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Includes audiobook-exclusive coaching sessions from Jess!

You were made for more than a love/hate relationship with your body.

It's one thing to know in your head that you were created in the image of God. Yet it's quite another to experience this belief in your body, against the cultural ideals of a woman's worth. And between the two lies a world of frustration, disappointment, and the shame of somehow feeling both too much and never enough in your body.

Jess Connolly is a best-selling author, sought-after speaker, and trusted Bible teacher who knows this inner conflict all too well, and this book details her journey - and yours - of setting out to discover how to break free from the broken beliefs we all hold about our bodies that hold us back from our fullest life.

The truest thing about you is that you are made and loved by God. And the truest thing about him is that he cannot make bad things. This book will help you believe it with your whole self, as Jess guides you through an eye-opening, empowering process of:

  • Renaming what the world has labeled as less-than
  • Resting in God's workmanship
  • Experiencing restoration where there has been injury
  • And becoming a change agent in partnering with God to bring revival to a generation of women 

Far from a superficial issue, self-image is a spiritual issue, because God has named your body good from the beginning. Whether your struggle is with eating and exercise habits, stress or trauma, infertility or injury, this book makes space for you to experience God meeting you in this tender place, and ring his freedom bell over your body in a whole new way.

Reflection questions, contributor information, and resources are available in the audiobook companion PDF download.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

©2021 Jess Connolly (P)2021 Zondervan

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Must Listen!!

I bought the audiobook and the physical book because I love to highlight hard copies, but the audiobook is an absolute MUST! I found myself caught up in her emotions as she read the book. Jess breaks down the strongholds of words placed on us about our body by friends or family members of our past that we have carried as mountains. Learning how to live in freedom because God only makes good things and he made US. My body is GOOD. I can release the hurtful words I’ve carried for far too long, because I’m made in His image.
Breaking Free isn’t just a book, it’s a movement. It’s words that I wish I would have had at 10 years old. It’s healing things inside me that I didn’t know were still there. It’s also helping me form conversations to have with my daughter. She will never have to be shameful of her God-given body, like so many of us were. Listen to the book! You will not regret stepping into loving your body.

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Completely Life Changing

I don’t usually write reviews. Negative or positive. But I feel compelled to do this review because holy cow, the truth in this book has literally changed my life. I was telling my husband through tears last week that I felt like my constant cycle of body betterment and mistreatment was like a prison. He asked me what we could do to fix it. I said, “I don’t know. It wouldn’t be a prison if I knew a way out.” A few days later, a friend of mine mentions she’s reading this book. I feel it’s something I definitely should look into. I download it and start listening that night. I finished the book in three days. During those three days, there were so many healing tears. It was like listening to the author speak biblical truths over me about my body gave me permission to let go of so many things I shouldn’t have been holding onto. I have a long way to go but I feel FREEDOM and I want to shout it from the rooftops.

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This Book sounds and feels like Love and freedom

Jess gives such life to Gods words and idea of his creation. This is the book everyone should read. There is freedom waiting for you and those you love in the pages of this book. It’s been one of the best things I’ve encountered in a book in a long time! Time to break free from the lies you have heard and agreed with about your body and the bodies of those around you!

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Ladies this is for you!

Love this book. I encourage all ladies to read this. Breakdown your thought process,, the ways culture has taught you and find freedom.

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Every single woman, young adult, etc. needs this book in their hands. The grace, truth, vulnerability, there are not enough words to write that describe what the words in this book did on my heart, thank you Jesus, and thank you Jess. 10/10 recommended!

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Absolutely life changing

Wow!!! I don’t read many books because it’s hard for me to stay engaged. But this book…wow. I am forever changed. Thank you Jess for all of the teaching you provided through this book! Highly recommend!

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Amazing!!

This is the second book I have gotten from Jess and she just keeps me hanging on to every word!!! I have listened to several audio books and I have to say she is my favorite!! I love her joy and even more special her sharing her deep emotions!! I have never met her personally but I would trust her with my "stuff'. She is the real deal!

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This book changed my view of “healthy”

I was VERY skeptical and all eye-rolling when I heard about this book. But, God. I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I didn’t know I could feel freed from the drive and strive mentality of my body as a project. I didn’t know about all the ways my body has been placed before a world that harshly judges and urges perfection. Until I did. This book was enlightening. I’m on my second round of listening and it is even better.

If you are a striver. Someone who wants body perfection and feel like a work in progress. Let this book speak into your heart. It’s helpful, even when you have more pride than you’d like to admit.

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So Good and SO needed

Loved it! Jess shared so bravely and in turn I got blessed. I need to hear this. I have struggles and struggled but Jess's perspective gave way to new freedom I had never thought of before. A new way for looking at the body God has given me and discovering love and freedom in it.

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I’m for sure crying. Won’t even hide it.

This is such a powerful message for the women of our generation. It’s about time. Imagine what the world would look like if women were set free from shame when it came to their bodies… And transferred the energy wasted on their bodies toward the kingdom of God. Honestly, I didn’t realize how much I would need this book until I listened to it. I bought a physical copy so that I could read it again… And I bought multiple copies for friends because I believe so much in this message. Thank you so much Jessica! You are a voice of freedom.

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Hurray for freedom in Christ!

Fantastic book, sincerely read and prayerfully communicated. You can feel the authors passion in the way she reads and just has to break out in prayer for the readers. Lots to process and the sort of read which I think I'll need to check in with every year or two to keep my mind and heart accountable. The only book I've ever read on the theology of our physical bodies! So so needed! Thanks!