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|Format: DRM Free ePub|
Vendor: IVP Books
Publication Date: 2010
Availability: In Stock
I did not find the book as impressive as the book jacket said it would be. Whereas the writing style was friendly, almost as though I was reading a friends journal, the writing itself was not as humorous as it claimed to be. The chapters were short and sporadic; they were not laid out in what I thought to be an organized way, and I found the length of the chapters distracting.
Some of the content was inspiring and philanthropic. However, the book was arranged in such a way that the first twelve chapters did not offer any hope to the reader. Those chapters seemed more like the authors personal vendetta against genetics, the fashion industry, and cosmetic companies. Had I picked up this book from the library, I would have returned it before reading the fifth chapter due to the hopelessness the first chapters instilled in me.
Starbuck claims throughout her book not to have an interest in shunning every modern convenience (p. 167), but she certainly slams everything from fitness centers and lipstick to computer-centered communication and escalators. The only positive notes in the book are toward the end when Starbuck encourages her readers to change their false perceptions by pairing up with friends who can keep them accountable and by doing a few charitable acts to offset the low self-esteem she assumes most women have.
As a young woman and an undergraduate student, I would not suggest buying this book. It did not do what it claimed by breaking me free from the worlds wrong standards of beauty. The negative, pessimistic tone throughout the book will only bog down the reader, so if you do buy it, itd be best to read it with a friend or mentor to sift through Starbucks nonconstructive thoughts. Indeed, as women, we dont rely on outward appearances as our sole identity, but, on the other hand, our bodies are the temples of the Lord, so we shouldnt trash talk them either. Caitlin Wilson, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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