GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - In a culture that bombards women with "thinspiration" messages and pressure to "do it all" while wearing the mask of perfection, author Lee Wolfe Blum encourages women to be authentic and vulnerable.

Blum offers inspirational stories from everyday women In "Brave Is the New Beautiful: Finding the Courage to be the Real You," released March 1.

Through call-to-action questions and ideas, she encourages readers to be brave enough to be who they really are and live out their "true beauty." Blum is a mental health practitioner and the mother of three teenage boys.

Learn more about Blum and her book on her website. The book is also available on Amazon.