Girl, Wash Your Face

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I was excited to receive a digital copy of this book to read it. Honestly, I am not the target audience for this book. It is just another self-help book nothing special and new was added in this book. Once thing I noticed was that there was a lot of Christian talk which is  not what I am personally interested in.
I found the author being pretty much self-centered writing this book. I didn’t find anything new for me in the book. And the author didn’t really offer any advice in this book. I didn’t find it as exciting as I heard about it in social media.


Many thanks to  Netgalley and the publisher for sending me a kindle edition to read and share my review.
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Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis is the best self help book I have read in a long time. This books offers smart and witty practical advice on achieving your goals despite the inevitable obstacles we all face. One of the best quotes is in page 129 and reads, “I am not the only woman who is making herself small to makes others feel more comfortable.” On page 182 Hollis also says, “Childhood trauma is not a life sentence.” #netgalley #rachelhollis #girlwashyourface #nonfictionbooks #selfhelpbook 

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Thank you NetGalley, Rachel Hollis and Thomas Nelson for the free e-book in exchange for an honest review.

Each chapter is a different lie that we have all once believed in our lives that made us feel overwhelmed or unworthy and Hollis talks like a BFF having a glass of wine while discussing these very lies and what you can do to combat them. 

This is my first ever non-fiction book and I was very nervous that it was going to be tough to get through because it wouldn’t be my type of thing, but I was pleasantly surprised by the mostly short chapters and the insights that actually really applied to my life. I found it really did seem like you were talking to someone close to you because she is so real and so honest with her life and makes you feel like you can do this because you aren’t alone in these experiences. I also felt bad reading some of these chapters, because I have been guilty of some of the things she’s discusses in her book. For instance, I judge people too quickly sometimes when something is going on in public, when really I should be thinking about how much they are dealing with and they need help instead of judgment. I also am guilty of the negative self talk and sometimes I find myself even doing it out loud to my girlfriends and I found some of Hollis’ ideas on how to combat those have already come in handy. There are so many quotes in this novel that I adored and will be keeping close by so that I can use them to battle the tough days. 

Out now! I definitely recommend giving it a try!
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I have heard all the hype with this book and was curious. It was so good that I will be re-reading again for a book club.  Rachel is honest and frank.  I feel empowered after reading this book.
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Rachel Hollis' hearty experience and vibrant advice is like a light in a dark room. Her positivity is a sunny reminder to take control of your destiny and grab hold of your dreams. 

The thing that I love about Hollis' stories is that she is honest about her struggles. But even in her struggles, she encourages us all to accept nothing less than our best. She asks all of to think of ourselves as more than mere mortals. We are creative souls who need an outlet. 

Her sage admonitions ring in my ears daily. I can't wait for her next book.
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I was given an electronic copy of Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be via NetGalley.  I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given.

With the exception of addressing her readers as "girl" way too many times, Rachel Hollis has a real winner with this book.  Girl, Was Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be is a book that I would recommend for mothers to both read and to give to their daughters.  I definitely identified with many of the situations that Rachel has found herself in and I wish that I had been given a book such as this one to give my self esteem a boost.

Between contributing to her own successful lifestyle website and managing her own media company, Rachel has raised a family with the help of her husband.  This book was born out of the insecurities and feelings of inadequacy that left the author feeling overwhelmed.  Rachel's story is inspiring, as she shows that even the most successful people have problems. Rachel lays herself bare in this book, giving readers her way of dealing with the situations that have arisen in her life.  I found the book refreshing, funny at times, and uplifting overall, so I would definitely recommend Girl, Wash Your Face to other readers.
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So I was not aware this was a Christian book, and even after reading it, I was still not too taken aback at the references to religion, but I did find some of her understanding of scripture to be odd. That said, the (mis)understandings certainly do not detract from the main idea of the book: you are responsible for your life and happiness. 

While this is definitely not advice I would give to people experiencing tragedy beyond their control: miscarriage, a death of a loved one, or victims of harassment or discrimination, I do think for many this is a good lesson. And the author herself. was born into a very poor family, experienced a great tragedy at 14, and fled to Hollywood and became a successful party planner and lifestyle blogger, so she does understand adversity. I found many of her stories and tips engaging, if a little glib, but that is the nature of most self-help books.

I think while everyone may not want to follow her tough love approach completely, there are enough nuggets of great advice in the book that everyone should be able to glean something they could use to make a situation they do not enjoy a little better and more in their control.
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I received this book in exchange for an honest review, you can purchase a copy for yourself, here: https://www.amazon.com/Girl-Wash-Your-Face-Believing-ebook/dp/B072TMB75T/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1549377934&sr=8-2&keywords=girl+wash+your+face+books
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This book needs to come with a strict no eating, no drinking and probably not reading in public during this book! I definitely had water coming out of my nose, spit food out of my mouth and while reading it at one of my child's activities, I laughed out loud! OMG! This book is raw, to the point and just simply real life. We all try to do it all and  no one can do it all and do it all well. You need to find a balance between it all, be present when you are there and try your best. Rachel takes us through relationship woes, ups and downs, the reality of adoption and a visit with CPS and the awesome things that our children say at the wrong time. We are also taught that you do not know what is going on behind the scenes. It is very easy to judge, but maybe that child that is screaming at the top of her lungs in the middle of the supermarket just got done with burying her father or out of the hospital from a chemo treatment. Be easy on people and focus more on your life, because your life should be the one you focus on, not what others are doing wrong.
Rachel has achieved so much at such a young age. I strive to achieve half of what she has! This book was so motivating to me and I am eager to get out there and conquer some goals and be involved!
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I enjoyed this book. Rachel is fun to listen to. Many of the principles she teaches in her book I have learned and heard before. I liked to hear her take on them. I loved to hear her stories. she really did motivate me. It is nice to have someone be so open and honest. We hide so much trying to get everything right and be perfect. I love the idea of honesty! Good ugly honesty with myself has got me to where I am today, a much happier heather person. Rachel is Christian so some of her points talk about God, do not let that make you think this is a preachy book, I thought it just the opposite. It had more to do with openness and honesty and a little about being a Christian in an ever changing world. I love anyone who is willing to help mom's in all walks of life feel better and do better and that is her goal. Hurrah for hero's like her.
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I mean what can I say? Rachel Hollis is amazing and this book is incredible and life changing! Thank you for the opportunity to read this ARC via netgalley!
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The first time I heard about Rachel Hollis was when a good friend (who is also a distant colleague and not-so-distant accountability buddy) told me about an audiobook she was listening to called Girl Wash our Face. Really quickly I discounted this as a book I would be interested in - talk of vision boards and affirmations are really not my thing. Like really. But then I thought about it and, honestly, this year is all about coming out of my comfort zone and trying new things. Also I have the time now to try books that I wouldn't normally so why not?

The first thing I realised when reading the book was that there was a lot of Christian talk, which normally makes me put a book down and never return. But there was something different about Hollis' talk of God and Faith. Because it wasn't preaching or judging or trying to convince me of anything. It was literally just Hollis telling me the things that helped her, her religious beliefs being one. That to me is what should be at the root of any religious talk in self-help books. This is what I believe and how it helped but you may have opposing beliefs and that's ok. As long as it is legal and moral it's fine by me. 

This really is an uplifting book. Hollis talks about some really personal times and experiences and offers guidance on how she overcame them. Honestly I don't think I would be anywhere near as honest as she when talking about life. But I appreciated it and it is likely part of her brand (honestly I have no idea - this is my only experience of Rachel Hollis). She's had some tough times but came out stronger. 


I enjoyed this book. I did. There were a few moments where I got annoyed with Hollis (mostly around the way she allowed herself to be treated by a man) but I am grateful to her for sharing the story. I'll not be partaking in any vision boards or affirmations but I feel uplifted after reading and motivated to make a difference. A solid 4/5 stars. 

I received an egally from the publisher through netgalley.
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I’ve had so many people tell me about this book and they are so right! This is truly inspiring and makes me wake up with a fresh attitude. Thank you so much for granting this wish and allowing me to read this! I’m so excited to read her next book!!!
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I had heard about this book I was very curious, so upon receiving the ARC- I was excited to read
it and I read it in one day.  

The true self awareness by looking into who and what you believe. 
Do you believe you aren't good enough - not thin enough - you're a bad mom?
We can change our direction
We can learn and grow ourselves and help others grow and learn aside us.

Life is not meant to be only survived, but lived!
Do not believe the lie, "I should be further along by now."
We need to love and accept ourselves as we are...
it takes work, but needs to be done.

I enjoy to celebrate birthdays...the day should be filled with buttercream icing!!

This book was autobiographical much throughout
The ARC had COPYRIGHTED  DO NOT DUPLICATE   MATERIAL COPYRIGHTED
 in middle of sentences/paragraphs throughout, making it difficult to read smoothly and clearly.
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This book has, quite literally, changed my life. I have been so inspired to create the best version of me when I wake up every day. Each and every chapter spoke to me. These are lies that women tell themselves ALL. THE. TIME. Since completing the book, I have restarted it and plan to read one chapter each morning as a “pep talk”. I truly believe this book to be worth “all of the hype”.
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Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis is a thought-provoking and beneficial read that will surely appeal to fans of the self-help genre.  Knowing very little about the author, I had no preconceived notions nor expectations for this book, but I did come away quite pleasantly surprised.  Within these pages, there is some wonderful tangible advice to be found.

I greatly appreciated the format of the book.  Each chapter is titled with a lie that we commonly tell ourselves in our daily lives.  Ms Hollis then deconstructs this perceived untruth, adding stories from her own life, some humourous, and some painful, but always coming across as very down to earth and relatable.  To finish the chapter, suggestions are made for "what helped me", effectively giving a strategy for constructing a new truth.  

I believe that most readers, regardless of age or stage of life, will find something relatable to take away from this book, and will definitely be left thinking of how to become his or her own hero.

Many thanks to NetGalley, Rachel Hollis, and Thomas Nelson for the opportunity to read this book.
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Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The author is so annoying and self-important.  Imagine running into someone you went to high school with, who has never traveled more than 10 miles away from the small town they were born and raised in. Imagine this person has family members on the school board and city council, so they are related to important people in the small town. Imagine this person has really never done anything with their life but feels a missplaced sense of accomplishment because they “know important people.” Now image you are in the area visiting, need to go to the grocery store, and have run into this individual while trapped in the only checkout lane open. They say hello, ask you how you are doing, and then proceed to interrupt you while you are answering them so they can talk about how awesome their live has been since graduation.  They didn’t go anyway, do anything, but they have a lot to say about themselves anyway.  That’s what this book feels like, a conversation with a self-obsessed individual.  Abandoned your shopping cart and go to a different grocery store because nobody has time for people like this.
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I am not usually one to read a lot of self help books but with all the hype surrounding this book I decided to give it a try. I enjoyed this book because I felt like the author comes off as honest and down to earth. When she shared the story of the struggle behind adopting her daughter I was touched. I did feel like there were some times during the book where she was trying too hard to reach people or come off a particular way that didn't seem as genuine as other parts of the book. I was able to listen to this on audio while on a long drive and I did feel like it was entertaining and kept my interest. There were a few take-aways from this book and many that were nothing new, but a good reminder. I also want to say that this is a Christian book. This didn't bother me, but I noticed in some reviews that people were surprised or turned off by this so I wanted to make it clear in my review. I do not feel like the book is pushy or over-the-top and I enjoyed the Christian aspects. 


Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson Publishing for the advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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I love Rachel Hollis and all that she stands for. This book really made me look at my life and make better decisions. Rachel really opens her life to her readers and shares the good and the bad and in order to help each of us. I can't wait to read her next book and apply it to my life.
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First, thank you to Netgalley, Thomas Nelson and Rachel Hollis for sending me this ebook.

I had seen quite a lot about this book online, but I wasn't interested in reading it, primarily because I didn't like the cover. So when I chose to do the Professional Book Nerds 2019 Reading Challenge, which required a "Book with a cover you hate," this book fit the bill. 

Full disclosure, though: This was not my first choice for that category ... more like my third. The cover I hate the most I won't read (a) because I hate the cover and (b) I've read the summary and it's depressing AF.

I enjoyed this book, for the most part. There were chapters that I could readily identify with and thought I could learn from, as well as chapters that I didn't. Not long into it, I thought of two people I knew who could possibly enjoy/benefit from it as well, and that's when I read the other reviews on Goodreads.

They were harsh, to say the least, and I'll admit they did spoil some of my enjoyment when I returned to reading. Some of those points I could see as valid, but also I doubt those 1 star reviewers actually finished the book, since the issues they brought up were eventually addressed. 

In short, this wasn't the best self-help book I've ever read, but it did have value and interest FOR ME. You'll have to decide for yourself if it's for you.

#PBNREAD2019 Book 8 of 12: Book with a cover you hate.
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Really enjoyed this! Rachel has a way of being honest, vulnerable, and that girlfriend who is going to tell you like it is! Remind you of what you can do!
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