Katarina Hedman

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  • Girl Defined

  • God's Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity, and Identity
  • By: Kristen Clark, Bethany Baird
  • Narrated by: Kristen Clark, Bethany Baird
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

In Girl Defined, sisters and popular bloggers Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird offer women a countercultural view of beauty, femininity, and self-worth. Based firmly in God's design for their lives, this book helps women rethink what true success and beauty look like. It invites them on a liberating journey toward a radically better vision for femininity that ends with the discovery of the kind of hope, purpose, and fulfillment they've been yearning for.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Judgy, narrow and shallow

  • By Katarina Hedman on 03-21-18

Judgy, narrow and shallow

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Reviewed: 03-21-18

This surely is a pretty story, all neat and nice from the outside. But I can’t help but feel that the authors are very naive and have been very sheltered growing up. There are obvious issues regarding their theology, and the conclusions they draw from it. They are attempting to ”raise the status” of motherhood and homemaking, but I can’t help but feel that they care more about how society would look ”nicer” if women stayed in their homes. There’s a lot of paternalism going on in their arguments.

I don’t doubt Kristen and Bethany have a genuine passion for young girls, but their effort is too shaped by American culture for me to take it seriously (there’s a world outside the u.s, you know). Kinda like 1950’s video propaganda.

The chapter on biblical gender roles is simply embarrassing. The descriptions of what is female throughout the book is shallow, artificial and again, contains more American culture than God’s kingdom. I suggest Kristen and Bethany research history more, and try to look beyond their American worldview.

According to Kristen and Bethany, a married woman with children cannot and should not pursue contentment and happiness outside the home. This I believe is harmful, and yes, even offensive to God who has created women all over the world to do a plethora of things, all for the glory of God and the spreading of his kingdom: lead countries, do business, preach, excel in creativity and academics. It is dangerous when someones lack of (for instance) academic ambition becomes the norm.

This book will create women whose lives look neat from the outside. But that won’t change the world. I do believe that some girls who genuinely wish to be full time moms may find this book helpful, but I’m sorry to say that Bethany and Kristen are very judgy towards everything they don’t understand. That isn’t the right attitude. So no, I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone.

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