A Beautiful Mess

Click here to check out Kristin Ritzau’s blog – “A Beautiful Mess” today, I got to be a featured blogger!

I read her book last year and absolutely loved it! Having the chance to write for her was SUCH a privilege and the piece is only one small glimpse of a huge journey through perfectionism that I wouldn’t dare pretend I’m finished with. Check it out! And read the other pieces on the blog, too, there are some phenomenal stories and pieces of art. 🙂

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Here’s a little info about her book, which inspired the blog:

A Beautiful Mess: A Perfectionist’s Journey Through Self-Care

(from the book jacket)

In a society obsessed with perfection, it is not surprising that so many women — especially Christian women — are breaking beneath the burden of expectation. With airbrushed models and “reality TV” blaring in stereo sound, it’s no wonder women are abusing themselves, literally, to maintain the perception of perfection.

If you are exhausted from trying to keep it all together or feel anxious at the thought of someone “finding you out” and calling you a fraud; if you are at the breaking point from meeting the demands of everyone else and always putting yourself last or simply beating yourself up because of your imperfections — this book was written for you.

In her debut book, Kristin Ritzau shares her very personal journey to overcome crippling perfectionism. As she navigated a new marriage, endured a quarter-life healthy crisis, and was forced to redefine the God of her childhood, Ritzau discovered freedom in accepting she was a beautiful mess. She didn’t need to clean up her “perfect” life any longer.

It was only through examining the emotional, mental, physical, sexual, and spiritual facets of herself, that she experienced the Holy Spirit’s healing: acceptance, contentment and rest. A Beautiful Mess will help readers do the same by introducing practices such as contemplative prayer, art journaling, and “playing in your body” while demystifiying the self-care journey. The best part of Ritzau’s story is that she is sharing it — to help other women heal and discover their own beautiful mess.

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