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Holy Beautiful

 
 

Holy Beautiful Book Club

Book of the Month

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From the number-one bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone comes a powerful American epic about love and heroism and hope, set during the Great Depression, a time when the country was in crisis and at war with itself, when millions were out of work and even the land seemed to have turned against them.

“My land tells its story if you listen. The story of our family.”

Texas, 1921. A time of abundance. The Great War is over, the bounty of the land is plentiful, and America is on the brink of a new and optimistic era. But for Elsa Wolcott, deemed too old to marry in a time when marriage is a woman’s only option, the future seems bleak. Until the night she meets Rafe Martinelli and decides to change the direction of her life. With her reputation in ruin, there is only one respectable choice: marriage to a man she barely knows.

By 1934, the world has changed; millions are out of work and drought has devastated the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as crops fail and water dries up and the earth cracks open. Dust storms roll relentlessly across the plains. Everything on the Martinelli farm is dying, including Elsa’s tenuous marriage; each day is a desperate battle against nature and a fight to keep her children alive.

In this uncertain and perilous time, Elsa―like so many of her neighbors―must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or leave it behind and go west, to California, in search of a better life for her family.

The Four Winds is a rich, sweeping novel that stunningly brings to life the Great Depression and the people who lived through it―the harsh realities that divided us as a nation and the enduring battle between the haves and the have-nots. A testament to hope, resilience, and the strength of the human spirit to survive adversity, The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.

 
Woman in a Greenhouse

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

Heavenly Father,

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.

Amen