Sunday, March 11, 2012

Book Review: More Beauty, Less Beast by Deborah M. Coty

This book came along for me to review at a pretty good time.  Since January, I've really been working hard on my appearance.  Which makes it sound like I had some sort of self-confidence breakdown, although that's not exactly the case.  I've always had a pretty healthy self esteem regarding my looks.  I'd like to be thinner (along with pretty much the rest of everyone I know), but mostly I just want to be stronger and healthier.  So anyway, I jumped at the chance to review this one, because it seemed to fit this year's theme of internal and external healthiness. It's a book of short essays or devotions relating to being the best person you can be inside and out.

I was pleased overall with the writing.  It's about on par with other women's devotionals I've read.  I honestly can't really say I was blown away, but I wasn't bothered by the writing style either.  It reminded me a lot of Barbara Johnson, another Christian author whose humorous but still insightful non-fiction I've enjoyed.

Entertainment Value
I think this one would be better read as a devotional than the way I read it, which was straight through, beginning to end.  I enjoyed it, but I think I would have gotten more out of it had I read each devotion on its own.  That said, I think this is a book that would appeal to a variety of readers.  It's intended for women, obviously, and also for Christians.  Each essay is very overtly spiritual and I can't imagine that it would appeal to those who aren't already believers.  While I was very pleased with the book overall, I do have to mention one small annoyance.  The author continually used "Papa God" to refer to God and it drove me nuts.  I mean, I know God is our Father, but that phrase just seemed too "cutesy" to me.

I recommend it to Christian women.  If my church had a library, I'd definitely include it in that collection.  Cute, funny, and some good insights.  Definitely worth the short time it takes to read.

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for the chance to review this one!

1 comment:

  1. I realize I'm not the target audience for this kind of book, but Papa God would make me bonkers.