Book Talk: Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
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It’s taken me a long time to finish this book, and there is a good reason for it. So, let me break it down for you. But first I must be honest with you, I might be a little biased because I adore the author. I’ll try my best to not let that get in the way, but I thought you should know. I think she is incredibly genuine and so hard working. Her spirit and enthusiasm are so infectious that it will gnaw at you if you don’t get off your hiney and get work done.
Each chapter of the book starts with a lie that the author once believed. She takes us through her experience of what it was for her to live this lie and what she did to overcome it. At the end of each chapter, she offers three things that helped her and might help the reader.
The chapters are small and written in a conversational way that makes you feel you are having this conversation with your gal-pal Rach on your patio over a cup of coffee or vodka. She has opened herself up in this book, and you cannot help but admire her for how incredibly honest she is in this book. I cannot imagine how much courage it must have taken her to bare her soul for anyone and everyone knowing well that many will love to pick that it in hurtful ways. It takes a generous soul to be open in this way.
It is a Christian book and is peppered with verses from the holy book. It’s something to bear in mind for anyone who does not belong to the same belief. I was not put off by it. It wasn’t something that bothered me. It does not take away in any way from the message that the author was trying to drive home.
Here is the thing with reading such books, they connect with some and not with others. I once heard someone say that there is no original message but just like radio channels, they all play the same songs, but we happen to tune in to the right when at the right time that is playing our favorite.
It’s just like that, you need to read books like these, and sometimes some connect, and some don’t. So, give this one a chance.
Here are some of the quotes from the book that struck a chord with me:
“Our society makes plenty of room for complacency or laziness; we’re rarely surrounded by accountability. We’re also rarely surrounded by sugar-free vanilla lattes, but when I really want one, I somehow find a way to get one.”
“decide that you care more about creating your magic and pushing it out into the world than you do about how it will be received.”
“Friends, it’s not about the goal or the dream you have. It’s about who you become on your way to that goal.”
“You, and only you, are ultimately responsible for who you become and how happy you are.”
“Our words have power, but our actions shape our lives.”
“Your dream is worth fighting for, and while you’re not in control of what life throws at you, you are in control of the fight.”
“You must choose to be happy, grateful, and fulfilled. If you make that choice every single day, regardless of where you are or what’s happening, you will be happy.”
These are just some of my favorites.
My rating is four stars.
About the author:
Rachel Hollis is a bestselling author, TV personality, in-demand speaker, and founder and CEO of Chic Media, the foremost authority on premium digital content for women. Named one of Inc. Magazine’s "Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30,” Rachel uses her infectious energy to empower women to take control of their lives and pursue their passions without fear.
Motivational, inspirational, and always approachable, Rachel’s tell-it-like-it-is attitude is a refreshing approach that allows her to authentically connect with millions of women around the world. Rachel has worked with top brands including Walmart, Disney Junior, JCPenney, Rubbermaid, Sprint, and Keurig to create innovative and compelling content for Chic Media’s award-winning women’s lifestyle blog. Rachel is the author of the bestselling Girls Series, including Party Girl, Sweet Girl and Smart Girl, as well as a cookbook, Upscale Downhome.
Rachel resides in Los Angeles with her husband and four children. Rachel grew up in a big loud Okie family. Daddy was a Pentecostal minister and Mama was the church pianist… and PS, she knows the words to all the old-timey hymns in case you want to break into three-part harmony later. She moved to Los Angeles to go to college and promptly met a boy named David who was as handsome as he was funny. First she made that boy her best friend, and then she made him her husband. 10 years later they have three equally handsome/hilarious little boys named Jackson, Sawyer, and Ford. They live in LA where they spend their time doing super cool/sexy things like going to soccer practice and hitting up any restaurant where kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée.
Founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Chic Media, Rachel Hollis has created an online fan base of hundreds of thousands of fans by sharing tips for living a better life while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own. Now comes her highly anticipated first book featuring her signature combination of honesty, humor, and direct, no-nonsense advice.
Each chapter of Girl, Wash Your Face begins with a specific lie Hollis once believed that left her feeling overwhelmed, unworthy, or ready to give up. As a working mother, a former foster parent, and a woman who has dealt with insecurities about her body and relationships, she speaks with the insight and kindness of a BFF, helping women unpack the limiting mind-sets that destroy their self-confidence and keep them from moving forward. From her temporary obsession with marrying Matt Damon to a daydream involving hypnotic iguanas to her son's request that she buy a necklace to "be like the other moms," Hollis holds nothing back. With unflinching faith and tenacity, Hollis spurs other women to live with passion and hustle and to awaken their slumbering goals.