undressed book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

UnDressed follows the personal account of author Mark Cornelison as he shares the story of his experience before, during and after his time as a contestant and finalist on NBC’s show The Biggest Loser. While the reality television show is all about losing physical weight, this book looks at what other things we need to take off in order to become better people and live better lives.

During his time on the show, Mark discovered who He is to God and that discovery shaped his life going forward. He challenges the reader to experience their own transformation by highlighting things we need to “take off” or undress in our lives. Among others, those things include stress, fear and a self-focus. In addition, he suggests we need to “put on” a proper understanding of God’s grace, a love for people and purpose for our lives.

I enjoyed Mark’s candid approach to life, his transparency regarding his struggles with food and his self-deprecating humor. Despite the fact that he was a pastor at the time, he shared his spiritual struggles which would have been easy to gloss over given the obvious issue with weight. I felt encouraged to look at my own areas that need attention and not continue to procrastinate another day. Unlike your typical weight loss book, there wasn’t a prescription for how to get it done. There are no recipes. There are no charts to count calories. This is a book dealing with issues of the heart.

UnDressed could easily be enjoyed by a wide audience. Whether someone is struggling with weight or something else is holding them back, Mark has a message of encouragement and hope that comes from sharing the message of God’s love for each of us. The chapters in this small books are short which makes it ideal for someone who needs a dose of encouragement but doesn’t enjoy long draw out books. Additionally, each chapter has a few helpful followup questions which could be discussed in a book club or small group of either teens or adults.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Sarah McCubbin is a homeschooling and foster mom in NE Ohio where she resides with her husband and 7 children. In addition to reading great books, she enjoys gardening, traveling and blogging at Living Unboxed.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Mark Cornelison. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.