Body Image Breakthrough: Learning to See Your Body and Your Beauty In a Whole New Light by Jaci Wightman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received from publisher to review
Genre: Christian Self Help (LDS emphasis)
Book Description: Stop sacrificing to the idol of the perfect woman. “Body Image Breakthrough” cuts through the fad diets and pop psychology to find the root of women’s body image issues. Free yourself from negative body image and live each day as Heavenly Father intended, wrapped in the soul-healing beauty of the Lord.
My thoughts: There are times in life when a book gives the message that you need to know. For me, at this time, this book has given me a lot to think about and see the need for change. I like that the book doesn't take the stance of being the mirror image of someone else. You must be a certain dress size to be fit, you must look a certain way.. This book is about becoming a better me, but doing it in a Christ centered way.
One of the thoughts from the beginning of the book caught my attention. "Since only 4% of us genetically possess the ideal body as portrayed by the media, you'd think that we'd simply dismiss her and focus on just being ourselves."
Right now I am participating in a healthy living challenge. I am trying to focus on how I can live a better life. I am overweight. I am not happy with myself and what I have let myself become. I love that the book isn't about beating yourself up and taking drastic measures to become the ideal woman. This book is about looking inward, and looking to Christ to become the ideal you.
She quotes Elder David A. Bednar. "When any of Heavenly Father's children misuse their physical tabernacles by... worshiping the false idol of body image, whether their own or that of others, Satan is delighted."
She is not saying that we should give up on being healthy. She is saying that we need to focus on our reasons for wanting to change. There are many thought provoking and eye opening ideas expressed. This is a great book to ponder. After each chapter she has sources to further study on your own. Most of these are scripture that you can look up and find how God wants you to live and think of yourself.
This is a book that I have on my kindle, I have many highlights marked. I even wrote some of them down in my journal, to remember when I need them the most.
About the Author: A first time author, Jaci Green Wightman is most comfortable in her role as a wife and fulltime mother of seven children. In 2012, she earned a degree in University Studies from BYU-Idaho, 21 years after postponing her schooling to start a family. In addition to writing, Jaci loves to read, exercise, travel, and spend time with her husband and children.