Sunday, February 21, 2016

Beautifully Prepared by Monica Schaefer

Eve was given a high purpose and calling but she believed a lie and became a slave to it. Jesus came to set us free from that bondage. True beauty arises through the perfect love of Jesus and this book calls us to experience that love through a transformative relationship with Him.

Schaefer shares how the lie is introduced to us, resulting in our feeling unlovable, shamed, and other negative emotions. She shares how, even after she became a Christian, the lies continued to invade. She tried to perform her way to acceptance by God but finally came to the point of resting, choosing to trust God in faith. She takes us through her encounters with the love and goodness of God and the transformation of her heart.

Each short reading can be used as a devotional. Illustrations by Julie Headland have been added to stimulate us to think about the accompanying text.

This is a good book for women who feel discouraged because they are not living up to what the world tells them is beautiful. The lie is revealed and the true source of beauty uncovered.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Monica Schaefer became the youngest sitting circuit court judge in Tampa, Florida, at age thirty-six. She later began a missionary career in Israel, where she met her husband. Today she enjoys the treasures and adventures of raising a daughter in New York City. You can find out more at
Julie Headland is a New England based fine artist. She works in the studio of her antique farmhouse in Weston, Connecticut, where she lives with her husband and four children. You can find out more at

Clovercroft Publishing, 96 pages.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through The Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.

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