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Faith in the Fashion District by Beverly Varnado: Book Review


Blurb from Amazon:

Today, in her home office, Beverly Varnado wears athletic shoes as she creates novels, blogs, and screenplays. But in her first act as a department store buyer, she strode New York’s Seventh Avenue searching for the next fashion trend and wearing out an endless parade of high heels.

Having recently surrendered her life to God, Beverly found the fashion district an unusual proving ground for her faith, but then she discovered fashionistas in the Bible who provided role models.

In her garment industry adventures, Beverly dined at the city’s most iconic restaurants, became stuck in a maniacal elevator, and oh, my. . . who is that emerging from First Class?

Each of Beverly’s sometimes-humorous stories carries a message of encouragement. In what could seem a spiritually devoid and superficial world, God made his presence known to Beverly using her circumstances to launch what became a lifetime in ministry.

No matter where you find yourself vocationally, learn how God can use your situation to accomplish greater things than you can possibly imagine.

And my Thoughts:

Faith in the Fashion District is a bit outside my usual reading world, but I found it interesting. Beverly has a way of weaving her ministry together with humor and grace. Faith in the Fashion District is the tale of Beverly Varnado’s journey through ten years in the fashion industry. Within the first few pages, you realize that Beverly seems to be alone in her faith.

The book is full of humorous anecdotes counterbalanced with heavy reality. She hit me right in the heart a few times. I liked that the chapters each read like a single moment. Each one had its own memory and purpose. Everything from feeling alone as Beverly prayed over her food to how she felt on the day the twin towers fell.

When she described spiritual dehydration, I had to stop reading and ask forgiveness for my own lack of hydration. She explained that we cannot simply skip reading our Bibles today and ‘make up’ for it tomorrow. Slowly, the well of devotion will run dry if you do not fill it up each day.

The overall theme was inspirational, and each chapter was guaranteed to uplift even when it hit with an uncomfortable truth.

I would recommend this book for anyone looking to give themselves an uplifting read that will challenge them to become better Christians. The Bible verses that were included forced me to look deeper into my own journey.

Disclosure of Material: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the book review program. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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