Christa Black: God Loves Ugly

Christa Black, Musician and Author
Christa Black, Musician and Author

Christa Black: Violinist, Composer, Inspirational Author

Excerpts from christablack.com

A natural-born performer, Christa Black’s life embodies the entirety of the modern artist. Multi-platinum-selling songwriter, mesmerizing entertainer, powerful speaker, and popular blog-author, Christa has travelled the world and shared the stage with renowned artists from the Jonas Brothers and Michael W. Smith to Jordin Sparks and Israel Houghton.

While Christa’s effortless singing and accomplished violin and song-writing abilities have attracted critical acclaim, she is much more than just a musician. Her passion for speaking and writing have inspired thousands to find freedom from addictions, eating disorders, shame, and self-hatred.

Christa’s book, God Loves Ugly, chronicles her personal journey out of destructive cycles into a life of freedom. Unashamedly transparent, she describes her painful struggle to find personal peace from the monsters of insecurity, self-hatred, sexual abuse, depression, and eating disorders. She takes the reader on a journey of self-discovery, exposing the negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions that can lead to paths of bondage. Her conversational style and light-hearted storytelling will leave you laughing at her mistakes, challenged by her teaching, and crying with her pain, inviting the reader into practical steps towards healing and freedom.

Both the book and CD God Loves Ugly coincide, pairing chapters with songs that represent each topic addressed.

An avid communicator, Christa’s speaking is as captivating as her singing. Her enthusiasm for releasing people into wholeness and freedom is evident in everything she does, whether it’s singing in front of thousands of people, speaking to inspire, writing a song that reflects her heart, or taking a stranger out to coffee and hearing their story.

“So many people get the microphone and have nothing relevant to say,” says Black. “In fact, I lived that way for a lot of my life, desiring fame and recognition out of insecurity and a need for approval. Performance comes from perfection, but excellence comes from identity. I want people knowing their worth and value—their true identity—and that it’s their absolute right and inheritance to live full and free.”

THE BOOK: GOD LOVES UGLY, by CHRISTA BLACK

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Hatred Makes You Ugly

By M-J de Mesterton

Have you ever noticed that the more resentful and jealous a woman is, the more wrinkles she has? The most important age-preventing measure for your face is being a member of the Clear Conscience Club–you know, the one whose members get a good night’s sleep. When people carry around the burdens of hatred and envy, resentments and greed, these destructive inner elements inevitably manifest themselves on their faces. Here is a quote from an interview by Linda Holmes with elegant, ageless singer Darlene Love, whose work in the 1960s with music innovator Phil Spector catapulted her to fame and made her into the exploited victim of a megalomaniac who was ethically-challenged, and for whom loyalty was a foreign concept:

“I have no reason to hate him,” she says, “and I never did, because I always found that hate makes you ugly. Makes you have wrinkles. Which I don’t have.” Here, she laughed. “But you know what? That has a whole lot to do with your insides. When you hate people, it not only makes you hate that person, it gives that vibe off for everything around you. I really do believe that. So I really did try hard not to dislike him and always be the good guy, and say what I say about him and nothing bad. ‘Cause it doesn’t help.”

 

 

Schwimmer’s Movie TRUST is a MUST for Teens and Parents

Trust, directed by David Schwimmer, is a very tastefully-done film about the dangers for children and teenagers who  participate in social networking. It is just graphic enough to depict events, but not so much that parents will wish they hadn’t invited the kids to watch. There are a couple of anatomical references, but probably nothing that today’s school children haven’t already heard in the halls.
Also see the movie, Trade: what follows is my piece on it from 2008.

30 MARCH 2008

The Movie, Trade: a Cautionary Tale

It’s important for parents of children to see this movie. It’s also important for those who believe that travel to Mexico is romantic, and for the high school girl who pleads to go on a Natalie Holloway-style senior trip (that’s the kind from which they never return), to view this serious, sad, and intriguing film about a burgeoning criminal culture that is world-wide. I don’t want to give away the exciting ending….From the website:
TALK IT UP – EXPOSE THE TRUTH ABOUT MODERN-DAY SLAVERY: Talk with your family, friends, colleagues, and classmates about the issues of human trafficking and expose the reality of modernday slavery through one-on-one discussions and small group conversations. Don’t underestimate the power of word-of-mouth awareness raising! You can write op/eds for a local paper, write about trafficking in an online blog, and let others know that human trafficking is a cause that you care about!


Anti-Viral Stir-Fry

Originally Posted at 04:10 PM on October 23, 2009

I slow-cooked a mixture of quinoa and basmati rice this morning. To eat with it, I sautéed chile peppers, onions, pineapple, carrots and ginger in a wok primed with coconut oil. Onions, chiles, ginger and coconut oil are known to inhibit viral infections.
~~M-J 
Anti-Viral Foods are Important this Holiday Season

Anti-Viral Stir-Fry

Originally Posted at 04:10 PM on October 23, 2009

I slow-cooked a mixture of quinoa and basmati rice this morning. To eat with it, I sautéed chile peppers, onions, pineapple, carrots and ginger in a wok primed with coconut oil. Onions, chiles, ginger and coconut oil are known to inhibit viral infections.
~~M-J 
Anti-Viral Foods are Important this Holiday Season

Soup with Shirataki Noodles and Home-Grown Vegetables

I used the poaching-liquid from a batch of chicken-breasts, home-grown beets, parsley, poblano peppers, carrots, celery and a packet of shirataki noodles made from soy to make this health-promoting soup. Following the example of French chefs through the ages, I did not let the liquid from poaching chicken go to waste.
©M-J de Mesterton
The elegant vegetable soup is ready to serve.

Soup with Shirataki Noodles and Home-Grown Vegetables

I used the poaching-liquid from a batch of chicken-breasts, home-grown beets, parsley, poblano peppers, carrots, celery and a packet of shirataki noodles made from soy to make this health-promoting soup. Following the example of French chefs through the ages, I did not let the liquid from poaching chicken go to waste.
©M-J de Mesterton
The elegant vegetable soup is ready to serve.

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