Beauty and the Pig

Beauty and the Pig

A Study of Godly Beauty

by Pam Forster
Publisher: Doorposts
Spiralbound, 106 pages
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The world has always emphasized beauty's outward forms. A beautiful woman, according to this standard, has a stunning figure, a flawless face, and wears the most fashionable clothes. Not only is this an unattainable standard, the Bible makes it clear it's a false one. True feminine beauty begins within, stemming from a heart and soul devoted to Christ. Beauty and the Pig directs young women toward this godly standard while teaching them the basics of Bible study and character development.

Ten studies with a review chapterrevolve around the biblical idea of beauty and virtuous womanhood. The text offers Bible study instruction and workbook elements for girls to record their thoughts and observations. To complete each lesson you'll need a copy of Nave's Topical Bible and Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, both used to teach important skills like how to do word studies and use cross-references. Both topical and verse-by-verse studies are covered so students will be equipped for most kinds of personal Bible study.

Charts, information on Hebrew and Greek words, guidance for making appropriate and contextual observations, and poignant questions to induce self-examination help girls understand not just the importance of understanding Scripture, but also the nature of Christian femininity, character and genuine beauty. The classic texts are here—1 Peter 3:3-4, the books of Esther and Ruth, 1 Samuel 25, etc.—as well as word studies of "beauty" and "discretion," a character study of the life of Sarah, a topical study of the virtuous vs. the strange woman, and more.

While Beauty and the Pig is intended to be used by middle and high school aged girls and their parents, young men can also benefit from this text. A "Questions for Young Men" section at the end includes suggestions for tailoring each study for use by boys. Girls need to learn how to be truly beautiful—boys need to know how to recognize true beauty. Like every offering from Doorposts, this one ably combines practical and doctrinal elements to help you train your children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Highly recommended!

This is also included as a companion study in the complete Goldie Doll kit.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur.Read more of his reviewshere.

Ten Bible study lessons include:

  • Beauty and the Word – Word studies on “beauty” and “discretion”
  • Beauty and the Pig – Verse study on Proverbs 11:22 (“As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout…”)
  • Beauty and the Pit – Topical study on immodesty and “strange women”
  • Beauty and the Drip – Concordance study on contentiousness
  • Beauty in the Heart – Verse study of 1 Peter 3:3-4 (“ornament of a meek and quiet spirit”)
  • Beauty and the Feast – Book study of Esther
  • Beauty on the Move – Character study of Sarah
  • Beauty in the Works – Topical study on “good works”
  • Beauty and the Fool – Chapter study of 1 Samuel 25 (Abigail and Nabal)
  • Beauty in the Gates – Book study examining Ruth as a virtuous woman
  • Suggestions for 32 more studies
Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he's a husband and father who loves church, good food, and weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.
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