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Multnomah Books / 2011 / Paperback

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In Fierce Beauty, Kim Meeder shares stories from her own life that challenge women to take a good, long look at what they see in their own reflection. To do a thorough self-examination and see if instead of worshipping God, they are now worshipping their own designer-influenced images. Meeder challenges every woman to let her life have a unique value and purpose, not found in self-entitlement or worldly standards. With straightforward truth and deep, life-changing encouragement, Fierce Beauty will empower women to choose who they will honor with their life, to pursue their true destiny, the will of their Creator--and by doing so, to discover the joy and fulfillment as they lay aside stereotypes, turn from selfish ambition, and confidently impact causes that matter in their community.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1601422032
ISBN-13: 9781601422033
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Publisher's Description

True beauty is not about how you look…
but how you live.

Women are constantly bombarded with the lie that how we look is far more important than who we are. It’s time for a clarion call back to the truth.

Journey with gifted storyteller Kim Meeder as she encourages women to see that true value is defined by our Creator and that our worth has a purpose of eternal proportions.

Real beauty isn’t a look, it’s an action. It can be found by making one crucial, life-defining choice—to lay down personal ambitions and selfish desires, pick up your sword of encouragement, and fight for those who are losing their battle for hope. As you do, fierce beauty is revealed—along with lasting value, fulfillment, and joy.   

In Fierce Beauty, Kim shares inspiring true stories from her own life of adventure, love, and loss—including her parents’ shocking death when she was nine years old and her struggles with self acceptance, knowing God, and standing for Him. Through it all, you’ll discover life lessons about trust, transformation, surrender, forgiveness, and genuine purpose.

Ultimately, life comes down to one question: Will you serve yourself or your King?

              Includes discussion guide for individuals or groups.

               "You were not created to be a princess of entitlement
            but a warrior, fighting to bring love and hope to the world."
                                         – Kim Meeder

 

Author Bio

Kim Meeder is the author of Hope Rising, Bridge Called Hope, and Blind Hope. Along with her husband, Troy, she owns and operates Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Central Oregon, a nonprofit organization that rescues abused and neglected horses and pairs them with disadvantaged children, offering them a place of safety, peace, and hope. She has been a popular guest on the Focus on the Family radio broadcast, Dr. Dobson’s Family Talk, and featured on the CBS Early Show.

 

Endorsements

"Kim Meeder poured her heart onto these pages, encouraging readers to be authentic, to defend their hearts against sin, and to find peace in unexpected places. In Fierce Beauty you will be challenged to embrace God's unconditional love when faced with roadblocks. Kim's words will inspire you to stand up and run your own race-straight into the open arms of Jesus. This book stands alone for self-study, and it would be an outstanding choice for your small group." -CAROL KENT, Speaker and Author of Between a Rock and a Grace Place

"Kim understands the fears and insecurities that plague so many of us - even as women of God. With her unique combination of wisdom and compassion, Kim encourages us to discover the life that God has called us to, and to experience His peace in the process." - DANAE DOBSON, author and speaker

"Kim Meeder knows first-hand the courageous heart adventure of healing. Fierce Beauty will empower you to recognize your surrender to the King as the most powerful road to purpose, strength, and beauty." - DR. JULI SLATTERY author, Family Psychologist, Focus on the Family co-host

"Fierce Beauty is a breathtaking read from the first page to the last. With a writing style that pierces the heart like exquisite poetry, Kim Meeder tells a story filled with life-changing honesty and often startling "fierce beauty." Ultimately, it celebrates the resiliency of the human heart and God's power to change us, no matter the trials or heartaches of the past." - DIANE NOBLE, award-winning novelist

"Through tantalizing true-life tales, Kim Meeder captivates our interest and takes us to the edge of amazing experiences, then steers us to our heavenly Father for His love, mercy, and hope!" - SUZANNE MAURER, producer of the television documentary Courage to Live: The Story of Charlie and Lucy Wedemeyer

"Kim Meeder is an inspiration and tells her life stories with such compelling, faithful insight that even the hardest heart will be converted." - SENATOR CHRIS TELFER

"In Fierce Beauty, Kim Meeder shares inspiring examples of what a difference our choices make. When we surrender and trust in the Lord, He gives us His hope. "Choosing to Stand for What Matters Most" gives inner peace and strength to help us through each day's challenge. By doing so, our choices blaze a trail for others to follow." - DIANE NELSON NYE, wife, mother of seven, four-time survivor of breast cancer, currently battling stage IV cancer

"In Fierce Beauty, Kim Meeder recounts lessons learned through her own journey and awareness of God all around her. Her words will open your heart to receive and embrace truth from God's Word that is able to set even the most captive heart free. I was challenged and encouraged and am certain you will be too!" - MEREDITH ANDREWS, recording artist

"Kim's gift for storytelling made me feel as if I were there, seeing it all with my own eyes. I highly recommend Fierce Beauty to all God's daughters that they might see themselves as God sees them and to His Sons that they might see the women in their lives through God's eyes." - RENEE D. GODOY, Senior Pastor of Glad Tidings Church

"Kim inspires readers not only to see the beauty of the world, but also to see the beauty in each God-created person, and to see the real beauty in a soul set free through God's amazing grace. What an affirming message Kim offers in this treasure of a book!" - NANCIE CARMICHAEL, author of several books including Selah and Surviving One Bad Year

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Fierce Beauty

"The vibrant leadership of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch Founder Kim Meeder is superseded only by her unwavering commitment to the Lord. Her buoyant spirit is contagious!  Kim is "the real deal" and I'm always a better person for being in her presence.  In this bold new venture, the same burning passion she has exhibited in ministering to wounded children and horses finds a new target: women. Fierce Beauty challenges us to abandon our shallow lives of insecurity, pain and selfishness and instead embrace a warrior's pose.  We can no longer afford to sit idly by ... let's march on!"   
—LuAnne Crane, Executive Producer & Co-Host, Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson


"Kim Meeder poured her heart onto these pages, encouraging readers to be authentic, to defend their hearts against sin, and to find peace in unexpected places. In Fierce Beauty you will be challenged to embrace God’s unconditional love when faced with roadblocks. Kim’s words will inspire you to stand up and run your own race—straight into the open arms of Jesus. This book stands alone for self-study, and it would be an outstanding choice for your small group."
—Carol Kent, Speaker and Author of Between a Rock and a Grace Place 

"Kim understands the fears and insecurities that plague so many of us—even as women of God. With her unique combination of wisdom and compassion, Kim encourages us to discover the life that God has called us to, and to experience His peace in the process."
—Danae Dobson, author and speaker

"Kim Meeder knows first-hand the courageous heart adventure of healing. Fierce Beauty will empower you to recognize your surrender to the King as the most powerful road to purpose, strength, and beauty."
—Dr. Juli Slattery author, Family Psychologist, Focus on the Family co-host

"Fierce Beauty is a breathtaking read from the first page to the last. With a writing style that pierces the heart like exquisite poetry, Kim Meeder tells a story filled with life-changing honesty and often startling "fierce beauty." Ultimately, it celebrates the resiliency of the human heart and God’s power to change us, no matter the trials or heartaches of the past."
—Diane Noble, award-winning novelist

"Through tantalizing true-life tales, Kim Meeder captivates our interest and takes us to the edge of amazing experiences, then steers us to our heavenly Father for His love, mercy, and hope!"
—Suzanne Maurer, producer of the television documentary Courage to Live: The Story of Charlie and Lucy Wedemeyer

"Kim Meeder is an inspiration and tells her life stories with such compelling, faithful insight that even the hardest heart will be converted."
—Senator Chris Telfer

"In Fierce Beauty, Kim Meeder shares inspiring examples of what a difference our choices make. When we surrender and trust in the Lord, He gives us His hope. "Choosing to Stand for What Matters Most" gives inner peace and strength to help us through each day’s challenge. By doing so, our choices blaze a trail for others to follow."
—Diane Nelson Nye, wife, mother of seven, four-time survivor of breast cancer, currently battling stage IV cancer

"In Fierce Beauty, Kim Meeder recounts lessons learned through her own journey and awareness of God all around her. Her words will open your heart to receive and embrace truth from God’s Word that is able to set even the most captive heart free. I was challenged and encouraged and am certain you will be too!"
—Meredith Andrews, recording artist

"Kim’s gift for storytelling made me feel as if I were there, seeing it all with my own eyes. I highly recommend Fierce Beauty to all God’s daughters that they might see themselves as God sees them and to His Sons that they might see the women in their lives through God’s eyes."
—Renee D. Godoy, Senior Pastor of Glad Tidings Church

"Kim inspires readers not only to see the beauty of the world, but also to see the beauty in each God-created person, and to see the real beauty in a soul set free through God’s amazing grace. What an affirming message Kim offers in this treasure of a book!"
—Nancie Carmichael, author of several books including Selah and Surviving One Bad Year


Praise for Kim and Troy Meeder

Troy and Kim Meeder are two of the finest people I have had the privilege of knowing. A year ago, my wife Shirley and I visited their nine-acre Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Bend, Oregon, where they introduce dozens of wounded and needy children to abused and neglected horses. The healing and mystical bond that occurs between the animals and soul-hungry kids is wonderful to behold.  Moreover, Kim and Troy do everything in the name of the Lord. I admire these people greatly and wish somebody would give them a larger ranch on which to do their marvelous work!  I’ve seen nothing quite like it.
—James Dobson, PhD, Family Talk

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  1. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Finding True Beauty in Christ
    May 28, 2012
    BJJ18
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Fierce Beauty by Kim Meeder is a wonderful picture of a strong woman encouraging other sisters in Christ to stand firm in the Lord and challenge what it means to beautiful in the eyes of the world. I was really excited to review this book, but honestly, it just did not reach me. I think this would be a perfect book for an animal lover or someone who really identifies with the outdoors and especially out West.

    Even though Fierce Beauty was not my favorite, Kim still has amazing truths sprinkled throughout her book. I loved when she said, "Only when we truly understand who our King is does our self-importance fade away. Once freed from pride, we can see how our purpose in this life is simple: to know Him. Our God is not passive in His care for us. He is a consuming fire. His love for each of us is both fierce and beautiful(p. 2)."

    If you are looking for a collection of personal stories about the West, animals, and troubled youth in the context of finding true worth in Christ, I highly recommend this book to you. The discussion questions in the back are very helpful and well-written. They would make a great foundation for a discussion with my high school small group girls.

    I received this book for free from Water Brook Multnomah.
  2. NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I WILL BE READING THIS BOOK OVER MANY TIMES.
    May 14, 2012
    TOAD
    NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    THE AUTHOR DOES A BEAUTIFUL JOB OF TAKING HER LIFE'S

    EXPERIENCES, AND THOSE OF OTHERS AND SHARING SPIRITUAL TRUES AND THE LESSONS GOD IS TEACHING HER IN THE DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES SHE ENCOUNTERS. IT IS A BOOK EVERYONE CAN IDENTIFY WITH AND LEARN FROM THE LESSONS GOD HAS TAUGHT HER.
  3. Bowling Green, KY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Gody beauty is not what the world thinks.
    April 6, 2012
    SmileyMommy
    Bowling Green, KY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Fierce Beauty, by Kim Meedor is a book about true beauty. "True beauty is not about how you look but how you live." God does call us to be beautiful, just not in the way the world tries to tell us. Righteous beauty is described as a sunset, nothing can stop it from happening. What a wonderful insight to God's plan for us. My goal is to attain this righteous beauty! Meedor gives many examples from her adventurous life in this book. She makes real life connections of forgiveness, trust and a purpose for living.
  4. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Powerful & convicting!
    April 4, 2012
    a girl with a smile
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I first received a copy of Kim Meeder's Fierce Beauty, I seriously thought that it would be another book on how to believe you're a beautiful person because you're a believer of Christ. However, I was glad to be mistaken. By the introduction I was already in tears, heavily reflecting if my life was really reflecting Jesus. I was profoundly convicted by the mesmerizing way of poetic & authentic writing.

    Meeder compiles short stories of her life that ultimately piece together a beautiful message of surrender, strength, glory & relentless love. I don't mean to sound cliché when I say that God used this book to bring me closer to Him; He really did.

    I learned that living for Christ will never be glamorous, painless or easy. Well, I knew the theory but Kim Meeder showed me what the practice & application really looks like. And because of this book, I'm choosing to stand for what matters the most.

    "We might lose sight of Jesus, but He never loses sight of us." —Kim Meeder, Fierce Beauty, pg.111
  5. Alabama
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This book is SO good!
    April 3, 2012
    Smoothie71
    Alabama
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I've been looking for some books that have little depth, but also tell a story. You know, the ones that you simply can't put down because it's just that good. Well, I found one!

    Kim Meeder... oh my! I want to meet this woman! She writes so beautifully but more than that she tells a wonderful story of how our King revealed Himself to her in many, many ways. Some of the stories are ordinary, some are extraordinary, all are beautiful.

    I've found while reading this book that God has shown me His great love for me and His faithfulness. He has shown me that He doesn't want me living in a gold bird cage (if you read the book you'll know what I'm talking about;) and that He wants me to have freedom. In fact, He has shown me I do have freedom but have rather chosen not to accept it.

    This book will probably make you laugh here and there (I know I sure did) and it will probably hit you gut a time or two (yep, been there, done that!) but it will definitely touch your heart and draw you closer to our Lord. I really encourage you to read this book! Blessings!
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