"She's lovely! Look at those curls. Those blue eyes. She's just beautiful!"
Berta was used to hearing comments like that. But they were not about her. . . . Whenever ladies came to the house or met her mother on the street, they exclaimed over Berta's little sister, Glenna.
Somewhere along the way, Berta decided that whatever Glenna was, she would not be. Whatever Glenna did, she would not do. Whatever Glenna liked, she would not like. She would be the opposite.
Sure enough, Glenna is sparkling, vivacious, outgoing, and adored, while Berta is serious, dependable, and prim. Their relationship grows more and more distant until, finally, Berta must look into her heart and discover what truly has caused the rift between them.
A Story about two Sisters| Posted November 30, 2009
At first I hadn't really read much of Janette Oke before this book and then I decided to read this one because my sister loved her books soo much! I fell in love with this book, it's just such a sweet story about two sisters who are completely different.
The main character in the story is Berta and she's always been jealous of her younger sister Glenna. Berta is plain and not as pretty as her sister, who is beautiful and perfect. Berta starts to hide herself away from the world and from the sister that she loves. Berta becomes more and more distant until finally, she finds peace with God and with her younger sister, Glenna. I've actually read this book twice and well..it might not be the most exciting story but it is good!
True Beauty| Posted September 27, 2009
This was one of the first books I read by Janette Oke and I was completely blown away by her writing style. Centered on Berta the book is about two women and the choices they made to become who they are.
Berta feels like so many of us do, left out of the limelight. And instead of wanting to believe she is worthy of being (outwardly) beautiful-she becomes how she thinks everyone sees her.
It's truly a astonishing journey of how one woman finally comes back to herself and the God who has thought she was beautiful all the while. I believe so many women can relate to her story. It was a good read, and I highly recommend anything Janette Oke wrote.
Without Cover| Posted August 26, 2009
I read this book when I was thirteen, the stage in a teenager when everything about looks is top priority, and the concept of self-esteem seem to be measured by one's civil status.
At the stage what was hard for me to accept was how I fell short of the world's standards of aesthetics. Although most girls and women do not admit that being beautiful is important to them, imagine meeting a girl named Berta who grew up never admitting it and yet living in the shadow of a fear that she may never really be who Glenna is.
Two sisters who are eternally apart, when it comes down to what they look like, and along the way, who they are because of their choices. This is one good book for discussion about what true beauty is and what really counts the most. It's every women's story, in a way that Janette Oke reminds us that what we often see in the mirror is not really what people only see, and most of all what God really sees. It's a story of redemption and the beauty that we can unmask and see how it is not skin deep, no matter if we 'feel' like Sparrows more than Bluebirds.