This Messy Magnificent Life by Geneen Roth

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TitleThis Messy Magnificent Life
ISBN9781501182464
Author
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherScribner
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Psychology, Personal Development
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  • Diane S ☔
    2018-03-12
    "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 w...
  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
    2018-03-12
    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 ...
  • Sue Fernandez
    2018-02-09
    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.
  • Anne
    2018-01-26
    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 ...
  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    2018-04-03
    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 ...
  • Summer
    2018-05-25
    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 g...
  • Erin
    2018-05-28
    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.
  • Cathi
    2018-04-20
    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 d...
  • Jess Macallan
    2018-01-02
    *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 ho...
  • Rhonda Lomazow
    2017-12-23
    A wonderful guide to live an open liberated life.Gennen Roth’s real open honest advice.thanks to #Scribner #Net Galley.
  • Leanne
    2017-11-17
    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."
  • Pam Cipkowski
    2018-05-20
    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 horr...
  • Annagrace K.
    2018-05-27
    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 th...
  • Gina
    2018-03-17
    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...
  • Diane Dachota
    2018-04-10
    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 d...
  • May De Mendieta
    2018-03-18
    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
  • Tamara
    2018-04-24
    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.
  • Lynne
    2018-04-16
    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 ...
  • Erin
    2018-04-12
    Just found it to be a bit boring and the writing was a bit clunky for me.
  • Kendra Smith
    2018-03-13
    So stupid
  • Liz
    2018-01-12
    Obnoxious writing (and parenthetical asides) didn't obscure some good examples of mindfulness while healing our wounds.
  • Marie
    2018-05-01
    "What if I could live as if nothing was broken, nothing was wrong, that we are all perfect and that we need some improvement.""Attention is everything. Without it, all else is a temporary fix, and no lasting change is possible.""No longer protect yourself from losses that have already happened.""The sun shines and you can still drink your coffee and the birds still call in the morning and you can find out that what you came to this planet for is ...
  • Ruth
    2018-06-06
    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...
  • Rebecca Tolley
    2018-04-29
    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 tha...
  • Susan
    2018-03-10
    I have loved her writings since her first book and sitting down to savor this latest volume has been like reconnection with an old friend. One who can say something and you reply, "Me, too!" You can laugh and cry with her and, after reading her words of comfort, you feel less alone in this great big messy world. That you have value, that you belong and she is there for you. She is real. Geneen's books are ones I re-read and this lovely book is no...
  • Barbara
    2018-05-02
    I was very happy to have won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I am most appreciative. This is an excellent book for many people even those who do not struggle with the dieting dilemma. One standout message that Geneen Roth shares with readers is that “No one has ever been to the future that you keep putting your life on hold for.” I am grateful for this book and to Geneen Roth for the words and personal stories she shares with readers.
  • Erik
    2018-03-08
    Outstanding book, Roth has synthesized what I view as a lot of Buddhist thought without the religious overtones into a format that is accessible to non-practitioners. There is a lot to like here, two of my favorite questions from midway through (p 138):On food: When does it be become non-negotiable to stop turning to food when you are not hungry?On general emotional regulation: When does it become non-negotiable to refuse to swoon to my top three...
  • Lori
    2018-05-03
    Some really good points were made in this book....so good that I'm actually keeping it and I usually don't keep books once I'm done with them. There were some parts that were just too philosophical for me....I like to analyze more than philosophize. There were some other parts that I thankfully have never dealt with, but I'm glad they were in there for women who have. Especially love the "Last Words" section at the end of the book, which is why I...
  • Crissi
    2018-05-25
    I love how Geneen broke this up into short essays, all their own separate story, but all supporting the truth that we’re all messy, imperfect creatures. She echoed things I’d only thought in my head, the thoughts that might make people think less of me, or that highlighted all the things that were wrong with me. In short, she emphasized how human I was with all my shortcomings, because she had then too, and so does everyone else. Another wond...