Holy Beautiful Book Club
New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers returns to the California frontier in this sweeping, romantic tale of a displaced New England suffragette, a former Union soldier disinherited by his Southern family, and the town they join forces to save.
1875. When Kathryn Walsh arrives in tiny Calvada, a mining town nestled in the Sierra Nevadas, falling in love is the farthest thing from her mind. Banished from Boston by her wealthy stepfather, she has come to claim an inheritance from the uncle she never knew: a defunct newspaper office on a main street overflowing with brothels and saloons, and a seemingly worthless mine. Moved by the oppression of the local miners and their families, Kathryn decides to relaunch her uncle’s newspaper - and then finds herself in the middle of a maelstrom, pitted against Calvada’s most powerful men. But Kathryn intends to continue to say - and publish - whatever she pleases, especially when she knows she’s right.
Matthias Beck, owner of a local saloon and hotel, has a special interest in the new lady in town. He instantly recognizes C. T. Walsh’s same tenacity in the beautiful and outspoken redhead - and knows all too well how dangerous that family trait can be. While Kathryn may be right about Calvada’s problems, her righteousness could also get her killed. But when the handsome hotelier keeps finding himself on the same side of the issues as the opinionated Miss Walsh, Matthias’s restless search for purpose becomes all about answering the call of his heart. Everyone may be looking to strike it rich in this lawless boomtown, but it’s a love more precious than gold that will ultimately save them all.
WHO WE ARE
Holy Beautiful is a women's ministry founded with the desire to encourage, connect, and equip Christian women to live a life in community and authenticity with each other as they walk and grow in their faith.
We believe in a living and breathing God, whose Spirit lives in each and every one of us as born again believers. His Spirit breathes life continually into the world through the talents and gifts of those around us. We see Him in literature, nature, art, architecture, music, film, food and in all the intricate details of our lives. Because of this, we envision a world where the body of women believers in the church unite to exhort and uplift one another, empowering each other to live out this truth daily and share the Gospel with a lost world through even the simpler details of life.
Holy Beautiful seeks to point out the beauty in this world while encouraging women to live holy lives. We set out to inspire women to see Christ reflected and present in even the simplest moments of their lives. It is in these moments that we can learn to live our lives more holy, as He is holy, and more beautiful, as He intended. We do this through a daily devotional posted on our social media pages, as well as women's retreats, book clubs, Bible studies, and spiritual disciplines. We strive to help women be healthy body, mind and spirit. This is the holy beautiful lifestyle.
We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
We confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and we look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Now, may the God of peace and harmony set you apart, making you completely holy. And may your entire being—spirit, soul, and body—be kept completely flawless in the appearing of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 TPT
We come to you as your beloved daughters and thank you for giving us a life of purpose and meaning … a life worth embracing.
We praise you for the beauty expressed in your creation. We see your hand and your breath of inspiration through nature, literature, art, architecture, food and music. We thank you for their beauty. We thank you for the Godly women around us and their talents, dreams, creativity, inspiration, prayers and especially for their courage as they follow your will, leading purpose filled lives. When we recognize beauty manifested through you, help us to encourage others to grow closer to you.
Guide us Lord, to share in your beauty of community, unity and love for all humanity.
Help us to embrace one another’s gifts with immense joy and gratitude. Thank you for connecting us with others that share the same passions.
Let us be women who continually seek to surround ourselves with your beauty so that we can in turn make your world more Holy Beautiful.
Through Christ our Lord, we pray ... Lord, Hear Our Prayer.