March 18, 2016

'I Said Yes' by Emily Maynard - Book Review

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I am a pretty massive fan of the Bachelor/Bachelorette. As in, I get mad when I watch the show with friends and they find it appropriate to talk about non-Bachelor related topics while the show is on. Should I be embarrassed about both of these thing? Probably, but truth is truth.

I recently had the opportunity to partner with Book Look Bloggers {:who provided me with a free copy of this book:} to read the former Bachelorette, Emily Maynard's, new book I Said Yes. As I sat down to read this book I knew very little of what this book was about and had little expectations of what the next 220 pages would hold. The book, in essence, was her life's story, including her childhood, stint on reality television {:both times:}, and how she found real love with her now husband, Tyler. It was about the yeses she said when she should have said no and the best yes she made when she made Jesus more than her Savior, but Lord of her life.

I am already a fan of Emily Maynard's, so when I sat down with this book, I already wanted to like it. And like it I did. I would have finished the entire book in one sitting if my iPad had not died 40 pages from the end.

What I loved most about the book is an inside look into the real woman who is actually behind the southern drawl; stylish, put together exterior; and beautiful blond locks that give every woman instant hair envy. It struck me deeply how easy it is to envy another person's life when you only see the highlight reels on television and social media. Reading the struggles Emily went through of losing her first love; being a single, teen, mom; managing being torn apart in the media during the Bachelor and Bachelorette; dealing publicly with relationship issues that are, for normal people, private; and her own journey of discovering her personal Jesus only gave me more of a reason to fall in love with the real Emily, not just the TV Emily.

Bachelor fans will love the inside scoop she gives on what happens behind the scenes of the show - from how contestants are interviewed before appearing on the Bachelor to how some moments actually play out with the help of producers' encouragement. They will also love reliving moments from the Bachelor and Bachelorette as Emily provides an inside look at what was actually going through her head and heart in those moments.

This book is not one that will leave you with earth shattering revelation or leave you with an immeasurable take away. But, I don't think it is meant to. It is simply a story of an everyday, ordinary girl who was searching for something, of what she wasn't completely sure, and ended up saying yes to a lot of the wrong things {:mainly men:} until she discovered the only yes that could truly satisfy the deepest parts of her soul - and that is a beautiful thing.

The last chapter had me reading with watery eyes and a heart so stirred that I could not wait to open my Bible.
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1 comment:

  1. I honestly have no idea who the author is. I rarely watch The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. With that said, this sounds like a good book. I'll have to check in to getting it to read.


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