Let’s just cut to the chase, shall we? If you’re wanting to lose weight at all and need to feel like someone is on your side, cheering you along, loving you, and pushing you to be the woman Christ calls you to be (at any weight), this is the book you need to read.
Now let’s back up. A few months ago I finally happened upon Jessica’s blog; I say finally because when you read her writing it just makes you wonder, “Where has she been all my life?!” She’s honest and open and truly a woman to be admired. Since then I’ve read every post she’s written and loved every minute of it. I honestly had no idea that she had gone through such a major weight loss until recently, but signed up to read her e-book the moment I found out it existed. And you guys? I’m so so SO very glad I did!
Here’s the biggest thing that I love about the book: it’s encouraging, and not in a, “C’mon girl, you can lose weight and look great!” kind of way. It encourages us – you and me both – to see ourselves the way God sees us, as holy and blameless in his sight because of the blood Jesus gave for us. It reminds us that we (as C.S. Lewis said) are not a body, but rather a soul WITH a body. The whole reason for a body is to house our souls and have the physical capability to go around doing God’s work on this earth.
We are to love ourselves and, in turn, love our bodies as well. I love this book because at every turn it reminds me to treat with care the things that the Lord has blessed me with, starting with the my temple.
Another thing I loved was that Jessica gives a no-drama approach to weight loss. We all know how to lose weight, but we (I) am always finding some way to over-emotionalize food and therefore give food control over my life. By reminding me of the cold hard facts of weight loss, and coupled with the encouraging and truth-filled words of encouragement, I’m reminded that I can do this. You can do this.
And it doesn’t have to be hard.
You can find Jessica’s book, 100-Pound Loser: How I Ate What I Wanted, Had Four Babies, and Still Took Control of My Weight, on Amazon for a STEAL. And you know what? Even if you don’t want to or need to lose weight, I would still encourage you to read it for the sole fact that it challenges us as women to love ourselves for who we really are. And that, my friends, is the most important part!