As believers, we're called to reflect Him and become fierce and beautiful as well. We were created to serve an eternal purpose-not follow our mortal desires while wearing a crown of our making, but to follow the One who wears a crown of thorns. We were not made to live on the outskirts of a kingdom but to worship in awe at the throne of our King. We were not designed to be princesses of entitlement but warriors of encouragement, fighting to bring love and hope to the world." page 18 &19
This book started out really strong- the 1st chapter got me all fired up for a good Bible study, so I guess I was a little surprised to find it was really a series of short stories from Kims life- which is by no means boring! She hikes, snorkels in the sea, climbs mountains, rides horses and swims with sharks this woman. She leads an amazing life and the stories are grand adventures.
Each chapter tells a tale, usually illustrating a spiritual truth and application, which she points out and then ends with a few scriptures.
An enjoyable and inspiring book. It wasn't what I thought it was going to be...and I think there is huge potential with the 1st chapter; that could really be the introduction to a a powerful call to arms. She did have a call in the back of the book. Like I said, it was a good book, just not the power pack I had expected from the beginning.
Who are the truly beautiful people in the kingdom of God? Kim Meeder draws from her life to bring us picture after picture of what matters most in life: living a life wholly sold out to Jesus Christ.
To be honest with you, I've never been a fan of princesses. I enjoy a tea party and dressing up as much as the next girl, but being the prissy girl worried about keeping her crown straight did not appeal to me. I'm a doer. Give me the action, let me be around the people leading the charge, and I will be happy.
How does this translate in our Christian life? Is it the princesses who are truly beautiful? Or might it be the warriors, bloodied and bruised, who can point and say, "Here I won a victory in the name of the Lord." "Here I gave a piece of my life in order that someone else might live." "Here were words of encouragement spoken so that all of us could gain strength to keep going."
Meeder dives straight to the point in this books. She speaks of the burden of sin that can bring spiritual tumors and blindness to our lives. She encourages us to fight against sin with the ferocity of a grizzly bear. She tells of peace that can only be found when we remain firm in our relationship with God. She shares the truth: the really beautiful people are the ones who look like Jesus.
"Fierce Beauty" will be available in bookstores October 4. I would highly recommend this book for every woman wanting to cultivate a new depth in her life. I enjoyed it so much that I wish there was an accompanying study guide... do you hear me, Kim? I'd be lined up to get my hands on it. :-)
I received this book in exchange for this honest review.
Fierce Beauty by Kim Meeder focuses on the importance of women to become warriors for Christ instead of pampered princesses. She wants to encourage women that true beauty is an action and not merely a look. Those of you new to Kim Meeder will learn of her past in which she lost both of her parents as a young child. Her grandmother lovingly raised her and after recognizing her love for horses, bought Kim her first horse. Through her relationship with her horse, Kim dealt with her past and found the power of Jesus' love. Today, she and her husband own and operate a ranch that rescues horses in distress and pairs them with children of all ages who are living through difficult life experiences. Throughout the book, Kim uses stories from the ranch and her life to introduce a topic and goes on to expand how these experiences demonstrate Biblical truths and Jesus' love for us. This is a very encouraging book for those who are in the process of making the decision to serve themselves or Christ as well as for those that have chosen to serve Christ.
Thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing for providing me a free copy of this book to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
I just recently finished reading a very good book. Recently means that I just finished it a few hours ago. The book is titled "Fierce Beauty: Choosing to stand for what matters most." As I already said, it was a very good book. Not only is it a book with a very strong message, it gives the message in a very compelling way. The author, Kim Meeder, uses stories from her life and the lives of others to prove her point as well as giving the audience (me in this case) a real desire to lay down my princess crown and take up my sword.
Fierce Beauty is all about how women struggle with the seemingly conflicting ideas of being princesses (daughters of the King) and being warriors (spiritual battle). Although I am an adopted daughter of the King of Kings, I am "not created to be a princess of entitlement but a warrior, fighting to bring love and hope to the world." So many times we are trapped in the belief that we should get our heavenly crown now and not have to bother going into battle. Although when it is stated so bluntly it seems obvious what we all should be doing, it is so easy to fall back into the same wrong way of thinking.
One of my favorite illustrations from the book is taken from a dream that Kim Meeder once had. It was about this absolutely beautiful bald eagle in a golden bejeweled cage. The bird had been there for a long time and the cage was clearly too small, despite it's gorgeous appearance. All of a sudden, the cage was broken by a blinding light and the bird was free to fly. It saw that it was free and looked up into the sky, clearly thinking hard. However, it was so attached to its pretty jail that it pieced it back together and stayed inside it.
Beauty of the spirit is so important, and yet we sometimes feel that we need to be outwardly beautiful for our inward beauty to count for anything. This lie will sometimes 'force' us back into our pretty prisons. I loved the illustration that Kim Meeder used, and she has many more in her book. Fierce Beauty brings home the importance of being soldiers for our Savior over worrying about appearances (of all kinds) and I would recommend it to all of my friends.
You were not created to be a princess of entitlement but a warrior, fighting to bring love and hope to the world. ~ Kim Meeder
I love Kim Meeder's books. Sure, sometimes she can be a little melodramatic, and okay, either she writes with a thesaurus open or she has a vocabulary the size of Texas. But she is one of the authors who writes directly to my heart.
This book is amazing.
It goes from tear-jerking to just plain funny, covering the whole range of human emotions and with stories from an incredible number of settings, all rolled into one book about faith, hope, love, joy, truth, beauty, and the grace of God.
Every chapter draws from the Word of God and His creation... and the life of a woman who is living for Him, and sees Him at work in everything that happens around her.
It's definitely worth reading, whether you read it as a daily devotional or all at once. It's both encouraging and inspiring... and a reminder of who we are called to be.