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The Goodbye Cookie: A Memoir About Never Giving Up Paperback – January 17, 2014
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MARCIA MEISLIN is an executive coach, author and public speaker whose enthusiasm and zest for life has enabled thousands of people to attain their professional and personal dreams. Marcia lost 130 pounds more than five years ago and she continues to cultivate a healthy lifestyle in body, mind, and spirit. Marcia and her husband, Steve, live outside of New York City. DR. JODY POPPLE, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and co-author of The Goodbye Cookie’s self-help tips and Q&A. Her decade-long practice focuses on children, families, and educating others on the importance of healthy living and self-care.
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Fuller disclosure: I know Marcia personally. I'm writing this review on my own, though, because I want to make sure people who don't yet know Marcia know about this book. You don't have to have met her to love this book, but after reading it you will certainly know her.
This book details an incredible story of an extraordinary person....but the truth is that in many ways this is an ordinary life. This is a girl who grows up, tries to find her way in the world, and comes to terms with herself as a woman. Marcia is an extremely relatable subject. While many of her experiences are foreign to me, her experience of her experiences makes perfect sense. Who among us has not felt trapped, felt like escaping, struggled to express herself clearly, longed for deeper connection, tried to understand herself better, felt vulnerable or weak, felt strong and brave? Reading this, you will love Marcia and root for her, judge her and understand her, and at the end you will count yourself lucky that she is in your life, even if only as a character in a book.
The tone is unflinchingly honest, warm, and welcoming. It is there that the medium truly becomes the message. In this book of self-discovery and eventual self-love, Marcia shares all of herself without judgment and without reservation. An author this open to revealing her most vulnerable inner self and her challenging outer self has certainly come to a place of true acceptance. Every so often while reading, you stop to marvel at how far this woman has come to be able to write these words about herself and her life. Here, the triumph is largely in the telling.
It's a story that locates the magic of living in the simplest things and casts light upon the deep pain and suffering of everyday life. Marcia's story will make you look at your own life and your own self differently, and it will give you permission to forgive and love yourself. But let's not lose the important point that this is a lovely and enjoyable read. I devoured it quickly, but meaningfully - savoring the scenes and lingering on the lessons. I was not ready to let the book go when it was done. I have so many questions for Marcia now and so much more I want to learn from her. But, as Marcia herself learns, I must say dayeinu - it is enough, and I am grateful for what this book has given me. You don't actually need as much as you think when you love what you are.
It is written in an honest, revealing and insightful manner which helps you to examine yourself. The book was very touching and facilitated evaluating some of my past and present struggles. This is a "must read" for readers of all ages, races, religions and genders.
Overcoming adversity is a topic that everyone can relate to and I highly recommend this wonderful journey through the author's life!
Her story illustrates that even a loving family, devoted spouse, sharp intellect, world-class education, professional achievement and medical intervention are no match for this cunning, baffling and powerful disease, but her defiant refusal to accept the hand that has been dealt fuels her search for recovery.
At some point, her doctor states that he had "...only worked on your stomach, not your head. The rest is up to you."
The reader shares in the pain and disappointment as Ms. Meislin does the 'rest' with all of the blood, sweat and tears that entails. Her journey provides promise to those who have yet to find their way. With humor and grace she shares her experiences that make recovery a real possibility for all who are willing to believe that they are worth it. Her strength and hope are gifts which she gives freely.
The Goodbye Cookie is a must read for all who have been touched by addiction but especially those who grapple with self destructive eating behaviors and see food as the problem rather than a symptom.
For me the strength of the story lies in its honesty. Meislin holds back no relevant details, from her food obsessed childhood to her difficulties with intimacy. Hers is a story of hope and courage, bound to inspire anyone whose food stories are filled with pain and defeat.
An informative section on self-care and professional issues is included at the end.
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