Like many people, I’ve had a life-long battle with my weight. I’ve had highs and lows and at times bought into what society is saying. Coming to terms with my body being MY body and not someone else’s has been a challenge and only attainable through relationship with God.
That is the very premise of the new book, My Big Bottom Blessing: How Hating My Body Led to Loving My Life by Teasi Cannon.
About the Book ~
Teasi Cannon’s lifelong struggle with weight loss not only made her hate her body, but nearly sabotaged every aspect of her life and led to an emotional breakdown. Today she’s happy about the way she looks, not because her size has changed, but because her perspective has. Her funny, gut-honest insights will inspire millions of women of all ages with body image issues to embrace their value and beauty. They’ll learn to silence their own inner critics, debunk self-sabotaging lies, and get spiritually and emotionally free. Her book includes an in-depth book club or small group study guide.
About the Author~
Teasi’s personal journey with God started at the bottom, and skyrocketed…well, in part, because of her bottom. After years of hating her body, especially the size of her lower half, an ironic chain of events led to a beautiful untangling of understanding and hope. Now a respected speaker, women’s ministry leader and writer, Teasi delivers an inspiring message to all women—one of healing and godly empowerment.
Her desire to share what God revealed to her led Teasi to obtain a Master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty Theological Seminary. Though the book smarts help some, it’s what Teasi has tasted and seen personally of God that fuels her passion to teach others who may be caught in a stronghold. Teasi believes that God’s women have been lied to and she’s out to expose the liar. Armed with scripture, humor and the courage to be transparent, Teasi hopes to restore biblical Truth to self-doubting women: That their first love, Father God, gazes on each of them with joy and adoration every moment of every day.
Having survived many years of life in the wild — the middle school classroom, that is — Teasi Cannon has emerged with an even greater desire to help others learn. Though still privately enthralled with the simple joy of diagramming a sentence, Teasi’s focus has changed from teaching language arts … to watching God heal broken hearts.
Keep up with Teasi on her blog.
My Thoughts ~
She shares her journey through the years in a humorous and down to earth style. I could so relate to so much in this title. I never named the negative voices like she does here, but either in my head or out of the mouth of others I’ve heard many of the derogatory comments about my body that she felt about hers. And, I’ve joined in on the negativity at times without thinking about how my own projections might hurt others. Misery loves company, don’t ya’ know!
Is Teasi looking in MY head or is it just that so many of us suffer such similar maladies?
Okay, if you are looking for an inspirational story of someone who took the bull by the horns and is now model thin and living the dream life, then don’t bother with this book. However, if you are unhappy with your life and the struggles with weight and body image, this book could be inspirational for you.
As she goes through the different struggles she experienced, Teasi also adds in lists of Scripture to point you toward the truth in God’s Word and questions for the reader to delve a bit deeper on the topic addressed and how it applies to them. Some of the questions might not even ask you to leave your comfort zone and face some ugly truths about yourself. The bottom line in this book is that only God can bring us happiness and contentment while the world will always disappoint.
Have I completely overcome my struggles with weight and body image? No. But, I’ve sought counsel in prayer and become more proactive in my choices to be able to enjoy life rather than try to transform myself into the image society says is ‘desirable.’ Reading Teasi’s words helped to cement much of what I’d already come to realize and gave me further fodder for consideration as I journey in relationship with God here and do my best to live my life with an eye on the ultimate prize…Heaven.
My Big Bottom Blessing retails for $14.99 and is available through major retailers.
Disclaimer ~ I was sent a copy of this title to facilitate a review through Handlebar Marketing. No monetary compensation occurred and all opinions are my own.