Stand Beautiful

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This was a very heartwarming title that many need to read.  This story will make you really think about live and how you interact with people in it.  With humor and emotion the author hits it out of the park with a very moving story!
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Stand Beautiful: A Story of Brokenness, Beauty and Embracing it All is the personal story of Chloe Howard, a young girl born with a physical deformity and endured many surgeries and physical therapies in order to be able to walk, skip and even stand. Just to be alive was a miracle, so her physical deformity was made her unique. Her parents told her that she was fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) and she was beautiful. When she entered high school, she was physically attacked as students held her down, forcibly took off her shoe and sock and mocked her foot. She said that the 90 second attacked torn down 14 years of self-acceptance. It was a chance meeting with U2’s Bono that she was encouraged to find her voice and be the voice for the millions of students who are bullied every day. What does it mean to stand beautiful? 
It took me a long time to be able to sit down and read this book but once I did, I was amazed at the wisdom and maturity in this 16-year-old. She has experienced so much in her young life that I applaud her courage and determination. After reading her book, I found her TED talk online and to listen to her story again, I was again astonished at the statistics she presents and heartbroken that so many kids and teenagers experience bullying at such rates. Even though, the book is marketed for youth readers, I highly recommend that adults read it too. It is a great tool to discuss bullying with our children. 

Stand Beautiful: A Story of Brokenness, Beauty and Embracing it All
is available in paperback, eBook and Audiobook.
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Stand Beautiful by Chloe Howard is such a beautiful book. It is hard dealing with life as a teenager. Everyone is broken about something inside and dealing with issues and we don't always look at that. We wrap our heads around how much pain we are in that we don't really look at the outside world. I enjoyed Chloe's story and learning more about her. I thought it was well written and that this is a must read for teenage girls.
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I loved this book. I loved the message to stand beautiful, however you want to interpret it. The story of what the author went through sends a really positive message to kids and the mental health community. The psychological effects of an assault that may seem minor to some, have a gigantic ripple effect. Luckily she took the positive route and turned those life changing ripples into something beautiful that can change lives. I recommend this one to anyone struggling, especially if their struggle is caused or worsened by a specific incident. 

I would like to thank the publisher, author, and Netgalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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This book was an emotionally captivating book. I laughed, I cried! It opened my eyes to a whole new outlook on life. I thoroughly enjoyed it! 

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own
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Stand Beautiful
A story of brokenness, beauty and embracing it all
by Chloe Howard

Christian , Teens & YA
Pub Date 12 Jun 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Stand Beautiful through Zondervan and Netgalley:

We are all a little broken but when you are a teenager you don't really think about that, more than anything young teen girls want to fit in..

Chloe Howard was born with Club foot, seven weeks after Nic Vujicic visits the Christian High-School she attends Chloe is assaulted.

In this book Chloe Howard talks of overcoming injustice, battling self doubt and learning to speak out.

In this book we are reminded too that we all have an unlikely hero in all of us.  

I give Stand Beautiful five out of five stars!

Happy Reading!
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Chloe Howard's book is more of a conversation than words on a page.  I felt like we were two friends, talking about her journey through life and what we've both learned. 

Born with a club foot and only three out of ten toenails, Chloe was always told she was special, made by God exactly the way He intended, and had a purpose to fulfill. 

But when she was assaulted by two bullies at her Christian high school, confusion and darkness crept in.  As a mom, I was so hurt and angry on her behalf. 

What follows that pivotal incident is amazing, full of hope and purpose and joy. I had to keep reminding myself that Chloe is just out of high school --just 18 years old, and so wise beyond her years.

Her message is powerful, her story is astounding, and her faith is evident in every aspect of her life. Her parents were right: God made her perfectly, loved her unconditionally, and planned a divine purpose for her life.

This is a book I wish was required reading in all classrooms  (Chloe, how about a children's book?).  If we stand beautiful in our own skin, embracing instead of hiding our scars and defects, and showing the love of Jesus because He first loved us, we could change the world. 

Chloe Howard gives me hope for this generation and for future generations.
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