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Summary

Number one New York Times Best Seller

Do you ever suspect that everyone else has life figured out and you don’t have a clue? If so, Rachel Hollis has something to tell you: That’s a lie.

As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the 20 lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore.

With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be.

With unflinching faith and rock-hard tenacity, Girl, Wash Your Face shows you how to live with passion and hustle - and how to give yourself grace without giving up.

©2018 Rachel Hollis (P)2018 Thomas Nelson

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I had a struggle and overcame it you can to

Nice enough gal.
not really my kind of book
follows The 'I had a struggle and overcame it you can to' format so if you need that give it a go.
I couldn't relate so much and as a result the tools and things she lists to help are not that relevant.

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a hard core sincere book about dealing with life

I loved the book. loved hearing the author speak her own words with such emotions

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Uplifting, confidence building and eye opening

What made the experience of listening to Girl, Wash Your Face the most enjoyable?

The author / narrator was a pleasure to listen to. Whilst the story contained many things I have heard before, her way of explaining and demonstrating was eye opening and heart warming. I felt like this book was written ABOUT me in many ways and would recommend it to anyone and everyone.

What other book might you compare Girl, Wash Your Face to, and why?

The Universe has your back - both really eye opening, empowering and confidence building.

What does Rachel Hollis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Her narration is amazing and you feel like she means every word.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes and BOTH!

Any additional comments?

Cannot wait to read your other books Rachel!

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too much god

struggled to finish this as it became very peachy. I liked the idea of the book but there is only so much religion I can have shoved at me.

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Please LISTEN to this book... YOU NEED IT!

I have never felt so compelled to share a book in my life.. I am telling anyone who will listen to go buy this book... from strangers in the supermarket to my hairdresser, my friends, my family, my colleagues, and I am telling you dear reader, you are reading this review because you want to see if this is worth spening your money on... I promise, it is. Let rachel into your life, your heart will thank you. Rachel's honesty is almost shocking; her unbosoming style is unrivalied in today's world so obsessed with perfection. Her charm and wit are there to ensure that you feel uplifted, even when the love is so tough, and the words so true that you think you might need to stop... there is something here for everyone, we can all relate to one if not all of the lies Rachel told herself and we should all free ourselves of these lies that serve neither us, nor those around us. Being lucky enough to own this book as both a hard copy & audible copy, I can tell you, that to have Rachel read this book, makes it even easier to feel that reading this book is like having the most powerful chat with your very best friend. The kind of friend who pushes you onward and makes you see yoursefl the way she sees you. Thank you Rachel & good luck new listeners & readers, picking up this book is going to change your life <3

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Amazing Book

This book really inspired me to take control and massive action. Stop all the excuses and go for it. Very honest and real story's. Loved it so much.

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loved it!

A must read for all 20 something women! I didn't want to turn it off!

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Love everything about it

This book was the first time I’d come across Rachel and I’m so glad I did! I love it when the author shares their own journey as I feel it makes the audience connect on a whole new level.
Rachel was authentic, sweet, witty and reminded us that ‘normal everyday women’ can achieve ANYTHING.
Honestly, she had me in tears a number of times. Sometimes because her story offered me another outlook on my own and other times because I found myself laughing at the silly ways I have viewed the world.
Thank you Rachel - keep being you.

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Girl, Wash Your Face has truly changed my life!

Girl, Wash Your Face has changed my life, yes I realise how dramatic that sounds. But it's true! I'm 37 and feel like I've just learnt the skills I need to make my life the best it can possibly be, thanks to this book.
I have an illness that leaves me stuck in bed, in pain, almost every day. I find audiobooks relax me and help me sleep. I came across Girl, Wash Your Face and thought well here goes, another self help book, trying to make me feel better about myself. How wrong could I be...
I immediately felt Rachel's warm, kindhearted words were written for ME. It was if she had come over for a girly chat. The fact that Rachel narrates the book herself, makes it what it is. No one can mean the words she has written more than her. And that really comes across as she reads it with such conviction.
Rachel has a way of making you feel like you've been friends forever. Although she is so sweet, she won't take any excuses. And isn't that honestly what we all need, someone who is there with great advice but won't take any of your bs. No excuses about feeling lazy, you have to go out and chase your dreams.
I believe that the true genius of this book is that the author wrote it because she truly wants to help other women. Rachel Hollis honestly cares about me and you. She wants us to live our lives to its full potential. And she is so passionate about empowering women. This passion cannot help but motivate you to make the changes in your life to be who you want to be.
The book made me realise that although the path I'm on is not the one I originally wanted, I can still be happy! I have been just existing for a long time and now I'm starting to live life again. It's as if Rachel came into my house and pulled me out of bed. I feel as if she's one of my closest friends and said "come on, stop feeling sorry for yourself, get up and start being the best version of you that you can be!" I have been through a lot in life but it doesn't mean I should just give up. I can still have hopes and dreams, I just need to adjust them a little. And as Rachel says "no-one cares about your dreams as much as you do."
I now have the paper back of Girl, Wash Your Face now too and I've read it 3 times, I feel like I learn something new every time.
Rachel teaches you life skills to help you achieve whatever it is that you dream of.
The book is not only informative but my god is it funny. Rachel is so witty and will have you laughing at her funny stories.
I have recommended this book to my friends who have also fallen in love with it. I bought a copy yesterday for my cousins birthday and I can't wait to talk to her about it. It's one of those reads that you just want to share with everyone. It's the holy grail for all women, in all walks of life. Because the underlying message is the same for all of us, you deserve to be happy!!!
So I'll say it again... Girl, Wash Your Face has changed my life. Rachel Hollis, I just want to say Thank You! ❤️ xxx

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Not for everyone ( not God believers stay away)

Thank you to the author for sharing all the experiences. The author connects all her experiences and the message she wants to share too much with God, I respect her but it's not fair to generalize and for me the book started not to have any sense from the minute she involved religious and God with the message I was trying to find. I'm an atheist.

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  • MeredithNCSU girl
  • 07-04-18

More for women who are mothers

I did enjoy this book. much of the content spoke to me, woke me up, encouraged me to take control of my life and take action on my goals and dreams. My only real criticism is that there were a lot of times that I felt like I just couldn't relate, at all, or really follow along because it was so focused on being a good mother. I am not a mother and have chosen not to be one. More power to those that do! I salute you!!! If you're a mama and need some guidance and encouragement... this book is bomb!!! But for me, I got bored with the stories. Call me a terrible person... her testimony of her experiences were gripping but they didn't resonate with me... so I lost interest for a great deal of the book. However, overall I enjoyed it and will likely listen to it again, I'll just skip through the parts that don't speak to me. I loved the author's voice both physically as she read and in her story to call to action you living in your truth and speaking it too.

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  • Danielle
  • 09-02-18

Life changing

I am a 44 year old pastors wife and mom to 4 amazing children and this book has been life changing for me. I had been feeling like I’m too old to have dreams or to do anything new but this book has encouraged me to dream bigger and not limit myself. There are a few books that I listen to on audible and think “well, that was nice” but there are others that I will listen to again AND have to purchase the hard copy to highlight my favorite parts and revisit. This book is one that I have both! Rachel, thank you for being vulnerable and putting these words on pages for us to read! ❤️

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  • Molly Marriott
  • 15-04-18

Exhaustingly Self-Serving

Ugh. I REALLY wanted to be into this book...but dang, it’s exhausting to listen someone make a case over and over for how great and successful they are...all while trying to drop a few life-advice nuggets for the reader (all of which you could get from a 20 min scan of “motivational quotes” on Pinterest). Rachel REALLY wants you to know how fantastic and accomplished she is....wait, did you actually grasp how much she has achieved? Don’t worry...she’ll tell you a hundred different ways in this book. Plus, there is SO much God/Faith/“I’m a good Christian” mumbo jumbo that it just comes off dis-genuine, preachy and un-relatable. This former preacher’s daughter really wants to sell you herself...and some heavy handed Christian values, y’all!

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  • Liz F
  • 01-06-18

heavy Christian undertones

Prior to pruchasing, I didnt realize the book would be religious-ish. Okay, easy y'all -- No problems with this!

Just an FYI

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  • R. Gagnon
  • 06-07-18

This book gave me the "brain pain"

If you like wall decals that say "live love laugh", this book might be for you.

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  • Jessica Riggs
  • 29-03-18

It was ok.

Interesting stories but nothing new. Your typical Christian girl trying to be hip and relevant. Lots of “sweet friends” and “sisters”. Similar to Emily Ley. Predictable message. Was hoping for a little more practical instructions as to how to become who you’re meant to be.

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  • Christian
  • 07-02-18

Life Changer

I started following Rachel about two years ago after the birth of my third child. But it was at the end of 2016 which had been a rather difficult year for me and my family but most particularly me as I was in a season of being lost.. I had lost sight of who I was. Who I was as a wife, a mother and most of all who I was to myself.. It was when I was in that season that Rachel started her new year do you morning live streams, and I happened to stumble across one as I sipped my morning coffee and scrolled through facebook as you do at 5 am (because my kids are 5 amers by nature but I however am not). That day sent me on a journey that has not been easy and not been graceful but a journey I needed. I don’t have anyone in my life to remind me. Remind me of who I am and what I’m good at, to hold up the mirror and say girl you’ve got this. So for me that’s who Rachel is and that is what this book is.. So if you don’t have anyone to hold up the mirror for you, to remind you, or to just say girl you got this or even if you do you should read this book!!

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  • Mippa
  • 01-03-18

Meant for white evangelical women

What disappointed you about Girl, Wash Your Face?

As a recovering former evangelical, the tone and message of this book sent me back to the days in college where my peers would talk down to me in that holier-than-thou sanctimonious way. It was triggering, to say the least.

Would you ever listen to anything by Rachel Hollis again?

Absolutely not. This was my first foray into her works and absolutely my last.

Any additional comments?

Marketed as a secular memoir, this is really a religious self-help book. Definitely not a one-size-fits-all piece.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-04-18

Kind of annoying..

Would you recommend Girl, Wash Your Face to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book to someone who isn't looking for anything to deep. Some of the stories were entertaining and easy to relate to, but it lacked any real substance.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I found the narration to be irritating. Almost every statement ended with an upward inflection like she was asking a question.

Any additional comments?

I can see how some people might enjoy it, but it just wasn't for me.

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  • Joe Lupo
  • 21-02-18

Unrelatable unless you’re a wealthy married Christian woman

This book sounded like seven hours of the author bragging about her virtues, with the occasional anecdote that highlights her very privileged and Christian lifestyle.

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