Where on earth should I start with this amazing book? Well, let's just say that I myself am a former fat (obese) girl. I was never one to do fad diets, but I have read my share of "diet" books. Several years ago, I lost the weight. Yes, I am holding onto about 10-15 pounds, but I know that I look so much better than I used to. And most importantly, I could empathize so much with Betsy!
First of all, she is a musician and a writer. Go figure--met too! At my highest weight, I was 215. I am not a "skinny minny," and I never will be. I have spent my life fighting against the voice in my head that says I'm no good and would be better off dead. That same voice says I can't do anything right. I was never depressed, and God has allowed me to accomplish a lot. I am not athletic, and I am a bookworm. All these things are pretty similar to Betsy. Oh, and I tend to be an extremist--all or nothing. That has been tempered in later years.
This book is not a diet book. This book deals with the issues surrounding the issue of obesity in one's life. Honestly, obesity is not the root of the problem. It is a symptom of a greater problem. I never ran a marathon, but someone who knew me only post-weight loss was certain I had participated in sports and enjoyed it. Go figure! I understand sabotage and people not believing in you. My ex-husband (to whom I was married at the time), used to put desserts in my face--from Olive Garden, no less! I think Betsy would understand. We both had to understand why we were losing weight.
I found myself getting emotional during this book several times. This book touched me in so many ways. May Betsy Schow never say that she is not an author--she is! Even if some criticize her work, let it be known that she is an excellent writer and very inspirational. I thank her for sharing her candid struggles with us. I plan to get the rest of my weight off, and I will say that her book inspired me to that.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.show more
by Ruth Hill