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Body Image Lies Women Believe: And the Truth of Christ That Sets Them Free Paperback – February 14, 2013
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One of the most interesting parts of Body Image Lies Women Believe is the life stories of the many women who contributed to this collection. You can't help but connect with the writers. So many of their personal experiences mirror our own, suffering in the many ways women do when we accept the body image lies fed to us and believed by us. In each chapter, a person openly shares her pain...telling her story.
While the stories are widely varied, with some suffering disfigurements from either disease or trauma, others suffered because they were vulnerable to nuances of teasing and subtle and not so subtle prodding from loved ones in our lives, acquaintances, classmates and even total strangers. Perception colors our world. Once we've received the "message" that we're somehow unacceptable and flawed, we often believe anything that supports that perception and reject even blatantly obvious truth about ourselves. Have you ever wondered why this is true? The concepts taught in this book will help you figure it out, so that you can apply the principles for yourself. There is hope.
My perceptions of myself in my growing up years were based on need. I wanted to be loved and accepted. My weight problems were one of the physical aspects of my problem. Deep down I didn't really believe I was worthy of being loved. This is why the stories in this book resonated with me. Some of their stories could have been mine. Some of their stories could be similar to yours. But the stories are more than just sharing bad experiences. They offer an alternative to believing the lies. The storytellers share with us how their hearts were changed, and they were transformed. They don't believe the lies any more.
In the final chapter, the author shares step by step how we can overcome our poor self image. I know these steps work, since I have applied them for myself and been successful in overcoming most of my self-image problems the same way the author has shared with her readers. The key is to be persistent; realize that change does not happen overnight. It takes time for our perceptions to be overturned. But it can be done by God's Grace. I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Body and Soul Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
The writing of this book depends on which author is doing the writing. Some of the writers are better than others. Some have better stories than others. I read it a chapter a day, that way it was easier to follow the points rather than have to switch gears with each writer. I received this book for free from the Shelley Hitz in exchange for a book blast at the time of release.
Carol Round, author of "Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God" and the companion workbook, "The 40-Day Challenge."