Audio Book Review: Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis

Release Date: February 6, 2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: Audio
Length: 7 hours 4 minutes
Narrator: Rachel Hollis
Genre: Personal Growth
Buy: Audible | Kindle 


Do you ever suspect that everyone else has life figured out and you don't have a clue? If so, Rachel Hollis has something to tell you: That's a lie.
As the founder of the lifestyle website and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the 20 lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we've told ourselves so often we don't even hear them anymore.

With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be.

With unflinching faith and rock-hard tenacity, Girl, Wash Your Face shows you how to live with passion and hustle - and how to give yourself grace without giving up.


This book is often listed under Christian lit...but I really didn't feel that.  Yes, she is religious and prays and talks about God, but it doesn't feel preachy. As someone not Christian I appreciated how unpreachy and nonjudgmental this book was.  In fact this book is just chock full of real down to earth advice, don't gossip, remember to take care of yourself etc...

When we look closer at our own behaviors and thoughts, people we spend time with etc we can see what we like or dislike about ourselves and make changes. Looking within will change your life. This is not new subject matter, its not even anything mind blowing I think it is all in Rachels down home delivery. Listening to this book made me feel like I was sitting down with a cup of coffee at the local starbucks with a friend. Rachel Hollis made a connection with me by telling me her stories from her heart, and explaining what she did to make changes in her life that helped.  She didn't teach, she didn't lecture she connected to me on a personal level.

This is advice that you can hear over and over because honestly even the best of us lapse and fall into bad patterns so its a good reminder and who better to deliver it than someone like Hollis, as smart woman, willing to admit her flaws, but also willing to keep trying.

As a side note I appreciate her candor in talking about her adoption journey.  People think that its all sunshine and roses but its a long and time consuming process and yes if you are going through the state and foster care or if you are adopting multiple children with special needs chances are someone is going to call child protective services on you.  Sadly I've seen it happen all too often to good families and the reports come out unfounded - unfortunately the times when children are truly at risk tend to fall through the cracks until its too late.

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