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|Format: DRM Free ePub|
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
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
Kathy Collard Miller5 Stars Out Of 5September 28, 2010Kathy Collard MillerJust imagine for a moment what it would be like to be more concerned about reaching out in love to someone rather than wondering what they think of you. Just imagine for a moment what it would be like to not feel inadequate because you don't wear the latest styles. Just imagine for a moment what it would be like to not feel horrible about adding two pounds. That is the world Margot Starbuck invites us into in her book, Unsqueezed: Springing free from skinny jeans, nose jobs, highlights and stilettos.Yet, I'll be honest. I put this book on my desk, intending to read it but kept avoiding it. I had recently bought skinny jeans, my hair sports highlights and I would love to wear stilettos if I weren't so tall. As for the nose job, I finally grew into my too-big-nose. I instinctively knew Unsqueezed would squeeze my complacency and comfort zone and I didn't want to be uncomfortable. When I finally gathered the emotional energy to reading Margot Starbuck's book, I was indeed challenged but I laughed all the way! Margot is a funny writer. A very funny writer. I'm not one to get easily humored by the written word. But Margot is truly funny...even as she punches you in the guts with truth and conviction. Lest I scare you away though, Margot communicates a loving tone with a passion for drawing us closer to God's loving heart. In fact, her book was spiritually deeper than I thought it would be. She calls us to a heart level of seeing how the things of this world do not satisfy and only finding our contentment in Christ will truly bring the satisfaction we desire. She does not hit you over the head; she beckons you to search whether thinking how to lose 30 pounds will make you more desirable. Or wearing the latest fashions will make you acceptable to others. She calls you to think about your heart, not just your body image.
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