Chloe Howard – 19 year old rising sophomore at Westmont College, has written a couple books and given a couple TEDx talks. She rises out of past shame and guilt and shouts the truth she claims we all need to hear: only you have the power to determine what your labels are. Named “victim” after a 2014 assault and hate crime, Chloe learned what it means to be chased by a faithful and determined God and has allowed Him to call her “loved”, “known”, “free”, and “resilient”. Chloe challenges society’s definition of beauty as she finds confidence in who Jesus says we are, and seeks freedom in knowing our stories are rewritten every day. Chloe challenges people around the world to proclaim the truth of STAND Beautiful and rise out of the ashes with her; join her in saying “we were made for more”.
Stand Beautiful: A story of brokenness, beauty and embracing it all
Stand Beautiful: Picture Book
Stand Beautiful, written by international speaker Chloe Howard, encourages readers of all ages to embrace their own uniqueness and celebrate the differences in others. Born with a clubfoot, Chloe had five major operations by the time she was fifteen. Through her hardships, she learned that each of us is perfect in our own imperfect way. With some inspiration from Bono, Chloe set out to create the Stand Beautiful movement, encouraging others to accept themselves just as they are. With playful text and adorable illustrations by Deborah Melmon, this picture book asks the question: Will YOU stand beautiful too?
“You are each perfect in your own imperfect way. Love yourself, because you deserve to be loved. Rock those differences, embrace those imperfections; you are worth celebrating. Choose to stand beautiful.” Chloe Howard (TEDx Talk)
The adorable cover of this book draws readers in and shines bright with embossing and foil.
PRAISE FOR STAND BEAUTIFUL
“I often wrestle with the difficult reality that there are still many in this world who view “different” as something to be mocked or shunned. Chloe has found the meaning in her trauma – to spread hope, encouragement, and love to those who most need it. No doubt, lives will be changed because she fought through the nerves, discomfort and risks, and mustered up the courage to speak and to stand beautiful. The world is a better place because of Chloe.”
“I’ve been working with teenagers for more than thirty-five years; and while there are many reasons I continue, one of my top reasons is how hopeful I continue to find them to be. Reading a story like Chloe’s could be discouraging if you focus on the problems it reveals. But, ultimately, it’s a story of overcoming, a story of redemption, a story of passion to change the world—and we all need more of that … I know I do.”
“This is a must-read book for all victims of abuse/bullying and their abusers/bulliers. It is also a must-read for all individuals with physical differences and their health care providers. Chloe’s message is pertinent and timely. Her communication style is eloquent, engaging, and endearing. This book has changed me; I believe I will be a better doctor for having read her words and for considering this outcome measure not found in any published clinical research article that I have written or read. We, as health care providers, cannot make everything normal, but we can and should be better attuned to the difference between medical ‘success’ and patient life experiences.”
“Mark Twain once said, ‘The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you discover why.’ Chloe has written a beautiful account of the way in which her own experience of human suffering arising from a birth defect helped her discover God’s greater purpose for her life. Her sensitive, articulate account demonstrates that there is nothing predictable in this process. In fact, Chloe’s amazing story unveils her own discovery of why her life was created, how she is fearfully and wonderfully made, and what her life contribution will ultimately include. This book is sure to bring hope and comfort to countless millions who must pivot away from the crucibles of suffering at the hands of other humans to find God’s greater purposes for their life. Chloe’s narrative is sure to inspire a positive, hopeful engagement with all that life brings.”
“In a world that tends to whisper you’re ‘never enough,’ there is a need for voices and stories that affirm that we really are. Chloe’s voice is one of those—she doesn’t hide her pain; rather, she finds purpose in sharing it. Anyone reading this book will begin to see that personal heartbreak and pain can often lead us toward our greatest strengths and triumphs. Her story is a brave movement of love, one that we can be a part of if we dare to stand beautiful in our own way.”
“Our brains need stories of overcoming so we might know our own stories can be ones of overcoming too. Chloe’s book and hard-won lessons learned remind us our most difficult challenges can also be our most powerful assignments in life.”
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!
If you share this 5 times with your social network, and THEY share it 5 times, and so on… then this message of self acceptance has the chance to grow around the world.
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