Wow. This gal has an attitude. She wants readers to be who God created us to be, irrespective of size and shape. We belong to Jesus and there is no one to accuse us, to shame us.
Amerine is honest about her own experiences. She's blunt on a number of subjects. She freely shares her opinions. She doesn't hide the scars and encourages us not to hide them too.
This is a book about being well, spiritually and physically. Amerine shares her struggles with weight, appearance, and exercise but also shares the freedom she has found in her relationship with Jesus. The bottom line she calls Beloved Living: Seek Jesus in all things, discern thoughts about ourselves and where they come from, and make peace with ourselves including who we are in Jesus.
My favorite chapter was the one on creativity. Amerine found that her painting and writing allowed her joy to come out. She was no longer trying to stuff down feelings or trying to make herself feel better with food.
And speaking of food, Amerine encourages us to get in tune with our Creator. She prays about it all, from food to medications to exercise. What freedom we can find when we listen to the One who designed us.
This is a good book for women who want to get off the diet and exercise treadmill and get on the path of living in relationship with Jesus, letting Him guide your lives. You'll be entertained with great stories and an honest writing style that is a breath of fresh air. And you'll be encouraged to pursue “the grand adventure He intended just for you.” (115)
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Jami Amerine has a Master's Degree in Education, Counseling, and Human Development. She is a popular blogger and speaker. She lives in North Houston with her family. You can find out more at https://sacredgroundstickyfloors.com/
Barbour, 256 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)