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Title: Girl, Wash Your Face
Author: Rachel Hollis
As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore.
With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be.
With unflinching faith and rock-hard tenacity, Girl, Wash Your Face shows you how to live with passion and hustle–and how to give yourself grace without giving up.
Nonfiction / Religious|Clean Reads – Are you looking for a motivational book that will give you a kick in the rear to get moving on your dreams? Hollis’s book is the one to go to!
Hollis has a way of writing that makes you feel like you’re having a conversation her. She’s hilarious, gut-wrenchingly honest, and to the point. She displays her life experiences on a silver platter for the reader to learn from, but also relate to. She’s a wonderful writer and I look forward to reading more from her in the future.
Nonfiction usually takes me a while to read…as in weeks to read, possibly months. However, I flew through this one resulting in a finished book in just about a week. That says a lot for me when it comes to nonfiction. It was an informational book, but also very entertaining!
I was warned…yes, I use the word warned because that’s how it was portrayed…about this book. I was told to be careful about what I read as a Christian because some things could be detrimental to put in my mind. To a certain extent I agree. I’ve avoided books because I just don’t want that content in my mind. However, I love reading books that will challenge me as a person in my relationship with God. Let me be clear on this: I’m not reading to challenge my relationship with God. I’m reading to challenge myself. I love to think, I love to argue with myself. ( No I’m not a crazy person haha)
So, when I read this book I went in cautiously thinking that it was going to be detrimental to my walk with God. (Pardon my sarcasm here, but it was ridiculous how I was warned about this book.)
I understand where this person’s POV was coming from who “warned” me.
She/he (I won’t disclose any information about this person) felt that Hollis was claiming that she, and only she, could claim control of her life. This is where interpretations can be a fine line between right and wrong or one opinion against another. Here is what I took from Hollis’s book.
She trusts that God leads her. She believes that everything she does is for His kingdom. She does not feel that she is her own savior. However, can she accomplish any of her plans if she doesn’t actually make the first move? It’s all fine and dandy to pray and ask God to use us in our everyday lives. But if we don’t take any action behind those prayers, they might as well have never been spoken. We have the ability to choose whether or not we’re going to move forward in pursuit of our dreams. We can think about them all we want, but nothing will happen from just thinking about them.
Again, this is just my opinion of what I took away from this book.
I feel that this was the point Hollis was trying to make: she has control over her own life because that is what we are blessed with…a choice. A choice to believe in God, a choice to go down the path God is leading us, a choice to deny the blessings God desires to give us. God never forces us to do anything, He only nudges us and waits for us to choose whether or not to act on it. Not once did I feel that she was claiming to be the savior over her own life. (If she was, then I hope to be corrected – by her – and then we’ll have a slightly different conversation!)
To finish up, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have been recommending it to others. Remember, we are all human. Not one of us is perfect. Discussions are important to have, as long as we can have a civilized conversation and hear the other party out. So I ask you kindly, if you are going to discuss this book on my blog, please be kind to one another. We can always stand to learn from others.
I hope you enjoyed this review! It is longer than usual because I had to get those thoughts off my chest! My next reviews will be back to the normal length 😉
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**I’ve made updated thoughts and comments in another post here for this book. After some discussion and thought, I wanted to clarify some points I had made in this review.**