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Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be Hardcover – February 6, 2018
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Rachel Hollis, host of the Rise and Rise Together podcasts, CCO of the company she founded, and mother of four wants you to stop thinking you have to balance it all and apologize for wanting it.
Girl, Wash Your Face
In this book, each chapter tackles a different lie Rachel has believed, the authentic examples from her own life illustrating those lies, and then the methods she used (or wish she had used) to defeat those lies. These are big, vulnerable topics like 'I Should Be Farther Along By Now' and 'I Will Never Get Past This'.
Rachel doesn't want this book to change your life. She wants you to read this book, and then feel strengthened so you change your life.
'Girl, Wash Your Face is a dose of high-octane straight talk that will spit you out on the other end chasing down dreams you hung up long ago'.
Jen Hatmaker, author of 'For the Love'.
'In Rachel Hollis’ first nonfiction book, you will find she is less cheerleader and more life coach. This means readers won’t just walk away inspired, but they will walk away with the right tools in hand to actually do their dreams'.
Jessica Honegger, Founder & Co-CEO.
Girl, Stop Apologizing
'How can I get my mom to be more supportive?
How do I convince my husband to watch the kids so I can workout?
How can I get my boyfriend to eat healthy with me so it’s easier for me to stay on track?
How can I get my dad to support my decision to change majors?
The best advice I know of in this situation is, if you want to change someone else, change yourself. People change because they’re inspired by someone else’s example, not because they were coerced into doing it.
People change because they see in someone else what’s Probable, not because someone harasses them over and over about what’s Possible.
You will never change someone else unless you find the courage and the will and the resolve to change Yourself. You will never do any of those things if you aren’t willing to let people be inconvenienced by your journey'.
An excerpt from Girl, Stop Apologizing.
About the Author
Lifestyle expert Rachel Hollis is the founder of the popular website TheChicSite.com and is the CEO of Chic Media. She is a regular contributor for HuffPost and PopSugar, and she has appeared on Today, Rachael, The Talk, Extra, and many other programs. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and four children.
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1. She dropped out of school at 19 to pursue her successful event planning business that catered to Hollywood celebrities.
2. She had one intimate relationship outside of marriage. They broke up for two days. On the third day he professed his love and they ended up getting married.
3. Although they have four children, she and her husband struggled with infertility for eight months.
4. Hollis admits she has a mean streak and uses the example of making fun of a girl in high school for shaving her toes.
5. Hollis also shares in the book that she peed her pants on a trampoline and had a cavity at one point.
6. Almost every chapter talks about how she made the Forbes "Top 40 Under 40 list", runs her own multi-million dollar company, and is a "good Christian girl".
Perhaps this book could be appreciated by women who have lived a very blessed and sheltered life. But for anyone who has ever had to deal with real life issues such as poverty, illness, abuse, depression, co-dependency, dysfunctional families, loneliness, etc. I recommend you look elsewhere because this book will come across as one long never-ending humblebrag. All eight women in my book club agreed that the book had a tone that was "inauthentic", "judgmental", and "preachy". If you want to read truly authentic, genuine work that sheds light on overcoming human imperfections and failings, I recommend reading Jeanette Walls, Cheryl Strayed, and Elizabeth Gilbert. These female authors have lived very imperfect lives - like most of us - and you will find their work far more relatable than this book which comes across as self-aggrandizing propaganda. I ended up returning the book for a full refund, which I never do.
Note: My original one-star review of the book (which 93 people found helpful in the first 3 days) was reported to Amazon and removed for not meeting "community standards" even though the tone was very respectful. I'm sharing this because it might help explain all the five-star reviews.
I’ve been disappointed from the start. I ended up feeling so annoyed that I wasn’t able to finish the book.
I felt like it was too much “me me me” and humble bragging, as another reviewer pointed out.
Additionally, the write-up claims she "fearlessly shares her flaws" in ways that will help women everywhere. If accidentally peeing a little on a trampoline or having a cavity in your tooth are "startling personal revelations", then you have an extremely blessed life.
As a matter of fact, her life seems charmed from the beginning. I don't want to marginalize the hard work she has put into her company, children, marriage, etc., but as a 21 year veteran of the armed service I have a very hard time listening to her natter on about her John Hughes-worthy virginal romance with her husband to be as "one of the most painful things" she can remember. She then had the hubris to pertly announce that she "revokes permission" to anyone that has deviated from a diet, workout plan, or actions directly from their checklist of stated goals based on loss or tragedy in their lives, nor does she trust anyone that ever breaks a promise to themselves.
What about women that have lost a child? Those that have been beaten, verbally abused, raped, or shot at? What about those forging their way through life in male-dominated careers instead of party planning?
I don't mind that the author was Christian. I would happily read anything of value from anyone of any religion, especially if they are speaking about how that religion has enriched their lives, but she comes off as preachy. She states over and OVER again that she is the daughter of a preacher and there is a goal of perfection that she is required to live up to as thus.
Her stated imperfections come off like the answers you should give if asked what your biggest flaw is at a job interview.
This book was a platform to show off her fairy-dusted life with butter-wouldn't-melt-in-her-mouth prose, liberally sprinkled with the obligatory "y'alls" and "girlfriends" you would expect to hear at a Junior League meeting in the 1950's. She clearly states that one of her goals is to uplift and encourage women, and even admits to talking badly about someone...only once her life...in secrecy... to her best friend in high school, and it haunts her to this day that she criticized that poor girl's hairy toes.
I am not a woman that tears others down for sport. I am glad she has a wonderful life. Assuming the reason for this book is actually to uplift others and not just another success rung in her "overachieving workaholic" (one of her worst flaws) life, I do not think it hits the mark. Perhaps she should stick to her lifestyle blog.
If you also have had a very sheltered upbringing and never have had any major issues, then this book may be helpful for you. For any of the rest of us who have had to deal with real struggles in life it is drivel. I returned it after reading about 1/4 of the book.
*Additional remarks after reading comments:
I didn't read far enough, and I see that Ms. Hollis has suffered some in her life. I am glad that her book has helped some people. However, I do not believe that the reason she wrote this has anything to do with altruism; this book was written for her to self proclaim excellence. I am very much bothered by the fact that her ratings are so high based on her begging her blog followers to write reviews. Her specialty is lifestyle, not psychology, and i do believe that this can be a damaging book for women whom are struggling on a daily basis.