Book Review: Girl Defined – Kristen Clark & Bethany Baird

 

 

In a Culture of Distortions, Discover God-Defined Womanhood and Beauty

In a culture where airbrushed models and career-driven women define beauty and success, it’s no wonder we have a distorted view of femininity. Our impossible standards place an incredible burden of stress on the backs of women and girls of all ages, resulting in anxiety, eating disorders, and depression. One question we often forget to ask is this: What is God’s design for womanhood?

In Girl Defined, sisters and popular bloggers Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird offer women a countercultural view of beauty, femininity, and self-worth. Based firmly in God’s design for their lives, this book helps women rethink what true success and beauty look like. It invites them on a liberating journey toward a radically better vision for femininity that ends with the discovery of the kind of hope, purpose, and fulfillment they’ve been yearning for.

Girl Defined helps readers

– discover God’s design for femininity and his definition of a successful woman
– uncover the secrets of lasting worth, purpose, and fulfillment
– be equipped and empowered to live out a radically better vision for womanhood
– gain personal insight through the chapter-by-chapter study guide

 

 

 

Here we go again…

Another book from the radical Christian authors Kristen ClarkBethany Baird. Only this time I´ve decided to get myself my own copy ( since no one from my social circle has bothered to buy it yet ) and read more about true Christian values.

This isn´t me wanting to mock this particular group of fanatics. I have a genuine interest in other people´s beliefs, even if I find these beliefs to be bat-shit-crazy. ( just thought I´d get that out of the way before I continue )

So, after I read `Love Defined ` and having gone through one hell of an emotional hissy fit afterward ( read review here), I thought I´d give these fine authors another try. Everyone deserves a second chance, amirite? Have Kristen and Bethany published other books? Ha! They sure have.

`Girl Defined: God´s Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity and Identity,  for example. The one I decided to purchase. I wanted to know what `God´s radical designs` were. 

I´ve tried my best to stay within the respectful boundaries with my thoughts on `Girl Defined` but can´t seem to find respectful words to describe the nonsense I´ve read. The only thing that comes to my mind is Jesus H. Christ.

The depiction of their ” God ” is a glorified schmuck. And these ladies apparently see themselves at the gateway to the Almighty. The advice given by these Christian fundamentalists in this book can be summed up in 4 points.

  1. Don´t have sex with anyone before marriage
  2. Equal rights are evil and should be banned from society
  3. Obey the male population. 
  4. To be a judgemental asshole is okay… As long as you´re a proper Christian

Do I find this helpful? I actually find this ridiculous. So much so that I had to call my mom ( who is a Christian, btw. Doesn´t share my nonreligious views but we were on the same page regarding this book ). How is it possible that there are people, especially women, who buy into all this? This book was designed to lure in innocent women into a cult.  This book has nothing to do with Christianity.

 

Bah, I´ve complained enough for now. It´s safe to say I won´t be giving these authors another go. I don´t think I´m able to handle more God´s word should always be above all shibaz.

I´m giving this sucker a solid…

 

 

Book Review: Love Defined: Kristen Clark & Bethany Baird

 

 

 

Our culture is obsessed with love and romance–so why are so few women experiencing satisfying, long-term love?

In this insightful and encouraging book, sisters Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird help single women of all ages discover a radically better approach to navigating their love lives. Covering topics such as true love, romance, purposeful relationships, purity, boundaries, singleness, and glorifying God in every stage of our relationships, Love Defined unpacks God’s original design for romance, showing modern women how to experience God’s best for them in their relationships. Full of biblical truths and step-by-step application of concepts discussed, the book also includes a chapter-by-chapter study guide to be used individually or in small groups, as well as four letters from godly women who have been married for 30, 40, and 50+ years, offering priceless, hard-won advice to single women.

 

Before I start with my thoughts I´d like to say that I LOVE when a question pops up in a book description. Just like the above:

” -so why are so few women experiencing satisfying, long-term love? “

I actually sit here with a hand that´s just itching to raise itself. Because I know the answer. Since I know my answer will be a lengthy one I´ll keep it to myself and focus on this book review.  

I´ve learned quite a few things after I finished this bogus gem.

  1. This book isn´t anything near a gem
  2. The authors are homophobic
  3. I need to move closer to a winery

It´s safe to say I wouldn´t recommend this book to anyone. `Love Defined ` is not only the worst, unsafest and damaging book existing, it´s also the most absurd piece of work I´ve ever read.

On the other hand- If you´re up for a round of being brainwashed into believing you´re sole purpose in life is to live via ” God´s plan ” then… You might as well give this ” inspirational ” guide a try. I wouldn´t though.

Because…

It´s clear the authors are Christian fanatics. They live and breathe Jesus. These are not your everyday Christian friends who live and let live. These ladies are making it their mission to spread their crazed agenda. 

Since this is a nonfiction read I won´t be giving my usual rating-breakdown. Instead, I´ll leave you with this piece of knowledge:

`Love Defined ` pissed me off as much as it amused me.

 

Book Review: The Internet Is A Playground – David Thorne

Synopsis

The complete collection of articles and emails from 27bslash6 such as Overdue Account, Party in Apartment 3 and Strata Agreement plus articles too litigious to be on the website.

 

My Thoughts

There are only 4 things in life that have the ability to make me cry from laughing so hard ( 4 things I can think of ).

  • The movie – Men In Tights ( Mel Brooks is just ❤ )

  • My 38-year-old husband trying to impress 12-year-old boys with his non existent skateboarding skills.

  • The Breathalyzer Fail video ( this particular one )

 

  • David Thorne´s emails.

 

 

Now, I´m all for laughing and having a great time. You could actually be my best friend for life if you have a sense of humor ( or if your humor matches mine ). I also love brilliant minds. People who can think quick and give answers that´ll literally knock the wind from your sails. There´s nothing like a good comeback that sits / stings / burns others.

Have you heard of David Thorne?

If you haven´t then I highly recommend you read some of his emails  here or buy his book, `The Internet Is A Playground`.  the internet is a playground

I swear on all that pink and fluffy… this guy is a genius. A genius jerk who has the ability to make me laugh uncontrollably.

`The Internet Is A Playground` is only one of many books that have a collection of his wild and bizzare email exchanges with victims  people.

Whether it´s an email exchange with his neighbor, Justin, or an email exchange with Shannon about her missing cat, Missy…. All emails had me in a laughing fit.

 

It´s obvious that David Thorne ( the true victim ) feels harassed and harasses the people who contact him. It´s extremely painful to read some of the poor soul´s replies as they struggle to keep up with David Thorne´s responses or give decent replies at all. But hey…. everyone get´s what they deserve… Either Karma kicks in or David Thorne shoots back.

I´d rather have David Thorne send me an email than have to deal with Karma.

My favorite email exchange would be from David and Justin, the neighbor with the blinding floodlight.

David Thorne
Snippet taken from David Thorne´s Site

 

With his bedside lamp off, the shades drawn and the covers over his head… he read a book with sunglasses on! DO YOU SEE WHAT I MEAN? 

And then there´s this. This is what made me fall off my chair from laughing so damn hard.

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Snippet taken from David Thorne´s Site

I can´t even.

I´ve seen some people rant against David Thorne and feeling offended by the things he has published or feel pity for the “victims” when it´s clear that most of them are just idiots asking for it.

Of course, David Thorne crosses a few lines and pokes at the bee’s nest. He´s provocative. But it´s all in the name of humor. It´s about having fun when there´s no reason to have fun. Lightening the mood.

I love it and can only recommend his work.

Would I recommend this book? I would. Over and over and over again.

Would I re- read this book? ( see answer above )

The Cover – ( I don´t really care for rating this cover because it´s not significant.)

The Story – ( What story? The book is filled with email exchanges.)

The Characters – ( Each victim deserves a medal for surviving  David Thorne. And David Thorne deserves a medal for trying…  )

My emotional state after finishing this book – I´m in heaven.

5 stars

 

Purchase Links  

Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk    Amazon.de

Book Review- Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women

Book Description

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a children’s book packed with 100 bedtime stories about the life of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world. This book inspires girls with the stories of great women, from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams

My Thoughts

As a mother, I´m always trying to find ways to empower my two girls. I want them to know that they´re not on this planet to cook and clean for their future partners, nor do I want them to have the impression that girls / women can´t achieve their goals because of their gender. We live in 2018 so my efforts aren´t too tiring.

Now, I´m not a Social Justice Warrior or a 2.0 Feminist. I don´t rant about gender equality nor do I go on a strike at home, at work ( That would be stupid since I´m my own boss) or anywhere else.

No movement has ever helped me become the strong person I am today and I still don´t need a movement to help me achieve my goals. If I want something then I´ll sure damn well make sure I get it, just like everyone else.

So, with that being said- I want my girls to become strong individuals when they grow up.

Sometime after Christmas, Mirjam ( my dear friend and partner in crime) brought my girls a Christmas present. I´m always uncomfortable when friends of mine bring gifts for the witches because many just don´t „get them“. Mirjam does. And what a wonderful surprise she brought.

„Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women“ by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo.Goodnight Stories

I am in LOVE and so are my girls.

A beautiful book about international women who dreamed big and aimed high in their lifetime.

From Coco Chanel to Helen Keller. From Joan Jett to Jane Austen…. So many women who went against the stream and made a difference with their actions.

Each mentioned woman has a one page biography , including an illustration of said woman, with a glimpse of their lives including their achievements.

I cannot begin to say how often my girls sit on the sofa and read about Jane Goodall or Cleopatra and all the others with sparks of awe in their eyes. And at night, when they´re in bed, I steal the book and read through it myself because it´s THAT interesting.

A great, inspiring book for little women and even adults. I wish I could buy this book for my neighborhood just because it´s that well put together and fabulous.

Would I reread this book? I already am.

Would I recommend this read? Absolutely! There´s no way around it- Every little girl needs this book. It´s colorful, it spotlights many inspiring women ( besides Oprah. Oprah isn´t in this one.) and it´s also a great book for young girls to learn about historical figures ( Queen Elizabeth, Katharina the Great).

The Cover – 5 Stars ( It´s cute. It´s colorful. It´s busy but not pushy.)

The Stories – 5 stars ( Love. )

My emotional state after finishing this book: Happy I have a friend with such great taste and ecstatic I have a friend who shows love for my girls. I´m also over the moon with joy that this book exists for children!

I´m giving `Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women 5 out of 5 stars.

Purchase Links

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.de

Review- Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops by Jen Campbell

Book Description

This Sunday Times bestseller is a miscellany of hilarious and peculiar bookshop moments: ‘Can books conduct electricity?’
‘My children are just climbing your bookshelves: that’s ok… isn’t it?’

A John Cleese Twitter question [‘What is your pet peeve?’], first sparked the ‘Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops’ blog, which grew over three years into one bookseller’s collection of ridiculous conversations on the shop floor.

From ‘Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs?’ to the hunt for a paperback which could forecast the next year’s weather; and from ‘I’ve forgotten my glasses, please read me the first chapter’ to ‘Excuse me… is this book edible?: here is a book for heroic booksellers and booklovers everywhere.

This full-length collection illustrated by the Brothers McLeod also includes top ‘Weird Things’ from bookshops around the world.

My Thoughts

As a passionate reader I always love to spend time in a bookstore / shop and just sit there weird thingsfor hours. But that only happens like- twice a year because of how busy life always is. I just can´t make enough time. So the reality of my bookshop love looks more like this:

Rush inside a bookshop. Quickly scan the the room for something to read. Spend 2 minutes to take in the smell. Walk to the register and pay. Rush back out. Kinda like a slow version of the Flash. And that´s such a bummer because I would love to have a small chat with the employees about new releases or have them help me search for my next read at a normal pace.

A few days ago, I was looking for a birthday gift for my bestie ( who happens to love books as much as I do ) and stumbled upon something I knew she didn´t have yet. Something that would complete her already massive book collection. BUT, I had to read it first before I pass it down.

´Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops` by Jen Campbell, is a piece of art. I have never laughed this much while reading a book. `Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops` is basically a collection of remarks made by customers in bookshops and it´s, by far, the most entertaining read I´ve read in a long time.

The catchline on the cover couldn´t be more accurate.

“So funny. So sad… Read it and sigh.”  – Neil Gaiman

Every question asked by a customer in this book is either outragously funny or incredibally idiotic. The responses from the booksellers are often genius. You can actually feel how annoyed / stunned / shocked they were during their conversations.

There once was a time I worked with customers, so I know how hard it can be when a person has to deal with odd questions or is confronted with…. less brighter folks. Looks like bookshops aren´t immune to the 40-watt club members, either.

 

CUSTOMER: Who wrote the Bible? I can´t remember.

CUSTOMER`S FRIEND: Jesus.

And that´s just one example of many that will make you either fall off your seat from laughing or will make you shake your head in disbelief.

This is another one of my favorites:

CUSTOMER: Does this book come in other versions?

BOOKSELLER: I can check on the computer for you.

CUSTOMER: It´s just that I don´t like the way that this one pans out.

Wouldn´t it be brilliant if every book came with an alternative ending? How cool would it be if there were 2 versions of every book? *rolling on the floor, cracking up* Poor, poor authors. Lol. And poor booksellers!

An absolute brilliant page turner and eye opener.

I´m giving `Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops` by Jen Campbell, 5 out of 5 stars.

This book can be purchased on Amazon.com