Stop Believing the Lies – Girl, Wash Your Face {Book Review}

We all believe a few lies from time to time.

  • Something else will make me happy.
  • There’s only one right way to be.
  • I am defined by my weight.

Rachel Hollis has gathered 20 lies in one place. And debunks them one by one.

By using her own life experiences, her wit, and her faith in God, this founder of the lifestyle website makes us feel normal again in her new book, Girl, Wash Your Face.

Each chapter in the book confronts a different lie. Here are a few examples.

The Lie: I will never get past this

The Truth:

“But what is the alternative? We live through something crappy, and that’s it? We’re done for?

You cannot ignore your pain. You cannot ever leave it behind completely. The only thing you can do is find a way to embrace the good that came out of it—even if it takes you years to discover what that is.”

The Lie: I’m not a good mom

The Truth:

“Remember that we’re raising our children into the adults they will become. Our valiant endeavor will take us a lifetime of effort. A single day, or even a handful of days, when you aren’t mom of the century won’t make or break your kids.”

The Lie: I should be further along by now

“[Believe] that your life will unfold as it was meant to, even when it unfolds into something painful and difficult to navigate. Do I believe he has a plan? Absolutely.

. . . [Set] goals, not time limits. . . . Big dreams shouldn’t have expiration dates. As long as you’re working toward the things you hope to accomplish, it shouldn’t matter if it takes you a month or a decade.”

Live Awake

While this book may not teach you things you don’t already know, it does a great job of reminding you to stay conscious. Wake up to what you think about yourself and about your circumstances. Don’t let little lies or big lies dampen your enthusiasm for the life you’ve been given.

“I constantly fight the desire to slip back into the role I’ve played for so long. They say the first step is admitting you have a problem, and two years ago I did just that. I learned that I am a recovering workaholic, but through this process, I also learned that I am a child of God—and that trumps everything else.”

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My thanks to Net Galley
for the review copy of this book

14 thoughts on “Stop Believing the Lies – Girl, Wash Your Face {Book Review}

  1. Lesley

    This sounds like a great book, Lisa! Those lies can be so sneaky. As you say, we often know the truth already but we have to stay alert to where we’re drifting into believing lies. We can all use a reminder from time to time!

  2. Gayl

    Sounds like a very encouraging book. Most of us are besieged with lies sometimes and are often tempted to believe them. We all need a dose of truth to shake off those lies and move forward! Blessings to you, Lisa! Thanks for sharing your review with us at the #LMMLinkup.

  3. Natalie

    That looks like a good one! It seems like our temptations are truly those which are common to man. I was encouraged to think by the few of the 20 you talked about here. Thanks for that.

  4. Beth

    It’s so easy to fall for these lies and many others, Lisa. But we must continually “wash our faces” with the truth that God loves us and redeemed us! Then we can walk in truth! Thanks for sharing this inspiring book review! I’ll be sharing!

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