Book Review // Girl Defined

OK, I have never written a book review on my blog. I have never really thought to write a book review before but oh my, guys I am so excited to be doing one today. The book that I am reviewing, in my opinion, is so good that I feel I should share it and allow others to learn about it as well.

The book that I am talking about is Girl Defined: God's Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity, and Identity by Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird. As you can probably tell by the title, the book is about God's design for women and how that fits into our culture today. The summary on the back explains it a lot better than I can:

"In a culture where airbrushed models and ultra-driven career women define beauty and success, it's no wonder we have a distorted view of femininity. Girl Defined offers a distinctly God-centered view of beauty, femininity, and self-worth. Based firmly in God's design for our lives, this book invites us on a liberating journey toward a radically better vision for femininity-one that ends with the kind of hope, purpose, and fulfillment we've been yearning for."

If that entices you then just wait until you actually get into the book. Kristen and Bethany do a great job of explaining God's design for women and how it does (or doesn't) align with today's culture. They get their points across in a really relatable and understandable way so that women in today's society can truly relate. The fact that it was such an understandable and relatable book is what I really enjoyed about it. I understood it well and felt that it really resonated with me.

Within the book the girls included many personal stories about themselves and others which I felt made the book come across on a more personal level. They also had many reviews from other authors and Christian women that explained their thoughts on the book.

One of the most important parts of the book was the fact that they included many Bible verses and stories that truly shows the comparison between what they are saying and what God says about the subject. It opens your eyes to see that "Hey! God did say this, this is His plan, and I can totally see it in today's society!".

Something that I really like is how, after each chapter, there is a study guide. They have some great questions that can really show you how it all relates to your life. They also have challenges explaining how you can put God's design into action in your life, right now.

Overall, Girl Defined is one of my favorite books and I am so happy that I read it. I got so much out of it and I feel like I truly do have a whole new outlook on the true design for womanhood and the lies that society is feeding us about it. I can say that I took a lot of things away from reading this book  and can totally see how the three pillars of counterfeit femininity (liberation, independence, and sexual freedom) have blinded and distracted us from the three pillars of biblical womanhood (helping others, producing life, and nurturing relationships).

Do I recommend this book? Absolutely. I think that this is a book that is well worth the read and totally worth the truths that you get out of it. It would be a great book for anyone at any age, for a personal read or group Bible study. If you do decide to read it I would love to have a discussion with you about it. Leave your comments down below and we can share our thoughts over it. 

Also, Kristen and Bethany run an awesome women's ministry call Girl Defined that you can check out here. I love their ministry and what they do so I wanted to let you all know about it if you didn't already. ♥



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