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Tell me this sounds like your average beauty makeover book…

September 19, 2008 at 6:08 am

Tell me this sounds like your average beauty makeover book! Just look at the testimonials I plucked from the extensive email cache of wonder-makeover-man, Christopher Hopkins, the Makeover Guy. You’ve seen his book, Staging Your Comeback, written about before on my blog, but I just had to share the kind of feedback that he gets. It’s almost “Chicken Soupy”. Somehow, Christopher has struck a chord with women that penetrates very deep beneath the surface. It’s a lot more than scarves, Spanx and mascara. Take a deep breath,  keep a kleenex box nearby, and have a read…(names have been removed and minor editing has been done to protect the anonymity of the emailers)

#1 Every page so far has reduced me to tears.  Every excuse , every feeling , every denial has been my battle cry since I was fourteen.  I had a disfiguring car wreck.  My confidence has been still born for 42 years yet your book has given it hope and I feel the stirrings of a rebirth.  God bless and thank you on behalf of all the women who’s life you are changing without you ever knowing.  When you change a life it pools out and touches others lives with its light…

#2  I am going to be 46 this year and I know I’m in desperate need of a makeover.  I have always prided myself on looking and acting younger than my years, but in the past 17 months I look like I’ve aged 10!  Since February  2007, I have been helping my now 17 year old daughter battle an addiction to cocaine and it has really taken its toll on me.  Her story is one of great success and I wouldn’t take any of the struggles we’ve been through (or worry lines) back for anything, because she has truly become a changed person.  But, as I send her off to college 17 MONTHS SOBER !!!, I take a look in the mirror and know that I have suffered as much from the devastating affects of addiction as she has. I want desperately for her to have a “new start” as she finds her way in the world, but I want a “new start” as well.  I feel like I’m at a turning point and it’s now or never that I begin to refocus my energies on myself and my appearance as I go forward with my second act! Thanks so much for the words of wisdom and encouragement you gave me in the book.

#3 I love working in hospice, feel it is my calling and have had the privilege to meet wonderful people who unfortunately have cancer, heart disease, HIV/AIDS and other terminal illnesses…. In the past two years I have gone from 125lbs (size 6) to 181 lbs (size 1X). I am 5’7″. The stress shows on my face, body, hair and has sucked the life out of my role as a wife and mother. Most importantly it has taken its toll on me,  a once vivacious, life-loving person. I have reached the point that I know I have to do something for the sake of my sanity and health.. I desperately want to remake myself and regain my love for life. I feel old beyond my years and very frumpy. I don’t recognize the reflection looking back at me in the mirror. I have taken the first step by changing jobs and have started a very healthy diet to not only make me look better but to help with the gnawing feeling I feel in my stomach everyday. What I am asking is would you help me makeover my looks?

#4  I don’t really have a question, just a note of thanks. For the first time in seven years, I feel hopeful that I can look okay again. I bought Staging Your Comeback yesterday. Boy, did I need it. Six years and eleven months ago, my world fell apart in many ways-illness, miscarriages, job losses, financial hardship, you name it, I’d been through it. I was newly married at 40 and in my first year of law school, but I stuck it out and learned how to walk, talk and think again after severe illness. However, the traumas took their toll on my psyche and looks. I look sick and tired…and feel it, too. But this book offers clear, realistic advice yet delivered stunning results. And the pictures are so beautiful. I’m thinking…maybe it is time for my comeback. I’m going to read it thoroughly and try some of the tips. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and gifts.

Yes, it’s true. I represent this book at HCI. How lucky is that? You can be sure that I’ll only include items on this blog that have meaning for me and hopefully for you. Corny as it sounds, I can think of nothing better than touching people’s hearts, this time in the most unexpected package. I don’t know about you but I love surprises.

So, what’s the verdict? Does this sound like your average beauty makeover book?

I think not.

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