This Messy Magnificent Life: A Field Guide

Version: Unabridged
Author: Geneen Roth
Narrator: Geneen Roth
Genres: Self Development, Disorders & Diseases
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: March 2018
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

Inspiring, personal, and often spiritual reflections on how women can find peace, make wise choices, practice joy, and step into their power from Geneen Roth--author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Women Food and God.

From the beginning, Geneen Roth was told she was too sensitive, too emotional, too curious, too demanding, too intense, and too big. Yet gaining and losing weight for decades did not improve her self-worth or reduce other people's criticisms. Like most women who struggle with their weight, she believed that if she could resolve what seemed to be the source of her self-hatred--how and what she ate--she would be thin, happy, and free. That belief, she discovered, was false.

When her misery with food ended--and didn't change anything except the size of her thighs--she kept trying to fix other broken parts of herself with therapy, intensive meditation retreats, and rigorous spiritual practices. Yet it was only when Geneen stopped trying to change or fix herself--that she was at last able to feel at home in her mind, body, and life. Now, she shares the wisdom of giving up this project, and finding the freedom, peace and wholeness that await us just beyond it.

With humor, compassion, and insight , This Messy Magnificent Life explores the personal beliefs, hidden traumas, and social pressures that shape not just women's feelings about their bodies, but also their confidence, choices, and relationships. This provocative, enchanting, and sometimes laugh-out-loud look at the imperfect path women take to step into their own power, presence, and ownership is based on the author's personal journey and her decades of work with thousands of women around the country.

Roth embraces everyone's unique and often unsung potential and shows us how to be open, curious, and kind with ourselves; how to say no to people and ideas that hold us back; how to let go of grudges and anxieties; how to pick ourselves up after setbacks; how to say a resounding yes to the world; how to move from fixing ourselves to finding ourselves; how to find joy in the ordinary; and how to experience the extraordinary right here and now in our bodies.

With a foreword by Anne Lamott, This Messy Magnificent Life is a compelling and often quirky look at what it means to be an imperfect but unapologetic woman living a (mostly) magnificent life.

Reviews (2)

Written by Anonymous on April 5th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 1/5

this woman is so far from my reality i couldn't relate to her life of thai chi or retreats and got absolutely nothing from it

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Written by Dawn P on March 24th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is the best book I have read all year - I highly recommend every female on planet Earth read this profound book to find Peace, freedom and happiness. It is narrated by the author, so it is perfectly read.

Author Details

Author Details

Roth, Geneen

Geneen Roth is the author of eight books, including the "New York Times" bestselling "When Food is Love" and "The Craggy Hole in My Heart and the Cat Who Fixed It", a memoir. She has been teaching groundbreaking workshops and retreats for over thirty years. Roth is a contributor to many publications from "Huffington Post "and "Good Housekeeping "to "O: The Oprah Magazine, " and has appeared on numerous national shows including "Oprah, 20/20, Good Morning America, The View" and NPR's "Talk of the Nation" . She lives in northern California with her husband. For more information about her work, p