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Inspiring, personal, and often spiritual reflections on how women can find peace, make wise choices, practice joy, and step into their power from Geneen Roth - author of the number one New York Times best-selling Women Food and God

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 other people's 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 - how and what she ate - she would be thin, happy, and free. That belief, she discovered, was false. 

When her misery with food ended - and didn't change anything except the size of her thighs - 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 or fix herself that she was at last able to feel at home in her mind, body, and life. Now, she shares the wisdom of giving up this project and finding the freedom, peace, and wholeness that await us just beyond it. 

With humor, compassion, and insight, This Messy Magnificent Life explores 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. This provocative, enchanting, and sometimes laugh-out-loud look at the imperfect path women take to step into their own power, presence, and ownership is based on the author's personal journey and her decades of work with thousands of women around the country. 

Roth embraces everyone's unique and often unsung potential and shows us how to be open, curious, and kind with ourselves; how to say no to people and ideas that hold us back; how to let go of grudges and anxieties; how to pick ourselves up after setbacks; how to say a resounding yes to the world; how to move from fixing ourselves to finding ourselves; how to find joy in the ordinary; and how to experience the extraordinary right here and now in our bodies. 

With a foreword by Anne Lamott, This Messy Magnificent Life is a compelling and often quirky look at what it means to be an imperfect but unapologetic woman living a (mostly) magnificent life. 

©2018 Geneen Roth (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Where does This Messy Magnificent Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Geneen Roth talks about food but more importantly she talks about life. She encourages women to be their own authority in their life. This book guides the listener to quit paying attention to her inner critic (aka: crazy aunt in the attic) and do what is right for herself. Stop the self improvement, stop dieting, stop following other people’s rules, and live your own life. She ends the book with touchstones to guide the listener to be present in her life.

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A rehash of earlier works...nothing new here

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

i am a fan of Geneen Roth, but I felt like 90 percent of the stories in this book involve situations she has written about many times before, in the exact same way. There is always a time when an author who mines his/her own life to the degree that Roth has (I am also thinking of Anne Lamott, Auguster Burroughs, and David Sedariis here), becomes repetitive. This is that book for Geneen Roth.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her pace is a bit slow and deliberate, a little too theatrical for my taste. She is someone who appears to take herself quite seriously...nothing wrong with that, but she brings the same weight to every subject, which can grow tiresome.

Any additional comments?

If you are new to Roth, there is probably plenty here to chew on. But if, like me, you are familiar with her work, then feel free to skip this one. You won't be missing anything new.

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So good!!

This book is like a meditation. Full of wisdom, humor and truth. I both laughed and cringed at some of her insights, seeing myself in them. I will read this book again and again.

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To me messy means delicious!

I totally enjoyed this book. It had even more impact hearing it in the author's own voice. Highly recommend being in the moment and soaking it all in!

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AMAZING!!

I have listened to this book three times! It speaks to me on so many levels and helps me reflect when I am in a binge eating episode.

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  • mollymel
  • SF, CA, United States
  • 04-30-18

Meaningful nuggets

I just loved the wisdom in this book. Delivered in meaningful and delicious nuggets. will definitely read it again soon.

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  • Lisa
  • Weston, MA, United States
  • 04-19-18

I was sorry when it ended!

Geneen Roth’s “radical truth telling” is powerful, endearing, and inspirational! I loved all of her stories and insights and I was so sad when the book ended because I felt like a good friend was leaving after a long overdue visit. Thank you once again, Geneen, for sharing your wisdom, humor, and blue vest with all of us!

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The author’s reading makes it seem as if I’m listening to wise words from a wise friend...beautiful, compelling —and funny.

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Relatable and relevant for women of a certain age

So honest about the never tending and distracting struggle toward wisdom and enlightenment. This is a gift we can embrace and consume joyfully with full heart!

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Book was primarily about the author. Few take-aways or lessons learned. Pretty boring.
Author read book, not enough inflection or variation.

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  • lorraine o connor
  • 05-10-18

Mind blowing

I loved everything about this book. Loved Geneens honesty about the workings of her mind.Learned some life changing lessons!! A must listen!

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  • Kirsty Snelling
  • 03-16-18

A book as real and wonderful as it’s author

Geneen I have loved all your books, and this one was no exception. Your warmth, honesty and loveliness shines through your words and makes me feel like maybe underneath I’m not broken, even when I feel like I am, your books bring me back home and I remember that there is hope. Please never stop writing! I pre ordered ‘This Messy Magnificent Life’ for my mum too because I want more people to know what you know. Thank you x x Kirsty x x