Your Body Is More Than Its Size, Sickness or Symptoms

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You were made for more than a love/hate relationship with your body.

It’s one thing to know in your head that you were created in the image of God. Yet it’s quite another to experience this belief in your body, against the cultural ideals of a woman’s worth. And between the two lies a world of frustration, disappointment, and the shame of somehow feeling both too much and never enough in your body.

The truest thing about you is that you are made and loved by God. And the truest thing about Him is that He cannot make bad things. Far from a superficial issue, self-image is a spiritual issue, because God has named your body good from the beginning. Whether your struggle is with eating and exercise habits, stress or trauma, infertility or injury, this book makes space for you to experience God meeting you in this tender place, and ring His freedom bell over your body in a whole new way.

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In the Bible, there is no mention of Mary Magdalene’s thighs…

Deborah’s teeth, Ruth’s waistline, Anna the prophetess’s forehead, Elsabeth’s stretch marks, Eve’s hair, Lois’ skin, Martha’s tunic size, or the symmetry (or lack thereof) of Miriam’s face.

Because the Lord looks at the heart. 

Their faithfulness was not defined by their bodies, their capacity to be used by God was not defined by their bodies, and their bodies were never the most interesting or compelling parts of their story.

Because the Lord looks at the heart.

What People Are Saying

“This is the message we’ve all waited for. A collective sigh for our souls from the prophetic voice that is Jess Connolly.”

Kennesha Buycks

Author of Restoration House

“We need this conversation to happen. Our bodies are gifts from God, not something to starve, critique, or feel shame over. Jess has catalyzed this needed conversation so beautifully and candidly in Breaking Free from Body Shame. Read this book!”

Jennie Allen

New York Times bestselling author of Get Out of Your Head and founder and visionary of IF:Gathering

“If you’ve ever hated the mirror, felt uncomfortable in your own skin, or complained about the body God’s given you, this is for you. Freedom and a biblical perspective is ours and Jess leads there courageously and vulnerably through this book.”

Ruth Chou Simons

Best-selling author of Beholding and Becoming and GraceLaced; artist and founder of GraceLaced

About Jess

Hey friends – I’m Jess. I’m obsessed with the freedom that is ours for the taking. I’m an author, a church leader, and a coach – but I’m also a gal who has experienced decades of shame + pain in my body. I’ve been on a journey to Break Free from Body Shame using God’s truth and now I’d love to invite you to join me. I believe that healing is available + revival is around the corner.

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