"Girl, Wash Your Face" Book Review
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I have believed a lie only later to realize I've been duped. I can imagine all of you raising your hand and saying, "yeah, me too."
My book club just finished reading a book where the author begs the reader to "stop believing the lies about who you are so you can become who you are meant to be." *
My takeaway from Girl, wash Your face
Here are a few of the lies Rachel Hollis asks the reader to stop believing in her book Girl, Wash Your Face and what I believe Scripture says about them.
I’ve bought into each of these lies myself and still continue to struggle some days, but through Jesus I’m an over-comer!!
Lie - Something else will make me happy.
The author states that, "you must choose to be happy, grateful and fulfilled." I wholeheartedly agree with this if it's filtered through the context of scripture.
John 15:5 says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he bears much fruit, apart from me you can do nothing.”
You see, I believe when we choose to abide in Christ we are essentially choosing happy, grateful etc. therefore, by choosing to abide in Christ these are fruits of that abiding. When we try to replace Christ with shopping, our homes, our children, our friends, our husbands…we’re buying into that lie.
Lie - I'll start tomorrow.
The author states that, "Our words have power, but our actions shape our lives."
You struggle with being a procrastinator? Oh. My. Goodness. I sure do! I know there’s wisdom in not being hasty, but you know it’s a problem when you just keep shoving it to back burner and loathing whatever it is you keep putting off.
Again, holding this up to scripture, this is what I found.
“They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works.” Titus 1:6
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” James 1:22
and in verses 23-25 – “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”
Lie - I'm not good enough.
The author states a few things in this section that I relate to. "...the belief that in order to be loved...I needed to produce something.", "The need to prove my worth...made me...a workaholic." and "we do stupid things that hurt our loved ones when we're trying to figure ourselves out."
This one is the one I struggle with the most. I’m a doer. I crave words of affirmation. I am convinced almost everyday I’m just not good enough. I don’t belong. But God says otherwise! It’s a real struggle, but I’m thankful God won’t give up on me! I’m thankful He’s faithful and through Him I am good enough. I do belong.
Here are the verses I found that speak to these statements.
“But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.” Romans 11:6
“Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ...” Galatians 2:16
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”. Romans 8:1
“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” Romans 8:16
Lie - I'm better than you.
The author writes, "In so many instances judgement comes from a place of feeling as though you've somehow got it all figured out when they do not. Judging each other actually makes us feel safer in our own choices." To this I say, I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t have it all figured out…Lord, help me when I’m tempted to judge. Lord, help me when I have a wave of superiority come over me. Lord, help us to simply love one another.
She also says, "holding each other accountable takes place inside community and relationships." Yes, yes indeed, this statement is spot on! We have no business holding anyone accountable that we haven’t built a trusted relationship with.
"Holding each other accountable comes from a place of love. Judgement comes from a place of fear, disdain, or even hate." And this last statement, in my opinion, is well said. I say, Amen to each one of these statements. Again, I’m filtering them through God's word and here's what I discover.
In Luke 6:37, the Bible says, “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
And in John 8:7 we find this verse, He stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”
“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens…if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” Galatians 6:1-5
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” James 5:16
I must say even within our little book club there were many different opinions across the board whether or not they would recommend this book to someone else. I actually stumbled upon a negative blog post about this book while I was in the middle of reading it and chose not to read the article in it’s entirety because I didn’t want to be swayed. I chose to decide ahead of time to take a positive approach to the book and purposed in my heart to gain something positive from it. And I did. Therefore, I do recommend Girl, Wash Your Face. With that said, I’d be the first to admit that I don’t always agree with every little thing that my sisters and brothers in Christ believe and this book is no different and any other book I’ve read for that matter.
What do you say? Let's stop being duped and be who Jesus created us to be! I’d love to hear if you’ve read Girl, Wash Your Face and what positive thing you walked away with.
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