Insecurity. As women, we all struggle with it. Our skinny jeans mock us. Our age-defying serums with flecks of gold refuse to erase our crow’s feet. Our social media feeds taunt us with everyone else’s picture-perfect lives. If you’ve ever felt uninteresting, unlovable, or unattractive, you’re ready for Lincee Ray’s particular brand of hilarious (and hard-hitting) self-reflection.
Like a trustworthy friend, she shows us that the fastest way to happiness is to embrace ourselves in all our imperfection and trust that God knew what He was doing when He made us. From maneuvering the muffin top to navigating the sketchy waters of singleness to walking the judgmental halls of the workplace, Lincee’s laugh-out-loud look at real life reveals many of the key truths she’s learned about her identity:
Yoga pants are your friend, Jesus sees you, and green-bean diets are never the answer.
PRAISE FOR WHY I HATE GREEN BEANS:
“Lincee is a brilliant writer. She once described me as ‘smelling of worn leather, a vintage nine iron and swagger.’ She pretty much nailed it. She is definitely worthy of the final rose.” —Chris Harrison, host of ABC’s Bachelor franchise and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
“I found myself laughing out loud, wiping away a few tears, and cheering her on every step of the way. Lincee is the best friend you wish you had. Get ready to fall in love with her and her fabulous debut book!” —Melanie Shankle, author of the Big Mama blog
“By the end of this book, you’ll think of Lincee as a favorite friend: someone who shoots straight, finds the funny in every situation, and reminds you what matters most. You are in for a treat!” —Sophie Hudson, author of Giddy Up,Eunice and cohost of The Big Boo Cast podcast
When I was growing up I was forced to eat a lot of canned green beans, so I hate them, detest them, and ignore them as menu selections. Heck, my dogs would not even eat them when I tried to hand them off under the table. Thankfully, my grandmother picked fresh green beans and they were best raw in my opinion – not cooked. Because of that affinity of hating this vegetable, I was drawn to Lincee Ray’s book, Why I Hate Green Beans. I had to know why she hated green beans.
First, the cover is gorgeous and the inner pages are divine. What’s written on the pages is brutal honesty about Lincee’s life experiences, both good and bad. We’ve all had bad experiences or the horrific experiences we wish never to recount again because they are embarrassing or either so ghastly you just keep them hidden deep away. You share them only in the possible instance if it helps another friend.
It’s experiencing both good and bad that create who we are and Lincee is brave enough to share her own experiences in a positive way that leaves you feeling like you can accomplish anything no matter what has happened to you, as well as helps you understand that you are not the only woman to have experienced life-changing realities or made mistakes.
In her conversational writing, Lincee not only tells her stories, she also offers advice she’s learned along the way. From drinking Amaretto sours, to accepting who you are is more important on the inside than the outside, and Taco Cabana is a lifesaver during college. Most importantly leggings are not pants! Plus she shares how praying and God helped in certain moments of her life.
I would highly recommend women from ages 20 to 60 read her book. You might be inspired to write your own story to share.
Lincee Ray is an accidental blogging superstar from Texas who now writes for EW.com and the Associated Press. An active speaker, she can be found at her popular website ihategreenbeans.com, where she makes it clear that she believes it’s important to tell your story—even if it makes you seem a little crazy. Connect with Lincee!
GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! FEBRUARY 13-22, 2018
Copy of Why I Hate Green Beans with a signed bookplate, $50 Barnes & Noble Gift Card, and Lincee’s Loves Basket which includes: Rave travel hairspray, Minnie Mouse ears, Vodka*, Heartbreakers Candy, Dr. Pepper, chocolate rose, and green jelly beans.
Copy of Why I Hate Green Beans with a signed bookplate, $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card
Copy of Why I Hate Green Beans with a signed bookplate, $10 Barnes & Noble Gift Card