Feeding the Hungry Heart: The Experience of Compulsive Eating (Paperback)
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#1 New York Times bestselling author of Women Food and God
This is how Geneen Roth remembers her time as an emotional overeater and self-starver. After years of struggle, Roth finally broke free from the destructive cycle of bingeing and purging. In the two decades since her triumph, she has gone on to help tens of thousands of others do the same through her lectures, workshops, and retreats. Those she has met during this time have shared stories that are both heartrending and inspiring, which Roth has gathered for this unique book.
Twenty years after its original publication, Feeding the Hungry Heart continues to inspire women and men, helping them win the battle against a hunger that goes deeper than a need for food.
With contributions from Ronda Slater, Sylvia Gillett, Carolyn Janik, Janet Robyns, Sharon Sperling, Lyn Lifshin, Linda Ostreicher, Sondra Spatt Olsen, Jill Jeffery, Penny Skillman, Leslie Lawrence, Juneil Parmenter, Lisa Wagner, Joan P. Campbell, Micki Seltzer, Rita Garitano, Barbara Florio Graham, Linda Myer, Laura Fraser, Rachel Lawrence, Florinda Colavin, and other Breaking Free workshop participants.
About the Author
Geneen Roth is a writer and a teacher who has gained international prominence through her work in the field of eating disorders. She is the founder of the Breaking Free workshops, which she has conducted nationwide since 1979. She is also the author of Feeding the Hungry Heart, Breaking Free from Compulsive Eating, and When Food is Love. A frequent guest on television and radio programs, she has written for and been featured in Tie, Ms., New Woman, Family Circle, and Cosmopolitan. Her poetry and short stories have been published in numerous anthologies. Born in New York City, she now lives in northern California.
“Many people are taking about wholeness today, but what makes Geneen Roth different is her microscopic honesty. She doesn’t hold back. Her work is about the objective truth, and you can feel it nourishing your body.”—Christiane Northrup, MD, bestselling author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
Praise for When Food is Love
“A life-changing book”—Oprah Winfrey
“A rare and special book that touches our inner selves with extraordinary courage, authenticity, and beauty. I have seen very few books with this kind of clarify and human depth. It will move you to tears and to joy. It will entertain and delight you, and it will make you a deeper and more compassionate human being.”—John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America
“Spectacular! I laughed and I cried… a tender and daring book that you’ll never forget.”—Laura Davis, coauthor of The Courage to Heal
“I see miracles in my life every day, and Roth is one of the people who helped make that happen.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Anne Lamott in Mademoiselle
“Roth’s seminal work. This is a big, beautiful, and important book.”—Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones
“She tells of her own experiences with a non-blink frankness cushioned by the gracefulness of her prose.”—Chicago Tribune
“This book is A) good enough to eat, B) nourishing to the heart.”—Jack Kornfield, Buddhist teacher, coauthor of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom