Backwards Beauty: A book review

Shop at the mall, browse the internet, or stand in line at the grocery store checkout and you’re likely to see society’s concept of beauty on display. In the midst of our bombardment with what society pegs as beautiful or fashionable, it can be easy to lose sight of what it means to be truly beautiful and valuable. Perhaps no one feels the pull to be beautiful more than middle school and teenage girls. In her book Backwards Beauty, author Jessie Minassian addresses the topic of what it means to be beautiful, offering young women insight into what it means to be beautiful and loved by God.

Backwards Beauty: How to Feel Ugly in 10 Simple Steps discusses everything from beauty, to weight, to makeup. Minassian’s target audience is likely to be primarily tween and teen young women who might struggle with body image issues or feel as if they are not good enough or beautiful enough by the world’s standard. Pointing to the Bible to combat these types of assumptions, Miniassian offers tips for young women on how they can focus on cultivating true beauty that begins within.

Chapters in Backwards Beauty end with reflection questions for readers to consider and journal about, giving reader’s an opportunity to evaluate ways that they may be viewing themselves too harshly instead of seeing themselves as God sees them–beautiful.

Overall, Backwards Beauty is a worthwhile read for young women who struggle to see themselves as beautiful or who have trouble seeing themselves through God’s eyes.

*Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of Backwards Beauty in exchange for my review



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