- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan; Gld edition (May 29, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780310765134
- ISBN-13: 978-0310765134
- ASIN: 0310765137
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stand Beautiful: A story of brokenness, beauty and embracing it all Paperback – May 29, 2018
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'As a TEDx organizer, I'm focused on the result of our speakers' efforts: The Talk. But in this book, I could instead focus on Chloe's experience as she traveled toward the red circle. Her gift for expressing deep thoughts helped bring those weeks to life for me, and her struggles with insecurities and doubts put a lens on the challenges she faced before taking that first step onto the stage. Rarely do we meet people who are gifted communicators, both in creating well-crafted stories and possessing the poise necessary to present them in a high-stakes setting. Chloe's insight into the turmoil within a teenager's psyche is immensely readable.' X (Mark Sylvester, executive producer, TEDxSantaBarbara)
'Chloe Howard is a true world changer. There is nothing more inspiring than someone who harnesses a painful experience for good. And there is no better example of that transformational spirit than Chloe. Being lucky enough to witness Chloe's meeting with Bono and see the incredible good she's done with that inspiration since inspires me to be braver in fighting for good, and I believe Stand Beautiful will do that for you as well.'XX (Matthew Pohlson, cofounder, Omaze)
'Chloe's story Stand Beautiful is a contemporary, vulnerable account of personal experience, empathy, and evangelism that serves as an inspiring reminder that we are all unique, broken, and imperfect; yet God unconditionally sees us, accepts us, and loves us. It's a beautiful testimony of trust, transformation, and triumph--in Jesus.' (Brian M. Van Hall, FACHE COO, CURE International)
'Wow. I'm impressed. And I don't say this lightly. Chloe's book is incredible. The strength this seventeen-year-old shares while in the midst of bullying is appropriate not only for teens but for adults who experience tough battles in life. We all get knocked down, but Chloe's resolve, tenacity, and solidity through the worst times in her life are an encouragement to all of us! Again: WOW.' X (Dr. Susie Shellenberger, speaker and writer)
'Like Emily Doe, Chloe Howard transformed her victimhood into a superpower. These remarkable young women share the gift of inspiration. Being the victim of a crime can make you feel mute and powerless. But Chloe uses her strength, her spirituality, and her clear, powerful voice to call out to those who have suffered bullying. Chloe's ode to finding self-worth is an important message for anyone who has felt the sting of self-doubt or the humiliation of harassment: Stand Beautiful.' X (Jeff Rosen, Santa Clara County District Attorney)
'Like Emily Doe, Chloe Howard transformed her victimhood into a superpower. These remarkable young women share the gift of inspiration. Being the victim of a crime can make you feel mute and powerless. But Chloe uses her strength, her spirituality, and her clear, powerful voice to call out to those who have suffered bullying. Chloe's ode to finding self-worth is an important message for anyone who has felt the sting of self-doubt or the humiliation of harassment: Stand Beautiful.' (Alaleh Kianerci, Santa Clara County Prosecutor of the Brock Turner Stanford sexual assault case)
'I've been working with teenagers for more than thirty-five years; and while there are many reasons I continue, one of my top reasons is how hopeful I continue to find them to be. Reading a story like Chloe's could be discouraging if you focus on the problems it reveals. But, ultimately, it's a story of overcoming, a story of redemption, a story of passion to change the world--and we all need more of that and hellip; I know I do.' XX (Doug Fields, founder of Download Youth Ministry and author of Purpose Driven Youth Ministry)
'Chloe's powerful reflection of her abuse at the hands of young bullies and the lessons she has learned on her journey make Stand Beautiful a gift of hope to anyone who has faced humiliation and wondered if any good could ever come from it. It's a gripping story with a strong message for anyone who wants to rise above the spirit of darkness in our world today and bring hope that we can do better.' (Mark Matlock, president of WisdomWorks and author of Faith for Exiles and Living a Life That Matters)
'Think of a quilt, a homemade-with-love-kind of blanket with all the different squares. Got it? Now, on those squares, write the repeated words provision, protection, meaning, and belonging. These are the four basic desires of us, as humans, that are all woven together like a quilt in this quest for our humanity. The squares of us intertwine to create a beautiful picture through us, but only one square at a time. However, every once in a while, I hear a story, meet a human, that brings us beyond our own pictures and lets us look upon the whole tapestry that is humanity at one time. Chloe's story will cover you with the common threads of humanity, give you a bigger picture of your own story, and challenge you to stand beautiful in your own square of this beautiful thing called life. This is not a book, but a vision.' XX (Eric Samuel Timm, orator, artist, and author of Static Jedi: The Art of Hearing God Through the Noise)
'Stand Beautiful is a powerful and meaningful book that needs to be read, understood, and appreciated. The author, although young, has much to say, and there is much to be learned from her writing. I teach a class in Disabilities, and this is the kind of text that can be used to help students, as well as others, navigate the importance and complexities that surround this subject.' X (Jeff Banks, Ph.D., Professor of Teaching of Humanities and Teacher Education at Pepperdine University)
About the Author
Chloe Howard is on a mission to empower people of all ages to embrace their uniqueness and boldly face their beautiful selves. Born with a foot deformity, Chloe had five major operations by the time she was 15. Through her hardships, Chloe learned that differences are unique, bullying needs to be stopped from the inside out, and worth is most valuable when it comes from within. Today, Chloe is the voice of Stand Beautiful, a movement promoting the acceptance of self and others. She has been featured on NPR, Teen Vogue, and was recently a TEDx Speaker. She has been the subject of two documentaries and toured internationally with CURE.org. Visit standbeautiful.me for more information about Chloe and her message.
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It's still Monday, shortly after noon, and I just finished the last chapter. Now my entire schedule is wrecked, in need of adjustment. And that is fitting. Because, as Chloe Howard shares in her authentically personal narrative, adjustment is something that we each may need to do on a regular basis. Each day offers us a choice to shed the burden of expectation, judgment, and powerlessness in favor of embracing our unique self, including our weirdness and abnormalities.
This is a refreshing account of a young human who had to learn to fight and learn to love in order to begin to overcome the challenges, both internal and external, that clamored to define her existence. This is not a new story. As Miss Howard describes in her book, it is something most everyone experiences. But the specificity and candor with which Miss Howard shares her tumultuous adventure gives the reader an illuminating insight into her individual struggles while offering a glimpse of the more universal threads that connect us all. Her message provides to us a spiritual buoyancy.
I was concerned that Stand Beautiful might veer toward becoming a sermon, but it reads much more as an invitation. Miss Howard places herself firmly in the camp of a learner, one who is not here to give answers but to share stories and urge us to radically accept ourselves as we are. And that is a welcome message. Though, on a couple of occasions, I lost my place in the chronology of events, the authenticity of the prose quickly drew me back in to the moment. This is a truly enjoyable read.
I've known Chloe's story her whole life - having known her mom Lori since she was in college. I knew about her operations, her heartbreak after being bullied at a "Christian" High School, her amazement at Dad Dane's luck winning a meeting with Bono from U2, and all the joy that came out of that meant-to-be introduction - then seeing Chloe soar as she took her story to the other side of the world in meeting others born with a club foot - and then sharing her story in a book to reach and inspire even more young adults and grownups. I loved hearing Chloe's voice throughout this very well-written book (especially including the #ChloeHashtags), and I hope many others read this book to learn more about how important it is for us all to #StandBeautiful.
The story and outcomes are heavy on her Christian faith, but it is her story, and I can't fault her for her steadfastness and faith. It is not preachy - just a matter of fact from her perspective. Highly recommended to all needing a beautiful story of inspiration and faith.