Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Debora Coty's More Beauty, Less Beast: Transforming Your Inner Ogre ~ Reviewed

More Beauty, Less Beast: Transforming Your Inner Ogre [Paperback]
Debora Coty

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Barbour Books (March 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616263474


If you ever wrestle with that out-of-control inner ogre that threatens to destroy the divinely beautiful princess hidden within, this witty and wise book is for you. With simple, practical tips for taming that nasty, unsightly beast, you’ll discover how to transform its unattractive snarl into inner and outer beauty—refashioned, revitalized, and renewed.

Debora Coty reminds me, freakishly so, of one of my best (beast?) friends. Seriously, I’m pretty sure that they may share a brain. Of course, I’m mentioning that because Debora’s voice was familiar and very girlfriendy. The transparency Debora shares is oftentimes not flattering and, like a good friend, it was nice to connect with someone, even through the pages of a book, who’s been there and done some dumb things. Debora is high energy and writes in twisty, clever dialogue, and her writing is almost like an email bantering session with my Debora-clone friend.  

I especially appreciated Debora’s take on the Fruit of the Spirit. (Which covers about ¼ of the book.) With each chapter, and section, Debora shares from her own experiences and life lessons then shares scripture that pulls those experiences into lessons for her readers. She  then asks beast-stomping questions about our responses to her lessons and about areas that we need to change if we are desiring to kill the beast within.

When I read the title and saw the book cover I was expecting more of beauty vs beast behavior rather than devotion based topical readings. And, as much as I liked Debora’s voice and appreciated her candor and learning from her hard won wisdom, I don’t think I’d consider this a quiet time devotional because it tended to stir me up or energize me. I think it would be a terrific group topical study for ladies, especially those that juggle the components of their lives and/or feel suffocated by societies’ and churches’ expectations. 

Reviewed by:  Kelly Klepfer


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Debora M. Coty said...

Loved your review, Kelly! You sound like a kindred spirit. I don't know if it was intentional, but you calling me a "beast friend" was an absolutely perfect metaphor. I hope you'll catch the next book in the "Take On Life" series (MBLB is Book 2 and Too Blessed to be Stressed is Book 1). Book 3 is entitled, Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate, and will release in Feb. The series deals with everyday struggles women face: stress, self-control, and fear.

Many thanks,

Debora M. Coty

Kelly Klepfer said...

Well, Deb, that would have to be a typo, can't even blame my I Phone. However, I may have to leave it be, because it is indeed an amusing but possibly appropriate error. Hmmmm. What to do, what to do?