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The author brings readers on a journey from Eve's story of deception, to the Bride of Christ from the book of Revelation, where Eve is transformed through God's plan of redemption. Believe the truth about who God who says you are and break out of your own shackles of bondage.
Images throughout the book are paired with a relevant verse from the Bible which you can use for a daily meditation, or read the book as a whole to study Eve in relation to the Bride. This book's format of verse, prose, and Scripture make it a wonderful gift or coffee table book as well.
Number of Pages: 95
Vendor: Clovercroft Publishing
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 9.75 (inches)|
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The author in this book reflects on the luster of her life filled with wonderful success yet tarnished with feelings of emptiness and sorrow. Many women know this life. We appear good, whole, and complete on the outside while sadness fills the depths of the heart on the inside. We often wonder if we will ever experience complete happiness, joy, or peace in our lifetime. Our soul cries out in anguish.
When we are younger, we take on a barrage of messages, many of which are lies when applied toward the truth of our identity. Monica Schaefer reflects on how a lie twisted her purpose and identity for over 35 years until a crisis required her to face the lie, her shame, and self-hatred.
The journey brought her to the life of Eve and a woman known in the Bible as “the Bride” in the book of Revelation. The mix of written reflections, contemporary portraits and scriptures relays a deeply personal and universal message of an essential truth, relevant to all women. Beautifully Prepared sheds light on the lies, offering hope to readers for happiness, joy, and peace that seemed to have escaped them.
JeaniePhoenix, AZAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Healing JourneySeptember 9, 2016JeaniePhoenix, AZAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Have you ever read a book and thought, how does this author know all those bad things about me? That is how I felt as I read some of the authors less flattering descriptions of her life or feelings. This is a book that is valuable to women who have believed the lie, whatever lie we have believed that kept us from the truth of our identity. It also shows a glimpse of the authors journey into who the Lord designed her to be.
This book can be used as a series of devotions whether daily, weekly, or as we can grasp and respond to each truth. With the artists renderings on the cover and one as part of each devotion, it can be a coffee table book, or wherever one does their regular devotions. It can also be read by a husband who could be trying to understand the needs of his earthly bride to seek healing from her belief system that did not work. The author is transparent about her own life, as transparent as one who has been set free, and wants others to find that freedom.
The authors journey brought her to see the life of Eve as she believed the serpents lie in Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament. She then saw who Eve could be, due to the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The Eve living in the light of Christs salvation can be seen in Revelation, the last book of the New Testament, as the Bride of Christ, representative of the Church.
The colorful portraits reflect how the artist saw a woman in various stages of her restoration as described through the prose in each devotion. Ultimately, ones portrait is how it looks to be forgiven and restored to ones intended purpose.
The book is divided into three sections, each one with an introduction. Each devotion includes a scripture, a quote from the introduction to that section, and prose in which the author writes focusing either on the reader or seeing herself through the eyes of the women in scripture. The author asks questions for the readers consideration, and some of those questions can bring the reader to squirm uncomfortably. The questions, however, are meant for the reader to consider her own life and see what is necessary for her to grow closer to Jesus, to be restored rather than humiliated.
There is a section of scripture quotes that one might choose to meditate on about Eve and about the Bride in Revelation. There is also a list of resources, books written by Christians that the reader might want to go to for additional or in-depth information to assist her on her journey. I recommend this intense set of devotions for every woman who wants to dance with her Bridegroom with joy and freedom. I also recommend it to the spouse of a hurting woman if he wants to understand the journey she is on. It is a worthy read.
With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Beautifully PreparedJuly 5, 2016jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Beautifully Prepared is creatively written by Monica Schaefer, who became the youngest sitting circuit court judge in Tampa, and is artistically illustrated by Julie Headland. Restoring the Magnificence of Your Purpose summarizes the intent of this work. The author compares the life of Eve, the first woman, to the Bride of Christ, the last woman depicted in the Bible. The lovely portraits and the authors reflections give glimpses of the transformation of Eve into the Bride. The beauty of Jesuss love changes and makes complete. The authors purpose is to break the hold of lies over you and to believe the truth of God so that you may restore the magnificence to your purpose. The authors honesty and transparency about her own life and struggles enhance the message of the book.
There are three sections to the book: Section one is Uncovering the Lie, Section two is Confronting the Lie, and Section three is Pasodoble. Portrait pages with the image coupled with a scripture and reflective thought can be used for daily meditation. At the end of the book the author includes scriptures that inspired the book. These can be used in a personal study of Eve in relation to the Bride. Also at the end of the book she includes a list of resources for study and ministry. This book can be referenced often, used for daily inspiration, or studied weekly by sections.
Some of the meaningful quotes from the author are The images and written reflections in the book testify how true beauty arises through the perfect love of Jesus. The beauty of His love transforms and completes. We spiritually rule with Jesus every time we reject self-governance and walk in submission to Gods lead. Each God-led step manifests the glory, sovereignty, and authority of God on earth. Jesus knows all about you, including your pain and your needs. He is the only way to complete your needs. To me, Beautifully Prepared embraces the message of healing and hope.
I found this book to be very inspiring and helpful and would highly recommend it. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5Made Beautiful by GodMay 3, 2016Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Beautifully Prepared is a lovely illustrated book that compares the first woman, Eve, with the Bride of Christ from the book of Revelation. This book starts with the authors own personal story of how, like Eve, she believed the lie, like so many of us that we are just not enough. The author shows how Eve, who had everything, was told a lie and she believed it thus putting her in bondage to the liar. She became a slave. I have just been studying extensively the book of Revelation, so I really enjoyed all the Bible passages that described the Bride and her relationship to her Groom. The complete faith and trust that was so apparent in her relationship to him, because she gave up her self-governance and self-reliance. What really spoke to me was on Pg. 39 where the author talks about what is really motivating us. How do we really know what is truly motivating us? Because everything else but God drives us like a slave. God motivates us with love. This was a beautiful book that showed the contrast between Eve and the Bride of Christ and begs to be placed on the coffee table to be looked at and pondered time and again. The paintings themselves are beautifully abstract and give a wonderful complement to the text. I received a copy for an honest review from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.
nkwbookreviewer5 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful Inspirational BookApril 18, 2016nkwbookreviewerQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Beautifully Prepared is a 96 page hard cover, coffee table type book. I did not know anything about it or the author when I received this book to review, but it was a delight. Author Monica Schaefer weaves scripture, words, and art to produce a powerful message. We women are beautifully created by God. Women are their worst critics. We are hardest on ourselves. We tell ourselves we aren't pretty enough, thin enough, or good enough. God on the other hand tells us we are. Schaefer uses her past, her experiences, the Bible, and lovely illustrations to help women better understand who they are and can be with God. How motivating! This is an inspirational book for any woman, young or old. It is well written, beautifully illustrated by Julie Headland, and has scripture throughout. It would be a nice book for a women's group to boost self esteem and encourage a closer walk with God. It would make a great gift. It is uplifting and positive, and those are things we can all use in our lives. This is an easy front to back, one sitting read that will keep readers coming back for inspiration whether for themselves or someone else. I would definitely recommend it. It was rated 5 out of 5 stars by me.
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Not What I was ExpectingMarch 7, 2016Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3This book was totally different than I expected. I guess I was expecting just a regular book with a story about the author and how she learned to accept herself and see herself as God sees her. Instead this was more of a coffee table style book. It is hardback, doesn't have a lot of words, and has quite a few pictures.
It was divided into three sections, each one with a piece of her story. The first one was how she viewed herself before Christ, a bit of her background and the lie she believed about women - their value, importance to God and others, and how that lie affected the way she lived. As the book progresses, so does her thinking, especially after she comes to know Christ and her value in Him. She then realizes that in-spite of her conversion, she still is trying to win favor with God and make Him love her by doing things, performing.
After each bit of background, she inserts pages with Scripture verses, and a full page of color - usually a woman drawn by the illustrator to represent the point she is making. The pictures are bold and somewhat abstract but nicely done. The Scriptures apply to the points she is making about women and their relationship to God. Monica includes a lot of verses from Revelation, and although the Scriptures are wonderful, I did not necessarily agree with her interpretation of those particular Scriptures. I know people have different views on the book of Revelation and obviously ours is not on the same plane. Other than that, the book is an encouragement to women to be all that God wants them to be and to see how they are valuable in His eyes.
I read this book in one sitting, but I think this book is one you would just leave laying out and pick up occasionally to meditate on. As women we are valuable in the eyes of God, and many times what we learn as we are growing up from media, friends, and even family can influence what we think about ourselves. Picking up this book on occasion to meditate on the verses and enjoy the art could be uplifting if you are struggling with your identity in Christ.
I was blessed with this book by the author and bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to review the book positively.