The culture we live in sometimes promotes the falsehood we must prove we're worth spending time with—that we have to be kind enough, or beautiful enough, or smart enough for people to like us. Yet God, in his boundless love, is chasing after us in our weakness.
– Chelsea Hurst
About the Episode
In this episode of The Hope + Help Project, Christine Chappell interviews author and social media influencer Chelsea Hurst. They discuss Chelsea's brand new book, Above All Else to explore the common challenges facing young Christian women today. Chelsea highlights the various performance pressures that "20-somethings" grapple with, and explains how the temptation to conform to worldly standards leads followers of Christ into self-inflicted pain and disappointment. She also recounts a monumental story of forgiveness after murder, warns listeners about the danger of using God's grace as a cop-out for intentionally sinful lifestyle choices, and encourages young women to pursue spiritual growth and maturity in the context of authentic Christian community.
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About the Podcast
The Hope + Help Project podcast offers compassionate biblical conversations about life's challenging problems. The purpose of the podcast is to share Christ-centered comfort and clarity for those seeking biblical solutions for the struggles they face. The podcast accomplishes this by offering a mix of interviews with seasoned biblical counseling professionals and ministry leaders on a variety of topics. Listeners can expect to receive biblical wisdom as well as practical steps for facing suffering, struggling and sin with courage and grace. Hosted by author/writer Christine M. Chappell.
About the Guest
CHELSEA HURST made her debut on YouTube as BeautyLiciousInsider in 2011, and has since gone on to become a role model for millions of teens around the globe. Her channel features makeup tutorials, life advice videos, and everything in between, including messages about Chelsea’s faith. Chelsea has appeared in Seventeen, Teen Vogue, and Trend Magazine, among others, and her website,, is home to thousands of beauty, fashion, lifestyle, and advice posts. Chelsea’s greatest passion is connecting with her fans and subscribers and using her voice to make a positive impact on viewers across the world.
About the Book
Above All Else: 60 Devotions for Young Women • Chelsea speaks to young women, whether they are experiencing their brightest or darkest moments, inspiring readers to overcome challenges, celebrate the beauty of life, and pursue God above all else.

But this isn’t just another devotional. Chelsea is an inspiring role model and a leading voice for millions of young adults around the globe. Encouraging young women post by post on Instagram and YouTube, Chelsea inspires readers page by page in Above All Else. Whether it’s body image issues or bullying, beauty and fashion or family and friendship, Chelsea’s got your back to help you put your best self forward.
Helpful Articles from Chelsea
Turning Your Burdens into Blessings
Life is full of disappointments and situations you can’t control. Burdens can be seen as blessings or can be seen as just that: burdens. We can look at things from a negative point-of-view and ask God, “why me?” Or we can look at things with a positive perspective and consider it to be an opportunity to help shape us into the people we’re meant to be.
3 Things to Prioritize as A Follower of Christ
Being a follower of Christ is not always easy. There are times when we have to put certain things above others, even when our own desires are completely the opposite. Part of giving your life to Jesus is knowing that sacrifices will have to be made. You may not always want to sacrifice your time, sleep, independence, pride, etc., but God makes it clear in the Bible that following him will mean just that at times.
For the Girl Seeking Fellowship
Being a young girl, it’s easy to lose yourself in the crowd. If you’re anything like me, you like to feel accepted, welcomed, and loved by the people around you. I mean, who doesn’t? Everyone throughout their lives seeks fellowship, especially as a Christ follower. Having good, like-minded people to surround yourself with and encourage you to be the best version of yourself is something everyone desires.
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About Your Host
Christine M. Chappell
Writer & Podcast Host
Christine Chappell is the author of Clean Home, Messy Heart and is the host of The Hope + Help Project podcast. She writes frequently about depression, sorrow, grief, and motherhood at her blog, has completed biblical counseling certificates with the Institute for Biblical Counseling & Discipleship, and is currently pursuing certification with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. Christine's writing has been featured at Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, Risen Motherhood, Servants of Grace, Thrive Moms, Devotable, and For Every Mom. 
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