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Publisher's Summary

Weaving a rich tapestry of multicultural myths, ancient legends, and simple folktales, Anita Johnston, PhD, inspires women to free themselves from disordered eating by discovering the metaphors that are hidden in their own life stories.

"Storytellers speak in the language of myth and metaphor," Johnston explains. "They tell us a truth that is not literal but symbolic. If we hear the stories with only the outer ear, they can seem absurd and untrue, but when listened to with the inner ear, they convey a truth that can be understood and absorbed on a deeply personal level. In this way stories help us connect with our inner world, to the natural rhythms and cycles of the earth, and to the power of our intuitive wisdom."

An immensely enjoyable book, Eating in the Light of the Moon is filled with practical exercises and profound insights. Twenty chapters explore different themes of self-discovery and empowerment on core issues such as intuition, symbolism, feelings, sexuality, and recovery.

©1996 Anita A. Johnston (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"This beautifully-written book sheds new light on struggles with eating...and offers hope for all who want to be free." (Kim Chernin, author of The Hungry Self)

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Immensely helpful

I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought this book, but it has been exceptionally helpful in my recovery from my eating disorder.

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the best and most useful book I read in my life

this book is like a bible for any woman trying to find herself. very well written, concise, informative and built with actually doable techniques. it's like an instructions manual and a guidebook for every woman. it was made up with explanation, causes, and solutions; not just with women and food, but for all women on earth. it definitely helped me a lot, and I will read it again and again.

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Highly Recommend!

Loved the use of story to illustrate the key ideas and concepts. Very clear explanations of why eating issues occur and specific directions on what to do about them.

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So Enlightening

I have never heard of these concepts and I was fascinated throughout the entire book. The narrator has a nice voice. I'm going to listen over and over, so much good stuff to absorb.

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Would you listen to Eating in the Light of the Moon again? Why?

I will be buying a hard copy so I can write, highlight and reread certain passages.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Eating in the Light of the Moon?

The first 5 minutes had me in tears as it felt like someone understood me and I knew I was OK, my feelings were valid and I was not alone in the way I feel about eating.

Have you listened to any of Arika Rapson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I liked the reader's voice better at the end than in the beginning. At times her voice seemed to lack some emotion.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I tried to listen to the book all in one day, but got weary and needed an hour and a half to go.

Any additional comments?

I would highly recommend this book to anyone struggling with food disorders, although she does use storytelling to illustrate some important points, it makes the book more enjoyable and keeps it from getting too clinical. Dr. Johnston gives you tools to use to start telling your own story. My biggest take away is the comfort of knowing I am not alone in always feeling different, it is OK to be very sensitive, and I can recover.

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Life changing!

This book was amazing. If you struggle with your relationship with food I recommend this book. It is a must read!

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A must consume

Boom! Finished this one BEFORE people arrived for book club!! (Without having to wear headphones whilst running all my errands, thank you very much)

So much thoughts to think about this one.

This book for me was applicable to so many things that I relate with other than just my relationship with food. I recommend all women read this. Truly a thought provoking game changer.

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Good insight, keep an open mind.

Although the beginning of the book seemed to take a slow start for me, I liked the different storytelling throughout. Some things are a little far fetched for me, yet other things made perfect sense.

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Lovely and Powerful

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this audiobook to anyone with an eating disorder.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the use of stories and the explanations that followed. The narration is beautiful.

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Transformative book

This book was incredibly helpful in revealing the underlying causes of disordered eating and the path to recovery. Helpful for anyone who struggles with "food and fat," but also women in general. I would call it a book about disordered eating, feminism and embracing womanhood. This book has helped me immensely.
The only minor downsides, for me, were the narrator, who, while good, could have been better and the chapter on dreams.

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  • Izz
  • 08-08-17

Every women should read this book

This beautifully written book talks to the woman and the child in us. You travel the world, time and space throught the different stories. It is all relevant to who we are today. Thank you

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  • Edyta
  • 06-12-17

A milestone for my understanding of eating problem

This book really opened my eyes and explained a lot about why eating can be such a complicated part of my life. The stories are beautiful and it is so lovely to look at the problem through them. The explanation of their meaning is very clear so I didn't have to invent my own interpretation. Although at first, I was a little bit concerned whether it is not some contrived approach, it turned out to be really down-to-earth.
It was a milestone for my understanding of eating problems.

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  • kimberley Fuller
  • 06-09-17

Amazing

This book is life changing. Filled with beautiful stories and knowledge. A must read for anyone wanting to look at their disorganised eating.

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  • 12-20-16

Inspiring

A lovely easy to follow book. Full of inspiring details to help recover/ continue on the road to recovery.

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  • Susan
  • 08-12-17

Every Single Woman in the World needs to listen to this!

This book is so so so enlightening. It uses stories and metaphors to help us understand how to read our feelings, instincts, intuition and gain our inner wisdom. She offers really useable strategies to heal by finding our voice in being true to our authentic self. Thank you so much. I'm
So keen to listen again as this book is so insightful and packed with messages that resonated with me. I applaud this author for a truly guiding and healing book.

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  • Alia
  • 12-10-16

life changing!!!!

This book should be part of the national curriculum. every woman and girl should read it /listen to it regardless of whether they have an eating disorder. at some stage all women have body/food issues. This book covers essential and non traditional issues integral to life as a woman in general

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