Stop Calling Me Beautiful (Book Review)

Stop Calling Me Beautiful by Phylicia Masonheimer (cover photo)

I want to share about a new book available specifically for women believers. The book is titled Stop Calling Me beautiful: Finding Soul-Deep Strength in a Skin-Deep World by Phylicia Masonheimer. The book will be released on February 18, 2020.

I’ve mentioned Phylicia on the blog before, linking to an article she wrote explaining what it truly means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. She is a woman with a passion for theology (“the study of God”) and seeks to help women go deeper in knowing God and the Bible.

The premise of the book is that we as women need more than the shallow message that we are beautiful and have worth when we gather for Bible studies and conferences. The beauty only message does not bring us to know God Himself, does not go to the root of our needs and issues, and cannot bring lasting freedom and victory.

Women need more than pretty framed pictures of Bible verses and reminders that we are beautiful. Instead we need a message that helps us cultivate our relationship with God. We need to learn how to properly read and understand God’s Word and apply it to our lives in the context it was written.

This is a needed message in the Body of Christ because the messages we often hear instead focus on us more than on God. Feel-good and self-help “sermons” abound in our modern age, but without Jesus they are empty and without power.

Stop Calling Me Beautiful covers various issues women face, showing readers how to seek victory in these areas through knowing Christ and His truth. Issues covered: legalism, anxiety/overwhelm, grief, broken sexuality, cultivating community, fear of man and shame.

These topics are covered thoroughly and will benefit any reader. That said, the book highlights the importance of getting to know God for Himself, reading His Word not to find personal insights, answers we need, freedom and peace, etc. It is in seeking to know God rather than seeking for ourselves that we come to experience the vibrant spiritual life God intended.

A few quotes from the book:

“God wants us to experience Him. But experiencing God doesn’t begin with emotion. It begins with desire, and it is accomplished by diligence.”

“Apart from Christ, we are not beautiful, pure, or acceptable because all humankind possesses a fallen nature. Though God originally created humans as perfect creatures, humankind’s sinful choice makes our purity impossible without Jesus… in order to become like Jesus, we must diligently seek Jesus.”

“We don’t go deeper with God by reflecting more on ourselves, or even by reading God’s Word to look for insight about ourselves. Roots of spiritual growth develop as we seek God for who He is and allow Him to do the transforming work in our hearts that we can never do on our own.”

(A copy of this book was provided to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)

Find more info on the book via Phylicia’s website. You can purchase an eBook or paperback version of the book via Amazon. Phylicia also shares frequently through her Instagram and Facebook Page, on topics ranging from teaching women how to get in the Word for themselves, the importance of being familiar with the Bible and how it came about, church history and more. I also recommend her free Bible Study email course with practical tips to help your study of the Word.

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