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  1. The Beauty Book: It's A God Thing
    The Beauty Book: It's A God Thing
    Nancy Rue
    Thomas Nelson / 2012 / Trade Paperback
    $8.19 Retail: $9.99 Save 18% ($1.80)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 11 Reviews
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  1. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Fun & Informative For Pre-Teen Girls
    July 19, 2012
    Alysa Sawyer
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for The Beauty Book - eBook.
    The Beauty Book by Nancy Rue is a non-fiction book that addresses questions and concerns that pre-teen girls often have. This book has been added to The Lily Series and speaks as if fictional Lily is talking to the reader. There are Q & A, quizzes, illustrations, scripture, journaling, and activities in every chapter. The book discusses general beauty information like how to clean your face to prevent pimples, how to give yourself a manicure & pedicure, when should you wear makeup, should you get piercings or tattoos, what if you are too tall or have to wear glasses, etc. The focus is to embrace the way God sees us and how he created us instead of focusing on what the world portrays as beautiful.

    Overall, I enjoyed reading the book and think that it would be good for a pre-teen who is starting to deal with issues relating to her body and her concept of what beauty is. I'm not sure that the publisher's suggestion of ages 7-11 is appropriate. My oldest girl is 5 and I just don't see the information in this book being relevant to her in only 2 years. I would suggest an age group that is slightly older like in the middle school ages.

    On a side note that has more to do with Biblical context instead of Beauty issues_ There was one thing that stood out to me as being negative and that was in the discussion of tattoos (which is a touchy subject to a lot of people so I will try to explain my point as best as I can without getting into the debate of right or wrong). The author's advice to girls when it comes to things like tattoos, piercings, makeup, etc. is talking to parents and respecting their decision on the subject. I do agree with this advice! The issue that I have with her discussion of tattoos is how she quoted scripture without giving explanation. Here is the Q & A I am referring too. This comes after several Q & A's relating to piercings and tattoos that addressed appearance, pain, danger etc (which were all answered to my satisfaction):

    Q: Would it be all right to get the kind you just stick on?

    A: Is it all right with-you guessed it- your parents? They might not like even the idea of a tattoo, real or fake. Leviticus 19:28 does say, "Do not_put tattoo marks on yourselves." Of course, Leviticus 19:27 also says, "Do not_ clip the edges of your beard."

    _and she leaves it at that. To a pre-teen or anyone who has not studied scripture, this statement could cause a lot of questions. People often refer to Leviticus 19:28 as why Christians shouldn't have tattoos but the same people do trim their beards, cut their hair, eat pork, or do other things listed as forbidden in the old testament. She fails to explain the old law versus the new law and how there is a difference between ceremonial requirements (which are no longer binding under the new law-such as cutting hair) and moral requirements (which are binding-like do not worship other Gods or do not commit adultery). I realize that my issue with this goes far beyond what was probably intended by the author and that it is a subject that can easily be talked about and researched with parental guidance. I just felt that I should caution that the way it was worded could cause more questions (which is a good thing if the parents are willing to have deeper discussions!)

    In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission I am required to disclose that Thomas Nelson provided this e-book for free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.
  2. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Fun & Informative For Pre-Teen Girls
    July 19, 2012
    Alysa Sawyer
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Beauty Book by Nancy Rue is a non-fiction book that addresses questions and concerns that pre-teen girls often have. This book has been added to The Lily Series and speaks as if fictional Lily is talking to the reader. There are Q & A, quizzes, illustrations, scripture, journaling, and activities in every chapter. The book discusses general beauty information like how to clean your face to prevent pimples, how to give yourself a manicure & pedicure, when should you wear makeup, should you get piercings or tattoos, what if you are too tall or have to wear glasses, etc. The focus is to embrace the way God sees us and how he created us instead of focusing on what the world portrays as beautiful.

    Overall, I enjoyed reading the book and think that it would be good for a pre-teen who is starting to deal with issues relating to her body and her concept of what beauty is. I'm not sure that the publisher's suggestion of ages 7-11 is appropriate. My oldest girl is 5 and I just don't see the information in this book being relevant to her in only 2 years. I would suggest an age group that is slightly older like in the middle school ages.

    On a side note that has more to do with Biblical context instead of Beauty issues_ There was one thing that stood out to me as being negative and that was in the discussion of tattoos (which is a touchy subject to a lot of people so I will try to explain my point as best as I can without getting into the debate of right or wrong). The author's advice to girls when it comes to things like tattoos, piercings, makeup, etc. is talking to parents and respecting their decision on the subject. I do agree with this advice! The issue that I have with her discussion of tattoos is how she quoted scripture without giving explanation. Here is the Q & A I am referring too. This comes after several Q & A's relating to piercings and tattoos that addressed appearance, pain, danger etc (which were all answered to my satisfaction):

    Q: Would it be all right to get the kind you just stick on?

    A: Is it all right with-you guessed it- your parents? They might not like even the idea of a tattoo, real or fake. Leviticus 19:28 does say, "Do not_put tattoo marks on yourselves." Of course, Leviticus 19:27 also says, "Do not_ clip the edges of your beard."

    _and she leaves it at that. To a pre-teen or anyone who has not studied scripture, this statement could cause a lot of questions. People often refer to Leviticus 19:28 as why Christians shouldn't have tattoos but the same people do trim their beards, cut their hair, eat pork, or do other things listed as forbidden in the old testament. She fails to explain the old law versus the new law and how there is a difference between ceremonial requirements (which are no longer binding under the new law-such as cutting hair) and moral requirements (which are binding-like do not worship other Gods or do not commit adultery). I realize that my issue with this goes far beyond what was probably intended by the author and that it is a subject that can easily be talked about and researched with parental guidance. I just felt that I should caution that the way it was worded could cause more questions (which is a good thing if the parents are willing to have deeper discussions!)

    In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission I am required to disclose that Thomas Nelson provided an e-book for free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.
  3. Cleveland, Texas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Building Young Girls Self-Esteem
    June 3, 2012
    Its About Time Mamaw
    Cleveland, Texas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lily has learned that we should be proud of the gifts God gave us whether it be red hair or large lips. He has made us in his image. He has given us these body to care for. Our bodies are temples of God.

    The Lily series for girls 7-11 years old is not only inspiring but pure fun. This Beauty Book is a great addition to the series. It is somewhat of a activity workbook. A companion journal would be good with this book. I raised four daughters and this would be a fun book to share with girlfriends asking each other the questions from the book. They can experiment with some of the activities like styling their hair and giving each other manicures and pedicures. This book will also help girls build there self-esteem and teach them proper hygiene.

    I recommend this book for young girls.

    Disclosure:

    I received a digital copy of this book from Booksneeze/Thomas Nelson for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
  4. South Carolina
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A great book for tween girls
    May 22, 2012
    Dianna A.
    South Carolina
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I, felt that this is a great book for our pre-teen, or tween if you prefer, girls to read. It talks a lot about how to keep yourselves healthy and strong and basically about hygiene. Of course it also talks about beauty and the variety of beauty that God has created. It uses scripture and encourages girls to realize that just because they don't look like the 5'10" straight figured models on the front of the magazines that it's okay. You are still beautiful. God created you to be you and not someone else. It also teaches young girls that its still important to take care of themselves physically by eating healthy and exercising daily and keeping themselves clean. I think it was a pretty well rounded book. It advises girls to talk to their mom's and to spend time talking to God.

    *I recieved this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    a comforting resource in a tumultuous age group
    May 13, 2012
    juliea
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Part of a new non-fiction spin off of the fictional "The Lily Series" by Nancy Rue (of Faithgirlz!), The Beauty Book answers common questions 7-11 year old girls ask during this confusing and overwhelming stage in their lives: "What are these spots on my forehead?" or "Can I shave my legs?" Yikes! Enough to strike fear in the hearts of parents everywhere!

    In style, The Beauty Book really has its finger on the pulse of its target audience. Quizzes, fill-in-the-blank prayers, and journaling pages are interspersed throughout the conversation-style chapters, keeping a nice degree of reader involvement, rather than creating a lecture-style learning experience.

    Great, so the girls are going to love it... but will the moms? Yes! Nancy Rue does a great job of imparting information in a manner respectful of the very different family experiences of her readers. For example, Rue does not outright tell readers whether or not they should be allowed to get their ears pierced, shave their legs, etc. Rather, she leads young girls to a better understanding of how their parents may have come to their decision on an issue, gives basic directions for those activities parents allow, and encourages a redirected focus when a girl isn't happy with her parents' decision. Wonderful! All of this is done keeping a primary focus on our inherent beauty as creations of God, with a comfortable degree of Biblical referencing.

    I would recommend this book for any mom and daughter as a supplement (not a replacement) to conversations on emerging beauty questions.

    I received this book free from Tommy Nelson Publishing for the purpose of providing my honest review.
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