Chapter Three: Pursue Beauty
1. How does our culture define “beauty?”
2. How is the pursuit of external beauty reflected in your List?
3. In the opening of this chapter, Marian is honest about her pursuit of external beauty. How can you relate? How have worldly images of beauty influenced you?
4. Marian writes, “The term “plastic” has become synonymous with a girl who is extremely attractive on the outside, yet empty and shallow on the inside—a type of beauty that is literally only “skin deep.” It seems that as more focus is placed on external beauty, the uglier the heart can become. “
Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
"My point is that when we are tempted to fixate on our outer beauty only (skin, hair, makeup, outfit, size), the result is that we are focusing exclusively on ourselves. This fight for the perfect look is a losing battle with casualties named kindness, goodness, gentleness, and selflessness.
How does this type of self-focus create a “Mean Girl?”
5. What can we learn from Jane Eyre about true beauty?
6. What is the secret to becoming truly beautiful?
(Hint: Abide…Behold …Become)
7. How do we reflect the Beautiful One?
8. As a group, commit to daily “Beholding the Beautiful One.” A Quiet Time Guide is in the appendix section. Review the tips together now.
9. What insight did “A Guy’s Perspective” give you into this whole issue of beauty?
10. What things in your heart are far from beautiful? Read and apply Psalm 139:23-24. Ask God to show you if there is anything “Plastic” that you need to confess. (Gossip, Slander, Lying, Pride, Rude speech, Unkind Words, Bitterness, Greed, Jealousy, or Selfish Attitudes)
11. As a group, pray and ask God to make you a woman who radiates the Beautiful One.