This Messy Magnificent Life: A Field Guide

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Title:This Messy Magnificent Life: A Field Guide
Author:Geneen Roth
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This Messy Magnificent Life: A Field Guide Reviews

  • Anne

    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

    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 about themselves. There is much to ponder here, and much to put into action. Geneen's singular wisdom and sensually descriptive writing style will be meaningful to so many. Great gift idea too! Our lives truly are messy, as the title suggests, yet also truly magnificent, and Geneen shows us how to maneuver gracefully between these two sides of life.

  • Sue Fernandez

    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.

  • Gina

    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)

    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) there to be so much material (philosophically, more than quantity) related to women’s relationships to food.

    Overall, it was a good experience and contained a few gems. I’m happy to have read it.

  • Summer

    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

    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 think it’s a fascinating book that had me tearing up at parts. I needed this book in the moment and feel it would be an encouragement to any woman. It goes into the somewhat taboo topic of why we overeat and how it has nothing to do with physical hunger. And in all aspects of life to daily practice being satisfied with what you have.

    I LOVED her status on being an activist, and how she couldn’t do that because it ended up making her bitter, angry and mad... and how SO MANY women put the wrong emphasis on women’s issues that are not the root issue. I have been thinking and feeling this for years. We have our own unique power, we need to own it. That’s exactly what she encouraged. Even with that being said, it’s not a girl power book but a self-love-get-over-yourself-and-look-at-all-there-is-to-be-thankful-for-book. 💗

  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆

    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

    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 relatable for me so that is why I am giving it 3 stars.

    Thanks so much to the publishers and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

  • Diane S ☔

    "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,

    "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, at any given time. Constant dieting, exercising, diet groups, many of us have been there, done that. I think most of us know now that food, whether bingeing, dieting or whatever is tied to feelings, many arising from our pasts. Even knowing this though, we still struggle with body contentment. This book reinforces many of the common sense precepts which we know, and adds additional information while letting us into facets of her life, times she struggled. She uses humor at times, stories at others, she has a pup who has an eating disorder. Didn't know that was possible, but it is apparently. Found this both informative and enjoyable.

  • Cathi

    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

    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 it wasn't a complete loss, as I had started to expect. If you were abused in earlier life, you'll probably love it. If you're like me and had a basically fine childhood, skip to Chapter 15, maybe.

  • Erin

    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.

  • 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

    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 my experience. I remember saying “Yes!” multiple times. But I really have no idea now what struck me.

    How do I review a book when I can’t remember any of the advice it just gave me besides: be true to yourself and don’t diet? Probably it’s me. My life is complicated, and my brain is feeling full lately.

    Plus, this was an impulse read, since I saw a friend mention it and found it on Scribd. I haven’t been choosing self-help books lately, because after reading gobs of them I needed a break. But Roth is a favorite. So … I figured, why not?

    What I love about Geneen Roth is that she’s massively neurotic and lets it all hang out. It’s okay for her to tell stories about the crazy way her mind works. We all can relate on some level, whether we admit it in public or not. And that gives us permission to accept ourselves. Or to try to be more accepting. I can get behind that.

    Here’s my bottom line. Roth’s advice is great, and the world needs her perspective. But for me, the four hours of listening was succinctly summed up in the fifteen minute epilogue. Now, how do I choose a star rating for that? I'll go with 2.5 stars.

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