Review: Beautiful People Don’t Just Happen

I was first drawn to the book Beautiful People Don’t Just Happen because of its author. Scott Sauls has written several books that I have either read or hope to read—titles like Jesus Outside the Lines, Irresistible Faith, and A Gentle Answer, among others.

The premise of Sauls’ latest book is that “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

The way I would describe this book is like having a conversation with a trusted pastor. Sauls leads you through fifteen “prologues” and one “chapter,” kindly and gently reminding readers of the truth of the gospel and how we can live as broken people who are constantly in need of mending. I won’t spoil what the one and only “chapter” of this book says, but it was the perfect ending to a book that was already full of hope and life.

I’ll leave you with my favorite quote from the book:

“There is an even bigger mountain that the tiniest bit of faith can move—the mountain of the human heart…The greatest mountain to be moved is a needy, tired heart that won’t run to Jesus except as a last resort. All you need is nothing; all you need is need.”

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