Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to BeRachel HollisThomas Nelson / 2018 / Hardcover$13.49 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 14 Reviews Video
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CrazyBookGal2 Stars Out Of 5Nope.November 3, 2018CrazyBookGalTo be honest, I read this book because another popular Christian author referred to it as "heresy" and I thought, "Oh, really?" because many of my Christian friends have raved about this book. Well... the heresy label might have been a bit extreme, but this is certainly not a book I would recommend for someone who is seeking true spiritual growth.
Pros: This book encourages women to take responsibility for their choices and for the direction of their lives. We are responsible, in a big way, for our health, our attitudes, and our focus.
The book has a good "pump you up" kind of message if you're considering goals and dreams that you want to achieve, but are hesitant to start.
Cons: This is not a Christian book. Rachel refers to God like He is one of many tools in her toolbox for personal success. She doesn't include many references to Scripture, and not much of what she says would be considered an encouragement to deepen one's faith and knowledge of God. I can't really see this book leading someone to live a more Christ-like life.
This might just be me, but I really couldn't relate to Rachel's goals in life. In a chapter about goals she mentions two that she pursued: marriage to Matt Damon (OK that was most likely not intended to be taken seriously!) and owning a $1000 Louis Vuitton purse that she had admired on the arms of various celebrities. Spoiler Alert: She eventually bought the purse, and that was hailed as the accomplishment of a goal. Really? I can think of many, many more worthy goals, and better ways to spend $1000. But like I said, maybe that's just me. Her future goals include owning a home in Hawaii, and being a magazine-cover-worthy top female CEO. Nothing wrong with either of these things, just rather materialistic and self-centered, IMO, and not what I expect from a book published by a Christian company and praised by many Believers. **Disclaimer: In the description above, there is no claim that this book is associated with God or Christianity in any way. I just want purchasers to know that they shouldn't expect a deeply theological experience from reading Girl, Wash Your Face.
MikeAge: 35-44Gender: male1 Stars Out Of 5A "Christian" Book?October 5, 2018MikeAge: 35-44Gender: maleLadies, if you're captured by the style of Rachel Hollis and "Girl, Wash Your Face", please know that what you're NOT going to get are worth consideration. But first
What you'll get: Enthusiastic, entertaining, honest literature from a gal who is probably a lot of fun to hang out with. She addresses some pretty difficult issues that many in our culture would be embarrassed to address, and she does so in a winsome way. Rachel herself read the book, and her style is excellent. But that's about as far as I'd go for the benefits of this book.
What you won't get: Good theology.
The issues: From the very first pages, Hollis makes it clear that she believes all of life is in OUR control, YOUR control. This book is for YOU, all about YOU, and it's up to YOU whether you succeed or fail. YOU need to be your own hero. Hollis said, "God, mama, and your partner can't change you without your help." But this is not true. While mama and your partner can't change you, God certainly can. He doesn't need us to waive our green flag of permission to do as He wills. But sadly, Hollis's view of God is an exceptionally low one. A book that focuses readers on all-things-ME what I need to do or stop doing or start doing again or start thinking or stop thinking, etc. is highly problematic and selfish.
For being a "Christian" title (published by Thomas Nelson), the gospel of Jesus Christ was completely absent. Sure, she occasionally used words like "God" and "church" and "Christian" and "faith", but there was little to no substance behind their use. She quoted a couple passages from the Bible, but used them out of context. The ones I remembered were, "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength", and "He who began a good work in you will complete it." The misapplications were the usual ones, passages used to suggest God will help you attain YOUR dreamsYOU just need to keep reciting the right words (or mantras, as she liked to call it) to yourself. To call this a "Christian" book is a misnomer.
Here's the big issue: Hollis failed to point readers to the true Jesus, plain and simple. Instead, she went so far as to suggest that there is no one right religion or religious view. This, then, takes the gospel of Jesus Christ off the table, which, therefore, means there's no directing the readers to repent from sin, no calling readers to trust in Jesus, and there's no urgency to awaken readers to be right with God through Jesus Christ. Sure, she talked about "faith" and such, but never really explained what that means. Regrettably, this could be interpreted by any person to be faith in literally anything.
As an aside, here's a hint for future reading and listening ventures: When you read/hear key words and phrases like "be a better version of yourself" or "my truth", etc., (which were used repeatedly) be on guard. We aren't told anywhere in Scripture to attain to a better version of ourselves, but to humble ourselves, repent from sin, and follow Jesus. Sinners are powerless in and of ourselves to defeat sin and make us an inkling better. Instead, we need God the Father to call us, the Holy Spirit to quicken our dead selves, and Jesus to be our substitute. Additionally, statements such as "This is my truth" is one rooted in relativism, suggesting that what's true for you may or may not be true for me, and vice versa. This takes the proclamation of the true gospel of Jesus Christ off the table because, in Hollis's opinion, Jesus is just one avenue among many as possibilities to better ourselvesif that's possible.
To conclude, I want to express how I'm honestly heartbroken for Rachel. It is clear throughout her book (as well as in the interview at the end of the audio version), that her ultimate goal her driving passion in life is to be a "mogul", to be on the cover of Forbes as a top female entrepreneur. Sadly, she never said she desires to live a holy life in conformance to Christ, never mentions joyfully being made be right with God through Jesus Christ, never mentioned repenting from sin, etc. Instead, her pursuits appear merely materialistic, endeavors for fame and fortune that will fade with time. Instead, what we all need is Jesus Christ. We need his perfect mediation because our sins so deserve God's punishment. We need the hope that only the gospel of Jesus Christ gives in being right with the Father.
While my while my heart breaks for Rachel, my ire falls on "Christian" publishers like Thomas Nelson for bowing once again to the almighty dollar for printing what sells, rather than printing the true gospel of Jesus Christ.
Holly1 Stars Out Of 5not a christian bookSeptember 21, 2018HollyQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1please do not buy
Diane5 Stars Out Of 5Honest and motivationalAugust 1, 2018DianeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ladies, do you need motivation in your life? Look no further than this book. Rachel Hollis gives you inspiration to set goals and reach them. She reminds you of what not to do or say that may hold you back. She encourages you to get up and get moving. She doesnt hold anything back, as she openly and honestly bares her soul, writing from her own experiences and mistakes to share what she has learned and to help you not make the same mistakes. Each chapter confronts a lie that may be holding you back. If you listen to the audiobook you get the added benefit of her enthusiastic voice. Women of all ages can benefit from this book, but I especially recommend it for those in their twenties, thirties and forties.
Note to author: Rachel, go ahead and read this review because it is a positive one. :) Thanks for your honesty.
Creative2xmomCaliforniaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Honest Truth in a Down to Earth MannerMay 10, 2018Creative2xmomCaliforniaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In Girl, Wash Your Face, Rachel Hollis confronts twenty lies she listened to that held her back for far too long. With lies like "I'm Not Good Enough," "No is the Final Answer," and "I'm Not A Good Mom," Hollis shares her own personal struggles, how these lies affected her, and the countering truths that can set so many lives free.
Speaking with bold honesty, Hollis breaks into some raw truths that the church tends to shy away from. I found her chapters on struggles in motherhood to be particularly relatable. Including the tumultuous adoption journey that she and her husband lived through. There were several chapters throughout this book that I found myself nodding along to, realizing I've struggled with many of these lies as well.
While not scripturally based, Girl, Wash Your Face tackles the lies that hold us back from physical, mental, and spiritual health. The principles that Rachel Hollis uncovers point the reader to a better understanding of who we are created in Christ. Furthermore, she writes in a very down to earth style, making her quite relatable. This book stands out in the Christian world for the author's willingness to write on hard topics and not hold back in some brutal truths. Written for women of all ages and stages, this would make a great Mother's Day or graduation gift, or a gift for any occasion.
*Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher. All opinions are my own.