What comes to your mind when you hear the phrase a beautiful woman?
I think that most of us would respond by thinking of someone who is physically attractive. Our society fosters this idea by taking special notice of beautiful women. They grace magazine covers and ar considered to be newsworthy. Physical beauty is so highly prized and praised that it tends to overshadow any consideration of a woman's inner beauty.
But I have learned over the years that beauty is indeed more than skin-deep. I have come to admire women who are gracious, considerate of others, and passionate. Beauty, to me, is seen in a woman whose face mirrors her acceptance of who she is, her contentment with where she is, and her enthusiasm for people and life.
In this book, I have selected various women from history, literature, and the Bible--and one representing the qualities that I think are essential for inner beauty. This beauty is uncommon because it is rare and cannot be readily seen. Although these women are, in many ways, ordinary, the became beautiful by choosing to live extraordinarly.
My prayer for you as you read this book is that you will emerge with a clear picture of the significance and blessing of inner beauty. And my desire for you is that you will begin a journey of focusing on the beauty that comes from within and will, in the process, become an uncommonly beautiful woman.