There are millions upon millions of books in this world, the exact number growing exponentially every day. And the great majority of them are … well … not really worth reading. But every once in a while, a truly great book comes along that knocks me off my feet and changes the way that I look at my life and my world. Most recently, that book was Rachel Hollis’ Girl, Wash Your Face, and I would encourage every woman to read it. It will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you take a good hard look at the lies that have been holding you back.
Get ready to move forward!
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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GIRL, WASH YOUR FACE?
Girl, Wash Your Face is part memoir/personal essay, part motivational dynamite. In it, author Rachel Hollis addresses specific lies she once believed about herself that held her back from being who she was meant to be. And then she unpacks those lies and empowers all her readers to let go of the limiting mindsets that hold them back and keep them from pursuing all that God created them to be.
This book was incredible. There’s really no other word to describe it. I found myself reflected in so many of these lies. A few of them were ones I was well-familiar with and have battled for years. And a few of them surprised me. There were ones I didn’t even know I had been believing about myself. But they were all ones that needed to be brought into the light and addressed. And that’s exactly what Girl, Wash Your Face did.
When I first got the book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Rachel Hollis was a brand-new name to me, brought to my attention by a dear friend who knew of my love for book launches and who had been following Rachel for quite some time. I began to follow her on social media and on her podcast, Dais, and I liked what I saw (even if I don’t love everything she says, like the occasional cursing or alcohol reference). And I liked what I read about the book enough to accept the advanced reader’s copy in exchange for a review.
But as I started reading the book, I could not put it down. I was completely unprepared for how profoundly it was going to impact me and change my life (and I don’t say that flippantly). This book stepped on my toes, kicked me in the seat, shook me by the shoulders, and all those other cliches that mean it made it impossible for me to just accept the status quo for my life any longer.
But it also held my hand as I worked through my own insecurities and limitations. Rachel addresses hard and challenging issues, but in a way that makes you feel as though you’re friends, in it together. There’s such a “me too” current running through the book that, although you will be challenged to fight the lies, you will do so with Rachel leading the charge in solidarity, not superiority.
Besides what it did for my confidence, self-esteem, and determination, this book was just plain fun to read. If you’re not yet familiar with Rachel Hollis, she is one of the most engaging personalities I’ve ever followed, and she’s as hilarious as she is honest. And she definitely brought both her humor and her transparency to this book. Don’t get me wrong — there are definitely serious topics addressed that are almost as hard to read as I’m sure it was for her to write. But the authenticity throughout the book only made me listen closer to her message.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK? (AND A CAVEAT)
Ultimately, yes, I would recommend this book to just about every woman I know. Married or single, childless or mother of many, her words apply to them all. The lies she exposes, such as “I’m not good enough,” “I should be further along by now,” and “I am defined by my weight” are ones that I think just about any woman can relate to. And the themes of self-respect, confidence, and God-given destiny are universal. It also definitely has cross-over appeal to both the Christian and secular market.
However, I do want to offer a caveat. Though there is nothing in this book that gives me any reservations about recommending it, I can’t say the same about Rachel in general. Though I have enjoyed following her, I anticipate that not all of my readers will feel the same way.
Rachel is a Christian and talks about her faith openly, honestly, and without any kind of shame or hesitation. Which I love. But she also occasionally swears and makes references to hard liquor. Which I don’t love, as it’s not my particular lifestyle or conviction. But it doesn’t bother me enough to throw the baby out with the bath water. And I’m not judging. I’m only making you aware in full disclosure because I can imagine some of my readers might be surprised to encounter these things in something that I’ve promoted. However, I assure you, there is no swearing in this book. So if you’re someone who steers clear of it, you are safe with Girl, Wash Your Face.
I have read a lot of great books in my life, but few have impacted me as much as Girl, Wash Your Face. Regardless of your season, status, or sensibilities, if you’re a woman, this is a book that needs to go on your list of books to read. Get ready to break the power of these lies in your life and become the person you were meant to be!
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