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Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness (Thorndike Press Large Print Inspirational Series) Hardcover – Large Print, October 7, 2011
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CANDACE CAMERON BURE starred for eight seasons in the hit ABC television series Full House (still syndicated in more than one hundred countries) and is now a featured cast member of ABC Family's popular drama Make It or Break It. She is also active among several charities and speaks to women nationwide about her faith-based weight-loss success story. Candace lives with her husband, National Hockey League star Valeri Bure, and their three children in Los Angeles, California.
DARLENE SCHACHT is the founder and former editor of ChristianWomenOnline.com. She and her husband have four children and live in Winnipeg, Manitoba. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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The key disappointing factors in this read are:
1). Candace does seem to go too far in the area of her "self confidence." I am ALL for a woman embracing her beauty, but it seems that this is an area of weakness for her. We all have our own areas of weakness, but it did get disturbing chapter after chapter of hearing her self-praise.
2). The nutrition standpoint needs direction. I'm an aspiring sports nutritionist and found many flaws in the nutrition aspect of this book. She is very inconsistent in her instruction and is also calorically deprived. She should have incorporated a professional nutritionist in the book. I do not recommend following her diet to the tee. Instead take it as a suggestion in the right direction and research professional recommendations.
3). It borders on condascending and judgmental. I completely understand that Candace is in the process of mastering her self-discipline, but it is exactly that, and will be for everyone until we die: a process. I know she's not as perfect as she paints the picture to be, and that is what really, really disappointed me. I was expecting her to be more upfront and real in this book. As I do believe she aspires for a joyful life, I do not buy that she can maintain the life she illustrates with such rigid perfection. It is conflicting in how she claims to run her life. She states that she puts her children first and has no hired help, yet that she wakes up at 3:45 AM to leave for work, picks up the kids in the afternoon, eats dinner and memorizes her lines for the next day, and her day is finished. She also admits Hollywood is based on vanity, and therefore she must stay thin to achieve in her acting career. Something is missing is this equation. Who is doing the laundry? Does she truly believe God wants her to act, if she knows the industry is based on vanity? I was left confused with many aspects of her life she shared in the book, but ultimately, that's her business, not mine.
***That said, I STILL did find this book inspirational. Like with every book, written by any human, you take it with a grain of salt. No human word is golden unless through God given Scripture. If you can look past the flaws of this book and embrace what applies to you, you will benefit from this read. I found it to be a good nudge in the right direction in embracing my self-control. Instead of two glasses of wine, I'll stop at one from time to time, just because I can, and can practice the self-control God breathes through me. I have not endeavored to complete a fast as of yet, but I am inspired to attempt one for even just one day, to allow God to illustrate the power of the Holy Spirit that runs through my veins.
While flawed, it is refreshing. Still recommended-- just use your own judgment and intuition in applying Candace's words to yourself and your life. Honestly, Candace still did a great job with this book, it is just that when trying to paint perfection, often our flaws shine through at its strongest. I wish she would maybe wait a couple of years and come out with something more real, that she can relish in the truth and not some standard of perfection she holds for herself. After all, that's what we all want to hear, the truth, at least that's the case for myself. Don't give me false perfection, break it down, and get real girly! That is what truly helps any reader. Personal progress and improvement should be the key, for perfection does not exist in this earthly world, but God does delight in our efforts to improve upon our spirits. I simply wished Candace would have incorporated that.
One of her statements that really resonated with me was how our self-control is a muscle that must be exercised and becomes strengthened over time. I'm no stranger to self-control but, this metaphor clicked with me. Maybe you have room for a treat in your diet one day, but why not pass and allow God to exercise self-control through your spirit, and have the treat tomorrow? If we don't take the opportunity to strengthen our muscle of self-control, it will not evolve, so this is an opportunity we must embrace, even when it comes to exercising patience, which is also a form of self-control. For that reminder, I truly thank her. She illustrated it beautifully.
I enjoyed reading this book. I loved reading about what her life is really like, verses what people may think it is. I loved learning how her Faith became an intricate part of her life. I may not try the recipes she includes, but many readers may enjoy them.
I think Candace Cameron Bure is a person to admire. She's down to earth, real, and lives her life with integrity. I learned a lot from her book that I can apply to my own life. I will definitely read this book again! I've already recommended it to others, and I'm sure I will continue to do so.