Friday, November 26, 2010

A Love Like Chaos

Have you ever read a book that inspired you to take action? A book that made you laugh and cry? A book where you could swear the author must have been spying on you in order to describe your most inward thoughts?

If I could only recommend one book (outside of the Bible), I would highly recommend Natalie Lloyd's book, Paperdoll. Reading this book literally felt like I was having a conversation with Natalie over a Peppermint Mocha as we talked about my biggest worries, fears, joys, and dreams.

Have you ever felt like when you just get to that "next spot" in your life you will be content?--when you get your degree, find the right guy, land your dream job, look a certain way, or start your own family? I know that I have definitely experienced my days of comparing myself to the faces staring back at me on magazine racks at Barnes & Nobles and wishing that I looked a certain way, dressed a certain way, or had a achieved the high sought-after popularity. The whole idea throughout Paperdoll is that we are already loved and valued. "There's something different about the Man by the well. He sees the real truth behind our smile. He knows when our smile is fake. He sees the motive behind our actions. He sees where we've been hurt in the past, and He wants to make us whole again. And He wants all of us-the brave part and the insecure, the bright and brooding. We get to bring the mess of who we are to Him and sort it out there in His presence." The God of the Universe created us exactly how He dreamed we should be! It's time to stop living in the land of paperdolls and fake perfection and choose to be real in the world around us.

I am declaring war on perfection. I'm deciding to finally be who God created me to be-flaws, fears, failures and all! I'm choosing to rip off the paper masks that I've created and just be me...and be totally and completely in love with the One who designed me the way that I am!

Want to join me? You can fight against paperdoll conformity too! I STRONGLY encourage you to dig into your Bible and pick up a copy of Paperdoll. Let Natalie's words inspires and encourage you.

BUT, you can also have the opportunity to WIN A SIGNED COPY of Natalie's book right here! What do you have to do to win? Choose one of the three options below:
  1. Follow me on Twitter (www.twitter.com/emilybcummins) and tweet this blog post.
  2. Email me @ emilybc91@yahoo.com why you want to fight against paperdoll conformity.
  3. Comment on this post why you want to read the book.


The winner will be announced on Friday, December 3!

12 comments:

Katie said...

I absolutely love this book. It's so good. :) Your review was great!

Sophie said...

I would LOVE to win this book. I love Natalie's writings. Please enter me! :)

Chloƫ said...

I'd love to read this book because I'm always comparing myself to other people. I too can relate to trying to "be someone else" in order to please other people. But I don't want to live life trying to please others - I want to live to please Christ.

I'd love to win! Thank you!

Melissa Renee said...

I would love to win this book! I always enjoy reading anything written by Natalie, and this book sounds like it has an excellent message that lots of girls need to hear.

Great review, by the way. Your blog is lovely. :)

Sarah B. said...

This sounds like a book, I would be interested in reading at this point in my life. I'm a homeschooled 15 year old girl. I found this contest through Natalie's blog (which I was directed to through susie mag).

Please enter me!

Steffanie Riley said...

Paperdoll is a fantastic book to read for any girl looking for a fresh taste on life. :) I adore it to pieces and am reading it right now! :) I give it as a gift to friends and recommend it all the time.

Courtney said...

I'm almost finished with this book and I LOVE it! I agree with everything you said. It's so amazing. I'd love to win an extra copy to let others enjoy the fabulousness of Natalie Lloyd :)

Kathryn said...

I have been wanting to read this book since I first heard of it. I grew up reading Natalie's column in Brio, and now I read her blog. I feel like she's a friend :) The subject of "Paperdoll" is close to my heart and I can't wait to read it...would love to win a copy.

ksmiley2[at]kent[dot]edu

Nonchalant Natalie said...

Although I am a gigantic fan of Natalie Lloyd and love everything she writes and want to be just like her when I grow up, that is not why I want to win this book. God has really been speaking to me lately about loving myself for exactly who I am, in Him, no exceptions. SO, I would adore the chance to add this book to my bookshelves :)

saira said...

I would love to win this book! Not only have I heard elsewhere that it is a great read but I can also totally relate to the description: wanting to get to a certain point in my life where (finishing school) where I feel everything will be just how I want to it, and not enjoying what I have right now.
Please enter me :)
PS) I live in the UK (I hope that I'm still in for a chance of winning)

Paris said...

I've been wanting to read this book! I need a lesson on perfection too hahaa

parisakins@gmail.com

allysonkate said...

I want to read this book because I absolutely adore Natalie and what she's done for young girls, and I also want to then give this book to a high school girl who has been severely struggling with self-worth.

Thank you!