11 Sep Julia’s Book Club – Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
If you’re looking for a book that motivates you to write down your goals, never give up, and be prepared – this is it. If you’re looking for a book that reminds you that you ARE a good mom, that you are enough, and that sometimes you have to remove temptations like alcohol – this is the book for you. I read this book for the first time last year after a mentor in my life sent it to me. I picked it up again this summer to refresh my memory and write for the blog and was happily surprised at how much I liked it the second time.
Rachel discusses what it felt like to be the small town “good Christian girl” in LA trying to find her way. She uses humor to entertain and practical tips to leave the reader with steps to take in her own life. She tells the inspiring story of her first book Party Girl. Experts told her it was dull and needed to include SEX, but she persevered and self-published the book that launched her career as an author.
Speaking of the S word, Rachel has a chapter titled “The Lie: I’m Bad at Sex.” Now, as an unmarried Christian young woman, I almost skipped this chapter. But, I still found an important message in it: it’s good to talk about the things we don’t often talk about and it’s important to embrace/love your own body. Also, I THINK her tips at the end of this chapter are really practical and insightful.
Rachel talks about being in a relationship with an 8-year age gap, fostering children of God, adoption struggles, motherhood, running a business, and her gay friends. Rachel brings up points that I don’t think we often read or remember. She inspires us to think differently about life, to actually REALIZE that many things we believe are LIES (e.g. “I Will Never Get Past This.”) She focuses on her own experiences to share what she has learned. I think any reader can walk away from this book feeling motivated and determined to quit negative self-talk. Her book doesn’t weave in biblical truth as much as I would like, but it is so HER and worth the read.