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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jul 31, 2006
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0800759680 ISBN13 9780800759681
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More About Andrea Stephens
ANDREA STEPHENS is the beauty editor for Focus on the Family's "Brio" magazine and a break-out section speaker for Focus on the Family's "Life on the Edge" tour. Andrea serves as Interim Youth Director at First Presbyterian Church in Bakersfield, California, where her husband of 15 years is Senior Pastor. She is the author of "Happy Thoughts for Bad Hair Days, God Thinks You're Positively Awesome!" and "I'm Glad You Know Where We're Going, Lord."
Andrea Stephens currently resides in Bakersfield, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Glamour Girls: The B.A.B.E. Handbook to Real Beauty (B.A.B.E. Book)?
GREAT BOOK AND SPIRITUAL ADVICE!!!!! Jan 30, 2007
This is a great book. I got it for Christmas and finished it that day! :-D It covers everything from exercise to make-up. This is the best book ever! (one of the previous viewers said something about how God is full of wrath at us the second we are born. That is not true. God loves us immensely, especially when we are little and new. The God she described sounded more pagan than Christian. I hope you buy the book because it really makes you feel great!
Good Beauty Tips But Poor Spiritual Advice Jul 18, 2006
On page 18 the author makes a severe error, she said, "Get a new view of you! ... You're unconditionally loved and accepted by God! You've already won his approval!" That is an awful thing to say because it negates the gospel and the sacrifice Christ made for those he loved. According to Scripture we start out under God's wrath (intense hatred) first and only after we ask for forgiveness with sorrow and trust that his Son died for everyone one of our sins does he forgive and love us. If it's the other way around than there is no need to ask for forgiveness! And so by saying what she did may end up reinforcing that "God loves us so who cares let's keep on sinning) belief among the pagans and false Christians or putting that idea in their head.
The author also attempts to make girls feel better by saying that every body type is beautiful (in outward appearance?) and takes a verse out of context to do it: "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." - Psalm 139:14, which says nothing about physical beauty. Telling a girl that she's beautiful when she is not is setting her up for a fall, that is why the Bible says not to flatter. The Bible does however teach that when God returns he will glorify and no doubt beautify those he saved, so if a girl thinks she's ugly and so does everyone else , that is one way to get her hopes up. I would also advise her to save up for surgery if it's clear it could make a big difference and would try to help her go through with it if she didn't have anyone else to support her and wasn't bad company to keep.
The author, after her pep talk, contradicts herself by giving beauty tips in the book, she's clearly trying to make girls who are sad about how they look feel better by saying that God thinks they are beautiful, but by giving beauty tips is saying that humans don't necessarily have that same view. In otherwords, even if God thinks a person is beautiful, that's besides the point, how many girls go around worrying about and being sad that God doesn't find them physically attractive? No, they do that about guys and even other girls.
She points out that the media promotes an unrealistic standard of beauty and so not to feel pressured to conform to it or stressed about it, that I agree with. But soon she makes two disasterous statements: "Bottom line-it's all about health. ... A healthy body is what will help you be all that you were created to be." What's Jesus say? "Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." -Matthew 4:4 and "Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear Yahweh and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones." - Proverbs 3:7-8 and "do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." - Matthew 6:31-33. In other words the top and first priority should be getting eternal life before you die first, then learning and obeying the teachings of Scripture out of love for God, THEN health falls into place, and surely you will have it, after you are saved, and when God returns."
And, as for a healthy body allowing you to be all that you will be, woah, wrong: "To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." - 2 Corinthians 12:7-10. But that absolutely does not mean to go cutting your wrists or deliberately chastising yourself, God will take care of that.
On 100 she implies it's not good to be unhappy about how you look. If a person believes that they will get worse: It is perfectly natural to be unhappy with how you look if you are ugly in some way, but you shouldn't be angry at God over it, and pray for his help, and dwell on that which is lovely and good rather than only what is wrong with you."
Her dietary advice isn't perfect but she gives good advice by saying to see what the books on nutrition in bookstores say.