Thursday, May 18, 2017

Looking Glass Lies

by Varina Denman

I have another book for you, and it's hot off the presses! (don't you love that cover?) Just dropped May 2nd.

This novel brings to light the daily battle most women face every day when they look in the mirror. The conflict between what we see and what we want to see and what the media and our culture tells us we should see. Denman skillfully tells a story about multi-dimensional people with multi-faceted problems. In fact, the characters feel so real, I half expect to see them when I walk into my local coffee shop.

Cecily and Graham are really interesting characters and their rekindled friendship is fun to watch. But my favorite is a woman named Shanty. She is an old acquaintance of Cecily who runs a support group Cecily joins to work on her “self-image.” There are three members of this group, and the author uses group texts from Shanty to communicate SO much! They absolutely cracked me up because her voice comes through so very clearly and the other two respond with very specific attitudes. I have to admit though, the subject matter gets pretty heavy in parts, so these texts and Shanty’s personality came as a welcome reprieve. I think we all need a group text from Shanty every now and then. One part comic relief, one part genuine friend.

This book will help mothers of teen girls who are trying to figure out who they are even as they are being told every day what they should look like. The story gets into the nitty gritty on both sides of the media-image-problem. There are men who consume the images being created and there are women who try to emulate the expectations those images create.

The story is written from a Christian perspective, but is not overtly Christian. I think it points people in the right direction with a very gentle hand, while clearly showing bedrock truths about body image and healthy relationships. The story is very engaging - there's a romantic thread too - so it’s a quick read – I stayed up too late more than once with these lovable characters. I hope you will too! You can snag a copy here or check out the author's website here.

Do you ever find yourself stuck, looking in the mirror for far too long? What do you do to combat the constant barrage of images telling us what to look like?


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7 comments:

  1. I am sure we all look a bit too long when glancing in the mirror but it is good to remember that we all look different, our hair, eyes, weight are all different and our own and God is our creator. We all need to work on appreciating who and what we are.

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    1. Well said, Melanie. I completely agree. :)

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  2. This sound like a great book. I've been seeing really good reviews of it everywhere. In my devotion today, the scripture verses in Genesis 3 made me realize until Adam and Eve ate the apple, they didn't even know they were naked, much less that they needed to work on their looks.

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    1. I envy Eve. But only for that brief time. Lol. Things went downhill fast. It does make me think though. I can't imagine what it would be like to NOT think about my looks.

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    2. Jennifer, thanks for a lovely review, my beautiful friend. :)

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  3. Everyone is unique in their own special way, as God created each one in His image. I do believe we all look to long in the mirror at times thinking "If I could only change this about me." We must learn to accept who we are to be complete in Jesus Christ. I've seen so many great reviews about Looking Glass Lies.

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