On Saturday, I read a summer reading recap one blogger posted and the first book on her list caught my interest. A lot.
I pulled up the Amazon page for the book, looked at the reviews, and decided that I'd write a review on it.
A review on a book Ive never read.
So after talking myself out of it, I still couldnt set my message aside, and thus you get this post. A sort of review meets rant meets beautiful inspirational message post. Dont you think it is?
Here's the description of it, called "I'm No Angel" that Amazon provides:
In December 2011, 21-year-old Victoria's Secret model Kylie Bisutti stunned the fashion industry when she chose faith over fame and fortune and made the switch from supermodel to role model.
In I'm No Angel, Kylie shares her story--from her early years struggling to make it big in the cut-throat world of modeling, her "big break" winning the Victoria's Secret Runway Angel competition, and the disillusionment and spiritual warfare that followed, to the moment she realized that she could no longer reconcile her career with her Christian beliefs, surrendered her life to God, said goodbye to the runway, and dedicated her life to preaching a message of modesty and inner beauty.
Along the way, Kylie talks about her personal struggles with inadequacy, low self-esteem, and her near-constant quest for approval in a world where you can never be thin enough, pretty enough, or sexy enough. She helps readers understand that true beauty lies within and that real fulfillment comes from knowing, loving, and serving Christ.
This piece of one 2 star rating sticks in my mind:
What did she expect from this "career" of lingerie modeling? And why would a Christian sign up for it? It's just a very odd story. Now, she wants to tell us all about how inner beauty and modesty are what matters. Easy for her to say, now that she's already had plastic surgery to enhance her looks!
My reaction to this begins with something like this: "And you are...?"
Because no matter what sort of home each Christian was born into, dont we all have a past like this? We did things, ahem, sins, we are so ashamed of- to even think of because we didnt know God as well as we do. But things we have repented from and forsake to the best of our abilities because our relationship with God is that much closer.
I look at the description of this book and see a sinner turned saved.
I see our God and his forgiveness and Satan and his lies.
I see this author to be a role model (ouch, thats a bad choice of words) an example, because I see the world of every one of the "models"- not even limited to the modeling industry- today that are trapped into things they might not even see (I dont know) as wrong.
Why? Because we havent told them of God's love; we havent shown them. Yet werent we all there once, when we signed up for nonsense?
The Bible says that all have sinned, no sin "better" than another.
So who are you, who are we, to judge if we first dont go out and share? If we dont share our stories and the miracles that God had done for us?
*PS: If you would be interested in buying a copy of "I'm No Angel" I would love you to use my Amazon affiliate link above. Thanks :)