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.
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.
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.
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.
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." â€”Kim Meeder, Fierce Beauty, pg.111
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!