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Why You NEED to read “Girl, Wash Your Face”

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You NEED to read “Girl, Wash Your Face“! You will thank me.

Just a few weeks ago, my sister-in-law was reading it, and she recommended it to me. I had never heard of Rachel Hollis, but I’m totally all for motivational books, so I took the dive and bought the book on Kindle.

Oh.

My.

God.

How long ago did this book come out? Why had I not heard of Rachel Hollis before?

Rachel Hollis

For those of you who don’t know, Rachel Hollis is a blogger, entrepreneur, event-planner and media marketing guru living in LA. She is a mother of 4 and basically does it all. She started her own company, she runs marathons, and she is a total badass.

The kind of badass that I want to be, because she lives her best life EVERY DAY.

And the best part about her is that while you would think that all these accomplishments would make her above everyone and intimidating, she is the most down to earth person and so completely relatable.

Her social media breakthrough was apparently when she shared a picture of her stretch marks on Instagram, talking about how proud she was that her body was able to carry her babies and she was unashamed. It sparked body positivity all over the internet, and undoubtedly made millions of women feel more comfortable about their own bodies.

Folks, this is the kind of woman I aspire to be: one who lifts other women up.

Girl, Wash Your Face

“Girl, Wash Your Face” dedicates one chapter to each “lie” she has told herself at some point in her life. Among them are “I need to make myself smaller”, “I’m not a good mom” and “I am defined by my weight”.

We all tell ourselves lies in order to make life more bearable, especially in the face of fear or failure. It cushions the blow, but it is a LIE.

My deepest, darkest lie that I tell myself was not included in her chapters… but more on that later! 😉

Nevertheless, I gleaned so many warm fuzzies from those pages. While some that are sitting pretty on a high pedestal want others to remain beneath them, Rachel genuinely wants others to be up there sitting pretty too. She wants to share her joy and passion and fulfillment with other women by breaking through their own lies.

And let’s face it, because those lies we tell ourselves make life a little more cushy, the truths are often sharp and cutting, and difficult to hear.

She tells us the truths anyway.

Let’s be critical…

Now, I believe in looking at things from all angles.

And this book has inspired some pretty serious haters.

Honestly, I was worried it would be too religious. Some people may be inspired and others may be put off from the inclusion of religion on just about every page, it seems. But I don’t find her faith to be an afront on my life. She talks about it generally and does not shove it in your face. If you’re on the fence about reading this book because she is uber-Christian, don’t let that stop you.

Some people believe that her book in itself is a lie with a dark message. There is a particularly harsh review of the book on Buzzfeed, and Apple, and a variety of different blogs. And yes, I actually agree with the reviews as well… to an extent.

The main reason people find flaw in Rachel Hollis’ book is because she is so privileged.

Because there are people in this world who cannot control their own happiness. There are refugees fleeing from their countries, there are women, and in some cases, girls, in the US being told what they can and cannot do with their bodies. There is a lot of hate and bad sh*t going on in politics on a global scale, and it sucks.

Can those people use Girl, Wash Your Face to inspire happiness? Probably not.

Is Rachel Hollis privileged? Hell yeah. She knows it too. But she is a good marketer. She knows her audience. Her audience are other privileged women who want to be able to face their lies, live their best life, and hopefully… just hopefully… use their privilege to help those who are less privileged than themselves.

Should we throw the book out just because there are people in the world who are struggling?

Nope. That doesn’t serve anyone.

I don’t know what Rachel Hollis does. I don’t know if she donates to charity or volunteers her time or does nice things for unprivileged people.

But if I ever make as much money as she she does, you can bet your ass I’m going to. Because the world isn’t going to improve by people being content sitting where they are.

And here’s a question… would people be so critical of her privilege if she was a man?

Mm, probably not.

What are YOUR lies?

Break through your own lies to help the world become a better place, on all levels.

That’s what this is all about. Rachel Hollis may not reach everyone, but is she going to reach you? Are you going to step up and face your calling?

I’d hope so!

Which is why you need to read “Girl, Wash Your Face.” It just might give you the kick in the pants you really need!

(And while you’re at it, take a look at her other book! I’m going to read it next!)

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20 Comments

  1. I love all things Rachel Hollis (Podcast, Books, Coaching) and I am so glad that you shared this book. It may not be every person’s cup of tea, but for me, it has really reaffirmed self-acceptance. Thanks for sharing!

  2. This book has been on my list forever!

  3. I keep seeing so much about this book! I need jump on the wagon and read it!

  4. I love Rachel Hollis. I completely agree that although she may be privileged, this book can be helpful for the right audience. I think this book is definitely worth the read and I cannot wait to read her new one!

  5. I’ve read her first book, and I have this one on hold at the library, just waiting for it . This post has made me just so much more excited to read it!

  6. Maggy

    This is such a good summary! Just bought the book on Amazon! Will read!

  7. In all honesty I haven’t read this book bc I am super skeptical of religiously based books and I had heard some reviews that made me think I’d hate it! May give it a try!

  8. From the other side of things— I saw a lot of negative reviews from Christians about this book claiming to be Christian-based but then having a lot of very wrong ideas inside of it. But I still think it’s a good book to read. It can help you change your mindset on some things, and maybe more importantly, it allows you to think CRITICALLY. No one should ever read a book and follow the advice blindly anyways!

  9. Thanks for this review! I’ve heard about this book everywhere and now I need to read it!!

  10. I’ve heard so many amazing things about these books! I may have to break down and read them. Thanks for the recommendation.

  11. This was my favorite book – and I normally hate books like this. I want to read her new book that is out!

  12. I loved this book! This is a great book review for anyone who hasn’t read it.

  13. Jen

    This sounds like a great read! I am adding this to my list of books to read.

  14. Yes!! I love Girl Wash Your Face! She does all the things and it’s the perfect style: “comfortable warm and fuzzies” meets “get off your butt and live your life” motivation. 🙂

  15. This is a great review! I don’t normally see both good and bad about a book it is usually only one or the other. I have not read it yet although I do have it on my kindle. You’re right if she was a man no one would be talking about her that way.

  16. I love her! Although, I haven’t read any of her books yet, I bear a lot of great things about it. She inspires a lot of us Moms to be true to ourselves, I love that! I will have to bite the bullet and buy her book one of these days 🙂

  17. Great review. Critical thinking is important. Thanks for a great post.

  18. I just started reading the book and love it so far.

  19. Completely agree! I loved this book. It was an easy read and so hard to put down. Great advice!

  20. I loved this book. It encouraged me to stop all of the limiting crap I was believing about myself and my life and choose to do better!

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