America first fell in love with Candace on the hit series “Full House,” in which she played DJ Tanner. After she left the entertainment industry temporarily behind to focus on raising her three children, she silenced naysayers who warned her time away was career suicide with a triumphant return that has included co-hosting “The View,” starring in and producing movies for the Hallmark Channel, reprising her role as D.J. Tanner in Netflix’s “Fuller House,” becoming a finalist on Season 18 of “Dancing with the Stars,” and so much more. She recently wrote a book called, “Candace Center Stage.”
“Candace Center Stage,” written by Candace Cameron
New York Times
bestselling author and star of the
hit TV series “Full House” and “Fuller House,” tells the
story of a little girl who loves to dance. But when her
mother signs her up for ballet lessons, Candace quickly
realizes she’s no ballerina. As she moves and grooves
across the floor, she topples all the ballerinas in her path.
Her teacher, Miss Grace, tries to teach her proper ballet
positions, but Candace is more interested in shakes and
shimmies than in plies and pas de bourrees. On show
night, Candace’s tutu is tailored and her bun is beautiful,
but her tummy is a rumbly mess. When disaster strikes
onstage, Candace steps up and saves the day by doing
what she does best–being Candace.
“Candace Center Stage,” tells the story of a little girl who loves to dance. But when her mother signs her up for ballet lessons, Candace quickly realizes she’s no ballerina. As she moves and grooves across the floor, she topples all the ballerinas in her path. Her teacher, Miss Grace, tries to teach her proper ballet positions, but Candace is more interested in shakes and shimmies than in plies and pas de bourrees. On show night, Candace’s tutu is tailored and her bun is beautiful, but her tummy is a rumbly mess. When disaster strikes onstage, Candace steps up and saves the day by doing what she does best–being Candace.
We interviewed Bure in 2012 and she shared with us about having a healthy body image.
Bure opens up about her struggle with bulimia and how she overcame it.
I didn’t really have a lot of pressure growing up in Hollywood. I had a very well-rounded home and parents looking after my best interest. If anyone gets or reads my book, “Reshaping it All,” the food issues for me didn’t start until after the show [Full House] when I was newly married and moved into a new part of my life. There was never any pressure to lose weight, or look a certain way while I was growing up on TV. And if there was, I was very sheltered and protected from it. My issues with food were really because I was trying to find my emotional comfort in food which turned into a dangerous and unhealthy relationship with food because it went into a binging-purging cycle in my life. It was never because I was trying to lose weight; I just didn’t want to gain weight. I was finding my comfort in food and it wasn’t until I realized through a series of prayers and conversations with my pastor, and people that had been through this, that I needed to turn to God for my comfort and not food, which seems like a very simple thing to say. But I think because food is something that we have to eat every day to survive, it’s often times a part of our life that we don’t think God really cares about. I just never thought about bridging the two together and thinking, “Oh God wants to be in this aspect of my life too.” God doesn’t love you any more or less, dependent on the number on the scale or what size you are; but as Christians, God calls us to be disciplined. And if that is an area in your life that isn’t disciplined, then it’s a sin; it was for me, the sin of gluttony. I had to look at it for what it was and then choose to honor God that way by making better choices for myself.
To read our entire interview with Candace, click here.
Try something new. Whether it is a dance class, new activity or hobby, don’t be afraid to break out of your routine and try something new. People might be critical or put you down. Don’t listen to them. Instead, find others who will support and encourage you.
Encourage someone in their gifts. Whether it is your child, a co-worker, friend or someone in your small group, each of us has some in our lives that could use some encouragement in their gifts and talents. It might be taking a class to sharpen their skill. It might be helping them see their gift as a way of serving others and not just a livelihood. Or it could be encouraging someone to take a step of faith and pursuing something they didn’t think was possible. Commit to praying with and for the person.
Get help. If you or someone you know struggles with self-image or an eating disorder, seek help. Ask your pastor or small group leader if they can recommend a counselor. Sometimes it can be helpful to go to counseling with a friend that can help you along the way. Many churches have support groups and resources that can be helpful too.
We were given a copy of Candace Center Stage by Choice Publicity. All of our thoughts and opinions are our own