December 08, 2011

Fierce Beauty

In her newest book "Fierce Beauty", Kim Meeder seeks to address a old problem especially evident among Christian young women. Everyday the world bombards us with lies. We are told by movies, music, and pictures that if we want to be truly beautiful we must have a flawless complexion, unique talent of some-sort, and only ware the 'newest' fashions.
Meeder's message is that real beauty isn't 'looks', it comes from the heart. (1 Peter 3:4) "God's definition of beauty is not from the outside in... but from the inside out."
Through out the book Meeder uses the image of a self-absorbed Princess who so totally consumed in making sure her hands are spotless, hair is shining, and jewels in order, that she has not even thought about lending a hand to the people around her. She contrasts this princess with an attentive warrior woman who carries the "sward of encouragement" and "fights for those who are losing their battle for hope".
"Ultimately, life comes down to one question: will you serve yourself or your King?"

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
It was fascinating to read about Meeder's diverse experiences whether it was clinging to the sheer rock face, competing in the U.S. Olympic Biathlon Team Trials, or trying to gain the trust of a seemingly emotionless 16 year-old girl.
I found her writing style very engaging, but more than that, she had something worth while to say!
Everything has pro's and con's and Kim Meeder's book is no exception.
For some people her frequent trips down memory lane might seem unnecessary and for the most part difficult to identify with. For me, it helped me see her as an individual, not just an author, adding an element of personableness that would not have been there otherwise.
As I finished the book several questions seriously challenged me to re-evaluate my heart.
"Which do I truly love more- my freedom in Christ, or my bondage to sin?" "Within the territory of my heart, am I choosing to tolerate sin, or am I fiercely defending the heart that Jesus Christ gave His life to set free?"
(Disclaimer:I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review, every opinion expressed here in is my own.)

About the Author

Kim Meeder is the author of Hope Rising, Bridge Called Hope, and Blind Hope. Along with her husband, Troy, she owns and operates Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in central Organ, a nonprofit organization that rescues abused and neglected horses and pairs them with disadvantaged children, offering them a place of safety, peace, and hope. She has been a popular guest on the Focus on the Family radio broadcast, Dr. Dobson's Family Talk, and featured on the CBS Early Show.