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.