So what’s this book about? That’s a really important question. For one thing, it’s not about weight loss, although we will talk about that a little bit. And you won’t see any “before” and “after” pictures, because it’s not about that either. But I will tell you this: if you could take a “before” and “after” picture of my mind and heart, then you’d finally be on your way to understanding what Body Image Breakthrough is really about.
Like many women in our generation, my “before” included years of yo-yo dieting, negative (often really negative) self-talk, obsessive thoughts about my appearance, an unhealthy relationship with food, hating this or that part of my body, never feeling like I was pretty enough or thin enough or good enough, and on and on. But my “after” . . . well, let’s just say I’m now completely at peace with my body. The internal war is over, and it’s over in a big, big way. And it’s not because I learned to love myself or accept my body or any of that pop psychology stuff. No, the only reason my negative body image is gone and I now have a healthy relationship with food and obsessive thoughts no longer plague me is because of the Lord Jesus Christ. Period. Only He possessed enough power to pull me out of that dark abyss. And pull me out He did. I’ll never be able to find words to describe what it feels like to live in this place of peace and freedom. Truly, Christ can heal like no one else can heal. And He heals in a way that really is permanent and everlasting.
If you’re one who struggles with feelings of inadequacy, shame, or even hatred for your physical body, tell me, have you ever stopped and asked yourself where those unhealthy thoughts and feelings were coming from? I ask simply because I never did. I just continued to chase the dream of an ideal body like a mouse on a wheel. I thought if I could just muster up more willpower to get control of myself or fix certain parts of my body or master my issues with food, then all my internal turmoil would go away. But that never happened. Truth is, I just couldn’t win the battle on my own.
Thankfully, the Lord eventually helped me see that all my outward struggles were just symptoms of a bigger problem going on in the quiet corners of my mind and heart. Together, we began a process of digging down underneath all the outward stuff and tackling the obsessive thoughts and false beliefs that were fueling my negative body image. Then and only then was I able to break free from those awful chains and embrace my own individual beauty—a beauty that goes much deeper than anything the world could ever offer.
In the pages of Body Image Breakthrough, I’ll walk you through the same transformation process that the Lord led me through. This process includes a number of very important steps—steps that will show you how to dig to the root of your body image issues, how to replace an unhealthy relationship with food with powerful, God-given self-control, how to the detach yourself from the shallow, materialistic image of the world, and much more. Best of all, you’ll ultimately learn to see yourself the way Christ sees you . . . as an incredibly valuable and uniquely beautiful daughter of God. I hope you’ll join me on this journey. With the Lord’s help, you’ll never see yourself (or your body) the same way again.
This isn’t just a book for Young Women! Here’s some feedback from women of all ages (even a few grandmas!):
“Jaci has a gentle, yet compelling, way of pushing you out of your comfort zone and into a wonderful place of enlightenment and growth. Every woman, young or old, needs to understand the concepts presented in this book. You could read it just for enlightenment, and to see things in a way you have never seen them before, or you can use it to discover where you are in your personal journey….It will not only help you understand who you truly are, but also recognize the lies that hold you captive. As you journal about what you are learning, and feeling, the personal messages God has for you will be amazing.” -Wendy W.
“This amazing book will guide you in turning your “dragon nature” into divine nature. And more, it will leave you with an overwhelming desire to strengthen your relationship with The Prince who is devoted to rescuing you. I wish I had read this book as a teenager, but its message is for all ages, and I’m eager to read it again. And again.” -Julie S.
“I have never read a book that has had such an impact on my life! Although it was written for women, I told my husband he needs to read it….If you are like me and have struggled with putting off the natural man and becoming Christlike, then you need to read this book. You will see your Savior in a whole new light!”-Sarah M.
“Jaci’s knowledge of the scriptures and the way we can apply them personally in our everyday lives is refreshing, and her enthusiasm about living the gospel is contagious! Every time I opened this book, I had a surge of joy and hope that becoming one with my Savior can be a reality. Besides young women, adults can benefit greatly from her easy-to-understand insights….A wonderful, empowering book!”-Wendi B.
OVERVIEW OF A PRINCESS STORY:
Princess stories abound in today’s media-driven culture. If Disney’s success is any indication, our appetite for all-things-princess has truly become insatiable. Ever wonder why that is? Could there be something significant about these princess stories that goes beyond the realm of entertainment? I certainly believe that’s true. In fact, I believe we’re drawn to these stories because they speak to something buried deep within us—the longing to actually step into the shoes of a princess. Just imagine having your own adventure filled with drama, magic, and enough danger to keep things interesting. Add a prince to the mix and it would rival any chick flick on the market.
But what if the truth is that you’re already in a princess story—and you’re the one playing the starring role? In this book, I’ll show you how the gospel of Jesus Christ contains its own real-life fairy tale that includes not just a princess and her prince, but an evil villain, an awful monster, an epic battle, and a daring rescue. Though it’s written with young women in mind, the story truly speaks to women of all ages, reminding us of who we really are and who we’re meant to become. Perhaps it’s time we stop living vicariously through the lives of those animated princesses and step into our own bold, exhilarating adventure.