Lovely: How I Learned to Embrace the Body God Gave Me

Lovely: How I Learned to Embrace the Body God Gave Me

by Amanda Martinez Beck


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All bodies are good bodies. Except fat bodies. At least that's what our society tells us. According to the prevailing dogma, thin bodies are good; fat bodies are bad. In fact, any body that fails to measure up to society's standards of perfection is bad. The perfect face has no blemishes or wrinkles, the perfect belly has no love handles, and a good body can have no illness, disability, or inadequacy. Our cultural understanding of good bodies makes most of us feel like hopeless failures. This is not what our loving God wants for us. In Lovely: How I Learned to Embrace the Body God Gave Me, size-dignity activist and self-proclaimed "fat girl" Amanda Martinez Beck talks openly about the purpose of bodies, what makes a body good, and the need to reframe the way we think and speak about our own bodies and the bodies of the people around us. Much more than a "self-image" read, Lovely will retrain you to think about your whole self - body and soul - in terms of mercy kindness, and wonder rather than criticism, failure, and self-loathing. Don't let the scale, the mirror, your interior critic, or the world around you keep you trapped in lies. All bodies are good bodies, including yours.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681922379
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor, Publishing Division
Publication date: 11/16/2018
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.24(d)

About the Author

Amanda Martinez Beck is an author and story consultant who lives with her husband, Zachary, and their four young children in the Piney Woods of East Texas. Learn more about her and her work at

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Siren Song 13

Chapter 2 Mercy 19

Chapter 3 This Is My Body 29

Chapter 4 My Good Body 39

Chapter 5 My Stoned Body 53

Chapter 6 My Weak Body 61

Chapter 7 My Liturgical Body 71

Chapter 8 My Sacramental Body 89

Chapter 9 My Neighbor's Body 99

Conclusion 107

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