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This Messy Magnificent Life: A Field Guide

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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Scribner
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Diane S ☔
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
"After a while, the stories from our past begin to feel like poems we
memorized in fifth grade, or Beatles songs we learned by heart. They
evoke memories, feelings, possibilities or the lack of them, and if we
believe them we are defined by them."

"No one can cause you to compare shrink, or shame yourself; a trigger
Is created when you believe your thoughts and the feelings they evoke."

I don't think there is a woman alive who has been satisfied with her body image, possiblity some men as well,
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When requesting this title I didn't realize that it was Christian based. Of course there's nothing wrong with that with me personally because I am a Christian but my beliefs are very open minded. I appreciate the honesty in this book and it had great writing. I just didn't find it that relatable. My daily struggles are on a different level and not the same as the author experienced. While I think a lot of women can benefit from this honest, well written and positive novel. This book wasn't relat ...more
Barbara (The Bibliophage)
Reflecting back over This Messy Magnificent Life: A Field Guide by Geneen Roth, I think the audiobook didn’t work for me. But, in truth, I won’t be likely to pick up the print copy now that I’ve listened to the audio. I might look for some book tour interviews by Roth, though.

Let me explain myself. Listening to this book is like eating a bowl of whipped cream. It’s so yummy while you read it, but nothing sticks with you afterwards except a taste of heavy sweetness in your mouth. At least that’s
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Sue Fernandez
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and Scribner for an ARC of this title. I was fortunate enough to attend one of Geneen's workshops 21 years ago with my mom. It was quite enlightening. It's been years since I've thought about her...which is a shame. This book reminded me how much wisdom she can put in a book. I felt like I learned so much, I absorbed her words into my soul. Read this book....it's worth it.
Summer
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: info-books
I read this book in a day. I really needed to hear a bunch said in this book. In fact, I think any woman that has had something said to her that was damaging to her worth or had something damaging done to her body or some inappropriate touching, etc. should consider reading it. I have not had the later, but still needed to hear the things being said. Remembering to stay in the present and pay attention to internal thoughts, but then to let them go and not give them meaning were key points. I thi ...more
Anne
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have loved and followed Geneen Roth since she first started sharing her ideas about intuitive eating in the 90's. Her approach to life and food has affected a tremendous amount of healing in my life over the years, and this book is no exception. I've been reading it very, very slowly, as it is so rich in flavor and content, that it's taking me a while to digest all of her wisdom properly. I highly recommend this wonderful, wise book for anyone who struggles with any aspect of feeling good abou ...more
Gina
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not really sure how I feel about this book. It was a quick read, and I did enjoy it. Structurally, it was not quite what I expected: more like a compilation of essays than an actual “chapter book.” That’s not meant as a criticism, as the book flowed well and everything was related, it simply had an effect on my experience of the book. Similarly, despite the fact that Geneen Roth also wrote “Women Food and God” (which I’ve not read), I did not expect (based on the source that led me to this book) ...more
Cathi
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm of two minds on this. It's my first book by this author, and I found myself so annoyed through about 3/4 of it. I couldn't identify with almost any of it; she equates problems with food (well, really any problems) with childhood trauma or abuse. I'm sorry, that's simply not the case for everyone but she implies it is. But near the end, especially as she's recapping the "lessons" of the book, I found many good takeaways. It didn't resolve my disappointment with the earlier part, but at least ...more
Erin
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Roth's self-help views (especially that our eating habits are so intertwined with how we feel about ourselves). However, I felt like this was pretty much the same book as "Women, Food, and God." There didn't seem to be any really groundbreaking insights that she hasn't already covered. It was an interesting read, but kinda the same old same old.
Pam Cipkowski
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I had never heard of or read anything by Geneen Roth before, but her premise of chucking the diet thing out the window and just being happy with yourself intrigued me. Let’s stop being lorded over and made unhappy by the dieting rules and torturous workout sessions: instead, be mindful and sensible, instead of letting life pass you by while you wait for your perfect self to emerge.

A little ways into the book, though, I almost closed it in horror at the idea that, “Waaaait a minute, I’ve stepped
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Annagrace K.
I listened to this book via Audible which I highly recommend as the author reads it and her voice and pacing are warm, tender, friendly.

The content is radical and specific and felt like a pick-ax on the frozen sea which currently covers my bruised heart. In a good way. In the way of everything truly kind which is radical to be offered, and the way of everything truly radical which is deep, bone-level kindness. How would we live if we believed there was nothing wrong with us? How would we partic
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Diane Dachota
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
First, I have to admit I have a love/hate relationship with Geneen Roth. I love the way she advocates for woman to stop dieting, to stop hating themselves and to stop comparing themselves to others. On the other hand, I cannot forget some of her previous writing where she describes 130 pounds as fat and insists that when she was at that weight she was unforgivably fat. Most of us can only wish to be that fat and it shows that perhaps she really doesn't understand how women struggle with their bo ...more
Jess Macallan
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspiration
*4.5 stars*

This collection of essays was the perfect read to kick off a new year. Geneen Roth has the kind of insightful, witty, and raw writing style I always find appealing in an inspirational book. She uses storytelling and truthtelling to dig into the heart of each essay to open readers' eyes to their own truths. This book will make you think about (and question) the stories you've created for yourself. Not with judgment or shame, but with honesty and acceptance. She invites you to own every
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Lynne
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Geneen Roth is a very good writer, so her books are always enjoyable.

I first read her 10 years ago and she was the gateway to letting go of dieting and making peace with your body. However, reading her now feels a bit regressive. She still focuses on being thin and weight loss. Several times she mentions comments from students in her workshops and without fail says what she thinks they weigh. It feels gross. If you suffer from or are recovering from an ED you'll want to skip this one.

Her work i
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Rhonda Lomazow
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A wonderful guide to live an open liberated life.Gennen Roth’s real open honest advice.thanks to #Scribner #Net Galley.
Tamara
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I found this book pretty weird with a few tidbits I liked scattered throughout. I feel like I like the title and the jacket description better than the actual book.
Leanne
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Geneen Roth has a way of breaking it down and busting it open that makes this book an absolute field guide for life. Chapter after chapter will have the reader saying, "me too."
Sheila
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a book about survivors, dieting & not dieting. Not familiar with Geneen Roth, her past, her mission, I didn't read the title as a survivors, dieting, not dieting book. I thought it might be something like messy magnificent lives to do with not bothering with decluttering, expecting sticky hands when the grandkids are over, kissing the flowerbed blooms good-bye when the kid next door is learning to mow.

That said, I did read it, and appreciate 1) Ms. Roth is sending out the message to
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Tracy Lisiecki
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Be kind to yourself.
Emily Lewis
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Someday I will attend one of her retreats. This book was a good reminder to be present with me and the here and now. To stop and feel the wind and know I am not my thoughts.
Charlene
No rating. I spent an hour with this book, trying desperately to get into it. I enjoyed Annie Lamott's forward. That's about it. Oh, and Geneen's photo on the back cover.
May De Mendieta
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
eh .... I'm sure if you are struggling with this issues ( eating disorders, lost in life, etc) this can be a life-changing book but honestly, it didn't apply to my life and the Geneen was a little annoying to me TBH, it was just a book about her experiences and her friends experiences and somehow it didn't connect with me what so ever. cute book and the intention is cute but not for me I would like this maybe 3 years ago
Erin
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Just found it to be a bit boring and the writing was a bit clunky for me.
Ruth
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Geneen's main point is that people, particularly women, are allowed to take up and live in the space that they take up. It's simple, but life-altering at the same time. Her writing is easy to read, to the point, and funny when she wants to be.

3.7 stars because the content is so invaluable to people (like me) who struggle with feeling inadequate. But not more than that because her spiritual points, quotes and reinforcements are widespread, fairly shallow, and seemingly unrelated aside from her h
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Kendra Smith
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So stupid
Katee
May 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
I am not a fan of Eckhart Tolle, and I am really not a fan of Byron Katie, and this book leans heavily on both. While you may reach some peace by basically not caring about anything, it's not the most human or humane way to live.
Jude
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like it. Even though I'd read a review that it was light on new material from her previous book. I have enjoyed her book circuit podcast interviews she's done.
Liz
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Obnoxious writing (and parenthetical asides) didn't obscure some good examples of mindfulness while healing our wounds.
Mary
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
(For those of you reading this book on a Kindle, you're missing a truly lovely book jacket that catches the light of the room by the foiled stars and moon. So delightful!)

Can we just first appreciate the forward by Anne LaMott?
That, alone, made my day and I'd barely cracked the book.

This great little read is about letting go of junk, accepting who you really are, and wallowing in the beauty of your life. And that's basically it.
BUT it's absolutely full of great quotes, some by Geneen, some by
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Rebecca Tolley
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best self-help/motivational book I've read/listened to in a very long time. It's rare that I identify so strongly with the personal experience a writer shares, but when Roth wrote about herself, I felt like she was writing about me and my life and struggles. She discusses how the constant craving for more--more food, more money, more love, more sex, etc.--distracts us from the abundance we already have in our lives. She reminds us that we're not broken, nor do we need fixing. This is ...more
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Geneen Roth's pioneering books were among the first to link compulsive eating and perpetual dieting with deeply personal and spiritual issues that go far beyond food, weight and body image. She believes that we eat the way we live, and that our relationship to food, money, love is an exact reflection of our deepest held beliefs about ourselves and the amount of joy, abundance, pain, scarcity, we b ...more
“The most challenging part of respecting our bodies and healing compulsive eating is the conscious decision to question what keeps us bound and silenced. Until we can sit in our own skin and fully occupy the physical space we’ve been given, we will be apologetic about our bodies. And even when we lose weight because we stuck to a diet, we will remain frightened of ourselves because we know that it’s the diet that’s keeping us thin, not our own capacity to stay true to what we know or want. On diets, we are still relying on the big powerful other to know what’s best and to save us. And whether it’s a good daddy or a good diet that rescues us, we remain victims and food our perpetrator.” 4 likes
“There isn't a someday. There never was. No one has ever been to the future that you keep putting your life on hold for. All we ever have is now.” 3 likes
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