A New Mirror

A new year has begun and with it many girls and women will begin the “diet revolution” to get fit and trim, to look better, and to shake up the “wow” in their life. I just finished reading a book that could really shake up the “wow” in your life! Fierce Beauty by Kim Meeder uses personal stories, powerful illustrations, and inciteful questions to provoke readers to question the status quo on beauty. We have all been taught that our outer self – our looks- are what makes us beautiful. However, Ms. Meeder encourages all women to embrace the knowledge that God is the mirror with which we must view ourselves. His description of us is the most potent value of our worth and beauty.

Ms Meeder owns and operates the Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Oregon and many of her stories are about her life on this ranch where she rescues abused and neglected horses. She then pairs those horses with disadvantaged children. If you are feeling like one of those abused and neglected horses or one of the disadvantaged children, then curl up with this book and feel the raw power and beauty of God’s love for you.

This book uses beautiful words along with powerful illustrations to illuminate the truths that each of us must embrace about our own worth and beauty. You will never look at yourself or others in the same light or with the same value system.

I received this book free for review from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.


Sasha Drew Me In

When I read the synopsis of The Grace Effect: How the Power of One Life Can Reverse the Corruption of Unbelief I was drawn by the combination of special needs children and adoption. Larry Alex Taunton has written a powerfully informative book of his family’s journey through the adoption of Sasha, a young Ukranian orphan. Sasha, with her smile and determination despite her circumstances, drew Larry, his wife Lauri, and their three boys, Christopher, Zachary, and Michael into her world at the orphanage and inextricably bound her to their hearts forever.

Taunton has written this book as a combination of a type of diary of the journey and experiences as well as a synopsis of the government and corruption prevalent in the Ukraine. Reading this book illuminated the love of one family, the spunky attitude of one little girl, and the corrupt government a world away from me. As the mother of a young man who was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder more than twenty years ago, I understand the difficulty with the perception of others concerning a child with special needs. As a lover of all children, I eagerly anticipated this book and to read about the overseas adoption process. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about overseas adoptions and to anyone who loves to hear about the power of love, family, and God.

This book is written from the perspective that the reader may not have any prior knowledge of the adoption process or the powerful effect of corruption in the Ukraine. It was an easy read but also will entice you to keep reading even when you are tired or have an appointment to get to! Great book!

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