Redefining Beautiful: What God Sees When God Sees You

Redefining Beautiful: What God Sees When God Sees You

by Jenna Lucado Bishop, Max Lucado


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Redefining Beautiful: What God Sees When God Sees You by Jenna Lucado Bishop, Max Lucado

Not feeling very beautiful? Learn what beauty is from God's perspective.

Revolve speaker Jenna Lucado has teamed up with her dad, Max Lucado, to bring girls a fresh perspective on what they need to live a life of peace, joy, and confidence. What does God see when He looks at them? And how does a girl catch that vision?

Jennareveals life accessories that are essential, and which single accessoryis a real must-have to give teens a look they love—a look that saysthey are comfortable with who they are and secure and confident. What’sthe all-important accessory? Love from a father. But what happens whenthere is no loving father in sight, no daddy to tell them they arebeautiful?

Through conversational “girl time” Jenna reveals that when we look to God as our Father, He can change our focus, our look, and our lives. With affirmation from Max, Redefining Beautiful will change the way girls look at God, themselves, and the people around them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400314287
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 09/14/2009
Pages: 221
Sales rank: 865,768
Product dimensions: 5.46(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Since entering the ministry in 1978, Max Lucado has served churches in Miami, Florida; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and San Antonio, Texas. He currently serves as senior minister of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio. He is America’s bestselling inspirational author with more than 130 million books in print.

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Redefining Beautiful: What God Sees When God Sees You 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Martha Barcenas More than 1 year ago
This is a great book i highly recomend it. if you wake and look in the mirrorand think your not beutiful think again!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was done as a bible study with me and a group of about 20 girls in middle school and highschool. I was one of the highschoolers there and I have to say this book was amazing! Jenna really put it into perspective of how our dad's can affect how we view ourselves, and how a relationship with God can give us the accsesories we need in life! I highly reccomend this book to any teenage girl, it will really change your perspective on things! My leader in the Bible study was an amazing teacher and helped us dig deep into the story. You dont need to be in a Biblestudy to read this bookbut it was a cool expirence that i will probably never re-live. Us allin that group are going to have a bond that will never go away!!
Thenursemommy More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book for teenage girls struggling to define themselves.
jessiwhitt More than 1 year ago
Jenna Lucado follows in her father's footsteps with this inspirational book about finding beauty through the eyes of God rather than through superficial means. Jenna uses situations from her life that almost any young lady can relate to. She gives girls with and without a father figure a place to turn to. their heavenly Father. I think this book would be great for my 10 year old niece or a girl in middle school, but being a 20 something I was disappointed. The positive and negative of this book is its down to earth nature and lack of depth. I think this book is great for teenage girls to read and study together because it deals with situations that they can relate to and also has an area to write your own thoughts. I loved the topic which is why I chose to read this book, but I would not recommend this book for the over 18 crowd simply because it lacked depth. It seemed a bit immature to me, but I can see how it would appeal to younger girls. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their 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."
CrittyJoy More than 1 year ago
I requested this book from Thomas Nelson's review program because I work with teen girls. They struggle so much with their looks and what beauty is and I wanted to find a resource that was God focused and encouraging. When I saw Redefining Beautiful and saw that Max Lucado's daughter had written I knew I wanted to check it out. I loved this book. It is a perfect resource for teen girls who are seeking more that what the world tells them. The world tells them they have to be skinny, blonde, and tall. So many girls just don't measure up to today's standards. This book talks about this and so much more. It is also interactive sections of questions and small quizzes. It also has a section with Notes from Max and beauty tips and life accessories that are little things to remember such as how God defines beauty. I was very impressed with Redefining Beautiful. It is written with an easy flow of conversational tone that would be great for preteen to young adult women. It is refreshingly honest and insightful and easily kept the girls I work with engaged. So if you have any young women in your life I would highly recommend picking up Redefining Beautiful to encourage them to look past skin deep and look at the heart and how our God sees us!
DaveAnthold More than 1 year ago
You Are Beautiful is the major theme of this charming book from Jenna Lucado. Redefining Beautiful is a gentle waltz for girls of all ages, especially teen girls. It looks like Jenna has inherited some of her writing prowess from her father. This book is a must read for anyone who has teen daughters, works with teen girls, leads teen girls, etc. In our modern day world, where beauty is often skin deep, this book illuminates us to the ideas that beauty is so much more then what is on the outside. This book shares the deep hurts of girls who grew up without a father or were hurt by their father. It also shows the importance of having deep and personal relationships with others. Max Lucado shares his thoughts with the audience about Jenna, and the role a father should play in the life of his daughter. You will find beauty tips, fashion tips, and other tips that force you to examine your life. if you truly take advantage of the lessons in this book and do the exercises that Jenna has prepared, you can expect a marvelous experience. Middle School youth leaders can use this book as a guide to help strengthen their teens spiritual and emotional lives, and to help them discover their true beauty. If you have the chance, I recommend that you listen to this book as Jenna reads the book, and you receive all of her great personality that would be missed if you just simply read the book. This is a home run from Jenna Lucado!
My3Chickadees More than 1 year ago
When I picked up this book, I knew that it was geared toward teenage girls, but since I have three girls myself I thought it would be interesting. I was pleased to read some good advice with references to the Bible although it takes a few chapters to get to that. Teen girls would enjoy the 'big sister' feel of this book written by Jenna Lucado, daughter of well-known Max Lucado. Jenna points out the way 'the world' views beauty versus 'inner beauty' and what God sees when He sees you. Uplifting and points girls toward the focus of real beauty. I was pleased with this book and will most likely pass it on to my pre-teen niece since my girls are still young. I like for 'advice' books to be backed with Scripture and wasn't sure this one was going to be that way until about the 5th chapter. So, I was glad to finally see references to the Bible. It is a book that teen girls will read through quickly. I believe it will appeal to them and keep their attention. It is written on the topics that surround teen girls. Good book!
Stevenkat27 More than 1 year ago
billboards. magazines. television. pictures. media. newspapers. internet. posters. movies...perfect Too often, women get caught up in a material world. We're taught through billboards, magazines, and other such things to love material things that "enhance" the way we look. The perfect makeup, the perfect hair, the perfect body, the perfect nails, the perfect nose...all of it. We let these things set the standard for what our definition of beautiful is. But answer me this, what ever happened to inner beauty? Is there any such thing in our society these days? After all, an apple could look red, juicy, and ripe on the outside, but it can be rotten at the core. Jenna Lucado, like her father, obviously has a passion for speaking and writing. She really draws in her readers because she speaks from her personal experiences and struggles, even the ones she encounters today. In Redefining Beautiful, published by Thomas Nelson, Jenna Lucado writes about the everyday struggles that we as women often face: self-esteem issues, dating, broken families, and abuse. She shows us that the way we view ourselves is flawed. We tend to see everything we can "improve on" instead of everything we have to offer. However, her most important message to us is that God sees us all as beautiful. We are his children and he created us in his image, not by referencing to Vogue Magazine. Jenna really works hard to bring out a woman's inner beauty in her book, and includes little tips and tricks along the way on how we can work on our inner beauty. She also offers advice for girls who are apart of broken families, or may not have a father figure in their lives, and reassures them that they already have a perfect dad....their father in heaven, who sees them as beautiful inside and out. I recommend this book to any teenager looking for a uplifting, captivating, read. This book offers teenage girls a new vision of themselves and a new definition of beauty. Jenna Lucado brings hope as she helps teenage girls realize that the real definition of beauty is what God sees when he sees you. Since I too, have a teenage daughter, I highly recommend giving it as a gift to them. My daughter has also read it. I received a complimentary copy of the book from Thomas Nelson Publishers and was not paid for this review.
Christin More than 1 year ago
Redefining Beautiful. The title itself captured me. Jenna writes this engaging book for teenage girls. She draws them in simply by being real and getting serious about our identity. You don't have to be a teenager to be challenged by this, because I was. She speaks plainly, lovingly, and understandably to young girls about insecurity, boys, individuality, friendship, and more, while intertwining God in all conversations. She uses the attractions and difficulties most teenage girls face to bring them in to something much deeper than make-up and shoes (even though those things are fun!). *Written for the Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers* Jenna lead me to a place I had not yet discovered about myself and I began to break free from bondage's simply by recognizing how God sees me. She writes plainly about some of the struggles she faced as a young woman and how God changed her heart because He shifted her identity. Our real security, our real identity is found in God, our Heavenly Father. Jenna challenged me to dig into the Word when I have those feelings of insecurity and fix my eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2) because it will take the focus off myself. I really believe many teenage girls would relate and therefore listen to the message she's sharing. I definitely recommend this to teenage girls, especially those who have doubts about their worth or significance in life. Jenna wants young ladies to know their worth is not found in how others view them, or even in how they view themselves, but in how their Father sees them: and that is truly beautiful.
khager23 More than 1 year ago
Jenna Lucado and her father, Max, discuss issues (self-esteem, dating, modesty, abusive relationships, eating disorders, divorce) and how what girls need is a good relationship with their father. Because not every girl has this, she discusses how the father-child relationship (especially the father-daughter one) is meant to mimic the relationship that God has with each of us. There are Bible verses and prayers, but also personal stories (the ones Max shares are reprints from his books) and that keeps this book really relatable. Another way it's relatable is the references Jenna makes. For example, she compares possible relationships with God to Facebook relationship statuses ("in a relationship" means you're doing what God wants you to do and following Him and "it's complicated" means...well, I bet you can guess. Hint: it's not good.) I'm not the target audience (it's really geared towards teenage girls) but I think it'll be really valuable. One of the best lessons, of course, is how society's definition of beautiful is not a good one. (Hence the title.)
Teresa_Konopka More than 1 year ago
"Redefining Beautiful: What God Sees When God Sees You" by Jenna Lucado is a self-help book for young girls. It revolves around the notion of self esteem. Topics range from health and beauty to self-mutilation, bulimia, and--yes--boys. Each chapter starts off with a story. Then, there is an explanation of a particular professional development lesson for girls. Interspersed throughout the book are "Notes from Max" (Max Lucado is a famous author and Jenna's father). There are also Bible quotations and fill-in questions provided. Additionally, there is a quiz here and there. The main concept of girl's beauty in God's eyes always goes back to fatherhood. Jenna Lucado discusses girls' relationships with their fathers and correlates it to having God as Father. Girls will enjoy the straightforward and candid style of this book. The current nature is copacetic, too; even facebooking is integrated into a chapter. Also, the aesthetics are nice with fun chapter designs that will excite young readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely a great read and worth buying!!!
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C-C- More than 1 year ago
Jenna Lucado has written a book every teen girl should read! :) Each chapter is short yet filled with so much information. With discussion questions and a beauty tip each chapter would be great to do as a small group study or even on your own! After hearing Jenna Speak at Revolve Tour in 2008 and 2009 I knew I had to have this book to add to my library! I can't wait to use this in my middle school girls group study this fall!
Revkah More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness this book is good, I have told my friends and my nieces they need to read it. I have said every Christian girl should read this book. It has become my new favorite book. I didn't have any sort of relationship with my biological father, but the one I have with my Heavenly father is unbreakable, this book made me cry and laugh, I've always known that a girl and her dad have a special bond that doesn't compare to anything else. Being with out a dad I have always looked up to my brother in law, he is the closest thing I've ever had to a dad and I am very thankful for him. What I really enjoyed was the 'workbook' part of the book, this is something I always enjoy from a book, being able to have a deeper look into my self. Learn more about me, and what Makes me "tick". I will be giving this book as gifts to my nieces.
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SharonChance More than 1 year ago
As a former young girl who grew up with a somewhat warped perception of herself, my first question upon reading Jenna Lucado's book "Redefining Beautiful: What God See When God Sees You," is.where was this book 30 years ago? In a light and lively manner, Jenna Lucado (daughter of bestselling Christian author Max Lucado) brings a fresh but also serious look at what today's young Christian girls need to feel worthy and beautiful in today's society. Using stories from her own life, as well as from the lives of girls she has counseled or meet, Lucado reveals that being beautiful is not just about what's on the outside - the clothes, the make-up, the shoes, the hair - but what's on the inside of a young girl's heart and her relationship with God that makes a young woman truly beautiful. "Redefining Beautiful" is a workbook of sorts, as there are spaces provided throughout the book for the thought-provoking questions, such as "what kind of friend are you?" and "what makes you feel insecure?" Lucado offers unique beauty tips for the outer self, as well as scriptural messages for the inner beauty. Dad Max also contributes his thoughts on God's love for all his children, and how to stay strong in faith during the tough times. Jenna Lucado's book should be required reading for all young girls entering their teenaged years. Her wisdom, for one so young, is vital and timely. I truly wish a book like "Redefining Beautiful" had been around in my time - could have saved me a lot of heartache in life. A perfect book for gift-giving.
Oh_how_He_loves_us More than 1 year ago
I stumbled upon this book right after it was released. I had recently been asked to find something to start a teen girls small group in our church, and after reading "Jenna's Note" in the beginning, I knew this would be right on track for what we were needing. Over the next few chances I had to read it, I found myself becoming challenged in even my own view of beauty, not so much in what I see in others, that's never really been an issue, but absolutely how I see myself. I appreciate the quality of advice/direction Jenna gives in this book, as well as the fun that is in there too. I've shared this title with so many people, and am anxious to start the small group study with "my" teen girls in the next few days~ cannot wait to see how it will impact their lives.
BernadineM More than 1 year ago
What is your definition of beautiful? Have you ever look in the mirror and seen someone you thought less than attractive looking back at you? If you answered yes to that question then Jenna Lucado's book Redefining Beautiful was definitely written with you in mind. Redefining Beautiful encourages young ladies to stop defining themselves by the world's ideas of beautiful and see themselves as God sees them. Beautiful in this book is defined as, what God sees when God sees you. This book is interspersed with examples from Jenna's life and is written in an easy to read, down to earth format that teen girls will enjoy reading. Jenna discusses a variety of topics from deodorants, to sunburns, Facebook addictions, friendships and boys, just to name a few. This book can be used for individual study or for group discussions. I often give books to teens as gifts and I would not hesitate to give this book as a gift.
nybookcafe More than 1 year ago
Redefining Beautiful: What God Sees When He Sees You, is a powerful workbook for young adult females. Jenna Lucado, with the help of her dad, minister and author Max Lucado, discuss many issues that young females encounter as they begin their journey through adulthood. There are many discussions about how we as women, view ourselves, and how we would react under certain circumstances. Using various scenarios, Jenna Lucado does a great job in having the reader answer questions about themselves, where you can truly have time with yourself and reflect on how you view yourself, and why you react the way you do. Redefining Beautiful is a workbook that allows the reader to look inside themselves and explore their own spirituality, as well as their relationships with their parents. The many reflections that Jenna Lucado includes in this book allows the reader to take inventory of their life, and genuinely and honestly look at areas that can be improved, while discovering the wonderfulness of the perfect Dad we all have. From issues such as self-esteem, confidence, and what we truly value as beauty, this little workbook is great for any girl approaching adolescence. - written by Jennifer Ochs
Jessicabo More than 1 year ago
I recently had the opportunity to read and review Redefining Beautiful, by Jenna Lucado. In this book, Jenna (daughter of Max) writes to teenage girls about something that teenage girls are immersed: a cultural and personal obsession with beauty. As suggested in the subtitle ("What God Sees When He Sees You"), the book goes beyond the obvious ideas presented to girls about what constitutes beauty to show that beauty really is about something deeper and more lasting. Specifically, Jenna reveals the one essential element of true and lasting beauty: a father's love.and even more specifically, the love of the Father. This is a terrific book for any teenage girl. Girls are so consumed with conforming themselves to the latest idea of what beauty is, and I think that by reading this book, they would see in a new way that they are beautiful just the way they are simply because they are loved by their Father in Heaven. I highly recommend this book to any adolescent girls in your life. I will warn you, though, that if you read it yourself, you might be disappointed. It is obviously geared toward younger girls, as Jenna's language and illustrations are somewhat "young" themselves. It is a good read, though, and one that most anyone can benefit from reading. Redefining Beautiful is available from Thomas Nelson Publishers and any retailer of Christian books.