Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Review: Brave Is the New Beautiful: Finding the Courage to Be the Real You by Lee Wolfe Blum

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Our culture bombards women with "thinspiration" messages and pressure to "do it all" while wearing the mask of perfection. 

Women are left feeling alone and overwhelmed. How can they stop comparing themselves to others? How can they live out who they really are?

Lee Wolfe Blum offers stories from everyday women who have answered these questions with their lives-and found true beauty in the process. In Brave Is the New Beautiful, Blum weaves reflections from her own journey with inspirational stories from everyday women who chose to take off their masks and live authentically. Through call-to-action questions and ideas, she encourages readers to be brave enough to be who they really are and the beloved that God knows they are.

My Review:

I love the cover of this book - that and the title is what drew me to it.  Something about the title made me think of women I knew who were struggling to be brave in the face of life's difficulties and how much I admire them.  You might think by the title that this book is about outward beauty.  It's not.  This book dives deep into real life and the bravery it takes to face whatever situation you're going through.  And EVERYONE is going through something.   Also, you're not alone!  If you're going through something you think no one else has experienced - think again.

Each chapter is a story about an everyday woman who is living the everyday struggle of real life and how they find the courage to be real with themselves, with others, and with God.  The stories are not pretty but they show the beauty of being brave, having hope, and finding faith and healing.  At the end of each chapter are questions for reflection that help you focus on the thoughts and points that were made.
"Be vulnerable. Be real. Be raw and let your naked bravery shine bright. In doing so, you help others see hope. You help others have faith. That is brave. That is beautiful.  Now go forth and be that for one another, you brave and beautiful women!"   (Brave is the new Beautiful, page 215)
This is a well written and inspirational book and by the end of it, you'll be inspired to be more real with yourself and God and allow healing to take place and to help others do the same.

*Thanks to Litfuse and the publisher for a complimentary copy of this book. I was not paid or required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*

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About the Author:

Lee Wolfe Blum is an energetic and passionate speaker who loves to help women find hope in healing from perfectionism and addictions. She works as a mental health practitioner in the field of Eating Disorders and Chemical Dependency. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and three boys.

Find out more about Lee Wolfe at leewolfeblum.com.

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