I'm not a fan of Oprah or Dr. Phil. Truth is, it annoys me when people quote either of them as THE authority. I tend to look to the Bible as the source for my source of authority. So I requested Robin McGraw (Dr. Phil's wife) book with a chip on my shoulder. I thought I wouldn't like it. I was wrong.
Robin McGraw's book was a fun read! She writes in a easy to understand style about fitness, nutrition, skin care, menopause, hair, make up and fashion. Her chapter on hair care was filled with stories of her hair cut and color mistakes, stories that made me laugh at loud as I could relate in a "been there, done that" sense. But then she shared real insights from both her own experience and experts, not only in the hair category, but in nearly every category in the book.
While I would have expected her chapter on fitness to include stories about her gym and personal trainer, she shared real tips that every person can use, regardless of financial status. While she was very honest about the fact that she enjoys that options now, she related to the time in her life where she used a foot stool in her kitchen to step up and down on to burn calories when she couldn't afford a gym membership.
Her make-up chapter shared not only the expensive name brand products she uses every day, but tips on how apply your products, no matter what brands you use. I was also pleasantly surprised to learn we use the same brand mascara, Maybelline Great Lash.
The chapter I was waiting for however, was the faith chapter. After all, this is a book published by Thomas Nelson, the leading Christian publisher in the world. Like the other chapters, Robin shared of her experiences this time in her faith walk. I enjoyed learning that she is a Christian who loves the Lord. However, in her other chapters she was quick to offer tips ("Robin's Rx") on what you can do to improve in the topic area, and information from experts. In the faith chapter, she only shared her own experience.
I think she missed a great chance to offer non-Christians reading her book help in finding their faith, like the help she offered them in other areas of life not nearly as important. This extra step could have taken her book from a good read to great one.
I thought I wouldn't like a book by celebrity Dr. Phil's wife that I got for free from Thomas Nelson Publishing. I was wrong. And remember when I said this wasn't a book I'd normally buy? I was wrong about that too.
You can purchase "What's Age Got To Do With It?" By Robin McGraw from Thomas Nelson or any other book retailer.