Wednesday, May 26, 2010

My Latest Find

I just finished reading this book.  I had heard Oprah mention it several weeks ago and then she devoted an entire show to it earlier this month.  If you have never heard of this book it explores the relationship between food and our lives.  It takes you through an extraordinary journey of your own soul.  I'm not a huge fan of self-help books or weight loss plans and this isn't exactly either.  It's more like helping you to remember how amazing you already are.

The author, Geneen Roth, makes you think about why you eat the way that you do and how that is connected to your self esteem.  She shows you things about yourself and your habits that you may have never thought about.  Why do you over eat?  Why do you deprive yourself of food?  How is all of that connected to your own self worth?  She helps you look in the mirror and put aside all of your excuses not to love yourself.  I found myself thinking, "Hey, I am great and I do have worth."

Coming from a religious back ground that comment might shock several of you.  I know that I am a child of God and that he loves me.  But that doesn't always equate to me loving myself.  I constantly lecture myself internally for being chubby, lazy, ugly, a bad mother, a horrible house keeper-- a fraud in my own life.

Why?  Why should I even allow myself to think things like that.  If I don't like me, then how can I expect anyone else to like me either.  I am tired of trying to hide behind a mask of perceived perfection.

I am me and I'm OK with that.

I like me.

I cannot say enough good things about this book.  You must read it!  If you are a super cheap skate then you can borrow my book.  That's how serious I am about having everyone read it.  I already have two people waiting to read it but it's worth the wait.

If you would like to buy your own copy they have it at Target (and many other stores) or you can click on the link below and have it brought straight to your door from Amazon.
If you've already read the book-- tell me about it.  I love to talk about what I've read.  If you have questions-- ask away.  This is a topic I'm ready to sink my teeth into.  Go read it already so I have someone to dish about it with!

7 comments:

I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar said...

Sounds like a great book. Do they have it on CD?

Kami said...

The book sounds great. I've never really heard of a book with a purpose like that but it definitely sounds like a great read. It's obviously enlightened your mind so it must be great!

JennRose said...

I totally understand what you mean about your self-image not being connected to your identity in Christ. I actually wrote a poem about that last year. Check it out on my blog http://jennmatheson.blogspot.com/2009/06/god.html
Jenn

annie said...

Sounds interesting enough - hopefully the library has a copy, I am way too cheap to buy a book!

Leca said...

I'm sure they have it on CD. Check it out on Amazon.

Tina said...

Okay, here is a little too much honesty for you...
I'm surprised because I have often thought you were perfect and have occasionally measured myself to your perceived perfection with an "if I were Aleca this would be more..." I know I shouldn't meaure myself against others but I do it. I'm more of a reality escape-e with my books but I guess I should look into it too.

Cassie said...

Thanks Lec I will have to pick it up at target...good thing I go there a lot! :)

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