful read with many truths for today’s woman. How many of us hide behind our job, marriage, family, friends, or a forced smile to show the world that we have it all together and we are not in need of any help? I really liked the concept of this book that we need to show who we are, warts and all; to be brave and show the real us. I liked the message that the author put across, that if we were perfect we wouldn’t have need of a Savior. But we are not perfect and in our imperfections is where we learn to rely on God and trust Him. That we live in a broken world and we are broken people, but we are loved fiercely by a Heavenly Father who spared not even His own Son for us. Some of these stories were painful to read; of women who are still living this life and may not have the answers that they are searching for in the here and now. I liked that the author said that we need to quit hiding our painful stories and shine a light on them, to speak the truth about them. To have others come alongside of us and help as we come alongside others and help them. I appreciate the author and her willingness to share her heart on this messy life along with the other women in this book, who speak the truth about their situations, and in all realize that being brave, are being beautiful. This was a fresh and honest look at how a Christian woman should view herself in light of what the world says is beautiful. I received a copy of this book for free through Litfuse. I was not required to give a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
Amaack More than 1 year ago
Bravery seems to be a common theme among bloggers these days. Some of my friends have even been focusing on this theme and sharing their thoughts on being brave. The idea of brave has typically been physical in nature. Now, we are beginning to understand that brave means doing something that is hard. To come out on the other side of something that seems like it should cripple you with strength and courage is brave. When we forge ahead and press into the pain of a difficult experience, we see bravery, and as a result, we also see beauty. Lee Wolfe Blum, in her new book, Brave is the New Beautiful, works hard to help us understand that as hard as bravery may seem, it is also beautiful. There can be beauty found on the other side of extremely difficult situations. Blum shares the heartbreaking stories of friends she's met throughout her life. Through these stories, Blum illustrates several areas of our lives where we find opportunities to choose brave. Through submission to God's plan, forgiveness, and so so many other hard things. By inviting us into the stories of others lives, Blum illustrates how we can be brave, even when it may not seem like we are actually brave. It's also an example of how we can live to be authentically us. To embrace the challenges that God has placed before us in order to make us into more of His likeness. At the end of each chapter, Blum provides thought-provoking questions to help you reflect on how you are being brave in your everyday life. Even though the stories in this book are about mostly big life events, Blum also reminds us that it's okay to feel overwhelmed in the small moments. To need to rely on God through the big things and the small things. To lean on him when there are questions and when we have answers. These stories in Brave are the New Beautiful are not for the faint of heart. They are hard. But they are good reminders that we can prevail with God's help. That we do nothing in our own strength. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and David C. Cook. This review is my own, honest opinion.
LAMartinez More than 1 year ago
This book got to me. I cried at the stories of these brave women as they battled cancer, their fears, their relationships, and a slew of situations that would make anyone back down, run away, and hide. Reading through Lee Wolfe Blum's own account of depression and feeling unwanted, I saw myself in every bit of her words. I saw the anger resurrect within me. I felt the hug and comfort that emitted from these pages. I know I am loved. I know I am wanted......sometimes, it takes a stranger, or a book to make us believe in those words. In my own situation, my parents praised me as the prettiest and the most independent of their daughters. I believed for a long time that it was only my outer appearances that gave me worth. As years and the poundage went on, I felt less of who I was. Who had I become? What was I becoming? And maybe it was also an unconscious shift that I didn't want to be looked at anymore....... It wasn't until my first child and my first bout of Preeclampsia and the NICU experiences that I began to realize that I was more than my appearance. I was tougher and stronger than even I gave myself credit for. And so I ugly cried my way through this entire book, but only because I remember my anxious need to fit into a mold. I remember the moment I knew I was loved for being me. I remember that that quiet moment I gave myself to God. Blum reminded me that this journey I'm on is not about striving to be perfect, or godly. We're not in competition with each other. She - and the stories of women she told - tells me that it's okay to be messy, to ugly cry, to step back from what we know is hurting us, and taking us away from's okay to be afraid. It's okay to peel away the layers of the falsities we make ourselves up. It's okay to step up and say this is me, and this is who I truly am, because brave is the new beautiful. ***I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I am not required to write a positive one. These thoughts and opinions are my own.***
EA_Hendryx More than 1 year ago
Powerful and inspiring, Brave Is the New Beautiful will draw you in with true-life stories that showcase real women with real struggles and a real God who is there to heal, comfort, and empower. Lee Wolfe Blum proposes a new and powerful definition of beauty in Brave is the new beautiful. Her focus on "finding the courage to be the real you" is a message all women need to hear no matter their life situation, age, status, or past. What first intrigued me about this book, aside from the eye-catching title, was the fact that Lee used stories from women that she had known to create the majority of her content. As someone who loves reading biographies and real-life stories, I was really intrigued to see how Lee would incorporate the stories into a book that was devotional in nature. Each chapter is titled with a single word like Hoping, Belonging, and Trusting etc., and mingles Lee's personal history in counseling, her mental health work, and personal struggles along with stories from women she's come in contact with. Then, at the end of each chapter, there are "For Reflection" questions which make this a great tool for Bible studies and group sessions. This book is powerful. Not all of the stories told are wrapped up with a happy little bow on top or told in a way to make you feel good about yourself. Instead, they depict real life and encourage you to ask God the hard questions without fear knowing that He will answer you. I was brought to tears many times during the course of reading this and found myself craving the next chapter to see what else Lee had to say. I think this was (at least in part) due to the fact that Lee is very open in this book, detailing her own struggles with a frank honesty that is refreshing and encouraging. I think this quote sums up the focus of the book perfectly: "Be vulnerable. Be real. Be raw and let your naked bravery shine bright. In doing so, you help others see hope. You help others have faith. That is brave. That is beautiful." (Brave is the new Beautiful, page 215) I highly recommend this book to all women! It would be perfect in a small group setting (or even a slightly larger group). With a focus on being raw and honest with one another, I think women could truly see lies exposed, walls broken down, and true, beautiful bravery as the result of reading and discussing this book along with prayer and Bible reading. My rating: 4.5* _______________ I received this book for free but was under no obligation to post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.
SharlaF More than 1 year ago
In her beautiful and authentic book, Brave is the New Beautiful, Lee Wolfe Blum encourages her readers: "Be vulnerable. Be real. Be raw and let your naked bravery shine bright. In doing so, you help others see hope. You help others have faith. That is brave. That is beautiful." The book tells painful stories of women who have experienced some of the worst tragedies you can imagine. But the book is full of hope because each woman faced her agony with bravery. They are able to walk through the pain because they walk with God. Their stories encourage us when we are facing life's worst. With God, we can be brave. The author talks about worrying she would have to search far and wide for stories of brave women. Everywhere she looked, she saw women who looked perfect. But it turned out that many of those women who looked perfect on the outside had painful tales to tell. She found more than enough brave women in her neighborhood, office, and church. She encourages us all to share our imperfect stories. Because that is how we can help others be brave. Live vulnerable, brave, and beautiful.