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About Beauty Begins

You are, and always have been, beautiful

“Beauty begins. That’s the point of this book. Our understanding of beauty got started somewhere and somehow, and probably due to someone. Now that may have been a good start, but then again it may not have. But regardless of what your past looks like, we want to offer up this word of hope: It’s never too late to make peace with your reflection.” 

We live in a culture that’s obsessed with beauty. Walk by any magazine stand or turn on a television and you’ll be bombarded with the images and ideals that our culture believes are the epitome of what it means to be beautiful. And if you’re like most women, you’ve probably spent countless hours trying to measure up to this standard whether you realize it or not. 
But if you don’t make peace with your reflection, you’ll end up declaring war on yourself.
That’s where mother-daughter team Chris Shook and Megan Shook Alpha want to help. In Beauty Begins, they challenge each of us to trade the pressure of perfection for God's perfect love. Poignant, relevant, and relatable, Beauty Begins is for every woman who wants to reclaim what it means to be truly beautiful. 


Praise for Beauty Begins:

“In Beauty Begins, Chris Shook and Megan Shook Alpha have written a vibrant, heartwarming book for women of all ages who live out the universal struggle to see themselves as beautiful. Through their personal stories, biblical insight, and practical wisdom, this mother-daughter duo gives us down-to-earth advice on how to see ourselves clearly through God’s eyes of acceptance and love. I can’t wait to share it with my granddaughters!”
Kay Warren, cofounder of Saddleback Church with her husband, Rick; international speaker; and best-selling author of Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough

“In an age of superficial beauty and supermodel icons, our friends Chris and Megan offer a Christ-centered alternative that begins with the heart of God. Here’s a wise and wonderful guide to where true beauty begins—and to the confidence and contentment that come from it.”
Lee and Leslie Strobel, authors of Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch in Marriage

“True beauty begins when you make peace with your reflection. That’s why Chris Shook and her daughter, Megan, have taken the risk to talk about a topic that is often difficult for women to discuss—self-image. The result is an invitation for ladies of all ages to join this conversation.”
Pastor Steven and Holly Furtick, cofounders of Elevation Church, Charlotte, NC

“Beauty in the eyes of the world is distorted. In Beauty Begins, Chris Shook and her daughter, Megan, point women of all ages to the source of true beauty: the heart of God. They reveal that God’s heart is for women to be full of beauty, full of joy, full of peace. Let Chris and Megan clear your vision and teach you the truth of who God made you to be.”
Matthew Barnett, cofounder of the Dream Center and author of God’s Dream for You

"My friends, Chris Shook and Megan Shook Alpha, have written a wonderful new book called Beauty Begins.  In it this powerful mother and daughter team share their insights and wisdom, born from their own experiences, to help women everywhere overcome negative perceptions about themselves and to learn to love and respect the person God made them to be."   – Victoria Osteen, Co-Pastor, Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas

About Chris Shook

Kerry and his wife, Chris, founded Woodlands Church, formerly Fellowship of The Woodlands, in l993; and since then, the church has grown to 17,000 in average attendance each weekend.  Now Woodlands Church is one church in many locations with its Fellowship campus in The Woodlands outside of Houston and satellite campuses online, in the Humble/Kingwood/Atascocita area, Tomball and its newest location in Katy. 

Chris is the Director of Missions and Women’s Ministry at Woodlands Church. Her missions’ work has touched thousands of under-resourced people locally and in numerous countries around the world. Her Women’s Ministry is one of the largest in the country providing fellowship, worship and Bible study opportunities to hundreds of women each week.

Kerry and Chris’ first book and New York Times Best-Seller, One Month to Live  – Thirty Days to a No-Regrets Life, was released in February 2008. The book encourages readers to face their own mortality and live life to the fullest. The Web site supports total life fitness and allows people to take the 30-Day Challenge. In addition, the One Month to Live Nationwide Church Growth Campaign is designed to help pastors unleash their church’s potential.

Kerry and Chris have been married twenty-five years and have four children.

Product Details

208 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Mar 21, 2017

Trim Size: 5-3/16 x 8

Carton Quantity: 24

Press Release

Trade the Pressures of Perfection for the Peace God Offers
From “true beauty” ad campaigns to public outrage about doctored images of already thin supermodels, society understands the pressure women feel to be beautiful. But in an ever-changing world, how does one define beauty? Where does beauty begin?
Mother and daughter team Chris Shook and Megan Shook Alpha address the daily struggles that all women face when it comes to feeling beautiful in Beauty Begins: Making Peace with Your Reflection (WaterBrook Press, March 21, 2017), now available in paperback.
“In our society it is impossible not to feel inadequate at times,” write the Shooks. “It’s hard to make it through even one day without feeling insecure about ourselves! We don’t have it all figured out, but we have discovered some practical ways to love the person God made us to be.”
As the director of Women’s Ministry and pastor to students at The Woodlands Church, Shook and Alpha surveyed hundreds of young women involved in the church asking them whether or not they would change something about themselves. An overwhelming 70 percent answered yes, and only 11 percent said “I’m completely content and at peace with my reflection.”
In Beauty Begins, Shook and Alpha encourage women of all ages—daughters, mothers, grandmothers—to learn to achieve a healthy mindset about their bodies and their immeasurable worth. Writing from their personal experiences, they insist that it’s never too late to begin conversations about what beauty truly means.
“When we begin to believe the truth of who we really are and who God made us to be, we’ll be set free to feel beautiful. Our goal in writing Beauty Begins is to encourage all of us to stop believing the lies and to start living the truth.”
“In an age of superficial beauty and supermodel icons, Chris and Megan offer a Christ-centered alternative that begins with the heart of God. Here’s a wise and wonderful guide to where true beauty begins.” –Lee and Leslie Strobel
“In Beauty Begins this powerful mother and daughter team share their insights and wisdom, born from their own experiences, to help women everywhere overcome negative perceptions about themselves and to learn to love and respect the person God made them to be.” –Victoria Osteen, Co-Pastor of Lakewood Church

Chris Shook is the co-author (with husband Kerry) of two New York Times bestsellers, One Month to Live and Be the Message. She and her husband founded Woodlands Church, outside of Houston, Texas.
Her daughter, Megan Shook Alpha, is a graduate of Baylor University and works as a pastor to students at Woodlands Church.
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By Anne Gooch

Rather you are 8 years old, a teenager or 44 years old (my age) I think this is a must read for all girls of all ages.  We all have suffered with "I am not pretty enough or I don't look like those models on the cover of this magazine."   God tells us that man looks at the outside appearance but He looks at the heart.  I highly recommend this book for yourself and getting a copy for all the girls and women in your life....

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By Alaina Newberry

This book Beauty Begins is a great book for many reasons.  One is I love that it is written for all women of all ages to understand.  Also it is a mother and daughter that wrote it.   The cover is beautiful.  I love the simplicity of it and the colors.  This is actually what drew me to he book. This book covers the topic of how do you view yourself and making peace with your reflection.  I love at the end of each chapter is a section called...

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By Madolyn Drop

Whether the wisdom and truth in this book is new information or a great reminder to the reader, this is something that women can't get enough of.  The book is encouraging and really digs deep to define the differences between the world's definition of pretty and God's definition of beauty.  The book is written by a mother and daughter and they give great insight to how women need to not be seeking the world's cultural beauty, but instead...

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By Alan McCarter

Chris Shook and Megan Shook Alpha's Beauty Begins:  Making Peace with Your Reflection offers biblical wisdom and personal experiences to help transform the minds of women -- many of whom operate from a place of brokenness -- so that they can learn to achieve healthy mindsets about their bodies and their immeasurable worth in the sight of God.  It helps give voice to women who need to learn to articulate beauty for themselves: ...

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By Madison Loveday

I really enjoyed the layout of this book! Each chapter begins with a verse, and then a faith-based quote. The ideas and stories from their own lives that Chris and Megan wrote in this book were so inspiring! I love the idea that pretty and beautiful are two different things. Pretty is what the world wants, the models on magazines, the shiny new cars, but true beauty comes from the Lord. I loved how they talked about finding your sacred...

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