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Beautiful You by Rosie Molinary

October 24, 2010

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Beautiful You cover

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Some of you have been reading my blog long enough to remember when I wrote about the book Hijas Americanas.  Rosie and I started reading and commenting on each other’s blogs when a mutual friend from Davidson College told me about that book in 2007.   In May of this year we got the chance to meet in a park in Davidson and talk for a few minutes while our babies played together.  Meeting her was great, and it made me even more enthusiastic about spreading her message.

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Rosie Molinary encourages women to live deliberately in her latest book, Beautiful You: a daily guide to Radical Self-Acceptance.  Through journaling, you act as your own coach, but because of the way this book is written, it feels like Rosie is by your side cheering you on.

I like books (well, novels honestly) that I can plow through quickly, and this is not one of those.  This book asks much more of you.  By reading it quickly in order to publish my review by the date that I promised I would, I denied myself the discoveries that daily journaling would have revealed.  I did do the task of Day 69 which was to sort through my clothes.  Then I bought myself a pack of new socks since I saw that I didn’t have any suitable ones in my drawer.

Not all of the 365 chapters will resonate with you.  There will be days that you need to receive a certain kind of advice or read a certain kind of anecdote.  The index makes it possible to find a chapter that speaks to you.  Skimming is another possibility when you are hoping to find just the right chapter for the moment.

Rosie writes in such a loving and friendly tone.  I desperately want to have that tone of voice myself and I know it will take a lot of practice.  Usually my voice is angry and critical.  There are so many ways in which I would love to be like Rosie!  She is an absolute inspiration.  I am going to re-read Beautiful You slowly and keep a journal as she suggests.  I hope you will take a moment to think of someone who could benefit from this book and then buy it from your local bookstore.

I received a copy of this book from the publicist in exchange for writing this review on my blog.

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One Comment
  1. October 26, 2010 11:10 am

    Sarah, Wow! Thank you so much for your kind words. I loved meeting you in May, too, and am so happy that we came across each other’s blogs and thoughts!

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