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Candace Cameron Bure first became known to millions as a co-star on the hit ABC television series Full House. Today, like her brother Kirk Cameron (Growing Pains, Fireproof), she is the rare Hollywood actor who is outspoken about her Christian faith and how it helps overcome certain obstacles.
Bure’s healthy lifestyle has been featured in US Weekly and People magazines as well as national talk shows including The View and NBC’s Today. In Reshaping It All, she continues the story, inspiring women to embrace a healthier lifestyle by moving faith to the forefront, making wise choices, and finding their worth in the eyes of God. Candace shares a candid account of her struggle with food and ultimately her healthy outlook on weight despite the toothpick-thin expectations of Hollywood.
More than a testimony, here is a motivational tool that will put readers on the right track and keep them there. In addition to practical advice, Candace offers a biblical perspective on appetite and self control that provides encouragement to women, guiding them toward freedom.
Includes 16-page black and white photo insert.
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About the Author
Candace Cameron Bure starred for eight seasons in the hit ABC television series Full House (still syndicated in more than 100 countries) and is now a featured cast member of ABC Family’s popular drama, Make It or Break It. She is also active among several charities and speaks to women nationwide about her faith-based weight loss success story. Candace lives with her husband, National Hockey League star Valeri Bure, and their three children in Los Angeles, California.
Darlene Schacht is founder and editor of Christian Women Online. She and her husband have four children and live in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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A Full House of My Own
Two nights ago Mom was in the kitchen when she heard Lev screaming, "Grandma, Grandma!" at the top of his lungs. Actually I think the entire neighborhood heard him. Startled, she ran outside to find Lev, standing on the front porch with tears streaming down his face. Meanwhile, Samson, our friendly canine giant, was proudly standing by, displaying his latest hunting trophy — a Muscovy duck. Make that a dead duck.
It was a little too gruesome for Mom's liking and Lev's sensitive soul too for that matter, who had just witnessed the aftermath of the hunt. Samson's tail didn't skip a beat as it waved a flag, announcing his victory.
Arriving at home, I was addressed by three children and one concerned Grandma who relayed each detail in color. Upon further investigation, we discovered that Samson had tangled with the wrong duck, leaving five orphaned ducklings waiting in a nearby drain for Momma Muscovy to come waddling home.
Now three kids and five ducks were crying, which put a whole new spin on the once cheerful tune, "Six Little Ducks Went Out to Play."
The next morning my daughter Natasha and the neighbors rescued the ducklings, packed their feathered bags, and moved them into our guest room. After all, Val and I only have three kids, three dogs, one hamster, a tortoise, and two busy careers on our plate; what's five more beaks to feed?
After looking into the persuasive eyes of my youngest son, Maks, I agreed to take them in for a week or so but also thought it best to give the Wildlife Center a call. They said to bring the ducklings into the center where they would care for them until it was time to introduce them back into the wild. I got the feeling that their idea of "the wild" was as far away from the Bure family as possible.
We packed the ducks into a cardboard box, along with some grass, a bowl of water, and one of Samson's favorite chew toys (no, not their mother) and made our way out to the car.
Natasha, being the drama queen that she is, cried the entire way there, but once she saw the ducks settling in, she agreed that it was the best plan.
I'm glad we rescued the ducklings, disappointed that my doggie annihilated their mom, and thrilled that I'm not adding five ducks to our already full house. We all miss our feathered little friends, but as cute as they were, that chirping had started to ring in our ears! So there you have a glimpse into the life of a Hollywood star; glamorous, huh?
Life can be glamorous at times when I'm traveling to far-off places, shooting a movie, or meeting fellow celebrities, but behind the scenes I live what most would consider an ordinary life:
I drive my kids to and from school most days.
I participate in classroom "mom stuff."
I'm on the board of our school's annual auction committee each year.
I take our dogs for walks and feed them.
We eat dinner at home almost every night.
I work out with friends — not a personal trainer.
I take an exercise class on Monday mornings in our school gym with a bunch of other moms.
I'm in charge of paying the bills, writing checks, and filing each month.
I fly economy most of the time — not first class.
I shop for our groceries.
I don't have a nanny, a chef, a personal trainer, a driver, or even a personal assistant (and boy, do I wish I did some days)!
I mop my floors often because our dogs like to swim in the pool then come in the house wet with mud on their feet — and let's not forget the feathers!
I'm a stain-removal fanatic, and I'm good at it!
And like everyone else — I hang out at Starbucks!
Yes, in many ways my life is ordinary, but it's also EXTRAordinary because of my relationship with the Most High God.
I pray this book will be more than a weight-loss book and far more than my testimony. I pray that by it faith will be your compass in this journey through weight loss to freedom, as it has also been mine. Not only is God wanting to walk this journey with you; He is ready to equip you to handle the job. Why? Because He is "able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us" (Eph. 3:20 NKJV). And besides that, He cares so deeply for you that even the hairs on your head are numbered.
I've known God since the age of twelve, but even though I called myself a "Christian" and said the "sinner's prayer," I wasn't living like one. It's different now. Today, rather than just walking alone under the umbrella of grace, I desire to walk there in fellowship with Him — a fellowship that has led me on a journey to freedom in Christ.
I've made many decisions about work because of my Christian walk. I've turned down several TV series to stay at home and raise my children. I've also turned down other roles because of content issues I feel strongly about.
I never thought I'd be someone who'd have the opportunity to speak at churches and share my testimony with thousands of people, but I can see now how God is using the success of Full House to reach millions of people for Him. How cool is that?
It's not every day that an opportunity like Full House comes along, but it did, and I'm glad that I was there to be a part of it all. I loved every day that I spent growing up in front of the camera and working on the set with the others. Acting always has and always will be a passion of mine. However, once family came along, I felt a desire to adjust my priorities.
Marrying an NHL hockey star and having three kids will change anyone's life, and it changed mine immensely. Suddenly I went from being a television star living in Hollywood to starring in my own role as a wife and mother at home with my kids. Because I love my career, the decision to be a stay-at-home mom was a tough one. We were living in Calgary, my oldest child Natasha was born, and I had started meeting with agents in LA again. After being in LA for a week and a half, I realized I was miserable. I hadn't seen my husband Val in ten days, and by the time I'd get home each night, Natasha was already asleep. Anyone who's a mom knows how tough that can be!
Shortly after returning home, Val and I sat down for a talk, and I poured out my thoughts.
Val's response was more than sympathetic, supportive, and encouraging, which was exactly what I needed to hear. While he had been fully supportive of my dreams, part of him quietly hoped I'd come to this conclusion. This reassurance that we were on the same page was great. We both looked forward to the opportunity it offered me to attend his games and keep cheering him on.
Both Val and I have never had a single regret in making our decision. I love working, but I also love the fact that God nudges us along through the seasons of our lives into unexpected places.
That season of my life was wonderful in so many ways; I was a young woman ready to open a new chapter in my life as a wife and a mom. The smile on my face went a long way, but at times it was covering a lot of insecurities and unknowns in my life. It was a season of blessings and a season of struggle, and during that time I took my first steps into the cycle of bulimia.
It started in Montreal. I was nineteen, engaged, and living with Val — as a good Christian girl ought not to do. Perhaps if I had been living and walking in faith, I wouldn't have started the cycle of binging and purging. But I did. One would expect that my situation had everything to do with the pin-thin expectations of Hollywood — the desire that so many starlets have to be thin. After all, I did fit the role of DJ Tanner, the sister with the Charlie Brown cheeks, who once went on a crash diet herself. But no, that wasn't me.
It had nothing to do with body image or trying to lose weight but had everything to do with adjustment and fear. As I prepared for marriage, had stopped working (as I had been since I was five), and was living in a foreign city, I felt that I had nothing left of my old life to turn to for balance. I was thrown (albeit, happily) into a world I knew nothing about — a housewife, a hockey wife, and soon after, a mom.
Loneliness set in during those years when Val was on the road, as it does for most hockey wives. We enjoyed wonderful summers together, but his time with the NHL essentially felt like a six-month road trip, at which time I was alone. Had it not been for our telephone calls two to three times a day, I don't know what I would have done.
What I did do is binge. There's something oddly comforting about food or, better said, the thought of food that tricks our minds into believing that it can and will fill our void. And so I listened to the lie hoping that it too would fill mine. In the beginning I only did it when Val was on the road — when I was by myself: me, the TV, and my food. One bite, one mouthful, one spoonful, then two ... until I was disgusted with the amount I'd consumed. Hoping to undo my discomfort and guilt, I would purge.
With all things bad, the more you do it, the more you get wrapped up in it. Thus it started happening when I wasn't alone — until I finally got caught.
There it was, out in the open. I stood face-to-face with my dad, watching him tear up as he discovered my shame. I knew he was afraid and worried for me. And since I love him so much, it broke my heart. I never wanted my actions to hurt the people I love.
English writer, Monica Baldwin writes, "What makes humility so desirable is the marvelous thing it does to us; it creates in us a capacity for the closest possible intimacy with God."
Humiliation depicts mankind as broken and weak before God, yet it holds power and freedom to those it affects. Getting caught, embarrassed, and ashamed was finally the turning point for me. The shame of admitting the lie in my heart was the truth that set me free.
What I didn't realize at the time is that my heart was longing for the things of this world. I ran to comfort food instead of running to God. I discovered my sin, but I hadn't discovered that my heart was in the wrong place. I sought moral reformation instead of a spiritual transformation. I had known who He was, but I still hadn't grasped who I was in His sight.
After reading a book my brother Kirk gave to me, The Way of the Master by Ray Comfort, my life and walk with God changed forever! It spoke of the Ten Commandments and revealed my sin in its true light. That day in church — way back when I was twelve — I had prayed the "sinner's prayer," asking God to forgive my sins, but I didn't even understand what my sin was. After holding my life up against the standard of the Ten Commandments, the law revealed my sin, and I went through every commandment, realizing that I had broken them all.
I also realized that God was going to judge me by this standard — not by the world's. If we break even the least of His commandments, we have broken His law (James 2:10). It would have been easy had I been able to go on measuring myself against the lives of other Hollywood child stars, but if I had, I wouldn't be walking in the peace and freedom that I am today. Seeing who I am in sin and who I have become through Him has caused me to drop to my knees and ask for forgiveness. I have come to the realization of how amazing God is by sending His Son, Jesus, to pay for my sin. That's why I choose to live a life pleasing to God and bask in the grace He gives to each and every one of us.
God has changed me in ways that words cannot describe. He has transformed the way I think and live my life. Things that were once important to me no longer are. I can't help but share that good news with you, how it has set me free, and how it can also free you!
My desire stays strong each and every day because of the gratitude I have in my heart for His selfless work on the cross. I'm so thankful for His sacrifice that I ask Him every day, "How can I be used? What can I do for You, Lord?" Perhaps writing this book and sharing my journey with you is one small way I can serve.
Leaving the past behind, I began a new walk with Christ, and I pray you will as well — no matter what stage you are in your journey. Whether you suffer with a constant pull to the fridge, have discouragement over failed weight-loss attempts, sense an empty space that you are filling with food, or you are hoping to glean motivation, this book is for you. I often receive letters from women who tell me they have lost twenty, thirty, forty, and even ninety pounds. Weight they could never lose before is finally coming off. What's their secret to success? It's the same as mine. We've finally moved faith to the forefront, which includes putting God first in our plan to lose weight.
As I take you with me on the journey through weight loss, I'd like us to step out of the box and step into a better understanding of our complexity. God's Word teaches that we consist of a physical body and a spirit. And yet it also speaks of our "flesh." Now our flesh in this sense doesn't refer to our actual physical flesh or skin. It refers to the innate desires or gut instincts that may be immediately satisfying but are ultimately destructive. Our physical body and spirit both play an important role in forming who we are but must be kept in line from our "flesh." If either our physical body or our spirit is out of alignment, we'll feel a spiritual imbalance.
Oftentimes we also feel a physical imbalance, which results in annoying symptoms such as a tightening waistband, lack of energy, or a disagreeable scale.
In order to recognize these separate components of your being and empower you to train them effectively, we'll discuss these three elements and how they work together throughout the pages of this book.
Starting a diet or buying a new shade of lipstick won't put you on a path to freedom. It might make you feel good on the outside, which is a natural part of your womanhood, but the change must begin with the transformation by the Spirit — the renewing of our minds.
In the next eighteen chapters, I'm going to teach you how to fill that empty space that calls out for food. I'll encourage you along the journey like a personal trainer that's cheering you on. I'll share ideas that will help you put down the food when it's time and later wisely pick it up again, and I'll offer practical tips on eating well and getting fit.
At the end of the following chapters, you'll find a section called "The Pantry: Chocked-full of Food for Thought." The pantry is organized for readers on the go, who want to flip open the book and grab something to chew on. There you'll find "A Slice of Advice," which is my response to personal fan mail. You'll also find "A Pinch of Practicality" offering practical application ideas and a quote in "The Candy Dish." And if you are looking for a recap of Scripture used in each chapter, check out "Food for Thought."
In a recent interview with US Weekly magazine, I was asked, "You're not starving yourself, right?"
The truth is that I love to eat, and I don't mind putting out the energy to stay fit. I enjoy wine with dinner, and I love my dessert, but the difference is that I've become accustomed to making better choices in the way I eat. Do I count calories? Not a chance. Do I make good choices with faith-focused determination? Absolutely!
Finally getting it right, I'm twenty-five pounds lighter than I was on Full House, I have a full house of my own, and I feel better than I ever did!
The Inside Scoop
While many of you were enjoying the summer heat by the pool, I was enjoying an early Christmas in Chester, Vermont, filming the Hallmark movie Moonlight & Mistletoe, where I starred alongside the adorable Tom Arnold.
Once the movie was wrapped, I answered the usual questions like:
What is Tom Arnold like?
What is an average day like when you're working on set?
Can you tell us about your wardrobe?
How did they keep the snow from melting?
Did you pick up any makeup tips that you can use at home?
Do you have any upcoming projects in the works?
I can tell you that most days started around 7:00 a.m. and we shot twelve to fourteen hour days. Some days were really hot, which was difficult when you have on five layers of T-shirts, sweaters, coats, gloves, and scarves! I was pretty much in every scene so there wasn't a day I didn't work. And after my long day was done, I'd have another hour of work back in my hotel room learning the next day's lines. That was an average day.
I can also tell you that Tom Arnold was wonderful to work with; I loved watching him work. His creativity in delivering everyday lines is inspiring! He was generous on the set, buying the crew ice cream and pizzas on long days, and he respected my faith.
In this chapter I'm going to give you the inside scoop, but it won't be about television, movies, or magazines. This one will be about you. When we fully understand what is really going on inside us, we can then understand why we're inclined to make the choices we do. We'll also understand why the transforming of our bodies must begin by the renewing of our minds. Our bodies aren't making these detrimental choices for us; they are simply animated by a mind that needs a mental makeover. Let's get started, shall we?
Excerpted from "Reshaping It All"
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Table of Contents
1 A Full House of My Own 1
2 The Inside Scoop 11
3 Grab Wings and Soar 25
4 Dad's Infinity and Beyond 37
5 Heads Up, Eyes Forward, Shoulders Back 51
6 Dressed in Designer Genes 63
7 Unlock Your Freedom 77
8 Live an Adorable Life 93
9 Don't Feed the Lions 107
10 Hey There, Delilah 119
11 Reviewing My Script 131
12 Life Is a Glass Jar 143
13 Discover Contentment 155
14 Learn the Art of Dining Out 167
15 A House Swept Clean 179
16 It Is Well with My Soul 189
17 Is Meekness a Weakness? 201
18 Leaving a Legacy 213
19 Being Good Isn't Good Enough 225
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am really enjoying this book. To be honest, I hesitated to buy it after I read a bunch of the reviews. Some made me want it more; some made me cautious. I had heard Candace Cameron Bure' speak and found her to be genuine and sincere, but that was over a year ago, and I wondered if I had missed something? Some of the reviews make this book sound as if it is centered on her and how amazing she is and that she serves a god of discipline. I find that NOT to be the case...more on that in a moment. I actually had the opportunity to her hear speak again LAST FRIDAY and was taking a friend, based on my previous experience. Once again, I was delighted with how genuine she is, how much she loves her Lord and Savior, and how deeply she feels that need for everyone to know Him...and delight in Him...and give their whole selves to Him... I had just begun following her and the co-author, Darlene Schacht (a darling woman of God), on twitter a short time before, and right after hearing her speak last week, I saw that there was a "65 days to Reshaping It all" challenge beginning in a few days. That did it. Having heard her speak so wonderfully again, having considered this purchase for awhile, and having various other confirmations that this was resource I was supposed to get, I ordered it the very next day. I'm not disappointed. I don't know what other reviewers were referring to when they mention the book jumping around or not being well-written...I have not found that to be the case at all! Granted I have only read 3 chapters, but honestly, I think a writing style would be prevalent by now, and those remarks do not characterize what I am seeing. I am seeing warmth, open-ness, and loving encouragement. Is it a sordid tell-all? No. Doesn't need to be. Candace openly acknowledges faults, quirks, what have you...issues that are just as the Word says, "common to man" which we all share, so guess what? We can all relate. (and by the way, having faults does not make one less of a Christian or ruin their witness...God has used many "fallen" folks along the way! and we ALL are! That's why we needed Jesus! and still do.) Is it rocket science? No. Many of us already know in our hearts what she is saying, and maybe just needed it confirmed this one last time. or next 30 times. As far as nutritional advice, again, nothing majorly new here, if you have read anything about nutrition...moderation, whole foods, eating when you are hungry and abstaining when you are not...but the focus is on how our relationship with God can change us from the inside out and give us the power to stand in these areas! So, if you are looking for a new diet book, or celebrity tell-all, or magic method to weight loss...this isn't really it...or maybe it is. Depends on your perspective... If you are looking to be changed from the inside out (and have that change be reflected in your health--physical, mental and spiritual), you must seek God first...and this book just may have the encouraging words that help you get there, or affirm that you are normal, or point you back to the Best Book of all... If you have a good friend or sister to whom you often listen for loving advice, you know how to hear that...THAT is what this book is like...pull up a chair, have a cup of coffee or tea, and sit down for a chat with sister/friend Candace...maybe her story will help you!
If you've ever struggled with food, diets or living healthy & staying healthy this is the book for you. Candace is honest and straightforward in her struggles with bondage to food & trying to live a healthy lifestyle and how she finally found freedom and victory through her relationship to God and His Word. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will most definitely recommend it to friends. Candace beautifully weaves together personal family stories, practical tips and scripture that has guided her on her journey to healthy living. It is by far one of the most unique and useful books on the market to help you reshape your body in 2011. Definitely a must read book!
Honestly one of the best weight loss books I have read. (And believe me, I have read MANY!) I will be sharing my excitement about this book with friends and plan to have it as a book club book.
This is a great book, very inspriational! Helps you to see the most important reason for staying healthy, to glorify God! When your reason for wanting to be healthier and more fit is deeper than a skinny pair of jeans it means more and gets through!
This is a great read for anyone who has ever struggled with eating. It puts important things into perspective and is NOT a diet book. I am excited to go forward with what I have read and apply it to my life.
I have always been a fan of Candace Cameron Bure as an actress and person, and now as an author she is fantastic! As a mother of 2 young children, I am already finding this book very inspiring and helpful. I couldn't put it down the first night I started reading it! Keep up the great work Candace!
I really enjoyed this book. Candance shares A lot of very inspiring passages both in her own words and biblical. I found myself so inspired at times that I was sharing those passages on Facebook. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who struggles with their relationship with food.
Yes, yes, you probably recognize the name and possibly the face...but something about her looks different. Candace Cameron Bure is the famous pre-teen beauty from Full House and is one of Kirk Cameron's sisters. (He was on Growing Pains, remember?) What's missing on that beautiful face of hers, though? Oh, yeah! The cute, chubby cheeks. You see, in the years since we last saw her on Full House she has done some growing up. And I must say, it looks beautiful on her. However, those years in between the cutesy pre-teen days and now have by no means been easy for her. In Reshaping It ALL, Candace openly shares the story of her life growing up as an actress, battling an eating disorder, and rediscovering her faith in Jesus Christ as her Savior. Candace Cameron Bure candidly (no pun intended) opens up her life and shares lessons learned along the way so that we can glean wisdom and practicality from her struggles and successes. Candace offers everything from narrative life recounting to thoughtful quotes she finds inspiring. She presents scripture to go along with each chapter as well as some down-to-earth advice on how to succeed at reshaping your body and soul. She even includes a favorite recipe with each chapter---several of which I have since made and enjoyed. Though Candace's problem is/was more in the area of addiction to food, my struggles are not the same. I do enjoy food, however I am pretty good about not overindulging and such. My issue is exercise---or lack thereof. Because I lack the energy, time, motivation, and stamina to begin and maintain a regular exercise program, my body is now showing the fruit of it. I could not have gotten this book at a better time. Thanks to Candace's encouragement, I plan to make this INSPIRATION turn into PERSPIRATION. And who knows, maybe that will in turn produce some much needed REJUVENATION! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher from B&House Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
This book approaches the weight/health issue from a faith perspective. The concepts are rooted in Scripture and paired with practical advice. I would not hesitate to share this with any of my friends seeking a healthy lifestyle grounded on Christ.
I really enjoyed this book. Candace shares pieces of her life mixed in with weight loss and living healthy. Candace has some really great points, ideas and encouragement throughout the book. There are pictures of her and her family. Some areas she seemed a little stuck on herself, but overall a wonderful, uplifting book. In the future, I am going to reread this book, just because the information and ideas are really good. She also includes easy, healthy, fast fix recipes. You can use this book with women's Bible Study groups. She loves the Lord, and she shares things about her personal walk with Jesus. I would highly recommend this book. GREAT read!
This book really gets down to the issues that have plagued me for many years, and gives advice that helps destroy th ROOT of the problem. I highly recommend it to anyone who has an unhealthy relationship with food.
I was very excited to stumble upon this book. I've been waiting years to hear Candace's personal story not only about her weight but about her walk with the Lord. This is a great book for anyone interested in her, or how we can better ourselves for the journey ahead.
Loved the book. If your looking for a different view on losing weight and a little spirituality along lots of motivation this is the book to read. I read it two times.
I grew up watching Candace Cameron as DJ on Full House, as I am sure most of us did, and I have always enjoyed watching her in all of her movies and TV shows. I have been amazed reading this book. She is so down to earth and a lot like you or I in most aspects of her life (other than the obvious). So far, this book has pushed my thinking to the next level about my spiritual and physical fitness and this was a push I definitely needed. Thank you Candace for writing this book. You are truly an inspirational person.
I am truly enjoying this book. It has sound practical advice mixed in with sound spiritual advice for everyday life. -Victoria
I highly recommend this book to any woman who is looking for a spiritual perspective on losing weight or maintaining a healthy diet. Scripture and inspirational quotes are given throughout the book. It also gives great advice on how to teach your children good eating habits.
Great book - I read it in two days. Im always looking for good christian based books and this is one of them. I really like the summary of the scriptures used in each chapter and the delicious nutritious recipes also. I hope Candace writes another book about her marriage and children.
I will be sharing this with friends and family. It is a quick read, with each chapter giving something new to think about and pray over.
I was never a huge fan of Full House but I have really enjoyed reading Candace's book. Full of great ideas on how to lead a healthy lifestyle with the family. NOT a diet book--thank goodness. The world has enough of those. It was interesting to read about her personal struggle with food. Can't wait to apply what I learned in the book--some of it I have heard before but it provided a good reminder on how to be balanced. Would recommend to friends!
I suffered with an eating disorder most of my life until I tackled it all on my own, now healthy and happy. We bought Candace's book because we heard she too, suffered with an eating disorder and won.I was disappointed and finished this book feeling like she was not battling anything, just being a superstar. Many references are made in this book to someone she knows who is "super petite" or "super skinny." We wondered why she mentioned that her daughter and her have the same shoe size. Tracy Gold that acted with her brother in his show as kids also had anorexia. Her co-star Jodi in Full House had problems. These girls also tackled their problems. I would be interested more in the 3 of them writing a book together about the hardships of growing up famous with their personal issues and self esteem and eating disorders they have tackled and won, not the life of a superstar(Candace) that continues to focus on looks, and how skinny people are. It is unbelievable to us that she is a spokesperson for young adults. Not a good idea.
This book is well written and easy to read. It is encouraging no matter were you are in your fitness journey. Scripture is used to bring enlightenment and to encourage. Her personal examples and parallels make you feel like you are not alone. Enjoy!!
Knowing Candace Cameron Bure's religious background, I was expecting this book to be very preachy and I was prepared for that. I even thought I could learn alot from it. But I have to say it was a hard read, only because I felt like I was reading in circles and not seeing anything I haven't seen so many times before. This was maybe a self help book for someone who has never read one before and is looking for the basics. I like to read books like these but only if there is a new philosophy or outlook to be taken from it. This was like every other book of its kind, but with spiritual applications. The memoir-like anecdotes made it a little more readable. Not bad overall but I was a little disappointed.
I really like how it's split up with answers to fan letter, scriptures and words of wisdom and some really good recipes.
A lot was common sense, just put in a new perspective. Most of the advice can be used in more areas of your life besides weight loss