I received a copy of Stasi Eldredge’s new book Becoming Myself in exchange for an honest review – so here it is. 😀 (Psst – I’m giving away my review copy so keep reading.)
This is a quick read, but not light reading. Stasi approaches a few core issues women typically struggle with including self-hatred, relationships, and the journey to embrace the woman God created us to be. With lots of fun, and often funny, personal anecdotes, she bravely reveals her own issues and the road she’s traveled. There are a few places where her stories overlap from Captivating, but it wasn’t enough to bother me.
I sat on the sofa next to the hubs and read this through pretty well in one sitting. I had the book in one hand, eating from a bag of chips with the other hand and drinking ginger ale. Put on some Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. This is a no-shame zone!
If you enjoyed Captivating, you’ll enjoy this one too. If you’ve never read Captivating (go – read it now) you’ll still get a lot of value out of this one. Stasi talks a lot about her battle with her weight, but it’s about coming to love all of yourself. There’s one place in the book where a friend asked her, “Do you love your thighs?”
Ladies, how would you answer that question?
I don’t love my thighs. Never have. This book encouraged me to look at myself differently. To stop avoiding that glance in the mirror, stop letting the negative messages from the past continue to guilt and shame me into feeling inadequate.
However, the biggest take-away from this book for me was her challenge to really examine my own motives. How big a role does pride play in all of that? I’m not talking about vanity, though that can be part of it — but ugly, deep-rooted, who-me-I’m-fine pride. Yeah – it’s not pretty.
I’m giving away my copy of Becoming Myself (only read once – free of stains and dog-ears). To enter, leave a comment on the blog. Open to residents of the USA and Canada only. Leave a comment and share this post on Facebook for two entries (tag me on Facebook or let me know in the comments). Contest closes Wed. Oct 23 at midnight Toronto time (because I have another fantabulous new release to give away on Thurs.)
And hey – your turn. Do you love your thighs?
**Book has been provided courtesy of David C. Cook and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller.**