Americans spend millions on beauty products, weight-loss programs, and age-defying medical interventions each year. We set impossible standards and feel bad about ourselves when we don't reach them. Is beauty truly that difficult to attain? Or could it be that our idea of what's beautiful is simply too narrow?
With engaging personal stories
and dramatic before-and-after photography, filmmaker Rebecca Friedlander
uncovers the true beauty of 12 women from various ethnicities and backgrounds,
empowering us to shatter the lies of rejection, doubt, and low self-esteem.
Utilizing compelling biblical truth and questions for personal reflection,
Friedlander helps us identify our own personal battlegrounds, celebrate our
uniqueness, and embrace God's definition of beautiful.
Anyone who loves a great makeover story or who wants to explore their unique identity will love this eye-opening book. Let's stop letting the world define beauty and start being a voice that tells the world what true beauty actually looks like.
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Twelve women tell their stories of God’s redemptive power. They share how He took their twisted, broken lives and remade it into something beautiful. Each chapter of Finding Beautiful: Discovering Authentic Beauty around the World begins with the featured woman’s story, and then has a section for the author’s experience. Finally, the chapter’s lesson is tied to Scripture to show God’s perspective.
Ms. Friedlander photographs each woman first in a way which represents their broken identity, and then as they appeared after they had embraced their new identity from God. The photographs tell a powerful tale. They speak of how the world sees us and causes us to see ourselves, but more importantly, they show how God sees each of His daughters and the transformation that awaits if we would just run into His arms.
Know God—God has the power to transform us. When we live our lives outside of His presence there is despair, abuse, and an incorrect view of self. But when we turn to Him and allow Him to define us, there is a dramatic change.
Know yourself—an intimate knowledge of God gives us true knowledge of self. Despite what the world teaches, we will never truly know who we are if we don’t spend time getting to know God. The stories of these 12 women show us that. They each had to put aside the “truth” they had known about themselves before Christ in order to embrace their identity as a daughter of the Great King.
Run your race—these were stories of hope. No matter what has happened in your past, God gives grace and He gives it abundantly. He also gives each of us the ability—and the power—to run the race that He has set before us.
One of the secrets of God’s kingdom is that following Christ often leads us to the very thing we were hoping to find all along.
Many times the thing we think we want is a substitute for something else. We may think we want attention from men but what we really want is love—the love which our Heavenly Father provides abundantly.
Sometime we need to turn to a fresh page and allow our Father in heaven to define Himself based on accurate descriptions in Scripture rather than defining Him based on what our past or society tells us.
Don’t we do this? We always want to put God in a box that is created by the fallen, broken people in our lives. We sometimes act as though He has to behave the same as we do in much the same way as the Greek and Egyptian gods.
Sometimes our dreams need a makeover. We think we know exactly what our dreams will look like, but when our hopes come crashing down, we feel as if God hasn’t been faithful. This is a good time to step back and ask God to do a new thing.
Yes! We want our dreams on our terms often forgetting that we were created to give glory to God. Sometimes we can’t have what we want because our motives aren’t right. And that’s when we have to ask God to take away our dreams and replace them with His.
Have you read Finding Beautiful? What did you think? Get your copy today.
I received a copy of Finding Beautiful as part of the Baker Books Blogger program. A positive review was not required.
Rebecca Friedlander has been in full-time ministry for 17 years, ministering both locally and internationally using creative arts and music. As a worship leader, she has copyrighted more than 300 songs and released 13 CDs. As a film producer and award-winning photographer, her productions include Seeds TV, Girl Perfect, Pioneers, A Southeast Alaskan Odyssey, Spiritual Warfare 101, Celtic Pilgrimage, and Thin Places.
Her newest production, Radical Makeovers, is a TV series about beauty, featuring makeovers and testimonies of 40 women around the world who have overcome image-related issues. The author of 8 books, Rebecca lives in San Diego, California. Visit rebeccafriedlander.com for more information.