As a mama, I want my daughter, especially, to grow up with a healthy self-esteem and body image. I don’t want her to struggle like I have. Even at my leanest weight, I didn’t find the happiness and confidence I was expecting to find. I look back at photographs and realize now I had reached my supposed “ideal”…yet I still wasn’t content. Why not? Do I have such a distorted image of myself that I can’t see the “true” me? I started reading Carolyn Mahaney’s book, “True Beauty” and this book is challenging my definition of what is beautiful.

“It is not sinful or shameful to improve our appearance. Unloveliness is not next to godliness. God, our Creator, is the beautiful One. He made us beautiful, and our “taste for beauty” comes from him. God set a taste for beauty in the heart of man and then set him in a beautiful garden to enjoy that beauty. But mankind wasn’t long for paradise. Adam sinned, and in him, so did we all (Romans 5:12).

“…Without a clear vision of the beauty of God, our perspective of earthly beauty became twisted and distorted. Instead of seeing the beauty of the image of God in the mirror, we could only see flaws. Rather than seeing the beauty of God in others, we envied and criticized.” – Carolyn Mahaney, “True Beauty”

I’m looking forward to diving into the rest of the book, examining what or who influences my sense of style, and transforming my sense of beauty so it is more in line with the beauty of God. Have you read this book? How do you define true beauty?


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