Have you ever looked at a couple and wondered what could have attracted them to each other? Or made assumptions about someone for the way they were dressed? Or their car? Or anything else?
Even worse, have you looked into the mirror and fretted because of what you saw or didn’t see? “If only my eyelashes were longer.” “If only I was taller.” “If I could only lose those 10 pounds.”
It is so easy to buy into the world’s way of thinking without even being conscious that you are doing it. We have been so trained to look at the external and make assumptions, i.e. judgments.
But this is not the way God wants us to be! Peter tells us that we should focus on adorning ourselves with an inner beauty.
You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.
I Peter 3:4
I’m sure it wouldn’t take much effort to come up with a number of very beautiful people you know of – on the outside – who are ugly on the inside. My grandmother told of a time she had gone to a fashion show at a department store and was admiring the models – until she heard the horrid things coming out of their mouths.
Focus on having the kind of beauty that doesn’t fade and that is the most attractive to God.
At First Glance
Published by Bling! Romance
Publication Date November 1, 2018
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Illinois, Michigan Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Estate planner Penny Thornton loves dusting off items others gloss over, especially since she relates to feeling tossed aside for the "bright and shiny . When her younger sister's approaching wedding launches Penny back into the throes of her dysfunctional family, she decides to use the festivities to close the gap in their relationships even if it means appeasing them and finally losing the few pounds they've hounded her about for years. But she doesn't expect to meet two very different men in the process. East Fisher, the personal trainer who personifies everything she believes she could never attain, and Jonah Black, a man who reminds her so much of herself. Both men are more than they appear at first glance, and both seem interested in her romantically. As Penny uncovers their hidden layers, she discovers when it comes to love and matters of the heart, she's got a lot to learn about estimating value.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Penny had felt overlooked from the time she was very little. Her mother and her younger sister were constantly nagging her about her appearance and the fact that she could afford to shed some weight. How in the world could she ever find someone to love her the way she was?
Oh, how my heart went out to her! I’m hard enough on myself without having those who are “supposed” to love me tell me how insufficient I am. I loved the message of the story and the way the author showed so clearly that inner beauty matters so much more than the external.
I would have preferred to have had the story told only from Penny’s perspective. Having it told from two perspectives did take away a little of the surprise related to the love triangle. I came to be suspicious of motives early on, perhaps more so because of this fact. While I liked hearing Jonah’s thoughts on the various events, without them I would have not known so quickly the direction the story was going to take.
Overall, I enjoyed this debut story for the author and hope she continues to write.