“Spend some time with God, asking Him to show you the true motivation of your heart. Is a lie stealing your peace?” Monica Schaefer asks in her book, Beautifully Prepared: Restoring the Magnificence of Your Purpose.
~ What ~
At ninety-six pages, this oversized hardbound targets women who are looking for an uplifting reminder of God’s view of us females. Using the New American Standard version of the Holy Bible, verses are written out in a cursive font. Colorful full-page illustrations of mostly women’s faces grace the pages.
Focusing on Eve in the Old Testament to the Bride in Revelation, the author briefly describes how she relates to Satan’s lies that we are unlovable, unwanted, worthless, and incompetent. Starting at age four, she mentions the self-hatred that perpetuated an ongoing belief of forty years of lies. By spending time with God through verses taken from Jeremiah, Matthew, Luke, John, II Corinthians, and Revelation, she shows how God loves us for who we are.
~ Why ~
I like how the author divided the book into three sections of uncovering the lie, confronting it, and “dancing” with Christ as His redeemed bride. With the focus on beauty, the book reiterates as women we are covered in love while we are united, reigning, thriving, walking, resting, ruling, and speaking in beauty. Including the written out Scriptures and ending meditation with resources were thoughtful.
~ Why Not ~
Since this book is more of the author’s personal journey realizing who she is in the Lord, some readers may not be able to relate fully to it. With the format of the book having repetition of sections restated in short lines throughout, it may tire some readers. Although I understand and agree with some of the writer’s intention correlating us as the Bride of Christ, the verses in Revelation often quoted may mean differently to others.
~ Who ~
Having met her husband while being a missionary in Israel and served as a circuit court judge in Florida, Schaefer home-schools her daughter in New York. IIllustrator Headland lives in Connecticut with her husband and family and creates abstracts, narratives, and portraits in art.
~ Wish ~
With the book concentrating on inner, not outer, beauty, it would be nice not to have the repetition. Yes, we all need to spend more time with God, no matter what age, our past, or where we are with our walk with Him. Since I am older than the author with a different upbringing history, I had trouble connecting with its contents.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book about one woman’s process of rejecting the lies of being unloved, unwanted, and unworthy with colorful impressionistic portraits to go along with them as you concentrate on God, this may help.
Rating 3.5 of 5 Stars
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