I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
He Numbered the Pores on My Face: Hottie Lists, Clogged Pores, Eating Disorders, and Freedom from It All was written by Scarlet Hiltibidal. Earlier on in the year, I read Scarlet’s first book Afraid of All the Things and loved it so much, I couldn’t wait for this book to come out!
He Numbered the Pores on My Face was written for pre-teens and teenagers, but adult women can learn a lot from this, as well! Throughout the book Scarlet tells personal (and hilarious) stories from her childhood and adolescent years that everyone will be able to relate to. She also points the reader back to the gospel multiple times in every chapter.
This book is broken up into three parts:
Part 1) The Gospel Redefines Who You Are tells us that we are broken people with hearts that distrust God. We constantly choose things that lead to death instead of running to God. Scarlet reminds the reader that nothing we do or don’t do makes God love us any more or less. The Gospel moves our focus off of ourselves and our failures and onto our Perfect Savior, and our future with Him.
(The third chapter goes more into detail about the author’s eating disorder that I was concerned about in her first book.)
Part 2) The Gospel Shapes Who You Are goes over things like how your actions don’t define who you are. Scarlet says how believing what Jesus says about our worth is the only way for the exhausting cycle of physical perfection to end— Jesus rescued us from sin and promised us everlasting joy. We can find rest and comfort in that.
Part 3) The Gospel Tells You Who You’ll Be wraps the book up by telling the reader that every day we become more like Christ, and that someday, our ever-patient, ever-present God will fix this broken world, and He will make everything perfect! No sin, no shame, and not a single flaw.
This is a really great, fast-paced, and relatable book that will make you laugh out loud multiple times. There are also some very convicting parts, as well! Overall, I highly recommend this if you have a middle school or high school aged daughter, grand daughter, niece, etc (or even for yourself!).