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Weightless: Making Peace With Your Body

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Countless women today are weighted down by the thought that they are not thin enough, pretty enough, young enough, or good enough. While bookstore shelves are well stocked with advice on how to overcome body image problems, very few take a faith-based, much less Catholic, approach to self-healing. Weightless: Making Peace With Your Body speaks not only to those who may have faced an eating disorder, but also to anyone who wants to live an abundant life, unencumbered by society's...
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Overview

Countless women today are weighted down by the thought that they are not thin enough, pretty enough, young enough, or good enough. While bookstore shelves are well stocked with advice on how to overcome body image problems, very few take a faith-based, much less Catholic, approach to self-healing. Weightless: Making Peace With Your Body speaks not only to those who may have faced an eating disorder, but also to anyone who wants to live an abundant life, unencumbered by society's obsession with thinness, physical beauty, youth, or food.

Weightless offers:

  • Personal stories that debunk cultural myths about beauty
  • Spiritual tools to help address common struggles
  • Meditations to reshape the way a woman views herself
  • Discussion questions for personal or group reflection
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867169713
  • Publisher: Saint Anthony Messenger Press & Franciscan Communications
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Pages: 89
  • Sales rank: 534,805
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

KATE WICKER is a wife, mom, and journalist. She is a senior writer and health columnist for Faith & Family and has written for a wide variety of regional and national media, including Atlanta Parent, Catholic Exchange, Children's Ministry, Family Fun, Pregnancy, and Woman's Day.
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Table of Contents

foreword Jennifer Fulwiler ix

acknowledgments xii

introduction xiii

chapter 1 Media: The Distorted Mirror 1

chapter 2 Hunger Pangs 13

chapter 3 Achieving Real Beauty 23

chapter 4 Cocreating Life 33

chapter 5 Like Mother, Like Daughter 43

chapter 6 Aging Gracefully 55

chapter 7 Striking a Healthy Balance 63

chapter 8 Creating a Healthy Future 75

notes 85

resources 88

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

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    Turn to God for Inner Healing

    On her web site, Kate Wicker describes herself as a law-school dropout, author, and "natural birthing (mother of 4) babywearing, extended breastfeeding, co-sleeping mama." She says she had a clinical eating disorder, is considered recovered, and writes about body image because it is cathartic. She is a senior writer and health columnist for Faith & Family magazine and has contributed to numerous other Christian and family publications. "Weightless: Making Peace with Your Body," opens with an overview of the author's struggles with food from age 9 through her early twenties. She "hit rock bottom," turning to calorie restriction, purging, and excessive exercise after a failed romance. With the help of her a parents Wicker embarked on what was to be three years of therapy to address her eating disorder. As her physical recovery progressed, she realized she was still spiritually ill. "So, instead of turning solely to counselors, friends, or family for help, I looked to my God for inner healing," she writes. "And that's when I really started to feel beautiful" in a way unconnected to weight or mirror images. She wrote "Weightless" to help readers reshape the way they view themselves, others, and food. Wicker cautions readers that the book is not a substitute for therapy. However, she writes, it might help readers overcome unhealthy attachments to body image by developing a closer relationship with God. The book is divided into eight chapters on such topics as media images of female perfection, "the mom bod," aging gracefully, and healthy exercise. Each chapter contains personal stories, relevant scripture quotations, a meditation, and several reflection questions. A chapter named "Cocreating Life" discusses struggles with body changes related to pregnancy, in particular, but also age, injury, and surgery. Wicker emphasizes a mom's responsibility for being a healthy role model for her children by eating well, exercising, and self-care. "Try to focus on health and happiness," she writes, "not the number on the scale or a smaller jean size." She also addresses the stress of daily mothering and housekeeping, areas where it's best to recognize our lack of control and turn over the situation to God. She quotes St. John Vianney's rule for everyday life: "Do not do anything which you cannot offer to God." The reflection questions deal with qualities that (1) you admire in your mom; (2) your children love most in you; (3) exemplify a good mother.

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