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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