Category Archives: Beauty

when you don’t like what you see in the mirror (looking for what you cannot see)

“I don’t even want to look at myself,” she said, “I hate what I see.” I  I received letters from two ice skaters last week. The first one suddenly disappeared from her sorority house due to bulimia. Rachel was the tiniest girl in the house, but her voice sounded big when she wrote to me: “When I finally graduated […]


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Beautiful Lie #2: You are Not What You See in the Mirror (can someone help a girl out here?)

We’ve got girls wanting to retouch their thighs … and their eyes … and it’s all based on lies.  If there is one chapter I hope women read from my books, it is Beautiful Lies, The Second Lie:  You Are What You See in the Mirror. I won’t attempt to write it better than I did […]


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Beautiful Truth #1: You are God’s Beloved (how to hold onto your crown when it falls off)

There must be a formula for being a great child of God, for wearing the crown well, for reflecting His goodness near and far. I just don’t know it yet. But this I do know: “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we shall be called children of God, and that […]


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How looking in the mirror teaches us our “who” and our “do” – and some big news about Jen on FB Live starting March 21

“How did becoming a Christian change your life?” her sweet, innocent voice asks, the telephone line connecting me to California. “That’s a good question,” I answered Grace, our niece whose name means all things beauty. “Becoming a Christian taught me my “who” and my “do,” I finally answer, relieved when I can put words to such a life […]


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The Miracle of Christmas comes again

A few nights ago I was wrapping presents while Livy’s friends draped themselves on my couch. “I already got what I wanted for Christmas,” I told them as I tied the bow.  “Really?” “Really.”     In the midst of Christmas errands the Cowboy had said it like a thought that often runs through his mind. […]


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