Written by Morgue Anne
I am the first to admit that I am not a Christian. I don’t believe bible verses are legitimate arguments for political or social issues, and I probably do more physical labor on the Sabbath than the rest of the days of the week combined. This doesn’t necessarily mean that I am ‘anti-Christian’ by any means - I have a soft spot for Catholic artwork and understand that churches provide a sense of community not often found in this day and age as well as a pretty solid foundation of ethics. Despite all of this, I would go so far as to argue that my lack or belief in any particular God hasn’t interfered in the least with my desire to be a Christ-like. Or as I like to call it, being a good person.
These were the thoughts running through my head when I picked up Kim Meeder’s ‘Fierce Beauty’, a nonfiction written by and for Christian women. In her book, Meeder shares snapshots and experiences from her life and how her personal lord Jesus Christ has helped see her through a number of trying times. Even if Jesus isn’t your saviour, you do have to admire Meeder’s strength as she deals with the sudden violet death of her parents, struggles with an eating disorder, and rescues a number of horrifically abused animals from the brink of death. It’s clear that she is a woman of amazing inner beauty who lives her life to help others.
Far too often, I see people wearing their Christianity as a crown that makes them always right and above all others. This very unbecoming pride is what caused me to turn away from the church in my teenage years, and anyone who has turned on a news program recently knows exactly what I’m talking about. It’s easy to look at the lines outside Chik-fil-A or the protests against Planned Parenthood and think that Christians are all evil hate-mongers who get off on their rage, but it’s important to remember that these are merely the loudest and most camera-friendly ones. there still exists the humble servants of God who live the lessons that were actually taught by the Christ of the bible, and practicing the seemingly lost art of loving thy neighbor.
It’s ok to roll your eyes occasionally at the Jesus-y bits of ‘Fierce Beauty’, but don’t try to tell me you aren’t touched by the story of Dakota, a brutally abused dog who survives an injury that would kill almost any other living creature. Or that you’ve never had one of those ‘Everything is falling apart’ days like Meeder shares in her chapter ‘The Race’. With the stories broken into chapters and the whole book coming in at less than 200 pages, you have no excuse not to finish this book, even if it doesn’t quite grab you in the first few pages. Try to remember that ignoring something on the grounds that it doesn’t share the same faith as you is the exact same reason most people dislike Christians. A lot of different faiths throughout the ages have used a pretty basic and agreeable system of moral laws for their foundation, and these messages of love towards all creatures is true no matter what God you say it came from, and glows from every page of ‘Fierce Beauty’. Whether you follow Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad, or Wheaton’s law, thew are lessons to be learned in Meeder’s stories, not the least of which is the one everyone seems to forget - God is love.
Buy the book: Fierce Beauty: Choosing to Stand for What Matters Most