Kim Meeder is a riveting story-teller who writes about her passion for the beautiful outdoors, high-adventure, horses, and people. Each chapter of Fierce Beauty is a story from her life, be it one of her incredible adventures or a changed life at her ranch. Kim and her husband run the Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, an organization that rescues abused horses and pairs them with children in need. She uses these anecdotes from her life to draw you in and then wraps up each one with a spiritual truth. I have never read any of Meeder's other books, but I plan to head to the store tomorrow to buy another one. I loved the descriptions of her adventures. I was glued to the book, eager to read where the turn of a page would take me. Quite often, though, I would have to put the book down for several days after reading a couple of chapters because the spiritual truths hit me deep and I needed to spend time pondering them. "My unfaithfulness to Him did not change, hinder, or diminish His faithfulness to me. He has been and always will be the only immovable truth we will ever know." (p. 83) "This world defines peace as the absence of conflict, but God's peace is confident assurance in any circumstance." (p. 90) "It's an amazing truth that out of our King's great mercy, He delivers us through our suffering so that our past hurts can heal others' futures." (p. 151)
I received this book from the publisher in order to provide a review. The above review is my honest opinion of Fierce Beauty by Kim Meeder.
Sometimes the truth is harsh and Kim Meeder doesn't back down when she tells us that we need to stop thinking about ourselves and start thinking about God. As women we need to stop buying into society's definition of beautiful and start listening to God's definition. Kim uses personal experiences to show us just how this flawed thinking can cause problems not only for us but for others. We're to glorify God, not ourselves.
Step up to the front-line and be a warrior for the Kingdom instead of a princess on the sidelines.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.
Kim Meeder is the author to a new book called Fierce Beauty. This isn't the first book she has written but it is the first one of hers that I have read. I really enjoyed this book and Meeder's stories and her insights on God. The book is a collection of stories and adventures that Meeder has experienced and relates things to God. When I first got the book I thought it was mainly going to be about outer beauty but this book does not focus on physical appearance, it focuses on other things that matter like being a strong person and TRULY trusting in Christ. It was a very thought provoking enjoyable book and I would recommend it to any woman.
"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review"
I recently had the chance to read and review Fierce Beauty by Kim Meeder through a service at Blogging for Books- WaterBrook Multnomah that gives people the chance to get books just giving a review, whether positive or negative.
This book was all about seeing yourself through God's eyes and laying down everything in order to become the courageous woman who seeks His face and righteousness over everything else.
She told stories about places she had been, things she had done, and situations she had been a part of, and how they each taught her how to become the person she knew she was meant to be.
She talked about how God allows everything for a specific reason, so if you're a witness to something, it was because He wanted you to see it.
For example, while out adventuring with other people, she came across a mother bear who charged- they got away fine. Lesson learned: like a mom attacking anything that comes between her and her babies, we need to attack any sin that comes between us and God.
Another example-she tells a story about while mountain climbing, she stopped to take rest on a boulder she'd stopped on numerous times before when it suddenly shifts and fall thousands of feet below and shatters. Again, she is fine. Lesson taken away: nothing in this world is permanent, and God is the only thing that will constantly faithful in life.
I get the point of this book, and I think it's a good one... and if you read this book in the right frame of mind I feel like anyone could get a good word out of it and learn a nugget of truth or two.
But, with that said, there were a couple of things that seemed off to me about this book.
First, I'm weary of authors who only tell story after story of things they've done. Regardless of how it was meant, if you read a book and all the author does is tell over and over things they've gotten to do, it looks like their showing off. I get a story or two might be needed to carry your book and make it flow better, and I understand that.. but when the book is basically nothing but a collection of one "One time I did this.." after another, it turns your reader off.
Completely unrelated, my other biggest "Huh!??" moment came when the author was explaining the eating disorder she dealt with as a young adult. She talked about her husband confronting her in a heated argument and saying "What you're doing isn't pretty, it's just selfish".
When I read this, I had to stop and go back make sure I had actually gotten it right. As someone who has struggled with this myself, I get what she was doing. On the flipside I also get where he was coming from as someone who has seen someone make horrible decisions right in front of me. BUT..... Is that really the way you address it? Is that really the only way he could convey what he was feeling? Yes, he had a right to be angry, but what about saying, "I'm mad and I hate what you're doing to yourself, but I love you more than anything and I'm gonna love you through this". And then showing her, with his love, how he could help her. Not with hurtful words. The last thing that someone with an ED needs to hear is how horrible they're being because more times than not, they already hate themselves.
In many Christian novels marketed for pre-teen girls and young women, female Christians are often described as "royal princesses" with a royal mission to fulfill. Rather than employ this usual metaphor to reach out to young, Christian women, Kim Meeder's Fierce Beauty employs the images of a spiritual battleground where women must elect to fully fight on a daily basis.
Through personal stories of grief and triumph, Meeder takes her readers through the journey of a woman that pursues a fierce, Christ-like beauty. Perhaps most captivating is Meeder's own confession of her struggles with food and body image. Describing a time in her life where she chewed the same piece of gum for days or ate only an apple for a meal. Meeder states that these destructive habits worked to overtake her life. Comparing her idolatrous body image struggle to the power of sin, Meeder explains that the smallest of sins can overtake one's walk with the Lord Jesus.
In addition to warning her readers against sin and the spiritual warfare that surrounds Christian men and women alike, Meeder also dedicates a whole chapter to using one's gift for God. Instead of allowing a fruitless life to pass a young girl by, Meeder suggests that any young woman should employ her gifts for the Lord, whether it be through sending birthday cards or simply saying something encouraging. According to Meeder, there is nothing too small that can be used to serve Jesus.
Overall, Fierce Beauty offers young women the hope of an active faith, rather than the promise of passive princesses. Encouraging Christian women to use their gifts, to shun sin, and to actively work for the Kingdom of God, Fierce Beauty is an excellent book for the young woman in your life.
PS- A copy of this was given to be by the fine folks at Waterbrook/Multnomah's Blogging for Books program. All opinions are my own.