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Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationship with Food Through Myths, Metaphors, and Storytelling Paperback – April 13, 2000
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"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
"This book is a gift to all women who struggle for true nourishment!" -- -Christiane Northrup, M.D. author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
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The concept is different than anything I have read to date, and I have read a lot. I love analysis, thought and literature. Johnston, who, by the way, runs an acclaimed eating disorder clinic in Hawaii uses multicultural fairy tales and myths to illustrate to the reader important steps on the journey to recovery. The story I return to again and again is that of the Tutu bird.
Briefly put, there was a young girl who lived in a village in Africa where the people were starving. Like all the other village children, she was sent out to fetch the animals that had been captured in the village traps overnight so that the villagers might eat. When she got there, there was a Tutu bird in the trap. His song was so sweet that she set him free. She returned to the village and explained what happened. The villagers were so angry that they buried her alive in a mud hut and left her to die. She cried and cried. One day, she heard a sweet song and a ray of light came though the top of her hut. The next day she heard the song again and realized that it was the Tutu bird. The bird was pecking a hole in the mud hut to free her! The bird then dropped in fruits and nuts. This continued until the girl was well fed and the Tutu bird could free her. She returned to an astonished village with the Tutu bird nourished compared to the thin villagers and then left with the Tutu bird to go into the forest forever. The point of the story: Find your voice, listen to it and don't stray.Read more ›
The life changing power of story graces all the chapters of this book. Women on the road to self-recovery of any sort will do well to spend some time soaking in the goodness Johnson offers on these pages. In her preface Johnson notes that women in recovery from disordered eating "follow a twisting, turning, winding path to their centers. It required them to leave behind old perceptions of themselves that they had adopted from others and to reclaim their own inner authorities. They had to listen to the voice from within to give them guidance and support as they searched from their true thoughts, feelings, and desires." While especially written for those of us working with recovery from eating disorders, this book is an understanding and soulful resource for any woman on the journey to the center of herself. Thank you Anita!
Johnston uses stories, myth and symbol to help explain the emotional and spiritual struggles that women encounter as they seek to regain a balance between heart and mind. Her description of the labyrinth as a metaphor of women's healing path serves as a gentle reminder that healing from disordered relationships with food is not a simple, straight-forward, linear process; and that being judgmental of our "progress" toward healing can only hinder our journeys.
I have read this book several times and have shared it with my mother, friends and colleagues. It has been a catalyst for many emotionally and intellectually fruitful discussions. I recommend it whole-heartedly.
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I didn't buy this here, but my eating disorder therapist gave this to me, and I was astounded how much it spoke to me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ezliconfuzzed
My diabetic coach suggested this book and it is a great resourcePublished 2 months ago by Audrey Myers
Beautifully written. This is by far the best book I have read on the topic of eating disorders. Johnston really digs deep and illuminates the core underlying issues typically... Read morePublished 2 months ago by jess
Fascinating way to explore ED. So helpful and informational at the same time.Published 4 months ago by Mary Boatwright
omg, omg, omg spoke to me from very first page, was in tears lots of time because it helped me not feel so crazy. This is my bible now. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book, more than any other book specific to Eating Disorder topics, has revolutionized my journey. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer