Choosing to Stand for What Matters Most
By Kim Meeder
(Multnomah Books, Paperback, 9781601422033, 192pp.)
Publication Date: October 4, 2011
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True beauty is not about how you look…
but how you live.
Women are constantly bombarded with the lie that how we look is far more important than who we are. It’s time for a clarion call back to the truth.
Journey with gifted storyteller Kim Meeder as she encourages women to see that true value is defined by our Creator and that our worth has a purpose of eternal proportions.
Real beauty isn’t a look, it’s an action. It can be found by making one crucial, life-defining choice—to lay down personal ambitions and selfish desires, pick up your sword of encouragement, and fight for those who are losing their battle for hope. As you do, fierce beauty is revealed—along with lasting value, fulfillment, and joy.
In Fierce Beauty, Kim shares inspiring true stories from her own life of adventure, love, and loss—including her parents’ shocking death when she was nine years old and her struggles with self acceptance, knowing God, and standing for Him. Through it all, you’ll discover life lessons about trust, transformation, surrender, forgiveness, and genuine purpose.
Ultimately, life comes down to one question: Will you serve yourself or your King?
Includes discussion guide for individuals or groups.
“You were not created to be a princess of entitlement
but a warrior, fighting to bring love and hope to the world.”
– Kim Meeder
Kim Meeder is the author of Hope Rising, Bridge Called Hope, and Blind Hope. Along with her husband, Troy, she owns and operates Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Central Oregon, a nonprofit organization that rescues abused and neglected horses and pairs them with disadvantaged children, offering them a place of safety, peace, and hope. She has been a popular guest on the Focus on the Family radio broadcast, Dr. Dobson’s Family Talk, and featured on the CBS Early Show.
Praise for Fierce Beauty
"The vibrant leadership of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch Founder Kim Meeder is superseded only by her unwavering commitment to the Lord. Her buoyant spirit is contagious! Kim is "the real deal" and I'm always a better person for being in her presence. In this bold new venture, the same burning passion she has exhibited in ministering to wounded children and horses finds a new target: women. Fierce Beauty challenges us to abandon our shallow lives of insecurity, pain and selfishness and instead embrace a warrior's pose. We can no longer afford to sit idly by ... let's march on!"
—LuAnne Crane, Executive Producer & Co-Host, Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson
“Kim Meeder poured her heart onto these pages, encouraging readers to be authentic, to defend their hearts against sin, and to find peace in unexpected places. In Fierce Beauty you will be challenged to embrace God’s unconditional love when faced with roadblocks. Kim’s words will inspire you to stand up and run your own race—straight into the open arms of Jesus. This book stands alone for self-study, and it would be an outstanding choice for your small group.”
—Carol Kent, Speaker and Author of Between a Rock and a Grace Place
“Kim understands the fears and insecurities that plague so many of us—even as women of God. With her unique combination of wisdom and compassion, Kim encourages us to discover the life that God has called us to, and to experience His peace in the process.”
—Danae Dobson, author and speaker
“Kim Meeder knows first-hand the courageous heart adventure of healing. Fierce Beauty will empower you to recognize your surrender to the King as the most powerful road to purpose, strength, and beauty.”
—Dr. Juli Slattery author, Family Psychologist, Focus on the Family co-host
“Fierce Beauty is a breathtaking read from the first page to the last. With a writing style that pierces the heart like exquisite poetry, Kim Meeder tells a story filled with life-changing honesty and often startling “fierce beauty.” Ultimately, it celebrates the resiliency of the human heart and God’s power to change us, no matter the trials or heartaches of the past.”
—Diane Noble, award-winning novelist
“Through tantalizing true-life tales, Kim Meeder captivates our interest and takes us to the edge of amazing experiences, then steers us to our heavenly Father for His love, mercy, and hope!”
—Suzanne Maurer, producer of the television documentary Courage to Live: The Story of Charlie and Lucy Wedemeyer
“Kim Meeder is an inspiration and tells her life stories with such compelling, faithful insight that even the hardest heart will be converted.”
—Senator Chris Telfer
“In Fierce Beauty, Kim Meeder shares inspiring examples of what a difference our choices make. When we surrender and trust in the Lord, He gives us His hope. “Choosing to Stand for What Matters Most” gives inner peace and strength to help us through each day’s challenge. By doing so, our choices blaze a trail for others to follow.”
—Diane Nelson Nye, wife, mother of seven, four-time survivor of breast cancer, currently battling stage IV cancer
“In Fierce Beauty, Kim Meeder recounts lessons learned through her own journey and awareness of God all around her. Her words will open your heart to receive and embrace truth from God’s Word that is able to set even the most captive heart free. I was challenged and encouraged and am certain you will be too!”
—Meredith Andrews, recording artist
“Kim’s gift for storytelling made me feel as if I were there, seeing it all with my own eyes. I highly recommend Fierce Beauty to all God’s daughters that they might see themselves as God sees them and to His Sons that they might see the women in their lives through God’s eyes.”
—Renee D. Godoy, Senior Pastor of Glad Tidings Church
“Kim inspires readers not only to see the beauty of the world, but also to see the beauty in each God-created person, and to see the real beauty in a soul set free through God’s amazing grace. What an affirming message Kim offers in this treasure of a book!”
—Nancie Carmichael, author of several books including Selah and Surviving One Bad Year
Praise for Kim and Troy Meeder
Troy and Kim Meeder are two of the finest people I have had the privilege of knowing. A year ago, my wife Shirley and I visited their nine-acre Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Bend, Oregon, where they introduce dozens of wounded and needy children to abused and neglected horses. The healing and mystical bond that occurs between the animals and soul-hungry kids is wonderful to behold. Moreover, Kim and Troy do everything in the name of the Lord. I admire these people greatly and wish somebody would give them a larger ranch on which to do their marvelous work! I’ve seen nothing quite like it.
—James Dobson, PhD, Family Talk