Book Spotlight: Brave Beauty: Lynn Cowell


SYNOPSIS: What will my life be like? Who will I be? Whether girls put these concerns into words or struggle anxiously with these thoughts, during this season of change, girls have questions. Sometimes these questions also come with fears and they need a safe place to process these fears. From Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker and blogger, Lynn Cowell, comes Faithgirlz Brave Beauty: Finding the Fearless You. For girls 8-12, Brave Beauty brings tweens 100 courage-building moments to reflect on Scripture and find confidence in God, rather than in someone, some place, or some thing, as culture will all-too-soon tell them to. Lynn will also prepare girls to:
Overcome confidence-defeating thoughts and stand on who Jesus says she is.
Shape her self-worth on Christ and overcome the temptation base it on environmental factors.
Build a strong foundation to face the fickle and flippant opinions of others.
Find approval of herself even when she lacks the acceptance of others.
Find security by turning to Christ as she steps through the exciting, yet scary world of growing up
Formatted as theme-based mini chapters, these moments can be read as one-a-days, one-a-weeks, or at the reader’s own pace. Simple and empowering, Lynn’s voice is relatable and conversational, making it easy for girls to feel like they’re spending time with a friend. This inspirational read will be set as a gorgeously decorated hardcover, with beautifully formatted pages in line with the well-known and loved Faithgirlz look, and with an easy-reference index to look up any topic.
MY THOUGHTS: In today’s world, girls are under pressure like never before. In an age group where girls struggle to learn who they are, they’re often bombarded with what others think they should be. While we as parents try to build them up, peers and media often provide them with a louder voice of cynicism. ‘Brave Beauty’ is a timely, and incredibly relatable book.

Parents of tweens know that they hate to be preached to or talked ‘at’. Lynn’s tone in the book is one of understanding without condescension. She’s captured the fine art of getting through to tweens while still be a nurturing, affective role model. While we surely do our best as parents to build self-confidence, it is a fragile thing easily broken. ‘Brave Beauty’ offers real world inspiration and encouragement to remain steadfast in an uncertain time in their lives.

I have 3 sons and no daughters, but, many of the reflections in the book easily apply to both boys and girls. Along with their faith in Christ, the one gift you should give your children is a feeling that they’re loved. Show them they support their self-esteem by gifting them a copy of ‘Brave Beauty’. I will become a book that’s re-read over and over again. I give it a full 5 stars.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

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