“True beauty tip: You are worthwhile to God.”
Please don’t let the title fool you. Kylie Bisutti‘s devotional, 30 Days to a More Beautiful You, uplifts the heart. This little book, written especially for teen girls, holds a lot of inspiration. While I might have chosen a different title (it reminds me too much of beauty magazine jargon), this devotional has sincerity and a substantial message. It will bring a fresh perspective to young women who are hungry for honesty and caring support.
It brings powerful encouragement for teens to hear a former model, who earned her living based on her physical appearance, speak about the topic of beauty. Kylie Bisutti experienced firsthand the dangers of a workplace where the only beauty that mattered was on the outside, and was an impossible, artificial standard. The pressure of cultural norms that try to put a teen’s focus on the superficial can be hard to resist. Kylie Bisutti‘s writing is full of reminders that God needs to be at the center.
For each day, 30 Days to a More Beautiful You has a Bible verse accompanied by a reflection or personal story, followed by questions to consider (“What things have become idols in your life?”; “How can you celebrate the unique way God created you?”), and a “true beauty tip” to carry the message into your life. With its compact 4″x6″ size, this book is very portable.
A great choice for a study group, 30 Days to a More Beautiful You brings an encouraging message to girls who might be seeking to know in their hearts that they are valued for who they are, for who God created them to be. Author Kylie Bisutti also has written I’m No Angel, in which she shares her story of finding work that would better fit with faithfully living her religious beliefs.
Please note: Some topics related to beauty and self-esteem can be very sensitive areas. Be prepared to talk about healthy weight and body image, if needed. The young women in your life will be glad for your listening and support.
Disclaimer: A complimentary copy was provided by Tyndale House Publishers for review purposes. No fee was received.