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Letting Go of Perfect: Women, Expectations, and Authenticity

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Have you ever felt as though you didn’t recognize yourself in the mirror and yet you’re frantically trying to keep that image together? Felt bound by the dreams you had for life that you now realize have forced other expectations on you? Or maybe you’ve laughed at one of those insanely ridiculous moments in the day when absolutely everything goes wrong and no matter what y ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by B&H Books
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Rose
Mar 10, 2014 Rose rated it it was ok
Shelves: needs-review
Review to come very soon. So I actually picked this up as a random inspirational read from NetGalley, thinking it was something on the side of feminism and I didn't realize how strong of a Christian non-fiction narrative it was. Reading it with an open mind, I thought it was okay, if a bit repetitive and sluggish to get through. It left quite a bit to be desired, however.
Sarah
Sep 16, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
Just like the dandelion in this picture, we are fragile. A gust of wind could easily blow at any moment, revealing our imperfections. Now we’re left to resemble a misshapen weed. Can we be okay with being less than perfect? Amy Spiegel, wife of Jim Spiegel who co-authored The Love of Wisdom explores this in her book, Letting Go of Perfect.

When I first opened this book, I fell in love with the creative titles which were clever spin-offs of mostly recognizable classics. Instantly, beloved classics
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Aynne Cynar
Feb 09, 2017 Aynne Cynar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Solid theology and, even though directed toward the child-rearing, it's a delighful read for those beyond. And, her sense of humor is uplifting!
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First of all let me start this review by clarifying that I got the Advanced Reader’s Edition, Uncorrected Proof of this book via NetGalley. Thank you NetGalley.

I was immediately attracted to this book by the cover and title. The cover is delicate and feminine. It screams “estrogen filled book”! Ha ha ha Sure, it’s pink (not a color I go crazy for) but it’s nice to look at and it made me want to read this.
The title hooked me instantly. As a perfectionist, I was excited and hoped to read and find
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Crystal (Kris)
Jan 02, 2015 Crystal (Kris) rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, christian
Amy Spiegel makes a lot of great points on how to let go of the image of the perfect woman that bombards us in our daily lives. Many of these speak to my own heart, and I appreciate the message that she's sending out to us.

My problem with this book is with the organization. I know that many women love this book and how Spiegel shares details from her own life to drive home a point. I too appreciate how Spiegel draws from her own life to show us how we should direct attention to what God intends
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BiancaTC
Jun 25, 2014 BiancaTC rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-challenge
I chose Letting Go of Perfect because of its subject and because Angie Smith wrote the foreword. I am a big fan of Angie Smith's books, blog writings and her story.

It was easy for me to like the author because I could relate to her love for books as well as with her introvert personality. She is a realist and chooses to approach the subject in a realistic way, which I really appreciated. She doesn't give a 5 step guide or a couple of easy steps, instead she is honest about the messy in her life
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Lenore Webb
May 27, 2012 Lenore Webb rated it it was amazing
Now that leaves me with....well me! I still need to think of a new title for CG. I am not any closer. Actually I have no idea at all. How do you find the perfect title for you most beloved gift? And I do feel like it should be the perfect name. It would help if I could let go of just that. Perfect. I am so OCD about everything all of the time. Needing to have my home in order, things in their right place, fulfilling people's expectations of me. Amy Spiegel has words of comfort and harsh realitie ...more
Glenajo
Jun 10, 2012 Glenajo rated it really liked it
Since the sixties when the feminist movement began the campaign to brainwash women that they are not fulfilled unless they meet all the goals of a full time plus job, two stellar high achieving children, a perfect marriage, and a lovely home, women have struggled to keep up the insane pace. Self esteem plummets when one constantly attempts to meet goals that cannot be met by a human in 24 hours without help. We watch TV where people appear to create beautiful living spaces, glorious meals, and a ...more
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Jun 13, 2012 IrenesBookReviews rated it it was amazing
What do you think being perfect is all about? The author of this book takes some of the most common ideas of perfection and points you to the Lord as our standard instead of the worlds.

My favorite part of this book was in the back in a section called Letting Go Of Perfect This Week. It takes each day of the week and gives you something to work on that day. It really helps draw everything she is trying to get across together in an easy to follow format. You work on a particular principle for the
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Emily Fauble
May 08, 2012 Emily Fauble rated it really liked it
Chris gave me this book for Mother's Day and I was exited to read it having known Amy (& Jim) Spiegel from our time at Taylor University. Amy wrote a wonderful and encouraging book that I was very much able to relate to and appreciated all the more with her personal anecdotes, often of her children, the oldest two whom I knew from our time in IN. While any woman could read this story I think it is most beneficial to those of us moms, particularly moms with fairly young kids who struggle with ...more
Molly Harty
May 10, 2015 Molly Harty rated it liked it
Appreciated how familiar it felt. I only live about 30 miles from Amy. I loved the more personal parts of the stories but for me the "preaching" angle that was woven in got a little heavy-handed. I'm sure for a lot of people that are more scripture based it would be perfect but I tend to be more spiritual than formally religious.
Tish
Oct 29, 2012 Tish rated it it was amazing
The author is from Indiana and I felt like she wrote it for me personally! I could relate on so many different levels on dealing with such moody women, family issues and friends. Best book I've read in long time!
Maam
Sep 02, 2014 Maam rated it liked it
Shelves: faith
I really liked the beginning of this book and then I felt like she wandered off her point and put in a few chapters on how Christians "should" live which gave the impression of falling back into how to live perfectly Christian life.
Indy
Mar 16, 2014 Indy rated it it was amazing
We chose this book in our Moms Bible Study. It's an easy read. Humorous, in your face real but based on sound biblical principles. I found myself saying "wow-yep that's me" throughout most of it. Loved it!
Leanne
Jan 28, 2013 Leanne rated it liked it
Speigel is a good storyteller and gives good examples of the ideas that she is trying to get across. Enjoyed the book.
Rachel Joyce
Apr 27, 2015 Rachel Joyce rated it it was ok
Some of this is very good, but I'm very disappointed with her disregard for the principle of holiness as it applies to movies and music.
Brandy
I haven't finished this book yet. It had some uplifting messages but just wasn't speaking to me where I needed.
Chris
May 12, 2012 Chris rated it liked it
Thanks for sharing, Amy! I bought the book for Em for Mother's Day and enjoyed reading it myself as well.
Michelle Bodle
Feb 22, 2014 Michelle Bodle rated it really liked it
Shelves: christianity, women
Written in a conversational style this book approaches topics women deal with from a fresh perspective
Nikki
May 20, 2014 Nikki rated it it was ok
Didn't love this book. It had great Christian base but didn't really delve into what the title says it is.
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Amy Spiegel is a mom of four active kids, wife to a college professor, and graduate of Taylor University with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Political Science. Yes, a Christian author with a degree in something that involves the environment, indicative of her drive to shatter stereotypes and walk in faithfulness no matter the perception. She has spoken at various women’s events, writes weekl ...more
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“..."Dont marry an orange and expect him to turn into an apple." If you want an orange, great. If not, put him back in the proverbial fruit bowl for someone else to enjoy and move on.” 25 likes
“But that's just it; I can either focus on what I have lost, or what I have gained, and I choose the latter.” 21 likes
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