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Beautiful Bodies: A Review

September 1, 2017

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Amazon Publishing; however, the views shared herein are my own and are not influenced by any being or brand. 

I believe it’s safe to say that most women have been through a phase, or an ongoing season in their lives, during which they haven’t felt completely at peace with their bodies. Body image is a recurrent theme when it comes to the struggles women face. While we know that it is a classic case of unrealistic idealism when we strive to obtain the societal-defined ‘perfect body’ type, this does not prevent self-comparison. The ease of accessibility and subsequent rampant use of the internet and social media channels has only served to fuel the raging flames of the ‘ideal body’ pursuit. We are constantly bombarded with images of perfectly sculpted demi-goddesses; thereby,  subconsciously, we internalize this level of perceived perfection as being the ideal. It is relatively easy to get sucked into the comparison game vacuum, therefore resorting to unhealthy measures such as fad diets, in order to live up to society’s  ‘ideal’ perception of beauty.

When exactly does the clock hand shift? When does the switch flip? At what point in our lives do we not see ourselves as the perfect beings we were created to be? What specifically triggers the transition into negative thought processes about our bodies? While we may not have all the answers to the aforementioned questions, we have in our possession the ability to share our stories, thereby supporting each other in the journey towards self-acceptance.

Cue in the phenomenal Beautiful Bodies book by renowned, best-selling author Kimberley Rae Miller, also known for the memoir Coming Clean. Reading Beautiful Bodies was akin to meeting a kindred spirit who I could relate to on a subliminal level. The book is a well-crafted personal depiction of the uphill task that is body acceptance. It is a riveting account of one woman’s struggle with the ever elusive goal of attaining and maintaining the ‘perfect weight.’ Her story is representative of a battle that scores of women face.

As an avid bookworm, I enjoy reading narratives that reel me in.  Beautiful Bodies did just that. It is a marrying of words to produce a narration that is powerful as it is empathy-inducing. As I flipped through the pages, eager to delve deeper into her story, I felt like I was granted VIP access into the life of a woman whose story deeply resonated with me. She candidly expresses her struggle with loving her body for what it is. She laid it all out on the table without restraint.  The author’s willingness to be brutally honest, utterly transparent, while concurrently infusing her infectious sense of humor into her story sharing was refreshing. Hers was a captivating depiction, making it difficult to set the book down. As I read the book, I was intrigued, amused, inspired, empathetic, and a host of other roller coasters of emotions. I cannot tell you how many times I told myself I’d only read one more chapter and then call it a day. Hours later, I would still be deeply engrossed in this personal story; a story that is the story of multitudes of women.

Comparing yourself to others and expecting to be happy is comparable to sitting on the sidelines and watching your own life pass you by. It’s a no-win situation. The destructive practice of self-comparison should be tossed out with the bath water once and for all. We are all uniquely made.  Self-love and embracing the fact that each and every one of our bodies is ideal is one of the secrets to personal happinessThank you for sharing your personal story Kimberly Rae Miller. Beautiful Bodies is a classic book that should be read and shared universally.

Great news: Beautiful Bodies is available for purchase via Amazon!  You can enjoy the book via hardcover, paperback, on your Kindle or via audio CD. Awesome, right?  Happy reading, friends! Now go forth and be inspired. 🙂

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28 Comments

  • Reply Lorrine September 1, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    I enjoyed reading your review. I purchased my copy seconds ago. LOL

    • Reply Afrostylicity September 12, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      That’s great! Thank you for stopping by.

  • Reply L.C. @ A Life of Authenticity September 2, 2017 at 1:39 am

    I’ve been looking for another book to read. Thanks for the recommendation. Your review was very helpful.

    • Reply Afrostylicity September 12, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      That’s awesome! Glad to be of service. 🙂

  • Reply jhilmil September 2, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Yes, this is related so much, we all have had some sort of body issues during our lives due to many reasons. Enjoyed your review!

  • Reply Khushboo September 2, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Beautiful Bodies is a book that all women need to read. It is important for us to be happy with ourselves. I love the author’s humourous approach to the book 🙂

  • Reply C-Ludik September 2, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    I fully agree with the statement that comparing yourself to others and expecting to be happy is a no-win situation ! But Society shapes us in many ways, possibly more than we realise – from our interactions, to our personal development through to others’ perception of our bodies as a reflection of self worth ! Thank you for the book recommendation 🙂

    • Reply Afrostylicity October 10, 2017 at 2:00 am

      Thank you for your insightful comment. Yes, it’s definitely a life-changing book.

  • Reply Kim Croisant September 2, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    I’m sure that’s a nice read, something I need to read for sure. I always think my 57 year old body can be better – hard to except it though.

    • Reply Afrostylicity October 10, 2017 at 2:02 am

      Yes, I highly recommend the book. Self-love has no age limit. 🙂

  • Reply Milena September 3, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    My friends and I were just talking about this subject. I’d love to read this book and get some perspective!

    • Reply Afrostylicity October 10, 2017 at 2:01 am

      Perfect timing! I think you will enjoy reading the book.

  • Reply Sophie September 3, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    I’ve been looking for some books to read this autumn. This sounds like an interesting one to pick up!

    Sophie | MapleTreeBlog

    • Reply Afrostylicity October 10, 2017 at 2:01 am

      Yes, it definitely is. I’m sure you will enjoy the book.

  • Reply David Elliott September 3, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Sounds like a great book. I know that it would be interested in reading anything about body positivity. It’s important to be able to feel good about the body we have. I’ll have to check out that book.

    • Reply Afrostylicity September 12, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Yes, self-love is a key to happiness.

  • Reply Brandi H September 4, 2017 at 5:46 am

    I hate that society can be so cruel and make you feel uneasy about yourself. This sounds like a great motivational book for women!

    • Reply Afrostylicity September 12, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Yes. it’s heartbreaking to see people, women especially, beat themselves up for not living up to “society’s beauty expectations.” This book is definitely a game-changer.

  • Reply Kusum September 4, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    I am currently halfway through the book and love it! Your review is great and I can’t wait to read the rest of it. Here’s to body positivity.

    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    • Reply Afrostylicity September 12, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      That’s awesome! I’m glad to hear you are enjoying the book.

  • Reply Lavanda Michelle September 5, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    I got mine. Thanks for the review.

    • Reply Afrostylicity September 12, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      Great!

  • Reply Dawn September 6, 2017 at 1:17 am

    This seems like a great book to read! I’m going to be picking it up on Amazon! Thank you so much!

    • Reply Afrostylicity September 12, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      Thank you for stopping by. I think you will enjoy the book. 🙂

  • Reply Surbhi September 8, 2017 at 5:22 am

    Reading the books written by such authors can be so motivating and inspiring. It’s amazing to read how they took control of their suituations and did not succumb to negativity. Thank you for sharing about this fantastic book. The cover looks great too.

    • Reply Afrostylicity September 12, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      Yes, the ability of an author to be transparent draws a reader in. Thank you for stopping by.

  • Reply Joseph O. September 8, 2017 at 7:19 am

    I enjoy reading and beautiful bodies sounds like a book that I will definitely love to read and use to work on my looks. great review

    • Reply Afrostylicity September 12, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks for stopping by. Yes, it’s definitely an interesting read.

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