The Body Is Not An Apology: My Book Review

The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-LoveThe Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Everyone who has a body should read this book. If you think you know what it is all about, you probably don’t.

I thought I knew. I have followed TBINAA on social media for years, so yeah, I know. But not really. This book had more depth and breadth than I anticipated. I bought the book on audible, but by Chapter 2 I knew that it wouldn’t be enough. I purchased the print book and started marking it up. The audiobook is fantastic, don’t get me wrong. Sonya’s voice is deep and clear and powerful. She also leaves in some of her “flubs.” A few times she repeats sentences and at one point she gives a little “oh” when she realizes she misspoke. At first, I thought this was poor editing, but then I realized it was a conscious choice. It is a statement on how we are not perfect nor are we meant to be. It helps me believe Sonya when she says that she too suffers from days where she struggles to find the body love, it is believable.

photo of cover of the body is not an apology.

My copy, with all of my post-it bookmarks

I’ve read the book, but I’m not finished with it. I figured out pretty early on that this wasn’t going to be a one-and-done read for me. I will need to read and re-read it many times. I will need to chew through the passages slowly and with reflection. I will need to use the inquiry questions as a workbook. I can’t remember a book that has impacted me this strongly in a really long time.

This is not a self-help book in the way typically self-help books work. It is more like a three-way conversation between you, your body, and Sonya, who is acting as some sort of marriage counselor, helping you and your body remember what you loved about each other in the first place.

If this book is on your “to read” list, move it to the top of the list. If it isn’t on your list, well, what are you waiting for?

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