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The Real Me
Being The Girl God Sees
by Natalie Grant | Genre: Christian Living
Release Date: October 2005

From Publishers Weekly
As a best-selling recording artist, Grant looked the part of the all-together Christian female performer wowing crowds with her vocal gift and her graceful stage persona. Behind the scenes, however, it was a grimmer reality. Here, Grant recounts the first time she experienced revulsion after having vomited her food into the nearest commode. Though this bulimic ritual normally rendered Grant a sense of exhilaration, this time she felt utter shame, jumpstarting her journey toward making peace with her identity and appearance. In retrospect, Grant's initiation into bulimia came easily when as a college freshman she'd tried to retain ultimate control over her life by attempting to stay in the good graces of an outwardly focused boyfriend. After years of hiding her disorder, eventually unsuccessfully, Grant realized the need to look within and to God for healing. She uses Bible verses, stories of biblical female characters, and short, pithy devotional readings to urge girls, teens, and women to look to eternal markers as true indicators of their worth. With a soulful intensity, Grant succeeds both in retelling her painful path to freedom and in challenging women to stay healthy, be strong, and live joyously, unfettered by society's unrealistic definitions of beauty and value.
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Book Description

Teenage girls and soccer moms. Housewives and corporate executives. Young professionals and those who are retired. No matter their professions or responsibilities, women of all ages and all walks of life often struggle with an all-consuming issue-self-image. We as Americans are continually obsessed with the grass-is-greener, anything-else-is-better-than-what -we-have philosophy. And that is never truer for women than when it comes to our bodies and our self-images. The media and the world around us tell us that we should be perfect in every way. But this kind of scrutiny and obsession with perfection leaves women feeling unloved, unattractive, frustrated, and even depressed.

In The Real Me, contemporary Christian singer and songwriter Natalie Grant is on a mission to especially help young women deal with this struggle and to find acceptance in how God created them. And this struggle is something that Natalie understands fully-she gives the reader an inside look at her own struggle with image issues that led her on the path to bulimia. In acknowledging her pain and sharing her struggle, she offers practical help and hope to women of all ages.

Pages: 176
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

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The Real Me | Posted December 04, 2008
This book really showed me more about Natalie grant that I hadn't known before. I have always loved her music and it's very inspiring to read about her past struggles and how God helped her through them.

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Eye Opening!! | Posted November 19, 2008
That's exactly what it was for me at least, very eye opening. It's a great book for anyone to read, whether you've struggled with an eating disorder or not because that is not even close to everything that Natalie covers in this book. She covers everything about that and more. You may learn about issues you struggle with that you didn't even know about, I know I did. It's one of those books that can definitely help you to learn a thing or two about yourself, but it can also equip you to be able to help a friend in need.

It's also one of those books that you can read over and over again and never get tired of. One of those that, if you don't write personal things in it that you wouldn't want to share, then you can pass it along to friends and family. Or it could be one of those books that if you do write personal things in it, and you think it could help a friend or family member out, then it can cause you to go out and buy it for that person. I haven't yet but I think I might eventually. No matter how many times you read it, you will more than likely gain new knowledge that either you forgot the first(or more) time(s) around, or that just simply didn't catch your eye the first time around. It's also nice to go through it time and time again, and when you come across those parts where you had to write things down, it's nice to look at that and write down things as you read it again, and see how far you've come in that time period.

I suggest this book for anyone who is looking to learn something new about themselves, even if you don't struggle with an eating disorder. I also suggest buying this book for a friend or family member that you think could really use it. You never know, it could be the one thing that changes their life, or at least has an impact on their life. :)

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"The Real Me" is inspiring! | Posted April 13, 2008
I really liked reading Natalie Grants book "The Real Me"! Im reading it for the second time!
She is very inspiring. If any of you have the chance to go to Revolve it!

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=] | Posted February 24, 2008
Although I haven't read the whole book yet, what I've read so far is great. The book has made me realize alot of things and is a very inspiring book!

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