Backwards Beauty: How to feel ugly in 10 simple steps was written by Jessie Minassian. It was published in 2016 by NavPress in alliance with Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
I was elated to have the opportunity to read and review this book. I loved the idea of an ironic way to heal feelings of insecurity, as this is a prominent problem in today’s teens, namely girls. Specifically, the way Jessie Minassian chose to write this book set her book apart from others. She accomplished this by naming 10 ways to feel ugly, one in each chapter, and then facing the lies that they hold and breaking down the strongholds. Minassian told several stories of how others and she herself have fallen into the comparison trap. She shared about her insecurities, starting at her childhood with a simple yet hurtful comment made by another child. She walked through the insecurities she experienced as a teenager and adult, and was honest as she admitted she was still in the process of recovering from insecurity herself. I found this aspect made her relatable in her struggle, and the writing style was reminiscent of an older sister sharing her advice. As I read through the book, I found myself identifying with her feelings of inadequacy. I loved her down-to-earth writing style in this book. In fact, I enjoyed this book so thoroughly that after I read it I purchased another copy for a friend in a similar situation of insecurity. I believe it is helping her too.
I would recommend this book for all ages, for anyone who is feeling like they’re not enough. I will end on this: If you feel like you’re that person that’s going through insecurity, know that you are enough. You were made a wonderful person, for powerful purposes, and you are amazing just the way you are.
Thank you to NavPress, Tyndale House Publishers, and Jessie Minassian for giving me a copy of this book to read and review. I was not required to write a positibe review.