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The Craggy Hole in My Heart and the Cat Who Fixed It Paperback – June 28, 2005
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“Wise, loving, tough, and tender. A beautiful book. Geneen knows how to nourish the heart!” —Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart
“Read it, laugh with it, and become a little more of a human being.” —Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and Dark Nights of the Soul
“Roth takes us on a deep, joyful, provocative, and ultimately nourishing journey. I couldn’t put it down from beginning to end.” —Justine Willis Toms, New Dimensions Radio, coauthor of True Work
Top Customer Reviews
I guess it was no accident that I read Geneen Roth's new
book on the way to visit my dad. "The Craggy Hole in My
Heart and the Cat Who Fixed It" captured my heart, as all
of her books have.
This book, however, is not about emotional eating per se,
but rather about the emotions and the stories that can
drive the eating.
No matter what role food plays in our lives, it is inextricably
linked to our desire for love and acceptance . . . and you
usually don't need 6 degrees of separation to get there.
Geneen addresses these issues better than anyone I
know. She has lived her life untangling them and teaching
the rest of us how to do the same.
For example, in regard to her fear of her beloved cat's
"It occurs to me that I can spend the rest of my life (and
his) in low-level panic, or I can take a leap into the
suffering, and make friends with fear, pain and sorrow. It is
the same juncture I reached with food, when I realized I
could keep being frightened of going off the diet and eating
so much I'd end up weighing a thousand pounds, or I could
stop dieting and discover if there was a bottom to my
Again and again Geneen lays it all on the line - this book
is fresh, vulnerable, edgy and funny. In it, she confronts
the honest, raw truth of her life, of her relationships . . . and
takes us all along for the ride.
And what a ride it is!
Geneen tells us the story of how she sold her soul for the
love of her father, how she learned to love (with 20-lb. cat,
Mr. Blanche in tow), to BE loved and to confront the truth.Read more ›
Roth was in a position to be a great cat-owner. She lived in a city with access to alternative veterinary medicine as well as cat therapists, groomers and more. So when Blanche entered her life, Roth's love spilled over. And it couldn't happen to a nicer cat.
I must admit I turned the pages a little faster when Roth panicked about losing her cat. Blanche is tougher than he looks, I wanted to say.
Many people will find parallels with Roth's family in their own lives -- or their friends' lives. Roth tells the story movingly, but matter-of-factly, without self-pity.
But Blanche remains the hero of this book and Roth's life. Perhaps the most telling passage comes when she writes that, "Blanche is like food once was -- he doesn't talk back, he doesn't hit, he doesn't go away...also, and I think this is important, he doesn't have any calories."
Blanche really does fill a hole in the author's heart but, unlike food, Blanche helps Roth grow and accept new relationships. Roth acquires not only a husband but also a dog. And she takes on a spiritual teacher, distinguished from a therapist in one of the best sections of the book. A therapist, says Roth, helps you heal the damage from what was done to you. A teacher helps you heal from the way you reacted to what was done to you.
The perfect gift for a sensitive cat lover. Then again, what true cat person isn't sensitive?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you love a cat or have ever loved and lost a cat, this book will touch your heart in ways you can never imagine.Published 12 months ago by K
I love the books by Geneen Roth. I find her life experiences and journey to be filed with insights so applicable to many. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ann
Never got it 'til I read this book. Raised only one generation from living off the land and hunting. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Deidre Hammon
Took me some time of putting the book down and picking it up again to get through it.
Perhaps this cat consumed her life just as a child would have, if she had had one.
Geneen goes where other writers and gurus don't. is open about her failings and idiocies, so you can be about yours. And its well-written. Read morePublished on March 27, 2014 by L. RUSTAGE
I loved this book. It was easy to read. Laugh out loud funny, yet deep, moving with elements of awakening woven throughout. Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by Ocean
I found this book cute and wonderful. Geneen's story telling ability is charming and heart warming. I am sure that her cat is looking down from heaven and smiling on her.Published on December 21, 2013 by Indoirish