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Hungry: The Truth about Being Full [Kindle Edition]

Dr. Robin L. Smith
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“Even though I looked alive and vital, the hourglass measuring the aliveness of my soul was swiftly draining to the bottom. I was losing my battle to be myself. I was in my prime. My career was taking off; I was surrounded by loving friends and family. Yet it felt like time was running out.”

Dr. Robin L. Smith, noted psychologist, ordained minister, motivational speaker, and best-selling author of Lies at the Altar, seemed to have the perfect life, but underneath it all, she felt empty.

In this powerful new work, Dr. Robin painstakingly chronicles a time when she felt at the end of her rope, unable to truly see herself or escape the unrelenting craving in her heart. Throughout her life, she had always focused on living up to everyone else’s expectations, doing everything they asked – everything they recommended – in the hopes that by pleasing others she would find fulfillment and success. Instead she found herself spiritually and emotionally starved with a hungry soul begging for change.

Through vivid descriptions of the symptoms of her hunger, the gnawing emptiness in her soul, and her courageous journey to discovering herself, Dr. Robin opens a window into her own experiences in order to provide insight into yours. With clarity and empathy she starts you on a path to uncovering the real you – the you that lays beneath all the doubt, superficiality, and life crises.

Dr. Robin honestly bares her soul and shares her story – plus stories of other hungry souls including her friends, clients from her psychology practice, family, and celebrities – and in the process, teaches you to recognize, survive, embrace, and conquer your own hunger. She teaches you to step into your own story so you can listen to and learn from the wisdom within.



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About the Author

Dr. Robin L. Smith is a national television personality, best-selling author, ordained minister, keynote speaker, and licensed psychologist. Dr. Smith’s relationship book, Lies at the Altar, published in 14 different languages has been a #1 national bestseller on the lists of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, and many other publications. Dr. Smith’s first book, Inspirational Vitamins, has been received with great enthusiasm and acclaim. Her media appearances include The Oprah Winfrey Show, Anderson Live, Larry King Live, the Today show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, MSNBC, the Fox News Channel, and many other news and talk-show formats. In addition to Dr. Robin’s busy media and speaking schedule, she develops seminars and workshops for corporations and organizations nationwide. Dr. Smith has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Temple University and a master’s degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Website: www.drrobinsmith.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House (February 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009L5BIXI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,565 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vulnerable Book About Being Real March 12, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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Dr. Robin Smith's latest book is very personal, vulnerable and raw. It's about her own personal journey to authenticity. It's a book that is inspirational in the sense that it inspires the reader to step out of the rat race of our driven American culture and look at who they really are and what they really want out of life. It's impressive to me that the author is someone who is very intelligent and talented and who had everything that defines success in our culture and yet she was lacking self-love--lacking even knowing who she really was and accepting herself for that. And after she went through many difficult experiences, she details them here, especially how they made her feel and how she discovered herself, in the hopes that she might inspire and motivate the reader to do the same.

At first I was unclear what the book was about with the title as "Hunger". It is NOT about food or eating disorders. It is about an emotional hunger, a "hole in the soul" that the author had, despite even being a minister, having a spiritual life, and having many of the other things that most of us strive for. Reading the book is like listening to an inspirational talk, and I really enjoyed it. Although Dr. Smith is a Christian minister, this is not a Christian book, but based upon spiritual concepts like the Universe or a Higher Power or our inner selves. The author uses all of these terms so that many readers can relate.

The last part of the book is the author's description of eight qualities of a "full life" with thought questions. I found this section particularly interesting and worth journalling about.

I found the entire book empowering.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Spoke Truth To Me March 21, 2013
Format:Hardcover
Hungry: The Truth About Being Full

This book spoke truth to me. A truth I knew deep down, but could not begin to put words around it. Like the author, I too am in my 40's, in addition I have a special needs child. I have spent my life doing the right thing, rising to the occasion and not caring for myself. Over the past year I have begun to realize just how much I have been starving myself emotionally. I too have been "dying to be me", but I didn't have the vocabulary to describe my angst. The minute I picked up this book, I began to understand myself better and nurture myself more. But, not in a quick fix way. There is no quick fix for my situation - rather through this book I am learning to embrace and rediscover my voice within my circumstance.

The truth is not easy to hear, but that doesn't make it not true!
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what the doctor ordered March 8, 2013
By Doser
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have struggled with an eating disorder for a lifetime, never realizing what I was hungry for. Dr. Robin's book gave huge clarity and shone great light on the fact that I was hungry for an authentic life. Like the author, I was chasing the feel good effects of life's high notes. Finally, finally someone has shown me I don't have to do that anymore; I can put my true flawed self out into the light and trust that I am exactly who I was meant to be...nothing more, nothing less...and that's more than enough. Thank you Dr Robin for your extraordinary book and for helping to set us all free for the first time in our lives!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning to use my voice September 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I tape Oprah Soul Sundays, recently I was looking for inspiration and randomly picked the episode that Robin Smith was on, I always admired her advice, watching Robin speak I was completely inspired, I immediately downloaded her book on my kindle. This was the inspiration I needed at that exact moment, funny how sometimes things come at the perfect time. I too have spent my life people pleasing and always put on a happy face to make sure others were content. I have always put my feelings, and opinions aside so others would like me. Hungry is a great book, it has had such an impact on me and I see myself expressing my feelings, thoughts and opinions and it feels amazing. I would rather speak my truth than sit in hungry silence anymore. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has lost their voice. Robin is so open and honest and I believe this had freed her as I hope it does me.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Feeding the real hunger October 27, 2013
By Deb
Format:Hardcover
What are you really hungry for?

And what is hunger actually?

In her book _Hungry_, Robin Smith helps explore these questions. Pondering the question of the true essence of hunger, she writes that:
"It's a deep longing and a need to be truly known, accepted, respected, loved, valued, seen and heard by the self and others. When hunger is neglected, ignored, denied, shamed, blamed, or misunderstood it makes us even hungrier. Actually, we become ravenous and feel insatiable. The more we deny our hunger pains, the stronger our cravings become, leading us to act destructively--because hungry people do desperate things. This desperation might be manifested in overachieving, underachieving, depression, false elation, seeking power, becoming powerless, being a victim, being a victimizer, or having emotional/sexual affairs. Hunger has many faces, but one way or another it demands to be fed...Hunger unattended is a tormenter. It destroys our ability to live with joy, peace, and well-being and to love ourselves and others. But hunger *listened to* is an amazing teacher and guide." (p. 23)

She has written this book with the hopes that she can help readers satisfy their inner hungers in the same way she is learning to nourish hers:
"The message I want to get across is a breakthrough for those who have hidden their hunger and desires for so long that they don't even know what's real anymore. I speak from the heart, because I, too, denied my hunger and was ashamed of it. Now with each day, I live more in the freedom of truth. I fully embrace when I am hungry and do my best to attend to my needs. What I'm not doing anymore is pretending to be full when I am starving to death. Living in the truth saves, restores, and renews my life daily, and I want to pass that gift on.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lessons in Life
I have always liked Dr. Smith. This is her story and from what I believe she was honest in writing about what she has been through and how it impacted her. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book!! Planing on rereading it as there are many important messages to absorb.
Published 2 months ago by Orlanda
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
true confessions of an Oprah star - I didn't identify
Published 2 months ago by Frances E. Vanwormer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good book
Published 2 months ago by martha
5.0 out of 5 stars This book has incredible wisdom within it's covers. Change ...
This book has incredible wisdom within it's covers.
Change can never happen until you're able to identify what we're hungry for and even the fact that we are hungry. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Yvonne Sullivan
3.0 out of 5 stars Started out well. Downhill from there. Drama Queen ...
Started out well. Downhill from there. Drama Queen.
Published 2 months ago by Lissy
5.0 out of 5 stars Very motivating. Has changed my life!
Very motivating. Has changed my life!
Published 2 months ago by Ellen Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read. Dr. Smith has a lot to say and seems to be a very honest person.
Published 3 months ago by Sara Rickenbaker
3.0 out of 5 stars I found the book terribly reptitive. I think she needed a stronger...
I gave this 3 stars. Whilst I found the points Dr. Smith made interesting and often 'spot on', I found the book terribly reptitive. Read more
Published 4 months ago by L.D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hungry was mind provoking. I realized that I am ...
Hungry was mind provoking. I realized that I am important enough to find myself and invest as much or more in me as I have in my family members.
Published 4 months ago by Janice M. Flowers
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