What it is:
In Weightless, Wicker discusses how her Catholic faith has helped her overcome her body image issues including eating disorders and offers tools for women to use to help embrace their own bodies--just the way God made them. In her own words,
Weightless is not only for women like me who have faced an eating disorder, but for any woman who is trying to spackle God-shaped holes with thinness, physical beauty, youth, or food.
Imagine God appearing to you at this very moment and handing you a beautiful, tangible gift-let's say a lovely crystal vase. Would you not do everything you could to keep it clean, untarnished, and sparkling? Would you not add sprigs of greenery and blossoms to make it even more magnificent? You'd surely place it in a prominent place, and every time you saw it, you would be struck by its beauty and be reminded that it was a gift from your heavenly Father.
We should treat our bodies with the same care and admiration.
- Great combination of personal anecdotes, statistics, Bible verses and quotes from spritual leaders like saints and Popes
- Narrow focus may make some portions uninteresting or uninspiring to readers who can't relate (i.e. readers who aren't moms or who aren't Catholic)
- Short length...I want more Kate Wicker!!
The Bottom Line:
Weightless is a great book that I highly recommend for any Catholic woman who is struggling with body images and/or self-esteem. While it's no replacement for professional treatment in the case of serious eating disorders, it is like having a friend you can turn to anytime, who knows what you've gone through and wants to remind you how much God loves you. I think Weightless would be a great book choice for any Catholic women's book groups comprised of women college-aged or above, and especially for a mother's group.
This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Weightless - Making peace with your body. They are also a great source for a Catechism of the Catholic Church or a Catholic Bible. I received a free copy of this book from The Catholic Company for review purposes.