HomeLifestyleBooksBecoming a Woman of...

Becoming a Woman of Interior Elegance

In February, my husband and I set off for the Asheville Christian Writers Conference at the Billy Graham Training Center, located in a beautiful setting at The Cove in Asheville, NC. It was our first time to attend such a conference as my husband had decided in recent months to pursue his interest in Christian writing.

We went expecting to find out as much about this field as possible, but over the next two days, God gave us something more by placing some special new friends in our life. One of these new friends was LaTan Roland Murphy. She was the worship leader for the conference, and we could sense she was a woman of inner grace anointed by the spirit of God.

“Our story becomes His glory, as we choose to tell others our testimony,” LaTan says.

It is only fitting she is the author of a book entitled, “Becoming a Woman of Interior Elegance,” because to me, she is a shining example of such a woman.

Her elegance shined through the warm exterior when she spoke at the conference, about the tragic death of her nephew just a few months before. While obviously still grieving her loss, she had been burdened by God to reach out to her nephew’s friends with the love of Christ, and they began attending church and coming to her home for Sunday dinner.

Angie Duduit, Michelle Medlock Adams, Del Duduit and LaTan Roland Murphy

LaTan told us about the time she and her mother had a surprise encounter with Anne Graham Lotz one day at a local dollar store. LaTan’s father had just recently passed away, and her mother’s heart was heavy. Anne spoke life into her mother that day and was used by God to bring her peace and comfort. Later when Anne’s mother, Ruth died, LaTan returned the favor by sending her a letter that contained the same words of comfort Anne had shared.

She offers many examples in her book of her own personal experiences responsible for molding her into the woman of interior elegance she is today. This book could be used for a devotional with each chapter providing daily new and fresh insights, or it would be great to read while curled up on the sofa on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Each chapter provides a personal view into a life lesson, followed by a definition of the elegant woman of God and “Elegant Reflections” that allow us to work our way through a set of questions encouraging us to consider how to apply each truth to our lives.

She teaches us to laugh at ourselves, even when we experience public wardrobe malfunctions, accidentally serve a guest what we think is a cup of tea, or fear dogs and run from snakes.

I especially connect with her stories about her grandmother who instilled the Word of God in her heart, as mine did for me. In addition, her list of all the things she thinks about when hearing the word “home” floods my mind with memories of my childhood and simpler times.

She also throws in a few surprises such as her visit from an unusual interior decorator friend, who she recommends to all of us. We can relate to her stories of motherhood and her son’s stunning words right after he paints her cream-colored carpet with bright red fingernail polish.

I especially connect with her stories about her grandmother who instilled the Word of God in her heart, as mine did for me. In addition, her list of all the things she thinks about when hearing the word “home” floods my mind with memories of my childhood and simpler times.

This book is full of lessons for all who want to become a woman of interior elegance. She coaches us with words of wisdom about listening, pausing, having self-worth, fighting fears, maintaining balance in our lives and more, acknowledging it is often the simplest things that mean the most. She shows us how to stop focusing on the past as well as ourselves, and focus on Him.

“Our story becomes His glory, as we choose to tell others our testimony,” LaTan says. “Powerful things begin happening at that point.” Her testimonies of God’s grace and forgiveness bring power to this book and is a must-read for all women who yearn to serve as a reflection of God’s tender grace and mercy in today’s cruel and evil world.

Enter here to win your free copy of Becoming a Woman of Elegance.

Note: You can read more about LaTan at latanmurphy.com. This book is available to purchase from her website as well as from Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.


- A word from our sponsors -


Most Popular

Subscribe to our newsletter

To be the first to.know what's happening in the Christian community

More from Author

Big Daddy Weave Kicks Off Alive Tour in February

“Everything that has been shaken will be shaken.’” But now he said he feels like Big Daddy Weave is coming out on the other side, entering a new season of life and a season of ministering from a place they haven’t been before.

Joseph Habedank: Restored and Blessed with Successful Solo Ministry

In the fall of 2003, The Perrys introduced a 17-year-old Joseph Habedank to 20,000 Southern Gospel fans at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.

Lessons of Wisdom for the Christian Leader’s Wife

“I never knew what I was supposed to do. I never...

Drawing Courage from the Women of the Bible

In Courageous Women of the Bible: Leaving Behind Fear & Insecurity For A Life Of Confidence and Freedom,” Latan Roland Murphy details the courageous stories of 11 women in the Bible, and they all demonstrate valuable life lessons for today’s Christian woman.

- A word from our sponsors -


Hallow App Launches 2022 Advent Prayer Challenge

Hallow, a Christian prayer app, launched this year's Advent challenge with cast members from the hit series The Chosen joining the program.

Group Gives 10,000 Bibles to London’s Children

The Trinitarian Bible Society announced that over 10,000 Bibles have been given to London schools within three years.

Prayer, Faith Can Help Teens with Mental Health Issues

A study on teens and young adults confirmed that those who pray and have a relationship with God were more likely to flourish in life more than their peers.

Count Your Blessings Daily, Not Just Once a Year

I heard about a family seated around their table looking at the beautiful golden-brown turkey. Dressing and gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, various vegetables, and casseroles complemented the turkey. From the oldest to the youngest, they went around and expressed their praise.

More than 7,000 Kids Decide to Follow Jesus –YFC

The Youth for Christ announced that 7,323 kids and teens decided to follow Jesus Christ this year, twice the record reported in 2021.

Billy Graham Archive & Research Center is Now Open

The new Billy Graham Archive and Research Center opened in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 7, the birthday of the late evangelist.

MercyMe hopes new album can help heal divisions: ‘We’ve got a divided body of Christ’ 

Bart Millard and his MercyMe bandmates began writing some of the songs on their latest album in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, long before the nation was divided over issues that now dominate the headlines.  Millard, though, believes the album’s release in 2022 had been God’s plan...

‘Praise the Lord!’ Ukrainian Christians Cheer Kherson Liberation

Ukrainian Christians celebrate the liberation of Kherson with cheers of praise and thanksgiving, seven months after Russia occupied the city.

JESUS Film Makes History, Now Translated in 2,000 Languages

The JESUS film makes history as it is now translated into its 2,000th language making it the most translated film of all time.

U.S. Renews Calls Against Blasphemy Laws

The United States joined 15 countries in expressing concern over international blasphemy laws.

Franklin Graham Attracts Record-breaking Audience in Italy

More than 13,200 people gathered for an evangelical outreach led by Franklin Graham in Milan, Italy on October 29.

A Hindu PM Marks a Historic Moment in the UK

Rishi Sunak becomes Britain's first Hindu prime minister. He is also the first person of color to hold the highest office in the UK.