Friday, May 30, 2014

Review: "30 Days to a More Beautiful You" by Kylie Bisutti

30 Days to a More Beautiful You is a devotional for teenage girls written by former Victoria's Secret model Kylie Bisutti.  Each day includes a Bible verse, a 2-4 paragraph connection, two reflection questions, and a true beauty tip, such as "Let the roots of your life grow deep into Christ" (37).

The devotions are so short that it makes it easily manageable for the teen reader to fit into a busy schedule.  The book covered a lot of really great topics and encouragement for young women of faith: finding your worth, valuing modesty, being good enough, putting God first, and accepting forgiveness.  However, nothing stood out to me as being particularly ground breaking or inspiring. Instead, it was more a general overview.  In fairness, in only a few paragraphs, it's hard to tackle major life struggles that girls face, but I expected more from this devotional.

I was disappointed that the Bible passages were so short, usually only a verse or two. When I was a teen, I would've rather seen more of a passage for context.  There could've been a focus verse for Bisutti's personal connection and life applications, instead of only having one verse to work off. It just didn't feel like much care was put into the God's Word part of the devotional, especially with a typo in the one verse that was featured for day two.

Bisutti also has a book titled I'm No Angel, and I'd be willing to give that a try someday.  This devotional didn't have enough depth to make it worthwhile, but her points were solid and perhaps a different medium is all it needed to blossom into something great.



FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishers for this review.  The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.

6 comments:

  1. My oldest is only 9 yrs old, but I may have to write this title down for the future-sounds like a pretty decent starter devotional for a teenage girl (especially one that may not like to read a lot, like my daughter ugh). :)

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    1. That's a good point - definitely a good devotional for anyone who doesn't like to read! It's a 4x6 little booklet and each day is only four paragraphs at most. And it's only 99 cents, so other reviewers were suggesting that it makes a great gift to slip in a card for someone!

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  2. Nice review. Sounds interesting!

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    1. Thank you! It was definitely interesting to hear Kylie's story and to learn from it.

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  3. Good review. Nice that she made such a book. A pity that it didn't have more "weight." And a typo? That's a shame.

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    1. Yeah it's a good very basic introduction if a young girl has never had a devotional maybe. Then hopefully it will pave the way for something more substantial. Perhaps even her full book, who know. Thanks for reading! :)

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