Review: The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Rene Taylor

This is the first book I have ever actively written in. I took notes on pages, underline, and wrote feelings, lots of feelings. It became a very personal experience for me. I'll never lend out my copy but I certainly would buy one for a friend if they asked to read it.

Because it became such a personal experience I am not sure how to write about it. I have been writing about my struggles with body image for years (see this post or this one). I've written reviews for other books that have helped me greatly (favorite one and favorite two). This one is different. 

Maybe it's because of Sonya Renee Taylor's direct questions, the unapologetic inquiry. 

Maybe it's because I'm at the point in my life where I want to wear a bikini because I want my skin to feel the sun and not give a damn that my thighs are touching. 

Maybe it's because the simple blunt way she writes was exactly what I needed to hear at the exact right time. 

Whatever the answer is, I highly recommend you pick this book up and give it a read. Our world could use some radical love right now. It's not a long book, there's only five chapters. Each powerful with great words. Some favorite lines include the following. 

Chapter 1

Making Self-Love Radical

Not only have we been trying to change our “wrong bodies” but we have also continued to apologize for the presumed discomfort our bodies rouse in others.

Chapter 2

Shame, Guilt, and Apology - Then and Now

To varying degrees and without very much thought, many of us have accepted what we have been told about our bodies and the bodies of others based on what our government allows, sanctions, ignores, or criminalizes.

Chapter 3

Building a Radical Self-Love Practice in an Age of Loathing

We are not either/or beings; we comprise a multitude of grey shades.

Chapter 4

A New Way Ordered by Love

How we show up to life reflects how we show up to ourselves.

Chapter 5

Your Radical Self-love Toolkit

Free and unmerited favor is a gift we can extend to ourselves regardless of faith or doctrine. We do not have to earn radical self-love.

We just are... love.