Backwards Beauty: How to Feel Ugly in 10 Simple Steps  -     By: Jessie Minassian
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Today's culture bombards girls with a narrow perspective of beauty that are nearly impossible to achieve and leave girls feeling ugly and worthless. True beauty is much deeper and available to everyone. In Backwards Beauty, Minassian exposes ten cultural lies influencing young women to help them find freedom from these negative influences and embrace God's best for their lives. Ages 12 to 18.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: NavPress
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1612916295
ISBN-13: 9781612916293

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If ten girls were asked to describe the “perfect” girl, they would likely rattle off an eerily similar list of qualities—from hair, skin, and weight to a cute button nose. That’s a problem, because God has given girls a desire to be desirable. If girls think that they will be most wanted if they fit a one-size-fits-all image of “perfection,” they will continually chase that proverbial carrot their entire lives.

Backwards Beauty examines ten cultural lies young women listen to regarding beauty to help them unpack how they’re looking at themselves through the wrong lens. The “tips to feel ugly” range from “compare yourself to every other girl” to “eat junk and diet, diet, diet.”

Reading a book by Jessie Minassian is like sitting down with a friend and talking about the hard things in life. Girls will be able to find freedom and hope in the midst of a culture that idolizes beauty.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantastic Resource for Girls
    June 9, 2016
    Susan Barrett
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Backwards Beauty: How to feel ugly in 10 simple steps was written by Jessie Minassian. It was published in 2016 by NavPress in alliance with Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

    I was elated to have the opportunity to read and review this book. I loved the idea of an ironic way to heal feelings of insecurity, as this is a prominent problem in today's teens, namely girls. Specifically, the way Jessie Minassian chose to write this book set her book apart from others. She accomplished this by naming 10 ways to feel ugly, one in each chapter, and then facing the lies that they hold and breaking down the strongholds. Minassian told several stories of how others and she herself have fallen into the comparison trap. She shared about her insecurities, starting at her childhood with a simple yet hurtful comment made by another child. She walked through the insecurities she experienced as a teenager and adult, and was honest as she admitted she was still in the process of recovering from insecurity herself. I found this aspect made her relatable in her struggle, and the writing style was reminiscent of an older sister sharing her advice. As I read through the book, I found myself identifying with her feelings of inadequacy. I loved her down-to-earth writing style in this book. In fact, I enjoyed this book so thoroughly that after I read it I purchased another copy for a friend in a similar situation of insecurity. I believe it is helping her too.

    I would recommend this book for all ages, for anyone who is feeling like they're not enough. I will end on this: If you feel like you're that person that's going through insecurity, know that you are enough. You were made a wonderful person, for powerful purposes, and you are amazing just the way you are.

    Thank you to NavPress, Tyndale House Publishers, and Jessie Minassian for giving me a copy of this book to read and review. I was not paid to write a positive review.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Creative, refreshing, fun, frank, and more
    March 10, 2016
    Hannah
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book was a refreshing read when it comes to the topic of beauty! There are so many truths packed into this book that hit straight to the heart of the issue. Jessie writes in a way that is frank and fun. Each chapter ends with questions to help you think through what you read and there are also some insightful quizzes throughout the book.

    Jessie doesn't JUST talk about beauty. She also talks about modesty, healthy eating, exercise, and other issues that go hand in hand with beauty. I also really appreciated when Jessie addressed the inner beauty myth in a balanced way.

    The book is written as things you should do if you want to feel ugly and as a fellow writer I must say this a brilliant idea! It really enhances the book, adding some good humor and insight.

    I didn't agree 100% with this book the vast majority is fantastic! Read it for yourself and see what you think :)
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