About the Authors:LaNae Valentine is the director of Women’s Services and Resources at Brigham Young University. When she’s not working to support, connect, and empower women she enjoys visiting family and friends, cycling through Utah’s back roads and canyons, cooking, reading, and doing yoga.
Lisa Tensmeyer Hansen finished raising seven children and is having a hard time sitting still. A doctoral candidate at Brigham Young University in marriage and family therapy, she is a managing editor of the BYU Women’s Studies Journal, serves on the board of local arts organizations, writes music with her husband, and walks every morning with her BFF.
In my opinion:
Why I don't hide my freckles anymore was a compilation of perspectives of true beauty. What is true beauty? Eve Scorup said, "Beauty is a virtue that we discover in ourselves as we live in harmony with who we are. It is a virtue that we express as we live genuinely with other people." I loved how this book had many examples of people learning about and finding beauty within. Most of the examples were from teenage years. Some were from being pregnant and learning how to overcome a new body. Another contributor, Karin Brown said, "Your true beauty is that you were created by God." I learned recently what true beauty is. It is when you turn to Heavenly Father in dire need and re-commit to living the gospel 100%. It is through Him, that one can develop true beauty and self esteem. Michell Linford said it perfectly, "Sometimes the beauty is in holding on and fighting when you have no idea how to win the battle. Sometimes the beauty is in continuing to believe when you can't imagine things ever getting better. And sometimes the beauty is in doing our part and then waiting on the Lord. At some point, God picks up the ashes and gives beauty instead."
I definitely recommend picking up this delightful book and reading it. I learned a lot about beauty and know I'm not alone in the journey.
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