The Other Side of Beauty

Sometime last year, I stumbled across the podcast Do Something Beautiful by Leah Darrow. Though we differ theologically, I find myself learning a lot from Darrow’s point of view. So I picked up her new book, The Other Side of Beauty recently and devoured it.

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I’m always looking for resources that will help me parent better. And as I work with teen girls at church, I’m always wanting to think about ways to present new ways of thinking. Especially when it comes to beauty.

The Other Side of Beauty is a wonderful reminder to teen girls and young adults alike that we are more than what society says we are. Darrow speaks to our worth separate from our outward appearance. She reminds us that God is the ultimate authority on what is beautiful.

This book shares stories of how Darrow learned to think differently about beauty. The Other Side of Beauty shows us how to reflect God’s glory rather than depending on ourselves to create beauty. To journey from needing the approval of man to seeking freedom in God instead.

This book paints a clear picture of how to walk towards a beauty that is both counter-cultural and God-glorifying. I learned several things from reading The Other Side of Beauty, and will definitely be using things I learned as I parent.

One quick note: Darrow is Catholic and therefore we differ theologically on a few points. We both agree on the main tenants of Christianity and therefore I find I can still gain a lot of value from reading this book. It is well worth your time!


I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. This review is my own, honest opinion.

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