If you know me then you know that I love to read. I jumped at the chance to read and review this book for several reasons. One is… I just love the name. It really caught my attention. The second is that I have struggled with weight and thought this book might have something I needed to read. The third is… well, I just love to read so I’m not going to turn it down. :-)
This book is called My Big Bottom Blessing, How Hating My Body Led to Loving My Life and it is written by Teasi Cannon. Here is the blurb from the back of the book
Loving the girl in the mirror isn’t about changing how you LOOK but allowing God to change how you SEE.
Teasi Cannon’s lifelong battle with body image nearly destroyed her. Yet today she feels blessed – not because the size of here lower half has changed but because her perspective has. In her often hilarious, no-nonsense style, Teasi’s gut-honest journey and transparent insights will propel every one of us who struggles with… you name it: bad hair or chubby cheeks, skinny arms or wide hips… to realize our value and beauty. Even if nothing ever changes on the outside.
So on to the review. As I said in the beginning I was excited to read this book because I have struggled with weight and body image. Now, just a disclaimer…. I think this book would apply to anyone who is struggling with body image for whatever reason. It doesn’t have to be weight (too much or too little) it can be anything that causes you to not see the beautiful woman that God created you to be.
With that in mind I don’t know a single woman who has not struggled with something. My friend who is absolutely beautiful and could be a model if she wanted still shares with me that she has struggles. When I look at her I think “how can she be unhappy with the way she looks” but that’s just the way it is for us women. We always see even the tiniest imperfections that most others never notice. The good news is…. God doesn’t see these imperfections either. To Him, we are perfect.
I really like the way the author wrote this book. She introduces us to different characters/voices in her head. These are those thoughts we all have about ourselves. An example…. she starts the first paragraph of chapter one off this way.
Imagine yourself standing in front of a mirror right now – completely naked.
As you just read that I am sure you heard some of your own voices. :-) You know, those evil ones that make you shudder at the thought of looking in the mirror so vulnerable.
Also, the author, Teasi shares some very personal stories with us. I cried as she told about how she met her husband and some of her childhood experiences. I felt like I could relate to her throughout this entire book. Even if I hadn’t experienced exactly the same things she did I could still apply the concepts to my own life.
I also like that at the end of each chapter there is a review with questions that you can answer about yourself. You could do this on your own or if you are feeling brave this could be a great book study with a couple of close girlfriends.
This book was such a pleasure to read. I am so thankful that Teasi Cannon chose to write it and share her personal struggles with us. I really think this is a book that most women should read. Even if you don’t struggle with body image you will probably know someone who does. My husband and I teach 7th grade boys & girls at church each week. I know that I can apply some of what I learned in this book to help the girls in my class. This was a quick read book and so worth it.
I received a copy of this book for review purposes. I was not
compensated for my review. All opinions expressed are my own.