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Thursday, January 16, 2014

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Does This Insecurity Make Me Look Fat?
by Michelle Wilson

 Book Description:

·         Why do clothing stores hang fun-house mirrors in their dressing rooms?
·         The laundry doesn’t cry when it’s not folded, so why should I?
·         Can I be confident even if an elevator calls me fat?

Michelle Wilson’s humorous yet poignant insights help women examine the limitations we place on ourselves out of insecurity and self-doubt. We have faith in God, but do we know that He has faith in us?

When we see ourselves with God’s eternal perspective, we can feel confident and whole—even in our imperfection. Just think what we might accomplish if we truly believe that we are more important than we know, stronger than we realize, and extraordinary in every way.

Review:

I don't spend much of my reading time on non-fiction since more often than not reading non-fiction feels like a bit of a chore. But, when I was given the opportunity to review Michelle Wilson's new book, Does This Insecurity Make Me Look Fat?, I decided it would be a good book to start the new year.

I've had a lot of changes in my life over the past year, and some of the effects have manifested themselves physically. Quite bluntly, I've gained weight and am not happy with larger clothing sizes and what hides beneath (although I am very grateful for clothing and its hiding capabilities). Feeling the "weight" of this new insecurity, I thought this book would be a good way to help me feel better about myself.

I can't say that any of the concepts Michelle addresses are new, although sometimes it's good to hear what you know, but haven't been thinking about. I really appreciated the humor and personal stories that Michelle included throughout the book to drive her points home.

A main focus of this book is perspective, and looking at ourselves as our Heavenly Father sees us. Too often we set our own expectations too high, and we beat ourselves up about not meeting these expectations.

One of my favorite quotes came in a section about guilt.

"The laundry doesn't cry when it doesn't get folded. Neither should you."

I also really enjoyed the elevator analogy that reminded us that Heavenly Father doesn't give us more than we can handle-He helps us through those hard times in our lives.

Michelle's thought about importance also stood out to me.

"I do not have to be somebody 'important' to do important things. I simply have to be me and do what He asks of me."

I also liked the reminder about the Atonement:

"Through the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we may choose the paths we take and the people we want to be."

Along those lines, I also appreciated this quote:

"As you exercise more faith in yourself and in Him, you will be amazed at the things He will accomplish in you and through you."

None of what I read is a direct tip on finding more energy after I get home from work, and making better choices in what I eat, but Michelle's reminders help me know that what I see in the mirror isn't as important as what I am inside. Heavenly Father doesn't think I'm worth less because I went up a pant size. He loves me, and is always there for me.

Whatever issues might be causing you to feel insecure, there is hope. And, you are better than you think you are!

About the Author:

Michelle Wilson is a native of California. Through serving a full-time mission, teaching seminary, Sunday School classes, and speaking at various firesides and conferences, Michelle has developed a love of the power and simplicity of the gospel. She believes in the healing power of laughter and chocolate. She and her husband, Jerey, are the parents of three children and live in Washington State.

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Title: Does This Insecurity Make Me Look Fat?
Author: Michelle Wilson
Publisher: Deseret Book
Published: December 2013
ISBN: 1609078071
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
 
I'm an LDS author who writes light speculative fiction and inspirational non-fiction...but my first love is teaching and speaking. I infuse humor and simple truths in my writing and speaking. I believe you can find beauty and understanding in the most simplest things... and I adore happy endings!

I'm a stay at home mom, and find joy in my faith, family, laughter and anything chocolate. I am a forever student of the truth, and have a passion for empowering women through humor and education.

And I really, really love ice cream.
- See more at: http://www.michellewilsonatlarge.com/p/about-me.html#sthash.HXIOE2kr.dpuf
I'm an LDS author who writes light speculative fiction and inspirational non-fiction...but my first love is teaching and speaking. I infuse humor and simple truths in my writing and speaking. I believe you can find beauty and understanding in the most simplest things... and I adore happy endings!

I'm a stay at home mom, and find joy in my faith, family, laughter and anything chocolate. I am a forever student of the truth, and have a passion for empowering women through humor and education.

And I really, really love ice cream.
- See more at: http://www.michellewilsonatlarge.com/p/about-me.html#sthash.HXIOE2kr.dpuf
I'm an LDS author who writes light speculative fiction and inspirational non-fiction...but my first love is teaching and speaking. I infuse humor and simple truths in my writing and speaking. I believe you can find beauty and understanding in the most simplest things... and I adore happy endings!

I'm a stay at home mom, and find joy in my faith, family, laughter and anything chocolate. I am a forever student of the truth, and have a passion for empowering women through humor and education.

And I really, really love ice cream.
- See more at: http://www.michellewilsonatlarge.com/p/about-me.html#sthash.HXIOE2kr.dpuf
I'm an LDS author who writes light speculative fiction and inspirational non-fiction...but my first love is teaching and speaking. I infuse humor and simple truths in my writing and speaking. I believe you can find beauty and understanding in the most simplest things... and I adore happy endings!

I'm a stay at home mom, and find joy in my faith, family, laughter and anything chocolate. I am a forever student of the truth, and have a passion for empowering women through humor and education.

And I really, really love ice cream.
- See more at: http://www.michellewilsonatlarge.com/p/about-me.html#sthash.HXIOE2kr.dpuf