Girl, Wash Your Face: What I Learned & My Thoughts

Girl, Wash Your Face
Girl, Wash Your Face

I don’t know why I chose to read Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis, but in all honesty, I am kind of glad that I did. While there are many scepticisms about the book, I felt as though I was able to resonate with a lot of the messages that were spoken about in the book. Well… most of them anyways.

First of all, yes, I do realize that I just read the book Girl, Wash Your Face even though I am not a girl. But can you truly put a price on learning? Male or female, there is always something to be learned through somebody else sharing their life, and I wanted to seek that knowledge for myself.

Girl, Wash Your Face: What I Learned

The book is broken down into twenty different chapters. Each chapter is a lie that Hollis grew up believing. Lies such as I’m not good enough, no is the final answer, I should be further along by now, I need to make myself smaller, something else will make me happy, I will never get past this, and I am defined by my weight.

These are just some of the lies that Hollis grew up believing, and while there are more lies (each lie is turned into a chapter), these are the ones that held some meaning to me. Despite not always being able to resonate to the specific example that she used, I was definitely able to resonate with the words of the lies themselves.

What I liked the most about the book is the fact that Hollis does an excellent job in confirming that chapters are just what she describes them as; lies. Lies that we are taught to believe, lies that we conclude in our own minds, and lies that we spend a great deal of time, energy, and mental burden trying to live with.

Through the lies, she reinforces the fact that overcoming these lies are never going to be easy. It’s not easy to change your mindset to believe in something completely different, and it’s not easy to chase your goals after you have believed certain lies for so long. But despite how difficult these lies may seem to overcome, you owe it to yourself to find out what your life may be like on the other side. You are the only person that can create a change in your life, so if you wish to see a change, then you need to be willing to invest in yourself to find that change.

One of the other perks of the reading Girl, Wash Your Face is that in case you need help on overcoming some of the lies that you may believe, Hollis gives some insight on how to do so. At the end of each chapter, there are generally three tips and examples of how Hollis learned to overcome the lies that she talks about, and how you may be able to as well.

Girl, Wash Your Face: What I Didn’t Like

Look, I don’t want to be critical of how somebody else writes, what they write about, or the audience that they try to target, but part of me wishes that Hollis would have written this book for a neutral audience so that I didn’t feel like the lessons in the book were only meant to be applied to the lives of females.

The thing is, we all experience struggles and obstacles in life. Women are not the only ones who live with believing certain lies, and while she gave insight on how to overcome these lies (pretty useful insight if you ask me), I felt somewhat out of place. Again, I know that the book is called Girl, Wash Your Face, but her advice can be useful for really anybody. I simply wish that she would have done a better job in making all audiences feel welcomed.

Girl, Wash Your Face: Overall Thoughts

I looked at a few other book reviews just to see what people were saying about this book, and all I saw was how much people were bashing it. I get that Hollis is a very conservative Christian and that a lot of the reviews are from other conservative Christians questioning her holiness, but there is no need to judge somebody else for what they are doing to improve their life.

Overall, I actually liked the book. I won’t say that it was my favorite book, but I definitely enjoyed it. Through the lies that Hollis talks about, to the advice that she gives, I definitely think that this book would be of value to anyone who is looking for ways to change their life around for the better.

Michael Bonnell

5/21/2019

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