I'm super excited to announce my first-ever giveaway on my blog!!!
My sweet friend Denise Grove has written an e-book, Beauty and the Best Within, and has offered
5 FREE copies to the readers of this blog!!
Here's what she had to say about her book...
• Read through the Bible this year
• Join the gym
• Lose 10 lbs by Valentine’s day
• Buy diet pills
• Get the newest gadget that will take off the 10 lbs in just 10 min a day
• Be more patient
• Be more joyful
And so the list went year after year. I safely tucked all my “diet” dreams between the things I thought a good Christian girl should have on her list. The problem was in order to achieve the diet dreams I had no time for Bible reading and the deprivation, diet pills, and crazy exercise regimes left me broke, grumpier, and short tempered.
Usually by January 15th (if I made it that long) I gave up. I waved the white flag with one hand and clung to my Ben and Jerry’s with the other. I felt defeated. I felt like a failure. I resigned myself to the larger jean size and spent my days praising the invention of the elastic waist all the while putting a fake smile on face acting like it didn’t really matter. But it did matter and secretly I continued in my self-loathing while staring at the pictures of skinny women on the covers of magazines in the grocery store aisle who I thought had achieved perfection.
I would look in the mirror and all I saw was cellulite, wrinkles, and stretch marks. I got
grouchier and grouchier as these are the things that started to define me. Until finally I broke. I couldn’t take it anymore and I got serious about trying to get my body back.
I lost 40 lbs. I looked good (well minus the stretch marks and wrinkles) and I became obsessed. I relished all the compliments but for some reason still could not find peace with my body. So in that obsession I was still miserable and I still had no time for Bible reading.
And that’s when it hit me. I was no happier at a size 2 then I was at a size 12. Something
needed to change and it wasn’t my BMI(body mass index) it was my GIMLI(God in my life
index). So I set out on a journey to define beauty through His eyes and in that process I did gain some weight back but that was ok because I finally found my spacious place.
Just balance and peace.
That’s what led me to write Beauty and the Beast Within. I had a beast in me that was always searching but never satisfied. Not anymore. Check out the book and see how 21 days can help slay the beast within you!
Interested in winning a FREE COPY??
To be one of the 5 lucky winners, leave me a comment below that includes your email address by Midnight on Thursday, January 12, 2012. The winners will be picked by random number and announced Friday, January 13, 2012.
She is also offering 50% off to readers of Homeschooling and Other Adventures.