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CLOSED...Book Review: on all the things that make me beautiful

Saturday, July 24, 2010

When it comes to books, I am like a treasurer hunter except that I like to share what I dig up with everyone around me. Fellow blogger Nadirah Angail has written and self-published a gem called on all the things that make me beautiful: short inspirational essays on life, love & self. Nadirah devotes every page to offering spiritual wisdom to women on their relationships with themselves, each other, and those around them. Nadirah shares some thoughts on her book in this author Q&A:
What motivated you to write this book?
This book started as a blog. I noticed a lot of people responding well to what I was writing. I also noticed a huge need for something like this. I saw a lot of women who just didn't even know how beautiful they are. That bothered me. I've always wanted to write a book, but never knew what it would be about. Finally, it all just came together.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
After talking to different people who have read it, I see that each person interprets it differently, and that's great. I've had people get things out of this book that I didn't even know I was putting in it! I love that. Create your own meaning and context. The one thing I do want people to get is that women are so much more than how we are often portrayed and that we DO NOT have to accept the standards others put on us!

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Well, the essays were already on my different blogs, so it wasn't hard to write. I just had to compile it and clean it up some. The hardest things was getting over the fear and actually doing it.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned how much self publishing has changed. It used to be hard, a real hassle, but now there are so many options, there really is no good reason for an aspiring author not to just jump in and do it.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I'd like my readers to know how much I appreciate them and how I truly hope they receive something meaningful from the book. Never doubt yourself. You're just too freakin' awesome for that


My take: In my opinion, on all the things that make me beautiful is more than a self-help book, it's a self-empowerment book. It is a magnifying glass that takes a closer look at the problems women struggle with everyday like body image, dating, marriage, work, child-rearing and self-esteem. If you are constantly asking yourself, "why can't I find a good man?" or "why am I unhappy?" then you should read this book. You just might find the answers you seek.Buy it: you can receive an autographed copy of on all the things that make me beautiful from NadirahAngail.com for $14Win It: One lucky Marlie and Me reader is going to receive her (or his) own copy of on all the things that make me beautiful!

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2 comments:

septembermom said...

This book sounds wonderful Teresha! Thank you for sharing her insight in this interview. I will definitely look into getting this book.

Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

This entry was emailed to me by danarenaef at aol dot com:
I didn't know Nadirah has a Masters. I love that she is working every day to change the ugly truth of more and more families, communities, relationships, and traditions of marriage dissolving.

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