When I picked up this book Fierce Beauty the stories were so far from what I have experienced in my life. Kim Meeder loves the outdoors and there are so many close calls she has on her outdoor adventures it is almost humorous. Throughout all her exciting adventures she realized that the Lord was always with her. She shares her personal stories and struggles of where she stepped out in faith and the Lord was always there to see her through.
Kim Meeder encourages her readers to be bold warriors for Christ and live without reservations, trusting the Lord with all the areas of our lives. Meeder encourages putting on your full armour so that you will be able to stand against the evil one. I was encouraged by this book to become bolder in my faith and to seek Christ's will for my life on a deeper level. It was an easy read that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
I was given this book by Multnomah in exchange for an honest opinion.
Choosing to Stand for What Matters Most is the topic Kim Meeder, author of "Fierce Beauty", shares with inspiring true stories from her own life of adventure, love, and loss.
Real beauty isn't a look, it's an action.
This is now one of my favorite books. Why? Kim has a way of writing that makes me feel as if she's sitting across the table from me and sharing each story she has written.
The story of sitting on the boulder "no matter how stable things in this life might seem nothing in this world is going to last - nothing" confirms that we each have a choice to make about our future with Christ. No amount of beauty, popularity, power, wealth, or anything the world can supply can keep us from crumbling or prevent us from dying. That's a pretty humbling statement.
Another chapter tells the story of the mama grizzly bear. "Why do you think the Lord allowed us to be charged by a bear?" Kim asked her friends traveling with her through Yellowstone National Park. Reflecting on their encounter, one of them replied, "I want to be just as ferocious as a charging bear toward anything that comes between me and God" You'll want to read the entire story to understand how light and darkness cannot live in the same place. So true.
I hope you'll take time to read this book filled with well-told gems of true stories.
Thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for sending me a free copy of this book to review.
"Our calling is to let go of our crown of gems (our puny personal ambitions, desires, and agendas) in order to pursue our true identity: His crown of thorns (the will of our King). By doing so, we discover the value, joy, and fulfillment He always intended for those who call Him Lord" (pg. 19).
Kim Meeder writes a very poignant book on what it means to stand for what we truly are called for and to move away from what we may desire. We are challenged to avoid being "princesses of entitlement" and focus on being "warriors of encouragement". I felt challenged as I read through this book because I was easily able to identify with her message. Throughout the book she provides one or two sentences facts under the subtitles in each chapter, each sentence was about God which provided essentially wrapped up why we need to follow God and why He deserves our love, faithfulness, and trust.
"Only God is worthy of our trust. Our King is forever faithful and unchanging"
"Little sins allowed in our lives, over time, will cause great damage"
"A warrior answers God's call to give Him whatever she can, no matter how small"
This book is a great resource for women who want to be challenged to step outside their comfort zone. Who want to be challenged to live a radical life focused on serving God Ã¢â¬âfiercely.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review, all of the opinions are my own.
Fierce Beauty claims to challenge the lie that how we look is more important than who we are inside. I was expecting this book to be all about how society makes women focus on outward appearances. However, the author doesn't address this issue much at all. It is a mere mention. Instead, she uses her personal anecdotes and amazing life experiences to give examples of true beauty shown through one's actions.
The book is a quick and interesting read. Author Kim Meeder is a true adventurer and outdoorswoman, so her tales of mountain climbing, horse rescuing, swimming with sharks, and Arctic kayaking are fascinating and read like an adventure novel. After each of her adventures, she shares an encouragement from scripture or an attribute of God, and a call to action - to drive sin from our lives, trust in the Lord, give what we can to uplift others.
Kim Meeder suggests we trade in our crowns as "princesses of entitlement" for swords to fight for God's kingdom (spiritual fighting that is, with goodness and perseverence, not aggression). I agree that we should do good deeds and honor God. However, sometimes I did not relate to the author, as she seems to be against all things pretty, and believes that caring about external appearances is shallow and destructive. Sure, it can be if taken to the extreme. But wanting to be pretty is not the enemy here. Not all women (or all people) think of themselves as sword-wielding warriors. I know I don't! However, I can see why the author uses the analogies she does: she is a go-getter, an explorer, and quite the storyteller. She wants to help us drive out the sin in our own lives with the ferocity of a mother grizzly bear (she provides quite the visual for that one!)
"Choosing to stand for what matters most" is the key theme of this book. It's not about beauty at all, it's about choosing to stand firm and do what is right in service to God, no matter the circumstances.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing for this review.