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Overview "Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Natalie Grant offers help and hope for women struggling with the issues of self-image"--Provided by publisher.
Teenage girls and soccer moms. Housewives and corporate executives. Young professionals and those who are retired. No matter their professions or responsibilities, women of all ages and all walks of life often struggle with an all-consuming issue-self-image. We as Americans are continually obsessed with the grass-is-greener, anything-else-is-better-than-what -we-have philosophy. And that is never truer for women than when it comes to our bodies and our self-images. The media and the world around us tell us that we should be perfect in every way. But this kind of scrutiny and obsession with perfection leaves women feeling unloved, unattractive, frustrated, and even depressed.
In The Real Me, contemporary Christian singer and songwriter Natalie Grant is on a mission to especially help young women deal with this struggle and to find acceptance in how God created them. And this struggle is something that Natalie understands fully-she gives the reader an inside look at her own struggle with image issues that led her on the path to bulimia. In acknowledging her pain and sharing her struggle, she offers practical help and hope to women of all ages.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Real Me: Being the Girl God Sees by Natalie Grant has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Advance - 09/01/2005 page 81
Library Journal - 09/05/2005
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.74" Width: 5.08" Height: 0.47" Weight: 0.32 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2005
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0849908825 ISBN13 9780849908828 UPC 023755025876
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More About Natalie Grant
Natalie Diane Grant (born December 21, 1971) is a singer-songwriter of contemporary Christian music. She received the Gospel Music Association's Dove Award for Female Vocalist of the Year four consecutive years (2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009), and again in 2012. She was also nominated for a Grammy in 2012 for her performance of "Alive". Her signature song is "Held".
Natalie Grant first started in contemporary Christian music when she auditioned for the traveling music group Truth. Later she moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue her solo career. There she signed with Benson Records in 1997 and began working on her self-titled debut which was released in 1999. She left Benson for Pamplin Music soon after and released the album Stronger in 2001. She then ended up at Curb Records after Pamplin folded, where she has made five solo albums as of 2012, starting with Deeper Life in 2003. Awaken was her breakthrough success, in 2005. It was RIAA certified gold. It was followed by Love Revolution on August 24, 2010 and Hurricane on October 15, 2013.
Grant released three albums between 1999 and 2003, although the majority of her hits came later in her career. She has since reported being unhappy with the way she was imaged by her early record label which marketed her partly on her looks, and says of her first record, "It wasn't me at all either." However, she credits her early albums with having been necessary to her progressing and growing into an artist that takes control of such decisions, starting with her first widely successful album, Awaken.
Another factor that was essential to her later successes was a life-altering trip to India in 2004. Not only did this trip inspire her charitable pursuits, "but it brought a new passion and direction to her music." Instead of focusing only on what song might be a hit, Grant reports that she now focuses on songs that will inspire, give hope, and motivate others to make their lives matter.
There have been other noteworthy events along the way. She wrote a book entitled The Real Me in 2005. She toured on the Speaking Louder Than Before tour with Bebo Norman and Jeremy Camp in 2008. She contributed the song "Breathe On Me" to Crystal Aikin's self-titled debut album. She was a speaker and performer on the Revolve Tour, a conference for teen girls from Women of Faith. She toured with award winning, multi-platinum selling Billboard magazine's Artist of The Decade MercyMe in April 2011. Also, in October 2011 she starred in the Gospel Music Channel (GMC) made-for-television movie Decision.
Natalie Grant was born in 1971.
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In "The Real Me," Natalie Grant opens up her own true story of her journey to self-acceptance. She shares about her battle with an eating disorder called bulimia and shows how by the grace of God she was able to turn away from it and truly begin to be herself. Her story really hit me because she wrote it so heartfelt and "real," which definitely made it relatable to my own life. It's a very important subject because I think that every girl has stood in front of the mirror and wished for something totally different than what they see, it's a part of the pressure all girls are under to look pretty and thin. At times her words can be so powerful you feel like she was speaking directly to you! Natalie taught me to stop looking to MTV and Cosmo Girl for answers and start opening up God's word for the truth! Throughout the book Natalie inserts pieces of scripture, encouraging thoughts, and quotes that really wrap the book up into a wonderful package of inspiration. I found Natalie's book very helpful and definitely changed the way I perceive myself and others. It also helped strengthen my relationship with Christ and really showed me that not only does God love me, but he sees the real me and accepts me! I think that's the point that Natalie really stresses and gets across in her book. "The Real Me" helped re-define my definition of beauty and perfection. Now I truly believe that beauty is undefined and perfection is really non-existent. This is a book that no woman should miss out on!
From the Heart Feb 23, 2006
I am using my husband's account to write this, just to clear that up:)
I have been trying to broaden my Christian music listening and came across Natalie Grant's Awaken CD. Through looking up information about her I was led to this book. I am glad too! Natalie shares her battle with bulimia candidly. At first I was put off by the description of her making herself throw up, but I realized she does not want to gloss over it. It's not pretty and that's the point she emphasizes. You may not have ever faced an eating disorder, but there are other ways girls (and even boys) strive for attention and acceptance. The world we live in is not so concerned with what's inside the package as it is with the package itself. Some of things she had to say were things I could spout off as a Christian, but hearing her revelation of those simple truths, cemented them in my heart. "God never promised it would be easy but He did promise He'd be there for us" is one example. Something as Christians you hear a lot but there are moments that make it more real to us. That's what this book is about. It's about realizing God's plans for us, how He views us and how much He loves us. Natalie repeats that she is not perfect, even at the end of the book. This is not meant to make all of your problems go away, or to change your perception of yourself from "yeck" to "WOW!" What is written upon these pages is the road that got her to a place where she can live with herself. She accepts who she is. With any stronghold you may find yourself slipping back into old habits, and there are days where you'll feel beautiful and days when you just don't. This book is aimed at arming us with the knowledge (head & heart) we need to fight off the lies. Scripture is woven throughout the book and quotes, as well as stories from women of all ages. Any woman can benefit from this book, in that it teaches or serves to remind us of who we are in Christ. That is where our true identity is found and that is where true beauty lies. Her testimony to God's love in her life is moving and encourages me that I, too, can break free from a negative self-image. Natalie's book is simple, and from the heart. I hope it touches your heart as much as it touched mine.