As Christians, we do not believe, as the ancient Greeks did, that our bodies are mere tombs encasing an eternal soul.
We believe that as children of God, created in his image, our souls and bodies matter. Sometimes, however, we get caught on two opposite ends of the spectrum.
The world over-values the body, and too often Christians over-emphasize the soul. But there is a radical middle that sees the whole of a person as beautiful, both spiritually and physically.
Jason, my friend and co-author of Home Behind the Sun, and I are happy to share this free eBook with you that looks at just this topic: On Being Pretty - An Open Letter to Our Daughters.
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Timothy Willard loves to sit with his wife by the bonfire and make up stories about Tom the Backyard-Badger for his three lovely daughters. When he's not carving up the Appalachian Mountains on his Salsa El Mariachi, you can find him busy writing a book, collaborating on a book, or reading a book written by someone dead and gone. Timothy studied beauty in the works of C.S. Lewis under theologian Alister McGrath. The author of five books, including Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society (Zondervan), Timothy is currently finishing The Life-Changing Adventure of Chasing Beauty (Eerdmans, 2019), preparing his doctoral thesis for publication, and trying to find a publisher for his first novel The Tempest and the Bloom. He lives somewhere in the south Charlotte woods.