A Different Beautiful: Discovering and Celebrating Beauty in Places You Never ExpectedCourtney Westlake
In 2011, Westlake's daughter, Brenna, was born with a life-threatening skin disorder. In this uplifting memoir, Courtney shares how she and her family have learned to value the extraordinary differences and wonderful sameness of humanity. Her heartwarming story will help you... Read More
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Jul 12, 2016
- UPC: 9781634097260
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 224
- Publish Date: Aug 1, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "REL012040"
- ISBN: 1634097262
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- Powerful Testimony of God's Amazing Love! by Jeanie on 8/8/2016
“’The LORD doesn't see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.’" (I Sam. 16:17)
How often have we studied, even memorized, this passage of Scripture, wanting the Lord’s kind of acceptance to us, thinking we are showing it to others? This reader’s hand surely goes up. Yet have we ever learned how what that looks like?
Courtney Westlake and her husband heard words that no parent of a newborn ever wants to hear: their beautiful baby girl Brenna was born with a skin disorder that was not only outstandingly rare, but severe and life-threatening. Brenna was in great pain as a newborn, and within a short time her tiny body was ravaged by an infection that could end her life. She survived that, and more, until she was taken to her home, to her big brother, by two parents committed to caring for her.
The author and her husband learned what they would need to do for Brenna’s care, and still she was hospitalized with infections that could occur no matter how excellent that care was. After finishing the book, I remember thinking, ‘how could they do all of that every single day?’ When you love your child, you are willing to do whatever is necessary for that child’s care. And when the Lord allows any circumstance in our lives, He gives us everything we need. Learn, we will, if we choose to trust Him.
‘A Different Beautiful’ begins with some early moments, days, and months of Brenna’s life. Throughout the book, the focus becomes more about what the Lord desires to teach them as a result of having this beautiful girl in their lives. We read Courtney’s emotions, frustrations, and victorious surrender to God. This book isn’t about trudging through life with a child who has a disease that not only gives her a different beautiful appearance that requires special care. Instead, we are blessed to see what our God has been teaching the author, and that we can learn these things ourselves and teach our children.
Mrs. Westlake shows us how to see through scripture how the Lord sees us, which is nothing like the eyes of the world. We can learn to see ourselves through God’s eyes, and with that new definition, how we see others. We can learn to stop putting limits on God and on those around us. Come, join the author on this amazing journey…there are so many gems in this book that it is worth reading and re-reading, using in Sunday school or book club. This is one truth shared; I feel that if we get it, really get it, our lives and love would dramatically change:
“We are God’s masterpieces. He created us in His image, and He celebrates over each of us and what we are capable of doing, through Him. We are fearfully and wonderfully made in His image, and we are strengthened by Him as we seek out and fulfill our purpose and live out our passions. Sometimes, we ask for, or expect very limited things from our Lord, instead of allowing Him to work through us to accomplish the amazing, the unbelievable, even the impossible.” (page 195-196).
I highly recommend this powerful book, ‘A Different Beautiful’ to men and women of any age whose hearts and minds are open to the truths of God, His people, and His great work. It is one of the most important Christian Living books that you will read this year.
With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book from the publisher (Barbour) in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.