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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.Read more ›
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A wonderful overview how the need to be emotionally nurtured is a basic need for all of us. When that doesn't happen we allow ourselves to be in relationships that are less than... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Susan C. Speese
Thought I never knew how to be enough or who I was. This book is a beautiful read and full of great insight. Turned on all the lights of the road to locating my identity.Published 1 month ago by Shelly Mason
Thank you Robin Smith for your courage to share your story. Your book touches one at a deeper level than other books I've read on this topic and gives us hope that we too can... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sandra J. Dutko
Poorly organized. Repetitious. Reads like she just stuck together some post-it notes of tips.Published 6 months ago by Anniemel
An honest and authentic journey. This book will help you embrace new beginnings, inspires perseverance, healing, and open the mind to endless possibilities.Published 7 months ago by Romal
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