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In Bloom: Trading Restless Insecurity for Abiding Confidence

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Poignant, laugh-out-loud-funny, a must-read book for any woman who has ever felt like she just doesn't measure up.—Crystal Paine, New YorkTimes best-selling author
Every woman is intimately acquainted with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy. Whether fueled by a culture of makeover shows, by the lingering memories of mean girls, or by events much more wounding to the s
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by B Books
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Wow. That's literally what I thought every time I sat down to soak up some more of this book's goodness. While reading this beautiful book, I alternately laughed until I physically hurt and blinked to keep the tears at bay.

I read the author's first book a few years ago, and having followed her blog ever since and falling for her way with words, I jumped at the chance to review her new book. And I'm so glad I did.

With her signature southern charm, Kayla Aimee tackles the tough topics of shame, in
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Let me first start out by saying that I picked up In Bloom: Trading Restless Insecurity for Abiding Confidence by Kayla Aimee because the premise seems to be one that most women can relate to– insecurities. You know, the struggle with the girl in the mirror, seemingly glaringly obvious personality defects, and all of those fun ways we’ve sensed from childhood that we just don’t belong with the “it crowd.”

Given the insecurity struggle most women face, I was excited to dig into the pages of In Bl
Megan Byrd
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books-read
I really loved this book. Kayla was very honest with her struggles with insecurity and finding confidence through her identity in Christ. She tackled a number of areas where women struggle with insecurity: our bodies, our pasts, our gifts, our relationships, and our parenting to name a few. I felt like we could be good friends who bond over Baby Sitters Club books and 90s nostalgia. The book spoke to me personally but I also think it would be a very helpful and encouraging read for teen girls as ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book has all of Kayla Aimee’s southern charm and wit as she tackles a subject that most women deal with; insecurities.

Kayla used her own struggles as a way to make herself relatable and the reader believe that she can empathize.

If you want to read a humorous and relatable book about shame, marriage, parenting, and those closest to us in our lives, you should definitely be reading this book.
Kristin Bush
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
received an ebook copy of this book as part of the launch team. I will say that it is very addictive in reading that I was able to relate to it in some aspects. That’s where it ends. The book is very relatable like yes me too, I too encountered this. But it doesn’t go beyond the "me too" feeling for me. It takes on experiences after experiences that encourage you to say me too. But it’s not quite the best for getting past the feelings of inadequacy that come with the revelation of me too. We ge ...more
Becca-Rae Weidel
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW! I had no idea I had a long-lost twin I never knew about! From her short stature (I'm 4'9"), to her fear of escalators (odd I know, but my brain holds the same logic), it's almost as if I've discovered my very own alter-ego. Although not for all the same reasons, I was picked on as a kid as well. As an adult I try to put on a brave face as if I'm not at all affected by it anymore, but the truth is the scars run deep. During my late teens and early twenties, I had a few friends that really wo ...more
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So here's something you should know, I've been reading KA for about 10 years now...and she is one of the few bloggers whose voice has always remained true to who she is. Yes, she's changed - life does that to one - but she has never written in a way that you didn't feel invited into her life. And it is the same with this book.

While Anchored was the rawness of finding her way through one of the things I would never wish onto my worst enemy, In Bloom is the light of KA's humour and an understandin
Stephanie Homburg
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Warning: reading this book in public may garner funny looks from strangers.

I read most of Kayla Aimee’s new book, In Bloom, while on vacation. Because Kayla’s writing is funny and her daughter’s antics are hysterical, I laughed loudly on a quiet flight and startled the gentleman sitting next to me. Because Kayla’s writing is relatable to any woman who’s wondered “are these people really my friends? Is everyone just pretending to like me?” I nodded my head and muttered “preach!” on a shuttle bus
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I know what you are thinking. Why is a guy reading a book intended for women? Good question! I’m married to a woman. I’m the father of one. I pastor a slew of them. That is why I was glad to read the newest book from author Kayla Aimee entitled In Bloom: Trading Restless Insecurity for Abiding Confidence published by B & H.
As my daughter, who is now 19 and is attending college, was growing up I often wondered about the battles that were going on in the heart of a young girl. As she struggled wit
Lisa Hudson
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Whether you’re the new girl in school, the awkward girl in braces/thick glasses (or both), all the teenage angst, the bride trying to impress her husband with her culinary skills and cook his favorite dish “just like his Mother made it,” the new mom who who isn’t quite sure she’s ready to be fully responsible for a new baby or someone struggling to “find yourself” - all women have suffered/are suffering/will suffer from the from the feelings of inadequacy and inferiority. Kayla Aimee’s f
Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-living
If you are a woman insecurity comes just as naturally as breathing. Even the most seemingly put together woman deals with insecurity. Just when you think you have become a grown up and left junior high and mean girls behind, there they are right next to you.

But did you know that you don't have to live like that? Kayla Aimee helps us take an honest look at the insecurities that plague us. She shares her own humbling but hilarious experiences and allows us to take a peek inside her journey to conf
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
First of all, Kayla Aimee is a very gifted storyteller. I knew of Kayla many years ago, as she was a big part of the scrapbooking community. I then followed her blog during her extremely difficult time after her daughter was born as a micro preemie. I’ve found everything that she writes to be very enjoyable and funny so I was eager to read this book that deals with the subject of insecurity.

Kayla discusses her life and many times where she has felt excluded or rejected and I found myself relatin
Create With Joy
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Do you struggle with feelings of insecurity and shame that erode your sense of self-confidence and self-worth? In her new book In Bloom, Kayla Aimee offers a road map on how to transform your thinking and your life.

Filled with personal stories that will resonate with readers and truths gleaned from the lessons she's learned over the years, this book is filled with take-away after take-away – you'll want to read In Bloom with pen and highlighter in hand!

Most importantly, In Bloom is a book filled
Jessie Young
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I really really wanted to love this book. The description was great and I had (maybe too high?) high expectations for it. The author is very open and honest with her reader and isn’t afraid to say the ugly things we all think and feel. I commend her for that. It’s not easy to say to a close friend let alone strangers who will pick up your book. I could relate to what she was saying but that’s about it. I wanted more in terms of how can we practically get over these things with the help of the Lo ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to read this book as soon as I heard about it because I love Kayla’s storytelling that makes me laugh and then consider deeply my own life – often times on the same page. Plus the subtitle – “Trading Restless Insecurity for Abiding Confidence” – resonated with me.

So I read “In Bloom” and I was glad I did. Kayla Aimee really is a gifted storyteller. In this book, she addresses so many heavy topics like shame, purity, expectations, purpose, community, and relationships with fun and meani
Rebecca Jo
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
I just want to add Kayla Aimee to my list of people that I think I'd be best friends with... which includes Angie Smith, Kelly Ripa & Neil Patrick Harris. What a combo.
I loved Kayla's first book & this one to me was even better. Full of humor & insight into real life & always a point that directs you back to scripture & how God's words can apply to our lives.
I love this even has small group questions included with chapter break up & thinking about using this for my own small group. Totally a bo
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a treasure of a book! If you struggle with your worth, shame, your past, your parenting, this is a book you need to read!
"Shame is like a stockpile of stones that weigh us down. It dries us up until we’re nothing left but thorns atop the soil. It forbids us from flourishing."
God didn't make us to carry these things and Kayla shares stories of her own struggles and how God helped her to get through them.
This is a great book for young women to read!
I highly recommend it!
I received a fr
Melissa Henderson
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Insecurity and self doubt can occur at any time and any age. The author shares personal life stories while giving encouragement and hope. Each person has their own life experience and the way we handle these experiences can be a blessing to us and to others. This book made me laugh and cry. I kept thinking how some of the stories remind me of my own life. Great book. I received a copy for free and this is my own personal opinion.
Lori Jorgensen
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you’ve ever struggled to remove shame, insecurity or not enough from your thoughts then this is the book for you. Kayla shares from her heart on these same struggles and walks through the path to hope and healing with a firm foundation set in God’s word telling who you are in Christ!!!
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Officially a new favorite author. <3 ...more
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Insecurity has long been my unwanted companion. Since I’d love to be free from it, I chose this book from a virtual shelf. The bright, pretty blooms also called to me.

Kayla Aimee writes about tough subjects with lots of laughter and entertaining sarcasm. She tells many stories based on her past, and uses humor to open the door to dealing with past pain. Her hurts include suffering from bullying, always wanting to fit in, self-image problems, recovering from her parents’ divorce, and a child who
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of In Bloom from NetGalley in exchange for a review.

First of all: Kayla Aimee is a great writer.

She has this way of making you feel … comfortable. Accepted. Welcomed. Understood. This is really key for the message she is trying to send. In Bloom explores what happens when you silently absorb the messages that the world around you have given you. What happens when other people’s words reduce you, when you allow them to define you. What happens when you start to lose touch with w
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book touched my heart in so many ways. I felt like I was reading part of my story though these pages and it made me feel less alone. I recommend this book to all girls. I think you’ll be able to find a “me too” within these pages. Oh, and it’s funny too so you’ll be entertained as you have all the feels.
MaryAnn Bell
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Most women that I know seem to deal with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy. In today’s world of advertising, social media we are in a culture that is fueled by makeover shows, celebrities, and advertising that tells us how to dress, how to look and how to live. Most of the average day to day women have been hurt by the lasting memories of mean girls, or by other events much more wounding to the soul, we can become accustomed by self-doubt that it becomes ingrained to our self-image and think ...more
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been following Kayla and her blog for quite a few years now, since first hearing about her and Scarlette's story through a message board after Scarlette was born. (Which, if you haven't read her first book Anchored: Finding Hope in the Unexpected you should check that out too!)

So when I received the email looking for people to be part of the launch team, I signed up not really knowing much about the book but knowing if Kayla wrote it I would certainly enjoy it!

Little did I know how much thi
Julie McComas
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Do you know a woman that is not insecure about something? Let me answer that for you. No, you don't. Women are insecure about many things, but we usually won't tell you that. I go to the gym and work out with some pretty amazing women who compete in body building competitions, and they are insecure about their bodies too. Let's be honest, I could give each of them part of my body fat and they would still look good! But they see flaws in themselves that I just don't see. We are insecure beings.

Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
As I began reading this book, I had this feeling that the author must have been looking into my own head, reading my mind. That is how much I could relate to what she was saying! Yes! I've struggled most of my life with feelings of insecurity. I suppose I've always been what's considered "too sensitive". Someone made a comment, and even though it might not have been meant as an insult, it sure felt like it. A comment about my looks. Or something I did. Or feeling pushed back, not included with t ...more
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kayla Aimee is a local author! My uncle bought me this book & it was the perfect addition to my January devotions. So much of what she wrote reminds me %100 of my upbringing, childhood, young adult life & adulthood so far. Her writing is funny and joyful while still being piercing! Loved this! ...more
Kelsie Henry
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the first books I got to read in 2018 and I am confident it will be in the running for best book I read in 2018. In Bloom was so many of the things I needed to hear from a friend. And that’s exactly the way Kayla Aimee writes to you. She invites you into her precious family and tells her stories in an honest way that will forever challenge to be vulnerable in my own life. I count it a privilege to read her words, because each of her triumphs and struggles shared told the truth of who God ...more
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A special thanks to B&H/LifeWay for sending me a complimentary copy of Kayla Aimee’s book, In Bloom: Trading Restless Insecurity for Abiding Confidence.

In Kayla Aimiee’s new book, In Bloom: Trading Restless Insecurity for Abiding Confidence, she paints a portrait of what her own transformation looked like from living a life constrained by shame and doubt to living in freedom and grace. Her generous use of personal stories will have you chuckling aloud while also providing illustrations to the ab
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Kayla Aimee is a writer, mother and slightly spirited southern girl who spends her days uncovering hope and humor in unexpected places. She makes her home and garden in northern Georgia with her husband and daughter Scarlette, a former 25-week micro-preemie. Kayla shares stories of faith, family and her favorite things at Her first book, Anchored: Finding Hope in the Unexpected ...more

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