I’m No Angel – Book Review

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In December 2011, 21-year-old Victoria’s Secret Runway Angel 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 as she struggled to make it big in the cutthroat world of modeling, to her “big break” winning the Victoria’s Secret Runway Angel competition, to the disillusionment and spiritual warfare that followed. After finally realizing that she could no longer reconcile her career with her Christian beliefs, she surrendered her life to God 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.

I have always found the fashion industry interesting and wondered what it would be like to be a model, so when I saw this autobiography by Kylie Bisutti it instantly went to the top of my reading list. When I started reading it, I was grateful to see that I’m No Angel delivered on the promise of the synopsis.

What I liked most about this book is the level of honesty and sensitivity that Kylie demonstrates. She is not shy about describing some of the darker areas of her past and the fashion industry in general, but the content is tastefully presented. If I had a teenage daughter I would have no problem letting her read this book.

The story itself is both challenging and inspiring. While reading this book I had to ask myself if I would have had strength to walk away from a successful, seemingly glamorous career. At the same time, I was inspired by walking with Kylie on the journey that led her to realize that she had to change the direction of her life. She is open in talking about temptation and the ways that we as humans are deceived by the enemy and his promises of grandeur.  For that reason, I think that this would be a great book for new Christians or those who are struggling to live a Christian life in a world that judges by outward appearances.

If you are interested in the fashion industry, find biographies inspiring, or have ever felt that you could never be beautiful enough, this is the book for you! You can also check out my review of her devotional for girls 30 Days to a More Beautiful You here.

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30 Days to a More Beautiful You – Book Review

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Despite what the world leads us to believe, true beauty has nothing to do with outward appearances. The more we focus on what we look like on the outside, the more insecure we become.

Fortunately, God doesn’t measure our worth by how we look. We have value simply because we are His children. The more we focus on getting our hearts right with the Lord and honoring Him, the more secure and confident we will become—and the more we will exude true beauty.

In 30 Days to a More Beautiful You, former Victoria’s Secret Runway Angel Kylie Bisutti gives a complete inner-beauty makeover with succinct devotional readings designed to transform your heart, body, mind, and soul and put you on the path to becoming a happier, healthier, more beautiful you.

I wasn’t a pre-teen or a teenager that long ago, (Not saying how long ago!) and I am well aware of the pressures that are put on girls to look their best. Even today, with high school far behind me, I still find myself comparing my physical beauty with that of those around me and finding myself falling woefully short of perfect. And that’s where this little devotional comes in. Although I originally intended to read it to determine whether or not it would be good to pass on to some of the girls in my life, I found myself challenged to think about my own attitudes and what I perceive as true beauty.

This is a beautiful little book. (It’s nearly pocket sized and only sixty-three pages). The cover is a fabulous pink, and it does feel girly, yet trendy.

As the title suggests, this booklet is made up of thirty daily readings. Each one begins with a section title, followed by a verse. The main body of the devotional is thoughts by Kylie Bisutti with examples from her own life. Then she asks several questions, and each reading ends with a “True Beauty Tip” – basically a quick summary of what has been discussed on that day.

Even if some of the ideas presented in this book may be common knowledge to readers, especially those  raised in Christian environments, I did think that it was good to have a daily time to think about them. But what I liked most about this book was the author. (Kylie is a former Victoria Secret model who walked away from her career after realizing the damage that she was doing, and I am looking forward to reading her autobiography I’m No Angel.) In a world that has glamorized the Victoria Secret Angels as the ultimate in beauty and sexiness, she has a unique platform to point the girls of this world to the source of true beauty.

This book would be a great gift for a teen girl who is struggling with seeing herself as less than perfect. And you can’t beat the price. Both the Kindle and the paperback versions are less than a dollar on Amazon, and that includes shipping if you have Prime!

I’m glad that I purchased this book, and yes, I will be sharing it with the girls in my life!

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Echoes of an Angel – Book Review

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When Ben Underwood became blind at the age of two, anyone would have thought he faced a life full of hardship and uphill challenges—a world full of things he’d never be able to see and activities he’d never be able to enjoy. But as far as his mom, Aquanetta Gordon, was concerned, nothing was impossible for Ben . . . and so he accomplished the incredible. Known as “the boy who could see with sound,” Ben mastered human echolocation—the ability to detect the size, shape and location of objects through the reflection of sound waves. By clicking his tongue and “seeing” the waves, Ben could ride his bike, shoot baskets, identify objects, and even play video games. Some called it a miracle, but to Ben and Aqua, the real miracles were the otherworldly experiences God gave Ben—physical and spiritual—that others couldn’t explain. Echoes of an Angel is the remarkable true story of how a child who seemed destined for darkness brought light to the world. It’s the story of a single mom who encouraged her son to push beyond his limits, even as her heart clenched with protective love and fear. And it’s the story of a family’s unshakable faith . . . in God and each other.

Echoes of an Angel is one of those books that I downloaded because it was free. Recently I was coming home from vacation with my family and noticed it on my ipad. I remembered being intrigued by the synopsis, so I thought that I would give it a try. I was not prepared for the emotional journey that I would be taking in the hours and pages to come.

Admittedly, Echoes starts out a little slow. The story is told in first person from the perspective of his mother, Aquanetta Gordon. In giving background to the years before Ben was born and lost his sight, she is honest about some of the lifestyle choices that she made. (At one point I asked myself, “Is this really a Christian book?”) But once Ben enters the picture and loses his sight, I was sucked into their world.

I have always loved reading stories of people who face and overcome great challenges. It was remarkable to read how both Ben and his mother refused to let what some would call a great disability handicap him, and I found myself cheering for him as he grew and accomplished more things. But the story is not without it’s moments of grief. Without giving too much away, I found myself sobbing at the end. And for the record, books normally don’t make me cry. That should tell you how much this one touched me.

If you are inspired by hearing how ordinary people have overcome extraordinary events, this book is for you. I hope it challenges you as much as it challenged me.

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