I really had a lot of fun with this book. Though I generally stay away from books about weight loss, the subtitle for The Real Skinny on Losing It intrigued me. I just had to read the true confessions & divine revelations of a former yo-yo dieter, suspecting the book had more to do with physically becoming the person God intended one to be than with how to lose weight.
It did. Michelle McKinney Hammond writes with humor, encouragement, compassion and insight. Her style makes me smile! She tells of her experiences being what she thought was too thin, then weighing more than she wanted to. She goes beyond telling women what to do physically, helping them explore root issues such as fear, self-esteem, peer pressure, and such. Throughout she refers to Bible stories, retelling them in fun ways, but not misusing the text to make points about health that aren’t truly biblical (as many diet books do). She helps the reader understand what God helped her understand about appreciating His creation for what it is. She encourages the reader to find a healthy balance between accepting oneself as is and setting reasonable goals to strive for the size one wants to be.
And that’s really what women need to do. On page 19, Hammond asks, “How is it that women can become Supreme Court justices, walk on the moon, and birth babies (which is the most complex achievement of all) and still not be able to get on top of their issues with weight?” The insights she shares in this book can help women succeed in this area as well.
Thank you, Tyndale House Publishers, for sending this book for my review.