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Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
When women and girls look to men, mirrors, magazines, movie stars, and the media for a picture of their value, they see a grossly distorted reflection of who they are. Former professional model Jennifer Strickland knows all too well the despair women and girls experience by allowing the world to define them. Fifteen years in the most glamorized industry in the world landed Jennifer on Giorgio Armani’s runway one month and trying to kill herself the next. Anorexia, drugs, and being treated like a thing in a world of things” left her wondering where on earth to turn for her true reflection.
Now she has dedicated her life to telling the truth: that when women turn away from these mirrors of the world and look into the never-changing mirror of the Word, their beauty, purpose, and identity become crystal clear. They are God’s beloved daughters, hand-made creation, holy temples, shining stars, and chosen ambassadors, designed to reflect His image to a lost and confused generation.
Jennifer Strickland is a blessed wife, grateful mother of three, gifted speaker, and former professional model. She once appeared in Glamour and Vogue and walked the runways of Europe, but since leaving the modeling industry she has devoted her life to restoring the beauty and value of women.
Every woman should know that she is loved and valued simply for being who she is. In Beautiful Lies Jennifer reveals the lies that so many women believe. She tells her story honestly and compellingly and then offers practical hope for all of us as we seek to live a life of meaning. This book will help everyone who reads it!”
Holly Wagner, author and founder of GodChicks and Survival Guide for Young Women
"Beautiful Lies is a book every woman should read. Jennifer Strickland weaves the powerful story of her life throughout each chapter while emphasizing transformational truths from God's Word. Her vulnerability, exquisite writing style, and practical take-home applications make this book the ideal choice for personal or for small group use."
Carol Kent, speaker and author of Becoming a Woman of Influence
"Jennifer Strickland's story is absolutely compelling. It reads like a novel but it is real life. There isn't a young girl or woman in the universe who would not be enthralled with this message. As a beautiful young model, Jennifer found emptiness and deep sorrowful pain. Yet today she is a wonderful wife and mother who has found true beauty, hope, and restoration. It's a message for this generation."
Jim Burns, PhD, President of HomeWord and author of Confident Parenting and Teenology
"This is not another 'how to' book. This is a personal journey shared by Jennifer. She opens her heart and exposes the pain she experienced while being a successful model. Jennifer puts her modeling experiences on paper in a beautiful, descriptive way. I too went through these same feelings of rejection and being treated like an object and not a person. Sometimes we have to go on an emotional roller coaster to find true love. Come share Jennifer's journey as she discovers what beauty really is. This book will help you to identify the lies and deceptions of the world and help you find the true meaning of beauty, acceptance and love."
Kim Alexis, spokesperson and author, former Cosmopolitan and Sports Illustrated cover girl
"There is a spiritual battle for the minds and hearts of women. It's real and it's raw and it's destroying lives. With transparency and authenticity Jennifer uncovers lies, deception, and distractions that keep women searching for something that will never satisfy. This book is a message of healing truth, spiritual realities, love, and freedom that every woman longs for. Jennifer tackles the tough struggles and issues that women have learned to hide and helps us find hope in our true identity and purpose."
Debbie Stuart, Church and Leadership Development Director, Women of Faith
"I am a big believer that destructive lies are rooted out only by truth. As an eyewitness to the sinister power of lies in the lives of those God loves, Jennifer Strickland offers good news to girls and women who have believed the lie that they're not worth much. Beautiful Lies is food for those who hunger for that which really satisfies."
Margot Starbuck, author of Unsqueezed
"Beautiful Lies captivated my heart in so many ways! The stories of Jennifer's life brought me from a place of clinging to a place of surrendering. Jennifer reminded me of a better way to liveto move from being a victim who lives in fear to loving myself through God's eyes and living in freedom! If every parent read this book, they would know how to bless their daughters. If every woman read this book, we could move from living in isolation to living in true community."
Pat Cimo, Family Life Director, Willow Creek Church
"Beautiful Lies is a must-read for women today. We are lured and seduced to the lies of magazines in stores, our image in a mirror, and the approval of menonly to leave us haunted by what-ifs. Beautiful Lies is a true story of Jen's authentic journey and insight into the traps of the world and the redeeming love and healing that can only come from God, the creator of beauty and our true identity."
Debbie Eaton, Director of Women's Ministry, Saddleback Church
Wendy from MA5 Stars Out Of 5True Beauty RevealedSeptember 6, 2014Wendy from MAQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I believe that every woman can relate to this book in one way or another. This is an easy read with heart felt messages that every woman has thought about herself at one time or another. This book along with the study guide will release your destiny and calling for His Glorious kingdom to be revealed here on earth today!
Bless you Jennifer as you continue to expose those lies in our minds and write His Truth in our hearts and minds that changes us to look and be more like Jesus to others.
Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5For all Women, told in glorious rawness.January 29, 2014Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Parents: If you have daughters in your care, I strongly suggest this book to you and to them.
Beautiful Lies by Jennifer Strickland is a book about womanhood and the quest to be desirable, about our hunger for love and living life in our own skin.
This ain't a how-to guide either. I doesn't that throws solutions at a girl and give her pat suggestions. No, this is a hymn, a praise-song about life and health and the preciousness of being united with Christ. It is heart-story and poetry. And trust me, girls will understand and be moved by Jennifer's story.
This book is packed with hard-won wisdom from a woman who has earned the right to talk. Beginning at a very young age, Jennifer was a professional model who appearing in Vogue, Glamour and Cosmopolitan. It was a world where she had no value other than her measurements and her skin tone and her walk and how the designer's clothes hung on her. To the men and women who managed her world, she was a mannequin.
They dressed her up, paraded her around, and used her body without any regard for the heart beating inside her. They used her until she wasn't sure if she had an identity beyond what the stylists and cameramen and agents decreed.
Life grew darker and darker for her, and then, in the midst of depression and an eating disorder, Jesus broke into her life. And the Lord began to fill up her thirsty heart. God cherished her and delighted in her and healed her like no man had ever been able to do, and in His eyes she began to see her true reflection.
Slowly, over a hard stretch of life, Jennifer found her true identity, the one God intended for her through all time.
And now she has a message for girls: Your fate is not determined by what a man, of any age, thinks of you.
Men break, men fall, men lie, even good men fail now and then.
A man can't know you as well as God does, therefore a man can't decide what you're truly worth.
And the mirror can't capture your full beauty and potential either, because you aren't defined by how you look.
Reading this book is like running into the ocean, it is shocking and cleansing and refreshing and makes you want to shout. It is a liberating experience, and I intend to read this book again once a year to remind myself of the truth in it. When ever I'm tempted to accept the cultural box labeled "This is Beauty," I'm going to read Jennifer's book. She opens that sacred box and examines the contents. The culture tells us that beauty can be measured as curves in the right places, and slenderness, and smooth skin and plump lips and smoky eyes.
Those definitions slice us into parts and then judge the parts harshly.
Jennifer gives us permission to Be, just Be whomever God made you to be as a whole woman.
Thank you Harvest House for my review copy!