Beauty Begins: Making Peace With Your Reflection-By Chris Shook & Megan Shook Alpha

Book Description:
You are, and always have been, beautiful.  

“Beauty begins. That’s the point of this book. Our understanding of beauty got started somewhere and somehow, and probably due to someone. Now that may have been a good start, but then again it may not have. But regardless of what your past looks like, we want to offer up this word of hope: it’s never too late to make peace with your reflection.” 


We live in a culture that’s obsessed with beauty. Walk by any magazine stand, turn on a television, or visit the local shopping mall, and you’ll be bombarded with the images and ideals that our culture believes are the epitome of what it means to be beautiful. And if you’re like most women, you’ve probably spent countless hours trying to measure up to this standard of beauty whether you realize it or not. 


But if you don’t make peace with your reflection, you’ll end up declaring war on yourself.


That’s where mother-daughter team, Chris and Megan Shook, want to help. In Beauty Begins, they explore the origins of beauty (hint, it didn’t start with a fashion magazine) and challenge each of us to trade the pressure of perfection for God’s perfect love.


Poignant, relevant, and relatable, Beauty Begins is for every woman who wants to reclaim what it means to be truly beautiful. 


Do you feel beautiful?


When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Others may tell you that you’re beautiful, but do you believe them? Why not? Don’t let another day go by without believing and knowing that you are fearfully and wonderfully made.  

It’s time for you to exchange society’s cookie-cutter suggestions for what is beautiful and instead discover and reclaim what true beauty looks like – and the One who created it. 

In Beauty Begins, Chris and Megan Shook share with you their own experiences and struggles with appearance and body image, as well as equip you with the wisdom to distinguish what’s artificial beauty and what’s real. Filled with heartfelt encouragement, insightful challenges, and undeniable truth, after reading Beauty Begins, you’ll never look in the mirror the same way again. 

My Review:

I will have to say, when I saw the title of this book I had mixed feelings. I was eager to dive in and find out how to make peace with my inner reflection. Then I was nervous, all at the same time. I, like many other women, have fallen victim to the world, and it’s standard of beauty. I am not a skinny size 4, with long blonde hair, blue eyes, and the athletic body. I do not have the style touch. My idea of dressing up is a dressy top, skinny jeans, and flats. I easily get embarrassed when I am in a crowd. I compare myself to the women that meet the “world’s standard of beauty”, and I fall short. Well, in my eyes I do. After reading this book, I realize that in God’s perfect eyes, I am beautiful. I am his masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10). This book has helped confirm to me what I have been taught all my life, but for some reason, have refused to believe. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. And so are you. This book has helped me with my self image and I know it can you as well. After all, the world is not who we are living for. So let’s believe the perfect God who calls us beautiful, masterpiece, His. 
I rate this book a 5/5 stars. 

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are honest, and my own.


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