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Review of Uncensored: A guide to putting on your big girl panties

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Uncensored: A guide to putting on your big girl panties" by Theresa Tirk.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Theresa Tirk is now a life coach, a certified aromatherapist, and a “ritual queen.” She is intent on helping women achieve peaceful and joyful lives. Was she always so self-assured? You will never guess. In this “self-help memoir,” she details how she was able to rise from the depths of despair.

Uncensored: A Guide to Putting on Your Big Girl Panties is not an advertisement for Victoria’s Secret. The title only highlights the author’s contagious sense of humor that appropriately cushions the impact of the painful experiences that she narrates. She grew up with parents who were addicted to alcohol and drugs. To avoid trouble, she learned the trick of people-pleasing at an early age. She felt that she needed to make everyone happy, that is, everyone but herself. Her people-pleasing activities persisted as she transitioned into being a wife and mother. One day, she found herself seriously contemplating suicide.

Theresa’s story started with a sad childhood; she had undiagnosed depression from when she was very young. However, the reader need not have experienced such a traumatic past to benefit from the book. While it presumably caters to women, the book can teach men a few things as well. The men may not be comfortable reading the paper copy in public, though.

Each section of the book ends with points to ponder. Theresa encourages her readers to jot down their answers to questions relevant to the matter discussed. She also attaches “how-to” guides after each section and as appendices. These guides alone are reason enough to buy the book. I enjoyed her discussion of the various self-help modalities, which she calls “rituals”; podcasts, essential oils, and the Hawaiian practice of forgiveness, Ho’oponopono, are among them.

The book is written in the first person. Theresa uses an informal tone, calling the reader “my friend” and “lady,” taking them into her confidence. It is difficult not to relax and relish the read, despite the painful moments that pepper the pages.

I would have wanted to give the book the perfect rating, but a couple of things stopped me. The imperfect editing was one. Recognizing the casual voice employed, I chalked up the comma splices and sentence fragments to “poetic license.” However, there were many other editing slipups; I hope the author can treat those hiccups. I also noted 18 missing pages. For example, I couldn’t find pages 37 and 38. Perhaps it was a formatting issue with my EPUB reader. I didn’t seem to miss any content, though. A section entitled “Epilogue” had nothing on the page apart from the title. Another negative for me was the heavy swearing throughout the book. I didn’t think the “four-letter words” were needed that frequently. After weighing the pros and cons, I decided to rate the book 3 out of 4 stars.

Uncensored would help adult women, whether they have psychological issues or not. Theresa’s healing journey is uplifting. We certainly crave positive reinforcement these days. As mentioned above, adult men are welcome to share Theresa’s secrets, too.

Allow me to end with this inspiring quote from the book, although it is not an original from the author: “Always remember this: You can’t wear a crown if your head is down.”

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I think anyone who can transcend the upbringing that the author had, deserves to have their story told. As an adult male, I would be happy to read this book as wisdom coming out of life experiences should not be handcuffed by gender-based stereotyping.
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A great book on how to rise from the depths of despair.
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Fareed Regal wrote: 27 Oct 2021, 04:02 I think anyone who can transcend the upbringing that the author had, deserves to have their story told. As an adult male, I would be happy to read this book as wisdom coming out of life experiences should not be handcuffed by gender-based stereotyping.
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Ekezie1998 wrote: 28 Oct 2021, 12:05 A great book on how to rise from the depths of despair.
Theresa and I thank you for the visit!
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It sounds like the author went through a lot to get to where she is now. Learning to grow up in that environment is difficult. Good for her to share her experiences.
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Rachael S 1 wrote: 28 Oct 2021, 16:32 It sounds like the author went through a lot to get to where she is now. Learning to grow up in that environment is difficult. Good for her to share her experiences.
Yes, her story tells us that no one is beyond healing.
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I liked the author's sense of humor, she did great on making such a catchy title. The title is way different from what the book has to offer. Your review was excellently written.
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Unosthetic wrote: 01 Nov 2021, 19:05 I liked the author's sense of humor, she did great on making such a catchy title. The title is way different from what the book has to offer. Your review was excellently written.
Thank you for dropping by and making my day with your excellent comment! 😆
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This was such a thorough review! I liked how you specified all the cons of the book, too. Well done!
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Such a difficult childhood. The quote at the end is beautiful as well. This is a book ill love to read. Thanks for a lovely review.
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I love a book with a good question section at the end of the chapters. Thanks for yet another queenly review!
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I think it is good that each chapter contains points to weight as well as self-help modalities, ie. rituals.
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The book seems to be very interesting and unique - people pleasing activities are rarely covered. I would like to read this on, but sorry about the issues tho. Thank you very much for a great review!
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This book seems quite informative and helpful. I want to know more about the author’s rituals. Thanks for your wonderful review!
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