Monday, January 12, 2009

What's Age Got to Do With It?

What's Age Got to Do with It?: Living Your Healthiest and Happiest Life is by Robin McGraw, wife of TV personality, Dr. Phil. I'm reviewing the book as a book review blogger for Thomas Nelson Publishing. For more information on this program, check out the Web site.

I chose this book based on the title and author alone. I thought I would get advice on how to feel good about myself or find ways to add meaning to my life as I pass in the senior citizen age group. Surprise! It’ about looking your best, taking care of your health, and not feeling guilty about it.

Honestly, I doubt if this book would have ever been published if not for her role in her husband's show. She says that people don’t believe she is 55 years old and that they always want to know how she maintains her youthful appearance. She also insists that women should not feel guilty about spending time and resources on themselves since they devote so much of their lives to taking care of others.

This book tells us in great detail about McGraw’s fitness, nutrition, skin care, hormone, hair, makeup, and fashion regimens. It’s more than I want to know! She provides brand names of products and names of experts who help her develop her regimens. She states often that there is significant cost involved but that there are ways to do it without spending so much.

And, yes, in the last chapter she tells “what’s faith got to do with it.” She includes far less detail in the faith chapter than in the others, a great disappointment to me, especially since the book is published by Christian publisher, Thomas Nelson.

You may have heard most of this before from other sources, but it is useful to have so much detailed information in one volume. I recommend the book for those looking for practical advice on how to look and feel younger.

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Carolina Mama said...

Hi I just reviewed the book too. As a younger woman, it is awesome for me to see what to expect and have some options offered to me. And to hear about topics other women do not discuss.

Isn't it exciting to have someone in Hollywood like the McGraw's who believe in Jesus and who actually write in their book that they have a personal relationship with Jesus.

Emily M. Akin, writer-editor said...

Good to have a younger woman's point of view on this book. Some of the things Robin suggests are things I should have done years ago. For you, there's still time!

And, yes, it is wonderful to have celebrities acknowledge their Christian faith. Since I posted the review, it occurred to me that the health and beauty tips actually serve as a "hook" so that the writer can share her faith with readers who would not hear her testimony any other way.