Thursday, July 12, 2012

My Big Bottom Blessing by Teasi Cannon

I'd not heard of Teasi Cannon before reading her book, My Big Bottom Blessing, but now I feel like I could spend some girlfriend time with this chick. While her story at times is heartbreaking, she has a great wit about her and uses it to share and teach. If you're dealing with a life long feeling of inadequacy due to your image in the mirror and the size of your jeans, then I urge you to read this book, however, I will add that most women are dissatisfied with the way they look and some may feel that this book pushes aside the health risks of being truly overweight. While I agree that we do need to come to the place where we can accept ourselves, that isn't a go ahead to have a free-for-all every time there is food in front of you. You do need to make wise choices, not only for your outward appearance, but to prolong good health. If you're struggling then my advice to you would be to join some kind of program that teaches you the healthy way to lose those extra pounds and to keep them off.
Teasi's story deals with much more than just weight. There's an underlying cause to her struggles and as you read she will share them with you. If you are like her then you may need more than just a diet plan and willpower, you may need to see a Christian counselor who can help you to work through your issues and deal with things Biblically.
If you are more like me and just need to be accountable then might I suggest that you join me and use My Fitness Pal? It's been a great program that I've used this year and have successfully dropped the few pounds that creeped up behind me (pun soooo intended!) the past few years. And the best part is that it's FREE!  
This book was provided for review by PR By the Book.

Blessed by a Big Bottom
How one woman ditched the scale, made up with her mirror, and started loving her God-given body

"This book's healing truth and humor are a song to my spirit."
– Wynonna Judd
NASHVILLE – In a recent poll by Glamour, a stunning 97% percent of women admitted to having at least one "I hate my body" thought each day.  Even more depressing?  On average, those women – just about all of us – have not one, but 13 negative body thoughts daily.

Author Teasi Cannon knows the feeling well. "For most of my life," she says, “disgust would have been the appropriate word to define what I felt when looking in the mirror."

Until, that is, Teasi decided to take a bold step. She would stop hating herself and start loving the body God gave her. But at 50 pounds over the weight society deems appropriate, was that even possible? 

In My Big Bottom Blessing: How Hating My Body Led to Loving My Life May 2012, Worthy Publishing, trade paper, $14.99, 224 pages),Teasi recounts her journey in moving (and often hilarious) detail.  Yet this isn't just the story of a woman who has finally conquered the negative voices in her head – it's a call to arms for all women.

"Daily, millions of women like you and me go into a bathroom where a lie—a mirror—is waiting to berate them," says Teasi.  "There are as many different definitions of beauty as there are locations on the map. In some countries, the fatter a woman is, the more beautiful she is.  So this is my challenge: To set ourselves free.  From the self-sabotage.  And from believing that being thin means having true value."

From a failed first marriage to an abusive alcoholic, to a fictional "trainer" living inside her head – telling her what a fitness failure she was – My Big Bottom Blessing is Teasi's unflinchingly honest portrayal of a struggle millions of women experience every day.  But it is also a funny, gut-honest tale that will inspire readers of all ages with body image issues to embrace their value and beauty.  They’ll learn to silence their own inner critics, debunk self-sabotaging lies, and get spiritually and emotionally happy. 
Teasi Cannon Teasi Cannon has an M.A. in pastoral counseling. She is a teacher and conference leader based in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and three children.  Learn more at, and on Twitter: @TeasiCannon

Worthy Publishing (, a division of Worthy Media, Inc., is a privately held company whose mission is helping people experience the heart of God. Worthy is an independent voice in Christian publishing, managing editorial, marketing, publicity, sales, and distribution from its home offices in Brentwood, TN. Worthy focuses on a boutique list of new books each year, crossing a broad spectrum on genres, including fiction, Bible study, current events, devotionals, biography, leadership, specialized Bibles, as well as spiritual and personal growth.                                 

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