|Title||:||This Messy Magnificent Life: A Field Guide|
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This Messy Magnificent Life: A Field Guide Reviews
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 ...more
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 ...more
Obnoxious writing (and parenthetical asides) didn't obscure some good examples of mindfulness while healing our wounds.
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 exception.
My thanks to the publisher Scribner an ...more
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
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 siren songs?
I knew I'd love this book as I adore her work, but I didn't know this book would become my favorite of hers to date. It is so powerful, so beautifully written. I felt as if Geneen was writing to me. I cannot recommend it enough. I want to get my own copy so I can re-read and highlight the shit out of it.
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."