If I could recommend a book to read in 2022, this would be it! I’m guilty of looking back at my rookie mistakes with regret and embarrassment at my many bad choices. One of the most significant stumbling blocks for me on my healing journey has not been forgiving those who’ve hurt me but forgiving myself. I found this book to be a breath of fresh air, as it offers you the chance to look back at your younger self with kindness, grace, and a little more humor as you learn to look at yourself and your past differently. I found this book to be relatable and laughable, and it gives you 90’s nostalgia as you remember your past through a different lens. We all have a history that has shaped us into the valuable people we are today. I highly recommend this book if you need some encouragement and an awkward laughable remembrance down memory lane. I think it’s just the prescription you need to gracefully learn from, move on, forgive yourself, and put that airplane hand out the window as you gracefully cruise down the road and lean into who you are right now.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (July 19, 2022)
Paperback: 288 pages
In her highly anticipated nonfiction debut, comedian Kelly Bandas uses her trademark humor to recount stories of growing up and becoming a semifunctional adult in a dysfunctional world.
Raised in a devoutly Catholic home, Kelly Bandas spent her entire childhood trying hard not to tick off “the man” or the Lord. And for the most part, she crushed it. But as she got older and began to navigate what it looked like to truly live in a world where gender roles, race, and politics weren’t always so black and white, Kelly realized that her former worldview was beginning to feel like that pair of Forever 21 jeans that used to glide effortlessly over her hips but now required a lot of stretching and acrobatic maneuvering to shimmy into place. And she’s not alone.
In Rookie Mistakes, Kelly shares stories of growing up in a church-centered, male-dominated society and how those experiences shaped and primed her for a new chapter of life. In this debut collection of essays, Kelly shares:
- Funny, fast-paced, and uplifting stories
- Encouragement for women tired of feeling like they will never measure up—and don’t want to anyway.
- Inspiration to find your voice, your power, and your people
Kelly shares everything from laugh-out-loud accounts of Oregon Trail-themed first kisses to heartfelt insights gleaned from navigating life as a Christian feminist doing her best not to screw up being a parent of a child with a disability in a trans-racial family.
Rookie Mistakes is the call-to-action millennial women everywhere have been waiting for.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me as a reviewer by sending me a copy of this wonderful book.
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