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After spending years wanting to look like everyone else, I realized I needed to love and accept myself just as I am. When I stopped listening to other people and started making a life for myself, I discovered my purpose in life, my passion.―Lizzie Velasquez

When an Internet video calling her “The World’s Ugliest Woman” went viral, Lizzie Velasquez set out to discover what truly makes us beautiful. Now she shares what she learned on that faith-filled journey.

In Be Beautiful, Be You, Lizzie uses anecdotes and exercises to teach readers to recognize their own unique gifts and blessings, talk to God in their own words, deal with disappointment, make and maintain healthy friendships, and set realistic goals. 

In a world filled with airbrushed celebrity photos and plastic surgery, Lizzie Velasquez is a refreshing force of nature whose story will inspire anyone who has ever felt singled out, misunderstood, or afraid―and who hasn’t?

Lizzie Velasquez is a communications major at Texas State University in San Marcos. She is one of only three known people in the world with a medical syndrome that doesn’t allow her to gain weight or create muscle. Lizzie has appeared as a motivational speaker at more than 200 workshops. Her story has been featured in both national and international media, including The Today Show, Inside Edition, Australia’s Sunday Night, Germany’s Explosiv, and Dr. Drew. This is her second book.

About the Author

Lizzie Velasquez recently graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos with a degree in communications. She is one of only three known people in the world with a medical syndrome that doesn’t allow her to gain weight or create muscle. Lizzie, an author of three books, has appeared as a motivational speaker at more than 200 workshops. Her story has been featured in national and international media, including The Today Show, Inside Edition, Katie Couric, The View, Dr. Drew, Australia’s Sunday Night, and Germany’s Explosiv.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Liguori Publications; 1st edition (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764820796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764820793
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Portillo on May 21, 2012
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I've been very fortunate to have gotten a glimpse of Lizzie's manuscript while it is in production and I love it. I couldn't stop reading until I ran out of pages. Her bubbly personality and courage transfers through the pages to help others who, like her, have been bullied just because of what they look like. Lizzie shares how she found her determination and gives advice, tips and how to's for those who want to make things better.

We wish you many more successes in your life Lizzie! Well deserved.
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God bless you, Lizzie! You are an inspiration to so many! Thanks for staying positive and giving so many hope and joy! You are a blessing and your story is making a difference in many people's lives!!
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Lizzie Velasquez' book teaches us that beauty is more than what is on the surface; it is what is in our heart as well. And that is what is most important. God sees us for who we are and how we live our lives, not how well we fit some arbitrary stereotype of what beauty is supposed to be. This book is very inspirational and a must read for anyone wanting to know how to let their true beauty show through.
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I cannot wait to read Ms. Velasquez's book. I only now learned of her through the Huffington Post article dated Sept 13, 2012. I don't know what to say other than Thank God she exists and thank God she is writing.
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It was a very good book, but aimed more towards teenagers. I'm way older than that and just skimmed past most of it, but very impressed with Lizzie and her life story. Very strong young lady.
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By Angela on March 7, 2013
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This book is good. It's a little simple for an adult. I recommend it for teenagers to read. Good message.
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Lizzie speaks to a high school crowd, which she is reluctant to do. As she reaches the stage she forgets to read her prepared speech and talks from her heart instead. When she finishes the crowd applauds her. She is moved and inspired to become a motivational speaker. She had almost passed up the opportunity.

"Be Beautiful, Be You", is a Christian Living book. Lizzie publicly appears at various venues and TV shows. She has a rare syndrome and looks different, she is gaunt and thin, and blind in one eye. She places emphasis on God and his help. She was a communications major at Texas State University. She gives advice and wisdom to those interested on improving their lives. She says to make goals and make lists on how to achieve them. Setting goals are important and helps one to find strengths and weakness.

She writes about friends, how to make them and how to keep them. Friends are people you want to share your life with. She has friends she shared the teen years with. She adds her dose of psychology, on friendship.

Saint Lucy is her favorite saint. She endures torture before being murdered. She maintains her faith, Lucy means light, and she is the saint for people with eye illnesses. Lizzie has a deep faith with God and the church. She is an inspiration. I recommend "Be Beautiful, Be You".
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading Lizzie Vasquez' "Be Beautiful, Be You" book. Even though I'm in my 30's, this is something that helped me and hopefully will help and inspire other young women. I first learned of Lizzie a couple of weeks ago, watching a tv program and her story was so inspiring, yet her "spirit" and confidence shined through so much, I instantly liked her and decided I was going to purchase the book. Now, while I'm not an avid book reader and haven't completed a book in a while, I completed this one, mainly because it brought me back to simple truths, which is always good to be reminded of. I pray that this book gets into the hands of 1000's of young girls to remind them that true beauty comes from within, therefore it will shine so brightly that your outside reflects it. I also like the fact that she acknowledges her faith in God and how He has helped her to see herself as He sees her and all of us.

The special treats in the book were the journal and prayer section at the end of each chapter, allow you to ponder and reflect on specific issues that you face and how to change or adapt to the situation.

All in all. I give this a 5 star and hope others are inspired by her story and her ministry just as I was.
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