In today's world, young ladies are bombarded with messages about outer beauty. Beauty and the Pig, by Pam Forster, is a collection of Bible studies about the difference between outward beauty and true inner beauty. Not only will young ladies learn about beauty, they will also learn how to do an in depth study of God's Word. Mothers can do this book together with their daughters as well.
There are ten studies:
Beauty and the Word – Proverbs 11:22, studying the origins and meanings of the words in this verse
Beauty and the Pig – Further study of Proverbs 11:22 using a concordance such as Strong's Exhaustive Concordance
Beauty and the Pit – Proverbs 22:14, comparing the "strange" woman to the virtuous woman
Beauty and the Drip – Proverbs 19:13, learning to use a concordance while studying the contentious woman
Beauty in the Heart – I Peter 3: 3-4, learning to study a passage of Scripture and marginal references
Beauty and the Feast – Esther 2:20b, studying the book of Esther chapter by chapter
Beauty on the Move – I Peter 3:6, studying Sarah's life and character
Beauty in the Works – I Timothy 2:9-10, modesty and adornment
Beauty and the Fool – Chapter study of 1 Samuel 25:3a and 33, Abigail had beauty with discretion, Nabal was a fool
Beauty in the Gates – Proverbs 31:10, 30; Ruth 3:11, studying the life of Ruth
What I Like: I LOVE this study. It is so biblical and comprehensive. I like the charts that can be filled out. There are also little activities to do throughout that make the truths clearer. At the end of each study, there are detailed suggestions for further study. At end of the book, there is a review, and a short section of questions for young men. The author notes that "young men, as well as young ladies, need to learn about godly beauty from the Bible."
What I Dislike: Nothing!
Overall Rating: Excellent
Age Appeal: 9- Adult
Publisher Info: Doorposts, 2003; ISBN:1891206192 ; Spiral bound, $17.99
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Special Info: This study is done in the King James Version, but the author urges readers to use their translation of choice. You can also purchase this book directly from Doorposts.