Brave Is The New Beautiful: Finding the Courage to Be the Real You
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In a culture obsessed with surface beauty, how can you stop comparing yourself to others - and start discovering who you really are? In this refreshing call to courageous living, Lee Wolfe Blum offers inspiring stories from real women who chose to be authentic; reflections on her own journey; and discussion questions and ideas to get you started.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.30 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1434710300
ISBN-13: 9781434710307

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In a culture that bombards women with "thinspiration" messages and pressure to "do it all" while wearing the mask of perfection, women are left feeling alone and overwhelmed. How can they stop comparing themselves to others? How can they live out who they really are?

Lee Wolfe Blum offers stories from everyday women who have answered these questions with their lives—and found true beauty in the process. In Brave Is the New Beautiful, Blum weaves reflections from her own journey with inspirational stories from everyday women who chose to take off their masks and live authentically. Through call-to-action questions and ideas, she encourages readers to be brave enough to be who they really are and the beloved that God knows they are.

Author Bio

Lee Wolfe Blum is an energetic and passionate speaker who loves to help women find hope in healing from perfectionism and addictions. She works as a mental health practitioner in the field of Eating Disorders and Chemical Dependency. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and three boys.

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In today's 'be everything to everybody' society, women find the idea of being brave and beautiful a foreign thought when they are struggling just to survive. Blum shares her stories, as well as those of many women whom she admires, to encourage readers to not compete but to become who God wants them to be.

Blum is a mental health practitioner who works with patients facing eating disorders and addictions. Her passion of hope and freedom is shown throughout this book as she reminds readers that they aren't necessarily here on earth to be happy but to honor God and become more Christlike.

The heartwarming stories of strength and bravery are excellent for a personal study as well as for a group study. Additional ideas are found in the reflection questions and thoughts at the end of each chapter and the thorough notes section at the end of the book.

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  1. Just Commonly
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    "Be brave, be real..."
    May 31, 2017
    Just Commonly
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    "I don't want to be the broken one who needs fixing again." (44)

    "I don't want to be the broken one who needs fixing again." Sounds familiar? Well, you don't have to. In Brave is the New Beautiful, author Lee Wolfe Blum inspires us to be real, be vulnerable, be true and in all, start with courage. In the forward, author Shannon Ethridge said:

    "Isn't that what we all should strive to reveal to the world around us - that we are not alone in our struggles, our strife, our disillusionments, our disappointments. . . our life experiences most certainly mater, especially when we bravely use them for God's glory, and for the comfort and encouragement of his people." (16)

    And that is what Brave is the New Beautiful is talking about. With true stories from the author and author's friends, readers will be inspired, encouraged and empowered. Courage isn't just about heroic deeds, but courage itself is personal and displays in all forms. Brave is beautiful. Courage is beautiful. Honesty is beautiful. Scars are beautiful. Don't hide and don't doubt.

    "Faith doesn't come when we have all the right answers but when we offer our questions to God." (214)

    Find faith to trust, to hope and to be real. How beautiful this book is! How beautiful life is! How beautiful we all are. Be brave. This is one of those books that engages readers on a very personal and emotional level. It'll be great for yourself, a gift to a female love one or use it in a small group setting. The reflection questions at the end of each chapter makes it great for discussions. I highly recommend it. To end, I'll let the author's words sum up Brave is the New Beautiful.

    "Be vulnerable. Be real. Be raw and let your naked bravery shine bright. In doing so, you help others see hope. You help others have faith. That is brave. That is beautiful." (215)

    This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog.

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
  2. Heather C.
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Brave will inspire you!
    May 24, 2017
    Heather C.
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    Brave is the New Beautiful is a beautifully woven series of stories. Some of them are Lees, but many are the stories of courageous women who have faced difficulties most of us have only witnessed on television dramas. These stories, friends. Wow! They will move you. Uplift you. Encourage your soul. Surprise you, even.

    And, they may also change your perspective. On everything. I find that taking a bigger, broader perspective of the world and its challenges helps me to get a better grip on my own struggles. This book will certainly do that for you if you let it.

    Lees struggled with body image and disordered eating. Shes sat in the counselors chair talking about these issues, and shes worked as a mental health practitioner. She gets it from every angle. But, in this book, she takes an entirely different perspectivenot analyzing true beauty or trying to solve the issue of body imagerather exploring stories of brave women whose lives and boldness will inspire you. **I received a free copy from Litfuse publicity but opinion is entirely mine!**
  3. Mrs ARS
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Brave is Beautiful
    May 12, 2017
    Mrs ARS
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Brave is the New Beautiful was an eye opening and insightful read with many truths for today's woman. How many of us hide behind our job, marriage, family, friends, or a forced smile to show the world that we have it all together and we are not in need of any help? I really liked the concept of this book that we need to show who we are, warts and all; to be brave and show the real us. I liked the message that the author put across, that if we were perfect we wouldnt have need of a Savior. But we are not perfect and in our imperfections is where we learn to rely on God and trust Him. That we live in a broken world and we are broken people, but we are loved fiercely by a Heavenly Father who spared not even His own Son for us.

    Some of these stories were painful to read; of women who are still living this life and may not have the answers that they are searching for in the here and now. I liked that the author said that we need to quit hiding our painful stories and shine a light on them, to speak the truth about them. To have others come alongside of us and help as we come alongside others and help them. I appreciate the author and her willingness to share her heart on this messy life along with the other women in this book, who speak the truth about their situations, and in all realize that being brave, are being beautiful.

    This was a fresh and honest look at how a Christian woman should view herself in light of what the world says is beautiful.

    I received a copy of this book for free through Litfuse. I was not required to give a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
  4. AmyL
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Brave is Beautiful
    May 10, 2017
    AmyL
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    Bravery seems to be a common theme among bloggers these days. Some of my friends have even been focusing on this theme and sharing their thoughts on being brave. The idea of brave has typically been physical in nature. Now, we are beginning to understand that brave means doing something that is hard. To come out on the other side of something that seems like it should cripple you with strength and courage is brave.

    When we forge ahead and press into the pain of a difficult experience, we see bravery, and as a result, we also see beauty. Lee Wolfe Blum, in her new book, Brave is the New Beautiful, works hard to help us understand that as hard as bravery may seem, it is also beautiful. There can be beauty found on the other side of extremely difficult situations.

    Blum shares the heartbreaking stories of friends she's met throughout her life. Through these stories, Blum illustrates several areas of our lives where we find opportunities to choose brave. Through submission to God's plan, forgiveness, and so so many other hard things.

    By inviting us into the stories of others lives, Blum illustrates how we can be brave, even when it may not seem like we are actually brave. It's also an example of how we can live to be authentically us. To embrace the challenges that God has placed before us in order to make us into more of His likeness.

    At the end of each chapter, Blum provides thought-provoking questions to help you reflect on how you are being brave in your everyday life. Even though the stories in this book are about mostly big life events, Blum also reminds us that it's okay to feel overwhelmed in the small moments. To need to rely on God through the big things and the small things. To lean on him when there are questions and when we have answers.

    These stories in Brave are the New Beautiful are not for the faint of heart. They are hard. But they are good reminders that we can prevail with God's help. That we do nothing in our own strength.

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and David C. Cook. This review is my own, honest opinion.
  5. Kristie
    upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    so inspiring!
    May 10, 2017
    Kristie
    upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Brave is the new Beautiful: finding the courage to be the real you," by Lee Wolfe Blum, is an excellent read for each and every woman who feels like she cannot do it all and is feeling overwhelmed with all the pressure to be perfect and do everything. Lee shares personal stories and stories of women she has met whom are choosing to be themselves, rip off the masks they are hiding behind, a perfect front that they are putting on to the world and those they interact with in their everyday lives. One of my favorite sections (one of many!) in this book is: "I think the journey to discovering our true identity is one we walk our whole lives. Our understanding doesn't always unfold in the time frame we'd like, but God is always at our side, urging us onward, holding us close to him." This is just one part that jumped out at me and I read it again and underlined it. This is such an inspiring book that has me thinking about who I am, who I want to be and who I present to others. I love the questions for reflection at the end of each chapter, for personal thought, but also to discuss with others.
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