Girl Defined: God's Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity, and IdentityKristen Clark, Bethany BairdBaker Books / 2016 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 19 Reviews
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BeccaRae5 Stars Out Of 5Girl DefinedMarch 11, 2018BeccaRaeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Girl Defined is written by two sisters as an encouragement to women to step away from the worlds definition of womanhood and step into the truth of it revealed in the scriptures. As late teens the sisters were approached to become models. One was uncomfortable enough during the interview that she refused to alter her values for a job. Her sister was made to believe she could have more control over what they wanted her to do and so lasted a very short time. Both girls recognized a need to rediscover what beauty, womanhood and femininity really were and what Gods Word says about them. Women are known to place impossibly high standards on themselves when it comes to beauty and whats expected of them as women, but in many ways those standards just arent the same as Gods. The world is known to place a womans value on a womans outward beauty, and if a woman isnt a feminist in todays society they are basically outcast. This book shares that Biblical womanhood is worth not only pursuing but also fighting for. As Christian women we hold a real identity in Christ and its one worth growing in and sharing with others.
Chasing Butterflies4 Stars Out Of 5An Inspiring Read For Every Christian LadyFebruary 17, 2017Chasing ButterfliesQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3I read this book with a group of girls this summer and enjoyed it very much!
The style is clear and accessible and it was very hard not to devour it in one day. There's also a study guide included with questions at the end of each chapter.
I really liked the overall message of the book which is "your worth isn't defined by your beauty, your romantic experience or your career ambitions". I feel like this is a much needed message in a world where girls are told to be pretty, sexually open and climb up the career ladder as high as possible. At first glance, the three pillars of biblical womanhood that Kristen and Bethany explain may look very limiting, but when I thought about them and answered the questions, I found lots of possibilities to live them out! Another thing that I liked was how they focussed on revealing the lies our culture feeds us and how to escape them. There were also many inspiring stories of other ladies.
I would really recommend reading this book with a group of friends as it can spark amazing discussions!
The only negative points that I have is that some of the questions were a little too simple (the multiple choice ones) and I would have preferred more free questions with a little more space to answer them. Also, the book is clearly addressed at Christian girls and may therefore not appeal to non-Christian girls, which is a little sad because they too could really profit from the book! But I guess this lies in the nature of every Christian book.
muffinHonea Path, SCAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Very Insightful Book!July 8, 2016muffinHonea Path, SCAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Girl Defined by Kristen Clark & Bethany Baird was an excellent book! This book tells us what Gods true design is for women. Women of all ages tend to have a distorted view of femininity. We tend to focus on the outside. We also tend to compare ourselves to other women. This is not what is important. These sisters show us how God intended women to view femininity. Kristen Clark & Bethany Baird do a great job of gearing us, women of all ages, in the right direction. Sometimes we know how we need to act, but dont do it. We need a nudge in the right direction. These sisters help with the nudge! This book would be great for women of all ages, teenagers through mature adults. They write in a very easy to read format and are very down-to-earth. This book could also be used as a book study. After each chapter is a couple-page study guide with questions to answer. I would definitely recommend this book to all women. I received this book from Baker Books for my honest opinion.
Alannie MarshallRaleigh, NCAge: 18-24Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A Life-Changing ReadJune 29, 2016Alannie MarshallRaleigh, NCAge: 18-24Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I recently finished reading Girl Defined by Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird. This was an amazing book! Its difficult to put into words how amazing and impactful this book has been in my life. It has been such a blessing for me to read all about what being a true woman of God really means. I only hope that this book will make as big of an impact on you as it has on me. Not only do Kristen and Bethany go over exactly what a godly woman is and is not, but they also address gender roles and the importance of marriage and motherhood in the eyes of God. This book was extremely challenging for me, and it made me reevaluate a great deal of the thoughts and opinions I had on the role of a woman. Overall, an incredible and thought-provoking book that every Christian woman of God should read! I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great insightsJune 26, 2016KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I don't think there has been a more confusing time to be a woman. For all our women's rights advancement, society is struggling with the key concepts of what femininity means...or doesn't mean! The authors have done a marvellous job of presenting fresh perspective and friendly encouragement as they tackle worldly concepts vs biblical ones.
While marketed for teens and young women, I think Girl Defined reaches a broader audience. No matter what our age it's hard to keep from becoming entrenched in society's ideal of womanhood. The popularity of all types of media has the potential to make women of all ages victims of their 'false advertising.' Baird and Clark begin their book with that identifiable moment in every girl's life where she recognizes the desire "to be beautiful and valued by the people around her." And I don't think we become immune to that desire as we age.
"Instead of turning to God's word first and allowing him to inform our worldview on gender, many of us do the opposite." ( p. 67)
The authors present compelling points in an engaging manner and then turn it over to the reader with challenges to pray about issues in their own lives. Each chapter's study guide asks a few pointed questions to help the reader make an honest assessment. The key is to be true to yourself as you ponder and pray over each one. I love the way the authors encourage girls (and women) to take charge instead of allowing the world to define them.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.