BOOK REVIEW: Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis


Title: Girl Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Yourself so you can Become Who You Were Meant To Be
Author: Rachel Hollis
Publication: February 6, 2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help, Christian Faith
Pages: 240


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SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

Founder of the lifestyle website and CEO of her own media company, Chic Media, Rachel Hollis has created an online fan base of hundreds of thousands of fans by sharing tips for living a better life while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own. Now comes her highly anticipated first book featuring her signature combination of honesty, humor, and direct, no-nonsense advice.

Each chapter of Girl, Wash Your Face begins with a specific lie Hollis once believed that left her feeling overwhelmed, unworthy, or ready to give up. As a working mother, a former foster parent, and a woman who has dealt with insecurities about her body and relationships, she speaks with the insight and kindness of a BFF, helping women unpack the limiting mind-sets that destroy their self-confidence and keep them from moving forward.

From her temporary obsession with marrying Matt Damon to a daydream involving hypnotic iguanas to her son’s request that she buy a necklace to “be like the other moms,” Hollis holds nothing back. With unflinching faith and tenacity, Hollis spurs other women to live with passion and hustle and to awaken their slumbering goals.


I feel like I’m a bit late to the game on this one.  Many of my friends have read this and raved about it!  It took me entirely too long to pick this up, but I finally did, and I’m glad I did!

Hollis’s book is pretty personal with her own life experiences, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t find value in it for myself.  Even though there were some chapters I couldn’t really relate to, I still thought her messages were heartfelt and helpful.  She weaved in humor when appropriate, which is always a plus in my book.  She tackled a lot of different lies she believed about herself over the years and used stories to help her readers personally connect to them.  I believe one of the ways people learn best is through storytelling.  It’s just captivating, and the stories demand attention, so I found that to be a big plus with this book.

99.9% sure I’ll never meet Rachel Hollis in my life.  But if I did, I’d tell her thank you for being bold enough to write a book that many people need in their lives, whether they realize it or not.  Everyone believes falsehoods about themselves.  Hollis was just real enough to put pen to paper and document her life for the benefit of others.  4 out of 5 stars – definitely worth a read!

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