Book Review: Brave is the New Beautiful by Lee Wolfe Blum

"I don't want to be the broken one who needs fixing again." (44)

Title:  Brave is the New Beautiful
Author: Lee Wolfe Blum
Publisher:  David C. Cook
Release Date:  March 1, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Non-Fiction / Christian Living

Our culture bombards women with "thinspiration" messages and pressure to "do it all" while wearing the mask of perfection. 

Women are left feeling alone and overwhelmed. How can they stop comparing themselves to others? How can they live out who they really are?

Lee Wolfe Blum offers stories from everyday women who have answered these questions with their lives-and found true beauty in the process. In Brave Is the New Beautiful, Blum weaves reflections from her own journey with inspirational stories from everyday women who chose to take off their masks and live authentically. Through call-to-action questions and ideas, she encourages readers to be brave enough to be who they really are and the beloved that God knows they are.

"I don't want to be the broken one who needs fixing again." Sounds familiar? Well, you don't have to. In Brave is the New Beautiful, author Lee Wolfe Blum inspires us to be real, be vulnerable, be true and in all, start with courage. In the forward, author Shannon Ethridge said:

"Isn't that what we all should strive to reveal to the world around us - that we are not alone in our struggles, our strife, our disillusionments, our disappointments. . . our life experiences most certainly mater, especially when we bravely use them for God's glory, and for the comfort and encouragement of his people." (16)

And that is what Brave is the New Beautiful is talking about. With true stories from the author and author's friends, readers will be inspired, encouraged and empowered. Courage isn't just about heroic deeds, but courage itself is personal and displays in all forms. Brave is beautiful. Courage is beautiful. Honesty is beautiful. Scars are beautiful. Don't hide and don't doubt. 

"Faith doesn't come when we have all the right answers but when we offer our questions to God." (214)

Find faith to trust, to hope and to be real. How beautiful this book is! How beautiful life is! How beautiful we all are. Be brave. This is one of those books that engages readers on a very personal and emotional level. It'll be great for yourself, a gift to a female love one or use it in a small group setting. The reflection questions at the end of each chapter makes it great for discussions.  I highly recommend it. To end, I'll let the author's words sum up Brave is the New Beautiful.
"Be vulnerable. Be real. Be raw and let your naked bravery shine bright. In doing so, you help others see hope. You help others have faith. That is brave. That is beautiful." (215)

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Lee Wolfe Blum is an energetic and passionate speaker who loves to help women find hope in healing from perfectionism and addictions. She works as a mental health practitioner in the field of Eating Disorders and Chemical Dependency. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and three boys.

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