Robin McGraw was the perfect person to write this book. She enjoys doing research and is passionate about maintaining good health. As she has protected her own, she wants to help other women keep or improve theirs. As a result, the book is full of valuable information.When I first began reading it, however, I felt a little overwhelmed. Robin shares what she has researched, what she does, and suggestions from the many experts who advise her. As I said, the book is full of information. As a result, if I tried to do everything Robin suggests, I think Id run out of time, money, and energy in the attempt.But this isnt what Robin tells us to do. She reminds the reader several times that she is sharing what she has learned and what works for her. Its the readers responsibility to use the information wisely to meet her unique health needs. In other words, I can choose one or two ideas to try from the categories that concern me to discover on my own what works for me. Robins book arms me with the information I need to do this well. Her research gives me a place to start. In some cases, her trial and error experiences may even save me some grief.I appreciated, too, that its not a book about how to look young forever. Robin mentions that, as a mother of adult children of whom shes proud, she wants to look like their mom, not their sister. But she also wants to look healthy for her age and to be confident about her appearance. If youre looking for information on caring for your health and appearance at any age, this book may be useful to you.Robin closes with a beautiful account of her personal, salvation story. Then she reminds us once again why she wrote the book. She wants to help women all over to live long and healthy lives, to be there for their children and grandchildren, and to enjoy watching them grow up, too.
Robin McGraw is the wife of Dr. Phil, so she has access to a multitude of people that the average person would never have access to, and she's had at least a few plastic surgeries. Right? Wrong!This should be a must read for all women! The things that Robin talks about are things that you may hear from an older sister, or a best friend. The most important things I learned: if we don't take care of us, who will? If we don't take care of ourselves, who will take care of our families and friends? We must stop thinking that we are selfish if we take care of ourselves first.There are sections in the book called Robin's Way, which lists what she does for her own fitness regimen, makeup, what she eats, etc. There are other little tidbits called Robin's Rx, which are suggestions for the various topics in the book.There are also Answers from the Experts, where the experts she has consulted with or she personally uses, talk about their recommendations for each topic, and why they recommend them. There are also helpful questions and answers from the experts at the end of each chapter.
I hemmed and hawed about reading this book. 1st I'm not 55 or anywhere near it, and 2nd, what could I possibly learn from reading this book? I finally decided to request it. I received it in the mail Thursday and finished it today. So easy to read, and so full of great pointers and practical ideas. The main theme is to take care of your body now, so when it's older you won't face so many problems (through menopause and perimenopause). Some things were a bit overwhelming with all she does to keep healthy (and I don't live in CA or am married to Dr. Phil to afford these things), but she gives great at-home, inexpensive tips to help different areas of life. Her main point as a woman: to take of yourself. It's so easy for mom's especially to let themselves go in the busyness of every day life and how unhealthy that is physically, emotionally and spiritually. And that it's NOT selfish to take time for one's self. You are only helping everyone else by being at your best.A great, easy read that is personable. So informative in the area of what is going to happen to my body in the next 10-15 years. Great advice of how to take care of my body whether it be physically (appearance, make-up, working out, how to dress, etc.) which feeds into the emotional, and the spiritual to keep the connection to God open and know that He's always there with me. I'd suggest this book in a heart beat. (And every time she referenced her husband, I never thought of him as Dr. Phil as she calls him Phillip...which helped a lot).
Mrs. McGraw expresses that her motivation for a healthy lifestyle is based in her personal desire to look and feel great and to be the best wife and mother she can be for her family. These are wonderful motivations, but they are not Scriptural. 1 Corinthians 10:31 outlines what our motivation as Christians should be: Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Mrs. McGraw does include scattered references to her Christian faith and her reliance on God, and closes the book with a brief discussion of her salvation experience and reliance on prayer. Christ is referred to as her inspiration, and it is my understanding of Scripture that the glorification of Christ should be the full essence of what we do, not the inspiration to do good things for ourselves.As for the books practical applications, I was pleasantly surprised. Mrs. McGraw has composed one of the better self-help books on living a healthy life. She has a wide variety of resources available to her due to her social and financial status. But rather than using those to insist that the high-cost resources are the only solution to true physical health, she draws upon her resources and experiences to share very practical and feasible ideas with women from all walks of life. Mothers with children underfoot and no money to spend can find as much help as women with an abundance of time and financial resources. My only complaint from a practical perspective was chapter length. The chapters are quite long and have no natural breaks until the expert advice sections at the end of each chapter. Although the book was very easy to read, I frequently felt that my moments of reading here and there (as many mothers must do!) required that I stop in the middle of a thought rather than at a natural break. Would I recommend this book? I believe so! I would, however, also supplement it with resources and Scripture passages that teach Scriptural motivation for a healthy lifestyle.