Friday, February 16, 2018

Review: Why I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray


From the Back of the Book

Insecurity. As women, we all struggle with it.

Our skinny jeans mock us. Our age-defying serums with flecks of gold refuse to erase our crow's feet. Our social media feeds taunt us with everyone else's picture-perfect lives. If you've ever felt uninteresting, unlovable, or unattractive, you're ready for Lincee Ray's particular brand of hilarious (and hard-hitting) self-reflection.

Like a trustworthy friend, she shows us that the fastest way to happiness is to embrace ourselves in all our imperfection and trust that God knew what He was doing when He made us. From maneuvering the muffin top to navigating the sketchy waters of singleness to walking the judgmental halls of the workplace, Lincee's laugh-out-loud look at real life reveals many of the key truths she's learned about her identity:

Yoga pants are your friend, Jesus sees you, and green-bean diets are never the answer.

My Thoughts

When I saw Why I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray, I thought it would be a light read and I would come away with a few nuggets of inspiration which would make it worth the read. It lived up to my expectations, but what I didn't anticipate was how much I would enjoy this book. I LOVED IT!!! It is going on my favorites shelf!

We meet Lincee as she writes about her life starting in her teen years and brings us through college, starting her career, her marriage, and her current life stage as a single forty-something. She writes about her insecurities, she shares scripture that she quotes to combat negative thoughts, and she shares many laugh out loud stories about situations that she's gone through. Have I mentioned that I loved this book?!?

Lincee talks about her growing up years which I could totally relate to since we're about the same age. I really enjoyed reading about how she felt and what she went through. I hope lots of girls get the advice she gives to High School Senior Lincee. 

I love the following quote at the start of Part 2 of the book: "I know what it means to work hard in a man's world. I like to think I add some sparkle to their lives." I work hard in what is primarily a man's profession and I'm pretty sure my boss would fall out of his chair laughing if I told him that I add some sparkle to his life. When he recovered from his fall, he'd say "Is that what you call it?" I don't have any stories that could rival Lincee's Helicopter Underwater Evacuation Training (and Lincee has more work stories equally as adventurous!), however after one particular road trip with my boss, I started carrying a camera in my purse at all times (this was before phones had cameras) to document the things that happened to us while traveling. 

Lincee does deal with some hard stuff in the book. She writes about her marriage and divorce and how she truly developed a relationship with God as she was healing. Lincee writes about her longing to be  a mother and shares the scripture she uses to remind herself that God is with her and knows her longings.

Lincee spends some time writing about her on-line dating experiences and those of her friends. This is another area where I could relate to her. I was in my forties when I got married for the first time so I have decades of dating stories, many of which are from on-line matches. One of my most memorable on-line dates was with a guy who made me a balloon animal after we finished our meal. We were in a family style restaurant so there were lots of little eyes watching us by the time he was done. I wasn't sure if it was wildly romantic or if I should crawl under the table!

Lincee talks about her harrowing experience of having her appendix out as an adult. Again, she includes some great humor as she describes her walk to the bathroom at the speed of "an ambitious snail". Lincee talks about various friends and her mom who rallied around her, stayed with her, and helped her during her time of need. What is really wonderful about this section of the book is how Lincee says "I may not have a husband, but I do have a village." I got the warm fuzzies when I read this.

I highly recommend this book and plan to read it again! I want to be friends with Lincee!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I Was Inspired

The timing of my receipt and reading this book was a gift from God. I was having a rough week and this book was a breath of fresh air and very uplifting to me. It's neat how God works like that. :)

I was reminded by Lincee's friends and family being her village during her hospital stay that God takes care of us. Again...it's neat how God works like that. 

One of the scriptures Lincee quotes is Exodus 14:14: "The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." What a restful thought. 

About the Author


Lincee Ray is an accidental blogging superstar from Texas who now writes for EW.com and the Associates Press. An active speaker, she can be found at her popular web-site ihategreenbeans.com , where she makes it clear that she believes it's important to tell your story-even if it makes you seem a little crazy.

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