Monday, January 6, 2014

Book Review: Does This Insecurity Make Me Look Fat?

(I'm sorry for the delay. I'm still having problems logging onto Blogger. Hopefully I can get this resolved soon.)

Today I am part of a blog tour for the book, Does This Insecurity Make Me Look Fat? by Michelle Wilson.  Just the title alone had me smiling.  It was the book I wanted to start the new year off with and I'm so glad I did.

This is an amazing book that talks about perspective and purpose and addresses expectations and guilt and insecurities that we all put on ourselves, especially women.  I loved the down to earth stories and the way the author connected them to divine principles. The way she presented her ideas and stories really resonated with me, especially in the area of how I can improve myself without comparing myself.  She put forth some things in a way I'd never really thought of before and I loved that.

Some of the stories in the book, like Lucy's Hands, will stay with me for a long, long time.  Lucy was a little girl who had her hands burned and part of the process of healing was to stretch the skin grafts every hour.  If they didn't go through this painful process her hands wouldn't heal properly and she wouldn't be able to use them.  The author talks about how she witnessed one of these "stretchings" where Lucy began to whimper because she knew what was going to happen. It was going to be painful.  But her mother was there whispering how great Lucy was doing, that she was right there, and she loved her.  The author related this to our Father in Heaven and how He loves us and even though we go through painful trials, there is a purpose for it and He is right there and He loves us. I can't do it justice here, but it was a very powerful point in the book for me.

Of course, not all the stories were serious, there are some that are laugh out loud funny that include everyday things like choosing ice cream and feeling cool in a Charger as opposed to a minivan.  This author has an easy to read style that will have me anxiously looking for her next book.

Definitely one to be put at the top of your to-read list!

Here is the back copy:

• Why do clothing stores hang fun-house mirrors in their dressing rooms?

• The laundry doesn’t cry when it’s not folded, so why should I?

• Can I be confident even if an elevator calls me fat?

Michelle Wilson’s humorous yet poignant insights help women examine the limitations we place on ourselves out of insecurity and self-doubt. We have faith in God, but do we know that He has faith in us?

When we see ourselves with God’s eternal perspective, we can feel confident and whole—even in our imperfection. Just think what we might accomplish if we truly believe that we are more important than we know, stronger than we realize, and extraordinary in every way.


Michelle Wilson said...

Thanks so much for the great review, Julie! I'm so glad you liked it. Lucy's story is, to me, the gem of the book. It's a story that, obviously, touched me deeply. Such a sweet, sweet family. :)

Thanks again!

Debra Erfert said...

Lucy's story is so very touching. This does sound like a wonderful book. Downloading will commence!

Julie Bellon said...

You're welcome, Michelle!

Debra, you won't be sorry.

Lisa said...

Loved the review, can't wait to get my own copy.

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Lisa, you will love it!