Restoring the Lost Petal is more than simply a book about modesty. SO much more!
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Danielle uses the beginning to carefully and clearly define the term and makes it very clear that modesty goes beyond merely modifying our outward appearance. She discusses with authority the need to examine our hearts and allow our outward appearance to be a reflection of an inner modesty and purity based on an understanding of our changed selves – changed by our Creator God.
How many of our adolescent selves understood this notion (particularly those of us who “came of age” during the ’70s)?
Tate goes on to cover the topics of purity and modesty as related although perhaps not identical. Modesty is both an outward appearance and, more importantly, a reflection of a growth in our inner purity and relationship with our maker, God. Our purity and modesty can be restored and our lives changed from the inside out by allowing our Creator God to transform us one day at a time.
My adolescent self certainly would have benefitted from this resource! As a mother, if it had been available I would have shared it with my own children. Danielle presents the information sequentially and specifically while allowing room for consideration, discussion and personal reflection.
Now in the beginning of my sixth decade of life, I am just now facing issues of abandonment that I’d not recognized and apparently had long denied. I appreciate this opportunity to come to terms with this personal issue as well as look forward to sharing this book and offering this resource to others.
The reflection questions are especially valuable for both individual and group discussion. They offer an opportunity to pause, re-read and consider the ideas, prayers and suggestions presented in each chapter.
Several of the topics covered in this book have brought up emotional stuff for me. I am grateful for the chance to work through issues which have had a major influence on me and my life. Sadly, this is happening in the 6th decade of my life and I feel like I could have lived better if I’d faced and dealt with this stuff a long time ago.
I thought I had it so together when in fact I was only faking keeping it together with a lick and a prayer. YIPES! (tweet)
Thank you, Danielle, for sharing so well in this book and letting God speak to my heart through your words.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.