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Saturday, beauty that matters…

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A Black cat Book Review

Fierce Beauty by Kim Meeder

In her book of true stories Kim Meeder tells women the truth about beauty, what it is and what it is not.  She writes of the beauty she sees in the women and girls around her and in her own life.

“You were not created to be a princess of entitlement but a warrior, fighting to bring love and hope to the world.”

It becomes clear through the stories that the world’s quest for beauty is insatiable, there is never enough, it will never be satisfied.  This beauty imprisons women making their world small and confining.  It cannot endure, it can only fade.

Just as clearly true beauty is revealed in the lives of imperfect women who have chosen the joy found in the freedom of the warrior over the prison of the princess.  This beauty does endure, it is eternal.

“God is calling women to be beautiful, not just the way our world portrays.  God’s desire is that we choose to lay down our princess crown of entitlement, pick up His sword of encouragement, and start fighting for those around us who are losing their battle for hope.”

Meeder writes captivatingly and deceptively simple.  In her book you can find easy surface lessons or dig deeper and discover wisdom rarely found in a book with beauty in the title.  From beginning to end the heart of Kim Meeder is exposed.  She encourages and inspires.

There is an honesty and transparency here that gives the reader much to ponder.

I received this book free of charge by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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Saturday, I didn’t like it…

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A Black Cat Book Review

Relentless by John Bevere

John Bevere writes with passion and strong opinions.  Opinions with which I find it hard to agree.  He is obviously well-versed in scripture but his use of them is somewhat misleading.

One of the statements Bevere makes is that God is not in control.  He asks the question “Who is in charge of the earth?” and answers, “We are!”  He develops his thought with scripture references that seemed to support his theory but do not.

He believes Christians are empowered by grace to rule in life and are to be the best of the best in every way and everything.  And he explains what that should look like. He seems to be saying that if a Christian is not super successful in all they do then they are a failure as a Christian.  Not that they are not Christian, just not very good ones.

There are thought provoking chapters and ideas in Relentless that are compelling in the way they are presented.  However, there are some conclusions that I found difficult to understand and I think he uses scripture incorrectly to defend his beliefs.

That Christians are to be relentless in their faith I understand.  We are called to persevere and remain faithful and bring Christ’s message to a dying world.  What is means to be relentless to me and what it means to John Bevere are altogether different.

This was a challenging book for me to read and not one I enjoyed.  At times it angered me but for the most part it was frustrating.  I would not recommend this book to an unbeliever or one new to the faith.  To others I would suggest reading prayerfully and with a good study bible at hand.

Much of what Bevere wrote rings true but overall, for me,  the clang of alarm rang loudest.

I was sent the book Relentless free of charge by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers in exchange for this review.