Book Review: Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

In all honestly, I had never even heard of Rachel Hollis before I saw this book on Instagram. Suddenly this book started to pop up all over Instagram and I got interested. The back cover promised that in this book, Rachel Hollis would help readers break free from the lies keeping them from the joy-filled and exuberant life they are meant to have. Each chapter begins with a specific lie Hollis once believed that left her feeling overwhelmed, unworthy, or ready to give up.

In her book, Rachel Hollis tackles lies like “I’ll start tomorrow” or “I am defined by my weight.” These are lies that at least I so easily believe. The way that she approaches each of these lies is refreshing and balanced. She sees that we are only human and messy people. Still she remembers that at the end of the day, God is in control. And in all, she shares her own experiences — the good and the bad, the embarrassing and funny. 

What surprised me, was how much I loved this book. Rachel Hollis remains true, wanting to be honest about the messiness of life. She encourages and comforts the reader. Yet at the same time, there is so much laughter and joy woven into these pages. I could relate to the words on the pages of this book, even though my life and hers look very different. She is real, which is why we can be real while reading this book as well. So Girl, Wash Your Face is a good read for anyone, really.

Now this isn’t exactly a Christian “self help” type of a book. In all circumstances, we should first turn to God’s Word. There we can find true help in hard times and for hard things. So I wouldn’t recommend reading this in order to find help. But it is an entertaining read that is easy to relate to, reminding us all that we all struggle. We all go through hard things and hard seasons.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review program. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions I have expressed are all my own.

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  1. Sounds like a great book. I feel like I have always been “defined by my weight”, among other things – like being shy & quiet, not saying anything because I am afraid of being wrong or criticized.not being good enough at anything,etc. Anyway, this sounds like a wonderful book & maybe I can read it one day! God bless you! Have a wonderful day!