Wednesday, June 15, 2016

"The Insatiable Quest for Beauty" by Tiffany Dawn

About this book:

  “At 17 years of age, Tiffany was willing to pay any price to be "good enough." Her attempts only led to hating herself, drowning in disordered eating, and deciding she was not the kind of girl that guys fall in love with. Join Tiffany for twelve "coffee dates" as she spills her heart onto these pages, sharing the steps that helped lead her to freedom.”

Series: No.

Spiritual Content- Prayers; Over 60 Scriptures are referenced, mentioned and/or quoted; All about God, our relationship with Him, confidence & trusting; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of talks about God; Mentions of prayers; Mentions of Bible reading, Bible classes & singing; Mentions of those in the Bible; Mentions of Church, Sunday School & sermons; Mentions of Christian homes; A couple mentions of missionaries; Christian authors & singers are mentioned and/or quoted;
*Note: A mention of a Buddha statue.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘heck’, an ‘idiot’, ‘jeez’, an ‘oh my word’, and two ‘stupid’s; A mention of drugs;
*Note: A few mentions of brand names (Abercrombie & Victoria’s Secret); Mentions of Starbucks.

Sexual Content- a barely-above-not-detailed kiss; All about The Insatiable Quest for Beauty; four forms of ‘sexy’ and six forms of ‘hot’; Many, many, many mentions of eating disorders, losing weight & binge eating (the author talks about her past struggles with disordered eating); Many, many, many, mentions of boyfriends, girlfriends, dating, exes, breakups, & all that drama; Many mentions of boys & being boy-crazy (and mentions of the author’s other book which is all about “boys, singleness, sex, and dating”); Mentions of kissing & kisses; Mentions of flirting & winks; Mentions of guys checking girls out; Mentions of the woman in the Bible (Ezekiel 16) who “gave her body to pretty much every guy man she met, sleeping with so many guys she probably lost count a long time ago.”; A mention of David from the Bible knocking up some chick; A mention of girls rescued from sex trafficking; A mention of human trafficking; A mention of pornography;
            *Note: Mentions of girls’ figures catching the attention of guys; A few mentions of outfits that show more leg & a hint of cleavage; A mention of super short-shorts & a guy leering at her; A mention of a pair of jeans that felt like they made her butt look bigger, hips wider, and legs thinner; A mention of some guys only noticing girls’ chests or butts when looking at them; A mention of a booty call; A mention that the author wishes her butt was a bit bigger (but that she “will resign to the flat butt life. Or wear padded underwear.”); A mention of marching a butt someplace; A mention of a baby falling on its butt; A mention of a period; A mention of a used tampon.

                                                        198 pages

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My personal Rating
{Add 1-3 stars for girls dealing with self-worth, disordered eating, and/or beauty.}
To be honest, I was afraid that this would be a type teen girl inward beauty book. You know, the books published by moms basically saying: Don’t sleep around, God loves you, focus on inward beauty when you don’t feel beautiful. I can honestly say I have read so many non-fictions for teen girls about those topics, that I can usually list the bullet points for each chapter before starting them. {Don't get me wrong, that's all great and good, but it gets tiring after the fifth book.} Now, “The Insatiable Quest for Beauty” was completely different. And let me just say, when I read this part, I literally set the book down and just started clapping. 
  “The more I thought about it, the more I realized that both the Christian and secular parts of our world place a huge emphasis on beauty. In our culture, we’re told that we have to be beautiful outwardly to be confident. In Christian circles, we’re told to take confidence either in our inward beauty or in believing God says we are beautiful.
  I started to realize that in all of those situations, we are still focusing on beauty. We are still acting like we have to feel beautiful in order to feel good about ourselves. But now I’ve come to realize: That’s just not true.
Can I just--?!*praise hands emoji* Just, yes! Yes, yes, yes! I truly enjoyed Miss Tiffany Dawn’s {it’s so weird for me to put a Miss in front of Tiffany, since that’s my sister’s name. She’s Tiffany Sharee, not Dawn though. ;) } voice & quirky personality. (Being a spy for God & His mission? I’m all in!) By reading all these coffee dates with Miss Tiffany, I couldn’t help but feel connected to her by the end. All the bonus stuff on her website for the end of each chapter was really neat. The prayer for the woman reading her book at the very end of “The Insatiable Quest for Beauty” was so sweet and very touching (and a wonderful surprise. I always feel special when an author thanks the reader for reading in the acknowledgments, but a super touching prayer over the reader? Now that takes the cake.) And when the author says she went to China on a mission trip at age 15, well, that just sealed her spot on my women-I-look-up-to list. ;)

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Author for this honest review.

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