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Beauty Begins: Making Peace with Your Reflection

Chris Shook, Megan Shook, Megan Shook Alpha, Megan Shook Alpha
Beauty Begins: Making Peace with Your Reflection

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... Read More

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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.
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Release Date: Mar 15, 2016
  • UPC: 9781601427298
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Publish Date: Mar 15, 2016
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 100
  • Audience Age Minimum: 18
  • Audience Gender: Female
  • BISAC: "REL012130"
  • ISBN: 1601427298

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5.0 out of 5 starsIt's time to end the war we are waging against the mirror and start reclaiming our reflections by Tripping Into Grace on 4/24/2016
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Let’s cut to the chase. Mirrors are terrifying! Forget spiders, snakes, darkness, heights. Sister they ain’t got nothin’ on mirrors. When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you feel beautiful? If we listened to the garbage that magazines, television and social media bombard us with, very few women would say yes and might not ever leave the privacy of their own homes. Why are we obsessed with the ideal of beauty? It sickens me that women of all ages, young to old, struggle with the truth of the society’s mirrors; “thin is beautiful, but anorexia is the new gorgeous, the more bones you can see protruding underneath your skin is hot!” Umm gross…am I the only one that wants to take these women to the nearest all you can eat buffet?! I mean eat a sandwich already!!!

Ok. So here’s the thing, in the spirit of full disclosure, I was one of those girls. The war I had with my body trying to live up to the world’s absurd definition of beauty, was chock full of self-hatred, poor decisions and quite a few casualties. Unfortunately, like many women, I battled with my reflection and tried to change it with anorexia and bulimia. I was more concerned with being beautiful in the eyes of others than realizing how I define my beauty comes from another source, the only one that matters.

Instead of trying to measure up to society’s artificial, and may I say, unrealistic, standard of beauty, its time to make peace with your reflection. God created each of us to be unique, special and one of a kind (even identical twins have distinguishing characteristics)! We were fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). God doesn’t do accidents. He doesn’t make mistakes. He is the most-efficient Creator. It is not by chance that the reflection staring back at you is what it is. In Jeremiah 1:5, God proclaims, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born, I set you apart…” Take a second to digest that. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Before you were even a twinkle in your parent’s eyes, God knew exactly what you would look like and made you beautiful so you were set apart from others. He didn’t use copy, cut and paste. He opened a new document and started from scratch.

In their book, Beauty Begins, Chris and Megan Shook Alpha, share their own experiences and struggles with appearance and body image. But they go a step further by equipping you with the wisdom to distinguish what’s artificial beauty and what’s real. So let’s end the war we are waging against the mirror and start reclaiming our reflections.

I can assure you that you’ll never look in the mirror the same way again without knowing, You are and always have been BEAUTIFUL.


…to look after orphans and widows in their distress. James 1:27
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