This Messy Magnificent Life - A new book by Geneen Roth
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from the racket of your mind, … there is a sudden, radiant freedom.

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.

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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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Your life is nothing more than the hundred million moments, mostly ordinary, of padding around, getting a cup of tea and cooking oatmeal for your kids. It all comes down to one breath and then another, one step and then the next.
"In THIS MESSY MAGNIFICENT LIFE, we experience Geneen Roth's signature divine wisdom and hilarious humanity -- but she also gives us something new and important. Here, Geneen shows us how our individual body and food obsessions are directly linked to our collective oppression as women -- and how getting free from our personal prisons is crucial to seeking liberation at every level. This is a beautiful, funny, deeply relevant book -- a vital work for this moment."— Glennon Doyle, author of the #1 NY Times bestseller UNTAMED and founder and president of Together Rising
"In her newest book This Messy Magnificent Life, Geneen delivers a brilliant, funny and frank offering at the stroke of midnight (just when we need it). By page ten you're convinced she's your smartest and funniest best friend. This Messy Magnificent Life is -- dare I say it? Yep. Messy. It's magnificent, hilarious and 100% the generous, complicated gift that is Geneen Roth's imagination, experience and soul, on a platter. 2018 will be made easier to navigate with This Messy Magnificent Life by my side.” - Kathy Najimy, Actor, Director, Activist
“Geneen Roth’s secret sauce—the ingredients of which are warmth, wisdom, honesty, and powerful self-scrutiny—are all blended to perfection in this lovely book, which will be a welcome companion to her legions of readers and bring her many lucky new ones.” - Dani Shapiro, Author of the New York Times bestsellers Hourglass and Devotion
“I’ve long admired Geneen Roth’s approach to food and its place in our lives. In This Messy Magnificent Life: A Field Guide she goes beyond food and shows the complex interconnection between our minds and the bodies we have the power to heal. Her insights and simple practices will help readers rediscover the power to live their most vibrant lives.” - Mark Hyman, Director, Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Fat Get Thin

The Book Club Guide for This Messy Magnificent Life includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club.


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