All I can review is the introduction and the first chapter. I couldn't force myself to read any more than that. This book is aimed at people who are full of themselves, materialistic, and NOT Christ centered. The author gives our Lord a pet nickname, Papa God, and refers to Him thus throughout the intro and first chapter. I couldn't do it and it is definitely not anything I would want to encourage my girls to read.
Do you love to look Beautiful and feel beautiful but worry that you aren't looking at yourself as a whole ? Are you turning into the vain beast from "Beauty and The Beast" ? Are you the female version of Kyle Kingsbury from Alex Flinn's "Beastly" ?
With Deborah M. Coty's new book "More Beauty, Less Beastly" , you will be taught how to not only transform your outside into looking the beautiful stunning person you are meant to be but also how to more importantly transform your inner self as being Beautiful is meaningless unless you have a great personality and a beautiful inside.
This book is an easy read - separated into 3 larger unit sections containing smaller chapters of about 7 pages. The sections focus on outer beauty, inner beauty, and beautifying your world. Reading one of these chapters could be an inspirational start to your day! Questions to prompt additional thought/action on the day's topic appear at the end of each chapter. Topics like "maturing gracefully", "building confidence", and "forgiveness", and "marriage" are related with optimism, terrific humour, and personal stories. Every topic is also told with a view of how our Lord would view His children as they obsess over relationships and appearances.
More Beauty,Less Beast is the perfect guide for all Christian Teenage girls as spread throughout the novel are bible verses, references to particular books in the bible, Talks with "Papa God"
Review Summary: Let me just start by saying I found this book both funny and encouraging. And overall, I could related to what the author was saying. I'm not a typical girly girl that gets excited about purses and shoes. So some of her examples leave me rolling my eyes. However, when she got to the third section where she broke down the fruit of the Spirit she really got me. She did a great job of driving home key points that I believe scripture is trying to teach us. This would be a great book for personal devotion and I think it would be a kick to use as a Bible study.
Digging Deeper: As I said the first section was tough for me, in that, I'm not a typical woman, growing up on a farm with no brothers I was expected to work hard feeding cattle and hauling wood. But I the first section titled "Outer Beauty" the author looks at many of the traps that ensnare women, such as judging by appearances or Maturing Gratefully. Each chapter begins with verses of encouragement and ends with suggestions on how to tame the beast that lives within so many of us.
The second section the author moves from the outer beauty to the inner beauty. And really hits hard the crux of the matter that in the big picture it's the inside that really matters to God. Here she deals with overcoming adversities in our lives as well as dealing with our self-esteem and guilt that we women tend to carry.
In the section she refers to as the undergarments is the fruit of the Spirit working in our lives. And thankfully she equates God's fruits to fruits we recognize not pieces of underwear! Yes, I realize as I'm sure the author does that Galatians says the Fruit of the Spirit, not fruits, but I feel that she through scripture leads in God pleasing growth.
Finally in section four, she reminds us of the importance of making a difference in our world. She through the eight chapters will make you cry and laugh, but even more importantly think. How can I make a difference in the world around me.
The only potential downside to using this book as a Bible study is the fact there are 34 chapters. However, the chapters are short and at times you could probably cover two chapters a week. However, if you don't mind an extended time I could see how this book could enrich the lives of a group of women drawing them closer to God and each other.
Disclaimer: I want to thank the publisher for the opportunity to review this book. The only obligation I was under was to give my honest feelings about the book.
Debora Coty, in her book, More Beauty, Less Beast, reaches into every area of your life to allow the Lord access and transform you into more of a beauty and less of a beast. Debora is transparent in her book to show you her own life, worts and all, and how God is changing her every day she allows Him to. She doesn't say it's painless, but it's worth every second of your life.
Debora's style truly is a lot like Erma Bombeck, with humor that makes us sometimes laugh at ourselves and get back up and start over. Yet she is tender and comforting as she encourages you to get back up and start over. Her stories lend an understanding to the concepts she is expounding on. I found this to be a very enriching book to read over again to gain more insights.
Debora teaches on four basic subjects, but they delve much deeper than one would think:
Undergarments by Fruit of the Spirit (Not the Loom!)-love battlefields, lifer, stress-p00l, patience, queen, silk ribbons, fragrances, melted earrings
Beautifying My World-friendships, forgiveness, chocolate, weirdness legacy, encouragement, the real thing, ogre transformation
Debora's opening Scripture for each chapter resonates throughout each chapter. And as a re-cap, she has a Ã¢â¬Ëtaming the beast' set of questions that make the book personal.
I would love to have a woman's Bible study based on this author's book. The Ã¢â¬Ëtaming the beast' questions could be the starting point for a good discussion, with a chance to encourage each other in their transformation and trials.
A copy of the book was provided by Christen Krumm, Litfuse Publicity Group, in exchange for my review and posting the giveaway information. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
More Beauty, Less Beast- Transforming Your Inner Ogre is like a tall glass of iced tea on a hot summer day- Refreshing and MUCH needed! From He & Me retreats (time spent with you and the Lord), ice cream and I-Scream guilt (there are 2 kinds of guilt!), the BARF technique (real and effective!) and Monkees concerts (my absolute favorite chapter- bring Kleenex) I learned, laughed, cried, and prayed all the way through this book and my heart was changed for the better. Debora Coty shares personal (and often very funny- I laughed out loud many times!) stories that every woman can relate to. I even read chapters with my 14 year daughter as I just had to share the experience! I feel like I've made a new best friend in Debora M. Coty and now I want to give a copy of More Beauty, Less Beast to not just my friends but every lady I meet on the street. They would benefit from being her best friend, too. :)