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Your Beautiful Heart: 31 Reflections on Love, Faith, Friendship, and Becoming a Girl Who Shines Paperback – March 1, 2015
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"[A] great tool for youth leaders who want their students to experience what real beauty is." ---Laurie Polich Short, author of Finding Faith in the Dark --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
Get a copy of Your Beautiful Heart and prepare to be changed! You are about to become breathtakingly beautiful―the never-fading, always-glowing beauty that’s rooted in the truth of God’s love. Lauren’s fresh approach will prove that outer appearance does not define true beauty. It is all about your heart, the person you are on the inside. So get reading! As Lauren’s words and the Holy Spirit work together, your heart will become more beautiful, more loving, more forgiving, more free, more others-focused, more . . . well, just dive in. You’ll see what I mean. (Andrea Stephens, Author and founder of The B.A.B.E. Event: Beautiful, Accepted, Blessed, Eternally Significant)
With grace, authenticity, and depth, Lauren shares her life in Your Beautiful Heart. She is a powerful voice in our culture, confidently leading young women down a path of true beauty and identity that is grounded in our identity in Christ. God is using Lauren in a powerful, culture-shifting way, and her impact on young women is making ripples that will last for generations to come. (Kat Harris, Photographer and founder of The Refined Woman)
Lauren is an amazing woman who has overcome much through her faith in Jesus Christ. She is a dear friend of mine, and I admire how she views fears and the way she sees beauty. So much to learn from! (Bethany Hamilton, Pro surfer and author of Soul Surfer)
I love it! This is a must-read for any young woman who desires confidence and authenticity. I was captivated by the real-life stories and was drawn into a clearer picture of what God truly cares about in each one of us―our heart! Your Beautiful Heart delivers an intimate look at God’s view of true beauty. Readers will definitely grow closer to God through these pages. (Susie Shellenberger, Fulltime speaker and author; SusieShellenberger.com)
Lauren is an example of how God’s beauty shines best from brokenness. Her courage to share her story, paired with Lisa’s gift of writing, makes this an excellent resource for young women. It is also a great tool for youth leaders who want their students to experience what real beauty is. (Laurie Polich Short, Speaker and author of Finding Faith in the Dark)
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Just within the first few pages of the Introduction called “An Imprint on Your Heart”, the author Lauren Scruggs identifies a lie and a truth. The lie is from the world of fashion and beauty which tells young women everywhere that “A certain kind of physical appearance equals beauty.” As the reader turns the page, the author refutes that lie with a timeless truth: “God’s love in your heart is your beauty” and the heart of Lauren’s message is laid bare. “This book is about how God’s love makes a person breathtaking,” she says.
In “Your Seeking Heart”, the opening chapter for her book, Lauren spends two pages pointing out that nowhere in the Bible will you find much attention paid to a person’s looks. No deep description of a person’s outward appearance is mentioned. “And even Jesus, the pivotal person in the whole Bible, is never described in terms of his appearance,” Lauren writes. Therein the author explains her point for I believe the entire book. The point is if looks are not highlighted or touted as important in the Bible then why are we so focused on it in our modern day world?
Lauren drives her message home in the section of the book titled “Your Changed Heart” with a question posed on page 55 of chapter 07 which is called “A Heart that Knows.” Lauren asks the reader, “Have you ever thought of the Bible as God’s voice? As him coming down to speak to you and me and everyone?” Following her on the next few pages, Lauren proves why the thought behind her question is true and on page 57 she so perfectly ends that conversation with this quote, “A beautiful heart wants to know God and gets to know him through his Word.” It becomes clear to the reader as they flip through the pages of Lauren’s book that she not only knows God but loves Him and endeavors to share His love with the world. Such is the story of a person’s life transformed by God’s love. It is a testimony of how God can always turn broken into beautiful and that with God, no pain in your life is without purpose.
God used Lauren’s pain in losing her left eye and hand to launch a ministry. He worked through Lauren to not only bring healing to her own heart but to give Lauren a mission of spreading His love, joy and peace to a broken world through the sharing of her story. God continues to use Lauren as an instrument of His peace through her ministry of writing books and reaching people through her work in the fashion, print media and publishing industries. But God did not stop there! Lauren’s unique story changed her life in a special way when it led to her being interviewed on E! News by host Jason Kennedy with whom she fell in love.
Later on, Jason wrote the Foreward to Lauren’s book in which he gave a poignant tribute to his now wife which perfectly summarizes the key message of Your Beautiful Heart. He said, “I’ve always been moved by Lauren’s story. She’s been through so much, and her whole life changed on the day of her accident. But then I think, So did mine. Without that day, I never would have met her, seen her gorgeous smile, or known her beautiful heart. I never would have filled her apartment with white tulips and lit candles outside her balcony that spelled “Will you marry me?” I don’t know why God chose this path for us, but I can’t help but be grateful that I got the chance to propose, that Lauren said yes, and that I will be able to spend the rest of my life with a woman who is truly beautiful—not just on the outside, but in every way that matters most.”
There you have it: What matters most is not your looks, what matters most is your heart.
As soon as I heard about this book releasing, I was excited to get the chance to read her new book, Your Beautiful Heart: 31 Reflections on Love, Faith, Friendship, and Becoming a Girl who Shines. The book is set up like a devotional that can be read just one chapter at a time, or you can read an entire section at a time. There are six main sections of the book, including Your Seeking Heart, Your Changed Heart, Your Obedient Heart, Your Heart for Others, Your Distinctive Heart, and Your Heart Looking Forward. Within these sections, there are about 4-8 chapters that fit into the specific categories. The chapters begin with a short story that connects to a Biblical lesson we can learn, or a Bible story. The chapters end with Discussion Starters that contain Bible verses that tie in to what has just been read.
I am sure some of my younger cousins would love to have this type of devotional to read, and I can’t wait to get a few of these to buy for them for their upcoming birthdays! J
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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