Unsqueezed: Springing Free from Skinny Jeans, Nose Jobs, Highlights and Stilettos - eBook  -     By: Margot Starbuck
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InterVarsity Press / 2010 / ePub

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If you're a woman who sees only flaws when you look in the mirror, then Margot Starbuck's Unsqueezed can help you develop a healthy, godly view of your body. Written in an engaging, story-oriented style with twenty-seven brief and funny reflective chapters, this book can help you stop trying to squeeze into someone else's mold and feel good about yourself. Paperback.

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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 9780830867479
ISBN-13: 9780830867479
Availability: In Stock

Publisher's Description

Ever check the mirror and wonder if you look good enough? Do you choose your clothes to disguise your flaws? Do you sometimes think plastic surgery might be the only way for you to feel good about your body? Do you ever feel squeezed into someone else's mold? Come and join Margot Starbuck in her journey to become unsqueezed! In twenty-seven brief, funny and reflective chapters she helps us discover why God really gave us bodies and what we can do with them to serve him and others. Jump out of that suffocating mold and discover what your body is really for.

Author Bio

Margot Starbuck is a writer and speaker who cares deeply about what it means to follow Jesus in the sneakers, pumps or Doc Martens in which we find ourselves. She is passionate about communicating God's great love for the world--inextricably bound to God's love for individuals--in print and in speech. Margot studied art at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. At the beach and in dorm rooms, she began to notice the bind in which women find themselves today, specifically as they're pinched by the culture's insistence on the value of appearances. She was further equipped to process these issues theologically at Princeton Seminary. Today, Margot continues to be energized by the kingdom reality of God's big plan for our bodies which have been called Her first book, describes the way she came to know that the God who "so loved the world" cared deeply for her. Her second book, is about that inextricable love setting people free to be agents of the new kingdom Jesus ushered in. When she's not writing books, Margot pops up online in places like and Though disheartened by much of Christian culture's silent insistence on keeping up appearances--namely, by simply doing it--Margot is regularly inspired by those countercultural heroes and communities who are exercising different practices. (For a sane perspective on body image, she recommends TrueCampaign, an organization partnering with Food for the Hungry to transfer resources from personal self-improvement to global survival.) Right now, Margot is writing a lot about what it looks like for normal-ish folks to exercise love and justice in our cars, at the grocery store and in our neighborhoods. When audiences invite her to speak about how we can live with less stress, or spend more time with God, or grow in our faith, she still often seems to end up right there where the recycled rubber meets the road.


Margot Starbuck’s Unsqueezed: Springing free from skinny jeans, nose jobs, highlights, and stilettos boasts “twenty-seven brief, funny and reflective chapters” on changing perceptions about our bodies, the clothes we wear, the makeup we cake on, and the food we eat. Starbuck’s chapters pivoted around Matthew 6: 31, which says, “So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'” (NIV) Does the nonfiction work impress upon the reader the need to change her thinking?

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 friend’s 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 author’s 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 world’s wrong standards of beauty. The negative, pessimistic tone throughout the book will only bog down the reader, so if you do buy it, it’d be best to read it with a friend or mentor to sift through Starbuck’s nonconstructive thoughts. Indeed, as women, we don’t rely on outward appearances as our sole identity, but, on the other hand, our bodies are the temples of the Lord, so we shouldn’t trash talk them either. – Caitlin Wilson, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 28, 2010
    Kathy Collard Miller
    Just 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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