Thoughtful and enchanting, humorous and compassionate, Geneen Roth’s This Messy Magnificent Life is a provocative exploration of 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.
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 others’ 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 she would be thin, happy, and free. When Geneen’s struggle with food ended - 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 herself - that she was at last able to feel at home in her mind, body, and life. This Messy Magnificent Life shares the wisdom of giving up what she calls the Me Project and finding the freedom, peace, and power that await us just beyond it.
Based on Geneen’s personal journey and her decades of work with thousands of women across the country, This Messy Magnificent Life is an outstretched hand to finding peace, making wise choices, practicing everyday joy, and an invitation to step into your power.
GENEEN ROTH is the author of ten books, including the New York Times bestsellers When Food Is Love, Lost and Found, and Women Food and God, as well as The Craggy Hole in My Heart and the Cat Who Fixed It. She has been teaching groundbreaking workshops and retreats for over thirty years and has appeared on numerous national shows, include The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20 / 20, the Today show, Good Morning America, and The View. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Matt and dog Izzy.
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