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The Recovering Body: Physical and Spiritual Fitness for Living Clean and Sober Paperback – September 9, 2014
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Katherine Ketcham, coauthor with William Cope Moyers of Broken
The Recovering Body is an engaging commentary on the importance of exercise and meditation for people in recoverybut it is so much more than simply a self-help book. Personal, luminous in its depth of understanding of the human condition, this is a book that would benefit anyone who struggles with self-image. This is a book for all persons who choose light above darkness.”
Kaylie Jones, author of Lies My Mother Never Told Me
An essential read for anyone struggling with addiction and compulsion. Matesa has integrated science and stories that provide the reader with critical insight and guidance from every perspective. This book is the roadmap towards fulfillment and happiness.”
Shane Niemeyer, Ironman triathlete and author of The Hurt Artist: My Journey from Suicidal Junkie to Ironman
What exactly is recovered during recovery? With warmth and intelligence, Matesa suggests that healing the body from physical addiction is not separate from spiritual healing. Through fascinating stories from the field and using her experience as an educator and journalist who overcame her own addiction, she explains how movement, nourishment, sleep, pleasure, and mindfulness pave the road home to yourself. A blueprint for healing, body and soul.”
Susan Piver, New York Times bestselling author of The Wisdom of a Broken Heart
The Recovering Body opens our eyes to the next level of recoveryoffering clarity into the great benefits of expanding our wellness as people who have chosen life over the downward spiral of addiction. Whatever your drug or process of choice might be, there is no question that The Recovering Body is a much needed addition to Twelve Step outside literature.”
Matesa writes honestly and clearly about her own recovery and about going deeper into what fitness can bea practice about awareness on a very deep level, from movement to sleep to meditation and awareness. She outlines a plan for strengthening the body to work with the mind and the mind to work with the body. My thanks, Jennifer Matesa, for taking me on this important journey and deepening my own understanding. Don’t abandon your body. It is your truthful home.”
Patti Digh, author of Love Is a Verb and 37 Days
Matesa, whom I first encountered as the author of the excellent blog Guinevere Gets Sober, and later worked with at the online addiction and recovery magazine The Fix, offers advice to clean up the wreckage and recover the body’s health” during sobriety. [She] musters a chorus of trainers and exercise-oriented recovery experts to bolster her argument that simple exercise remains the single most overlooked element in most people’s recovery programs.”
Dirk Hanson, Addiction Inbox
Her writing is very accessible, is not preachy, and unpretentiously conveyed a lot of deep truths that I hadn’t considered but seemed self-evident as soon as I read them. the book takes a lot of previously disparate pieces of information that I vaguely knew to be true and organizes them into framework that not only deepened my understanding, but offered a concrete path to continue enhancing and securing my own recovery. I highly recommend it.”
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About the Author
Jennifer Matesa, a seasoned health writer, authors the award-winning blog Guinevere Gets Sober and contributes regularly to TheFix.com. In 2013 she became a fellow of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.Jennifer lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Matesa’s book is full of epiphanies – for example:
• How important it is to be in a community.
• “The physical relief I felt just by practicing this mental discipline [meditation] was unprecedented—even compared to the effects of drug use.”
• “If there’s a theme in this book, it’s Find What Works for You—or as they say, “Take what you need and leave the rest.”
• “Because, after all, the body lives only in the present”
Her book has validated so many things that I have experienced myself or witnessed in other people.
I highly recommend this book, especially since the country is moving closer and closer to an addictive society via smartphones, video games, and the hard to escape food additive, sugar.