YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL shows young women who feel like they are not thin/pretty/good enough how to find true confidence as they discover their identity in Christ.
Have you ever felt like you were not enough-not pretty enough, thin enough, or enough enough?
You will never be all that the world demands you to be-it's impossible. Just ask curve model Ashley Reitz, who struggled for years with feeling overlooked, frizzy-haired, round-faced, and chubby. Her insecurity, disordered eating, and weight issues derailed her happiness and set her on a treadmill of constantly trying to be enough and never succeeding.
Even after Ashley grew up, graduated from beauty school, and launched a successful international modeling career, it took overcoming some painfully dark circumstances to provide her with the needed clarity and strength to confront her deeply rooted insecurities. She realized she had to surrender daily, actively seeking her acceptance and finding her worth in Jesus alone. Finally, she realized the truth: She was already beautiful.
And so are you! Join Ashley as she explores topics of confidence, beauty, positive body image, and the maddening-and futile-pursuit of perfection. Like an encouraging friend and sister, Ashley speaks truth and healing into your life as you:
- Rethink your true source of identity and confidence.
- Choose physical and spiritual wellness over our culture's unnatural fixation with being "skinny."
- Take back the power you and millions of others have unwittingly handed over to the media.
- Learn to believe God's words of love and value about you, every day.
- Are inspired by a formerly insecure "hot mess" who has been transformed through seeking her confidence in Christ alone.
- Believe that you are enough, because Jesus said so.
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About the Author
Ashely Reitz works with top agencies as a "curve model," offering her a platform to promote a healthy body image to young women. She has been an ambassador for a popular movement called Healthy Is the New Skinny and has been on the board for Miss SW Florida USA. Ashley has appeared in major magazines such as Seventeen and in national ad campaigns for Avon, Macy's, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Along with her "match" B.T., she was a fan favorite on FOX TV's reality show Coupled. Follow her at ashleyreitz.com.
Lorilee Craker is the author of thirteen books, including Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter, and Me; the CBA and ECPA bestseller My Journey to Heaven with Marvin J. Besteman; Money Secrets of the Amish; A Is for Atticus: Baby Names from Great Books, featured in People magazine; and the New York Times bestseller Through the Storm with Lynne Spears. In 2012 she was nominated for an Audie Award for best audio book in the personal development category. Follow her at lorileecraker.com.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Unseen 1
Chapter 2 Overlooked 16
Chapter 3 Pretty 34
Chapter 4 Skinny 52
Chapter 5 Beautiful 71
Chapter 6 Elite 90
Chapter 7 Strive 110
Chapter 8 Slide 128
Chapter 9 Curve 150
Chapter 10 Reality 169
Chapter 11 Confident 189
About the Author 203
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
You Are Beautiful: A Model Makeover from Insecure to Confident in Christ by Ashley Reitz encourages young women to feel confident in their God-given beauty. Reitz is a “curve model,” and I enjoyed reading about her experiences in the modeling world. Reitz has such a positive, healthy approach towards life, and she sounds like a great role model for girls. The media often sends messages about body image that are damaging to girls, which makes books like You Are Beautiful much needed in society. Women need to remember that God created them beautifully, and Reitz’ book cements that message. One of my favorite chapters in the book was “Curve,” which talked about reacting to the curveballs in life and being resilient. I also really liked the chapter “Beautiful,” which talked about things that make someone beautiful, such as their wisdom and compassion. The “Beauty Box” reflection questions at the end of each chapter were a great addition to the book. The book shows what true beauty is, and Reitz encourages women to be confident and secure in their identity in Christ. *I received this book for review*
You Are Beautiful: A Model Makeover from Insecure to Confident in Christ by Ashley Reitz was an amazing reading experience. Ms. Reitz takes us through a lifetime of struggling with insecurity. She shares how she had an unhealthy self-image and battled with various eating disorders and how she learned to navigate through an industry that is most culpable in promoting unrealistic beauty standards. Her rousing story of transformation through faith in Jesus’ unconditional love caused her to rediscover the invaluable treasures hidden within her. Those truths empowered her to use her public platform to help others avoid pitfalls and unhealthy life choices that could possibly result in irreparable harm spiritually, mentally and physically. This book is well written with very brief chapters and a concise summary at the end of each chapter smartly entitled, “Beauty Box”. These summaries highlight major points in each chapter and include several follow-up questions to prompt the reader to reflect and take some action steps. I highly recommend this book for all young women and believe it would be an excellent teaching resource for small church groups seeking to mentor and groom the next generation of women, as well as required reading for future beauty pageant contestants. Ms. Ashley Reitz, thank you for sharing your story and inspiring others to trusting Jesus Christ too. I received this book free from the publisher through their book review bloggers program and I was not required to write a positive review.