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Paula Friedrichsen is a writer and speaker who lives in Central California with her family. She is also the author of The Man You Always Wanted Is the One You Already Have.

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Book Review: Girl Perfect

Girl Perfect

Jennifer Strickland

Excel Books, September 2008

ISBN: 978-1599793436, 194 pages


At the age of eight, Jennifer Strickland entered the world of modeling, beginning a journey that took her to the runways of Milan. On the outside, she seemed to have it all--walking the runway for Giorgio Armani, commercials for companies from Oil of Olay to Mercedes Benz, worldwide attention, and all the glamour that comes with the fashion industry. But she quickly discovered that this world is not all glitter and gold...


Girl Perfect is the haunting story of Jennifer's journey from fashion to faith. Within these pages you will get an inside look at the industry--and you will find a girl who struggled just as you do. The principles of true beauty she shares will shatter the illusion that beauty and success satisfy, leading you to the powerful, lasting knowledge of who you are in God's sight: his beloved daughter, handcrafted to reflect His glory to the world.


Girl Perfect is a perfect 10 in my book. Jennifer Strickland has written one of the best books I’ve read in years, and I feel compelled to shout from the rooftops that women everywhere should read it. It’s more than just beautifully written and expertly arranged—it’s compelling, heartbreaking, and undeniably authentic. Strickland weaves the story of her years as a runway model with biblical teaching in a way that’s both appealing and meaningful. Although I truly enjoyed each and every chapter of Girl Perfect, the last half of the book is especially gripping. Even though I already knew the end of the story (God’s salvation and healing for Jennifer) I so enjoyed reading about the amazing and supernatural ways in which God revealed Himself to her.


On a personal note, my office bookshelves are bursting with stacks of books to read, review, and eventually pass on. Girl Perfect, however, will not be passed on. It’s made the great leap from my office bookshelf to my living room bookshelf. I can’t part with it. It’s just too darn interesting and uplifting to pass on. Also, I have a fourteen year old daughter who I know will greatly enjoy this book when she’s a bit older. (Some of Strickland’s stories are a bit edgy for early teen girls in my opinion.)


Book review by Paula Friedrichsen. Paula is a writer and speaker who lives in Central California with her family. Visit her Web site at


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# RE: Book Review: Girl Perfect

Thanks for this review, Paula! I'm going to look into reading this book based on your thoughts.
Left by Anonymous on May 14, 2009 10:48 PM