We’re nearing the end of 2020 but we still have one more pick this year for the December series of our #AerieREAL Reads book club. This month, #AerieREAL Role Model Aly Raisman selected The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor, which Aly describes as being filled with powerful perspectives that have inspired her to self-reflect.  

The book seeks to help us reconnect with our minds and bodies, a topic which Aly feels can encourage others to share unique stories and meaningful conversations after reading the text. Learn more about why she picked this book below, then jump into the discussion questions and share your own thoughts with the Aerie fam. 

Why did you choose this book: The title alone, The Body Is Not An Apology, is so powerful and made me start to reflect, even before reading the book. I had listened to a few podcasts that Sonya Renee Taylor had been on and I wanted to learn more from her so I got her book. 

What stuck with you from this book: When I was reflecting on the book, I started to think about why I judge myself or perhaps others, and where these thoughts come from. I also enjoyed learning about how The Body Is Not an Apology came about. 

What do you hope readers take away from it: In my opinion, one of the most unique things about this book is 10 people could read it and those 10 people could take away completely different things. With this book, I love the idea of a book club because there is so much information that is important. Hearing other perspectives, stories and what everyone learned from the book would be very powerful and spark meaningful conversation. I also bookmarked lots of pages so I can reference them and reread. 

As you’re reading The Body Is Not an Apology or if you already finished it, we want to know what you think! Were your takeaways similar to Aly’s, or was your interpretation of the book different? 

1. What was the most eye-opening part of the book for you?  

2. How would you implement some of the ideas presented in the text? 

3. What stuck with you after you finished? 

Now it’s your turn! Comment below and share your thoughts. 

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