Today’s review is on Stop Calling Me Beautiful by Phylicia Masonheimer.
This review is hard for me to write, mainly because I really enjoyed Stop Calling Me Beautiful and I also struggle with writing reviews for non-fiction books, especially Christian living books. Mainly due to the fact that I know I probably won’t do them justice, but I’m going to do my best.
Stop Calling Me Beautiful is a call for women to ditch the “pink fluff” that tends to come with Christian teaching for women – you are beautiful, you are fearfully and wonderfully made, the overemphasis on the Proverbs 31 woman – the teaching that focuses on the self rather than God. An incomplete gospel. And the need for the complete gospel, and the need for us to know God more. It moves on to talk about reading God’s Word and our need to be in the Word when we can, not only when we can have the perfect quiet time with candles, the best pens and coffee. What is important is that we worship God – which isn’t just something that is done at church. It then delves into topics such as legalism (which was honestly one of the best things I have read on the topic and how to overcome it), anxiety, grief, feeling overwhelmed, our need for community, sexual brokenness, and fear of man.
Like I mentioned before, I really enjoyed stop Calling Me Beautiful. Even though I have read other books that cover these topics, I felt like this did a better job explaining how we as Christians can work through those things and draw near to God. I used it in addition to my Bible reading and prater time. I also listened to Phylicia Masonheimer podcast episodes where she discuss more on each f the topics shared in the book, which I highly recommend doing. An I highly recommend the book!
Before I finish off this review, I would like to share some of my favorite quotes from Stop Calling Me Beautiful:
“The complete gospel – our sinfulness, God’s grace, Christ’s imputed beauty – empowers us with a strength the incomplete gospel cannot supply. Without the whole truth about who we are and what god does for us, we will never know the fullness of the life god intends for us.” (pp. 22-23).
“We must cultivate a holy curiosity…a mind that strongly desires to know and learn about God.” (pg. 29).
“If we base our pursuit of God only on our feeling, we’ll never be consistent. Desire is a necessary part of deepening our relationship with the Lord, but it is not possible in our won strength. We need transformed desires and hearts reflective of His.” (pp.32-33)
“There’s nothing wrong with celebrating God’s Word through art. But there is something wrong when time with God acquires so many trapping that we miss the actual point of it.” (pg. 58).
“Reverance for God is recognizing that He is beyond us, yet also with us, striving for us, because He loves.” (pg. 173).
“Repentance does not entail rehearsing our purpose of glorifying God. We glorify God best when we turn from our sinful ways, embrace the worthiness He has given us in Christ, and live out that worthiness by the Holy Spirit’s power.” (pg. 184).
“To truly make a difference in the world, we have to know the Creator and Redeemer of the world on an intimate level.” (pg. 192).
I thoroughly enjoyed Stop Calling Me Beautiful, and I learned a lot from Phylicia Masonheimer. I highly recommend checking out her website, and her podcast, Verity. 5/5 Stars.
Janelle L. C.