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This book covers it all. Lies we tell ourselves about everything...relationships, weight, kids, work, etc. I'll admit some parts did not pertain to me in any way shape or form (don't yet have kids) yet I loved reading even those chapters. I honestly can't articulate how much I liked this book. My finger hurts from highlighting so much and you know it's good when you immediately buy a hard cover version because reading it just once won't cut it. 

Seriously do yourself a favor and grab a glass of wine, a jug of water...no diet Coke though...turn on some 90's music as background noise and make this your next "to read" book.
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Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Lie:
I don't need to read this book.

Since this book is pretty much based on lies the author...as well as millions of women around the world tell themselves...I wanted to share some truth bombs/confessions. Deep breath....here we go.

A summary of how I came to read this book.
I am a small business owner who uses Instagram and started seeing this book everywhere. Everyone and their mom was posting pictures of it. So I figured out I would research it first. First truth. I have the attention span of a two year old when it comes to reading non-fiction books. Give me a mystery or thriller and I am so lost in those kinds of books nothing is going to stop me.

However, reading non-fiction....lets just say every little thing...even my dog's breathing distracts me. Still, some self help books or whatever you want to call them are in my queue and dang it...I will get to them SOMEDAY.

After realizing this book was not called Girl, Wash Your Hair like I thought, I found that this is classified as a Christian self help book. Seeing that made me seriously second guess wasting time trying to get my hands on it. I am not very religious and reading mind numbing dribble about how religion solves everything is in truth, not my cup of tea. Or wine.

Plus, next truth, I had no clue who this girl was. "Oh.....this isn't the same girl as that famous HGTV person!?" I do like Disney though so after finding that out, I was pretty much sold.

Then I found an ebook and audio version at my library. So I was like, whatever, it's only like 200 hundred pages, and if I don't like it I'll just nix it and go back to my norm of reading about jilted ex wives with amnesia or something.


I was sucked in the very first page.

Hallelujah, someone admitted that they too shave their toes! When you find a writer who admits
to having little quirks you, a similar father and childhood, and notice the way they write is similar to how you speak/write/internal dialogue with yourself, you know you are going to soon become a creeper and feel like you are best friends.

This book covers it all. Lies we tell ourselves about everything...relationships, weight, kids, work, etc. I'll admit some parts did not pertain to me in any way shape or form (don't yet have kids) yet I loved reading even those chapters. I honestly can't articulate how much I liked this book. My finger hurts from highlighting so much and you know it's good when you immediately buy a hard cover version because reading it just once won't cut it.

Seriously do yourself a favor and grab a glass of wine, a jug of water...no diet Coke though...turn on some 90's music as background noise and make this your next "to read" book.

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The Lie:
I don't need to read this book. 

Since this book is pretty much based on lies the author...as well as millions of women around the world tell themselves...I wanted to share some truth bombs/confessions. Deep breath....here we go.

A summary of how I came to read this book. 
I am a small business owner who uses Instagram and started seeing this book everywhere. Everyone and their mom was posting pictures of it. So I figured out I would research it first. First truth. I have the attention span of a two year old when it comes to reading non-fiction books. Give me a mystery or thriller and I am so lost in those kinds of books nothing is going to stop me. 

However, reading non-fiction....lets just say every little thing...even my dog's breathing distracts me. Still, some self help books or whatever you want to call them are in my queue and dang it...I will get to them SOMEDAY. 

After realizing this book was not called Girl, Wash Your Hair like I thought, I found that this is classified as a Christian self help book. Seeing that made me seriously second guess wasting time trying to get my hands on it. I am not very religious and reading mind numbing dribble about how religion solves everything is in truth, not my cup of tea. Or wine. 

Plus, next truth, I had no clue who this girl was. "Oh.....this isn't the same girl as that famous HGTV person!?" I do like Disney though so after finding that out, I was pretty much sold. 

Then I found an ebook and audio version at my library. So I was like, whatever, it's only like 200 hundred pages, and if I don't like it I'll just nix it and go back to my norm of reading about jilted ex wives with amnesia or something. 


I was sucked in the very first page. 

Hallelujah, someone admitted that they too shave their toes! When you find a writer who admits 
to having little quirks you, a similar father and childhood, and notice the way they write is similar to how you speak/write/internal dialogue with yourself, you know you are going to soon become a creeper and feel like you are best friends. 

This book covers it all. Lies we tell ourselves about everything...relationships, weight, kids, work, etc. I'll admit some parts did not pertain to me in any way shape or form (don't yet have kids) yet I loved reading even those chapters. I honestly can't articulate how much I liked this book. My finger hurts from highlighting so much and you know it's good when you immediately buy a hard cover version because reading it just once won't cut it. 

Seriously do yourself a favor and grab a glass of wine, a jug of water...no diet Coke though...turn on some 90's music as background noise and make this your next "to read" book.
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I think I wasn't the right target audience for this book. I hadn't heard of the author earlier but I kept hearing about the book and decided to bite.

The concept wasn't bad. But the stories were either a hit or a miss. I appreciated the author's honesty but was put off by a lot of it because of how weird some of the stories were. 

All in all, I learnt nothing new but the author's writing was captivating enough that I finished this book.

I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange of a review.
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This book was hit and miss for me. There was a lot of positive, helpful information but on the other hand, there was a LOT of what I took as bragging. The author can't seem to go more than a few pages without mentioning how she built a multi-million dollar company all by herself. She also endlessly mentions that she's a workaholic and a runner, which gets redundant by a few chapters in. But, as I mentioned above, I do think there's a lot of positive to take from this book. It's written in a light, fun prose that makes you feel like you're talking to a girlfriend. Less braggadocio would have bumped this to 4 stars.
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In Girl Wash Your Face, Rachel Hollis debunks lies we believe about ourselves by sharing her own fallible moments. Each essay — 20 in total — addresses one lie. Hollis discusses happiness, saying no, not being good enough, weight and diet, being bad at sex, among other topics. As the book goes on, the “lighter” lies from the early chapters give way to more serious issues. She is candid about her brother’s suicide, her trials through attempts at adoption, and drinking too much.

This book is just the confirmation we all need that all those Instagram and Facebook pictures that make other people’s lives look amazing are actually hiding the real, boring, normal, crazy, unbecoming stuff that happens behind the scenes. It is confirmation that no matter what we think everyone else is doing right, they are dealing with their own challenges or insecurities.

Hollis is able to tackle issues of all sizes in this book and she does so with honesty and humor, which makes her lessons that much easier for the reader to relate to.

I recommend this book to young adult and middle-age women who need to recognize that their own challenges are shared by others. Most people will be able to relate to at least a few of the lies and Hollis’s own stories.

Disclaimer: I received an advance-read copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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I really like the author sharing her true stories of her life. It was so well written sharing her struggles and giving insight to how she  overcome them. Through reading this book it has inspired me to stick to EVERYTHING that I promise myself that I want to do. Very inspiring on setting and keeping goals.
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At first I was leery of this book, just as I am most books of it's type. I stank of a feminist self-helpy book potentially rife with cliches, holier-than-thou language, and nothing truly helpful. I am so grateful that I was wrong. Rachel Hollis' writing style is accessible, funny, and easy to connect with. She is a real person struggling with life, just as much as I am! (So I said to myself) Not only that, but her solutions or suggestions were realistic and jived with psychological principles. Really this is a book about embracing yourself and living with intention; something I think we all struggle with to some extent. While I was able to read this book for free through netgalley, I plan to add this book to my personal and professional libraries as soon as I can. I know many clients who would greatly benefit from it.
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Girl Wash Your Face is a humorous and uplifting read. Over the past few months, I've seen several posts and reviews on social media platforms raving about this book. How can a reader not be drawn to a title like this one? 

I went into this book without any knowledge of the author, Rachel Hollis. Never stumbled on this hugely popular website/blog that she built from nothing and never heard of her as a motivational speaker. What I did find, is a fellow mom trying to just do her thing by living her best life while sharing the things she learned along the way.

It's laugh out loud funny often, and at times gut wrenching as well. What the reader walks away with is tangible advice and some kick in the isn't motivation. Time reading is well spent on this one for sure.
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This is the first book I’ve read by Rachel Hollis. I had heard so much about it from so many people (friends and strangers) that I felt I had to check it out, and I’m glad I did. 

It’s a quick read that’s marketed as a Christian memoir, but the material is likely to resonant with women everywhere, and the book is not “preachy” overall. In fact, it’s quite encouraging. Hollis is transparent in sharing her story (the struggles, doubts, humor … everything), and that’s what adds credibility to the book. She is very open about the fact that her trials have made her who she is today. Instead of being bitter, she lets the reader know she wouldn’t change things, as the situations have given her a greater appreciation for what she has.
Throughout the book, she addresses twenty common lies that often hold us back from being happy and living the life God has planned for us. With this book, she hopes to give the reader the jumpstart they need (with a little “kick” to get, or keep, going!). Women of all ages could benefit from this book.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley, but I wasn’t required to post a positive review.
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Maybe it was the timing, maybe it was the content. Maybe a combination of both, but this book really spoke to me at the place I am in my life at the moment. She's a straightforward writer, she writes like she speaks and tells it like it is. Some of it related so much to me and my life that I wept...other parts I thought were interesting but didn't directly apply to me, probably because I'm a bit over the target age of this book.
The parts I connected with were the ones that were inspirational and encouraging me to not give up on dreams I have, no matter how big or small they are. Provided me with a lot of things to think about for sure. Although I thought some parts of this book just didn't go deep enough, I think for women struggling with comparison and trying to figure out the direction for their lives, this is an amazing book.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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We all believe a few lies from time to time.

* Something else will make me happy.
* There’s only one right way to be.
* I am defined by my weight.

Rachel Hollis has gathered 20 lies in one place. And debunks them one by one by using her own life experiences, her wit, and her faith in God.

Each chapter in the book confronts a different lie. Here are a few examples.

The Lie: I will never get past this
The Truth:
“But what is the alternative? We live through something crappy, and that’s it? We’re done for?
You cannot ignore your pain. You cannot ever leave it behind completely. The only thing you can do is find a way to embrace the good that came out of it—even if it takes you years to discover what that is.”

The Lie: I’m not a good mom
The Truth:
“Remember that we’re raising our children into the adults they will become. Our valiant endeavor will take us a lifetime of effort. A single day, or even a handful of days, when you aren’t mom of the century won’t make or break your kids.”

The Lie: I should be further along by now
“[Believe] that your life will unfold as it was meant to, even when it unfolds into something painful and difficult to navigate. Do I believe he has a plan? Absolutely.
. . . [Set] goals, not time limits. . . . Big dreams shouldn’t have expiration dates. As long as you’re working toward the things you hope to accomplish, it shouldn’t matter if it takes you a month or a decade.”

While this book may not teach you things you don’t already know, it does a great job of reminding you to stay conscious. Wake up to what you think about yourself and about your circumstances. Don’t let little lies or big lies dampen your enthusiasm for the life you’ve been given.

“I constantly fight the desire to slip back into the role I’ve played for so long. They say the first step is admitting you have a problem, and two years ago I did just that. I learned that I am a recovering workaholic, but through this process, I also learned that I am a child of God—and that trumps everything else.”

My thanks to Net Galley for the review copy of this book.
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There are some gems of wisdom here, but I think there is a certain audience who will particularly benefit from reading this book and that is young Christian women who want to live their lives both by the tenets of their faith and by more modern ideals of career, creativity and independence, Those who are not interested in reading a faith-based book might not relate to this one.
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Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis.  This is not my usual type of book to read.  It's self help.  I saw the author's books talked about in a Facebook group I'm in and decided to check one out.  It was a roller coaster ride of things she went though in life, advice and things that made you think.
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This book was good, quick and easy to read! There are some good advice and tips to learn from it ...except for the diet chapter that I did not enjoyed it and strongly disagree with it. Instead I appreciate the honesty throughout the book.
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I was excited to get to review this book, because I had heard from some other women that they had enjoyed reading it. The book was a bit like a roller coaster ride to me - it had it's ups and downs. I liked the conversational tone of the book, and it kept my interest. There were a few parts of the book that were a little uncomfortable for me (i.e. the chapter about her sex life, and sometimes I felt like she was always bragging about her accomplishments). I also would have liked to see more about her faith and how that helped her achiever her goals. For a Christian book, I felt that was lacking at times. I was going to rate the book 3 stars, but the last few chapters raised my rating to 4 stars. I felt more connected to the author when I read about her journey through foster care/adoption process, death of her brother, etc. She went deeper in those chapters and even talked more about God's role in her life. So, my final rating is 4 stars.
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Anyone who starts a book with. a story about peeing your pants, you know you are in for something good!
I am new to the world of Rachel Hollis and her story.  I dove into this book not entirely knowing what to expect. I was very impressed with her wit and humor as well as her ability to get serious. 
Rachel seems like a girl I would want to know and have chats over coffee and that is exactly what I got out of this book. 
Warning, I was not able to put this book down. there may have been a sleepless night as I plowed straight through. I highly recommend for all humans to read this book, there are insights for anyone.
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Rachel Hollis is a popular lifestyle blogger who was stymied by the emails she received. Women wrote to her, wondering how she managed to maintain such a perfect life when they felt like they were failing all over the place. In her book Girl, Wash Your Face, Hollis writes about the lies she had to overcome to reach the place she is today. In each chapter, she confronts lies like starting tomorrow, not being good enough, or being a bad mother. Amidst personal stories, she encourages readers to get moving and make the life they want to live.

For me, the core of Hollis' message is nothing new. She tackles issues that a lot of women face, but I didn't really read anything  revolutionary. However, there are a few things that do set this book apart from the rest: the steps she gives you and her radical honesty. At the end of each chapter, Hollis gives readers several things that helped her achieve specific goals. She writes candidly about her traumatic childhood and the suicide of her brother, her relationship with a man who cheated on her and later became her husband, their family's devastating experience with foster care, and the time she peed her pants while jumping on the trampoline with her kids.

There are chapters when Hollis seems to believe that things are as easy as following a few simple steps. I think for many of us, the solutions to these problems take a long time to reach and they are very difficult to achieve. But I can also see how Rachel Hollis could be the extra kick in the pants if you know what you should do, but keep putting it off or making excuses. She is tougher than many lifestyle writers because she knows from personal experience that you have to put the work in to reach the goals you set for yourself.

Girl, Wash Your Face:
Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are
So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be
By Rachel Hollis
Thomas Nelson February 2018
240 pages
Read via Netgalley
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I read through this book like it was going out of style. I cried, I laughed, I cheered, I cried again. This book is inspiring and so needed in a world of social media comparison. It's an obvious best seller must read. I have already encouraged multiple friends to buy the book or even the audible book because it is SO great. Rachel's voice is real and raw and her experiences are translatable and transparent. She's you, she's me, she's every woman I know in one way shape or form. She admits the struggles and pushes ladies to strive for better. I will read this book over and over if I find myself in a tough spot, and use so much of what she writes to achieve goals that I have laid on the pack burner. 

Get this book in your hands and read it!!!
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It’s not uncommon for me to read two books at once. Usually, I read a non-fiction during the day and fiction at night. I’m about to start Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. I am always looking for a good book full of wise and sage advice and this book definitely doles it out.

Here’s what you need to know:

Founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Chic Media, Rachel Hollis has created an online fan base of hundreds of thousands of fans by sharing tips for living a better life while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own. Now comes her highly anticipated first book featuring her signature combination of honesty, humor, and direct, no-nonsense advice.

Each chapter of Girl, Wash Your Face begins with a specific lie Hollis once believed that left her feeling overwhelmed, unworthy, or ready to give up. As a working mother, a former foster parent, and a woman who has dealt with insecurities about her body and relationships, she speaks with the insight and kindness of a BFF, helping women unpack the limiting mind-sets that destroy their self-confidence and keep them from moving forward.

From her temporary obsession with marrying Matt Damon to a daydream involving hypnotic iguanas to her son’s request that she buy a necklace to “be like the other moms,” Hollis holds nothing back. With unflinching faith and tenacity, Hollis spurs other women to live with passion and hustle and to awaken their slumbering goals.
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I have already recommended this book to multiple friends and even people I don't really know!  This book was exactly what I needed to read.  It made me reflect and I also felt like I had my own cheerleader while reading this.  I loved the humor, I loved the positivity and I loved feeling that I deserve the best version of myself.  Great read and something I will be buying for friends and family.
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