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Metanoia: A Memoir of a Body, Born Again

Anna Mcgahan

Paperback 2019-08-31

Shortlisted for 2020 Australian Christian Book of the Year

A memoir of a body, born again.

Perhaps we have done to our bodies what we have so long done to God?

We have let vessels of peace be used as rubbish bins, weapons and punching bags.

We have asked them to conform to our image. The image we find the most desirable.

We have vanquished their significance, until finally, they have no power at all.

By the age of 23, Anna McGahan was wrestling with the rest of the world for ownership of her femininity, sexuality and physicality.

As a young actor suddenly thrust into the spotlight as a poster girl for sexual liberation - intent on exploring New Age spirituality, the next relationship and the wildest high - her path continuously pointed her to chaos, consumption and isolation.

Until she met God.

In this memoir, Anna shares the story of reconciling with her body, mapping its journey from a cheapened product in a marketplace to a vessel of astonishing worth.

This is a deeply personal and radical story, of a body rescued, redeemed and set free. Of holy pain and undeserved healing. Of a life completely and irrevocably changed.

  • Publisher

Contains strong themes.

GOODREADS REVIEWS:

"I consumed this book in about two sittings. It's harrowing, confronting, beautiful, honest, wild, and imaginative. Read it if you are interested in art, acting, relationships, the spiritual life, sexuality, God, healing from self-hatred, or just basically humans and what it means to be one. Read it because this memoir introduces one of Australia's most original and astonishing voices.

Anna's memoir is beautifully and artfully structured around motifs and metaphors of the body, using scripturally informed language that is startling in this context. It's a book about hurting and healing, and she doesn't hold back.

I have a few favourites when it comes to conversion/spiritual memoirs. Anna's book reminds me of how I felt reading Lauren Winner's "Girl Meets God" - plunged into a very different kind of life and way of meeting Jesus, and deeply touched by it. It also has parallels with Rosaria Butterfield's "Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert", because I found it challenging and I think it will change how I talk to others about faith, and more importantly how I listen.

Warning: Keep this one on your top shelf if you have kids around, and be aware it deals honestly and heartbreakingly with eating disorders and self-harm, and the emotional and physical impact of casual sex." - Goodreads Review

"I ate this beautiful book, it was delicious. I didn't realise how hungry I was. Anna McGahan writes gracefully and reflectively, with a rare sincerity. She holds our hand as she takes us on her journey, and it is, deeply, a heroine's journey. We need more stories like hers; honest, raw, naive in its sincerity. She reaches out to the world with an open palm and an offering." - Goodreads Review

Publisher Description

Perhaps we have done to our bodies what we have so long done to God?

We have demanded they conform to the image we find the most desirable.

We have treated them as rubbish bins, weapons and punching bags.

We have muted their wills until their voices have fallen silent.

At 23, Anna McGahan was wrestling with the rest of the world for ownership of her femininity, sexuality and physicality. As a young actor thrust into the spotlight as a poster girl for sexual liberation - intent on exploring the next relationship, the lowest weight and the wildest high - her path pointed her to chaos, starvation and isolation.

Until - unexpectedly - she met God.

In this memoir, Anna shares the story of reconciling with her body, mapping its journey from another product in a marketplace, to a vessel of inherent power and worth.

Metanoia is the cry of a body broken and resurrected, the song of a bird set free.

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Shortlisted for 2020 Australian Christian Book of the Year

A memoir of a body, born again.

Perhaps we have done to our bodies what we have so long done to God?

We have let vessels of peace be used as rubbish bins, weapons and punching bags.

We have asked them to conform to our image. The image we find the most desirable.

We have vanquished their significance, until finally, they have no power at all.

By the age of 23, Anna McGahan was wrestling with the rest of the world for ownership of her femininity, sexuality and physicality.

As a young actor suddenly thrust into the spotlight as a poster girl for sexual liberation - intent on exploring New Age spirituality, the next relationship and the wildest high - her path continuously pointed her to chaos, consumption and isolation.

Until she met God.

In this memoir, Anna shares the story of reconciling with her body, mapping its journey from a cheapened product in a marketplace to a vessel of astonishing worth.

This is a deeply personal and radical story, of a body rescued, redeemed and set free. Of holy pain and undeserved healing. Of a life completely and irrevocably changed.

  • Publisher

Contains strong themes.

GOODREADS REVIEWS:

"I consumed this book in about two sittings. It's harrowing, confronting, beautiful, honest, wild, and imaginative. Read it if you are interested in art, acting, relationships, the spiritual life, sexuality, God, healing from self-hatred, or just basically humans and what it means to be one. Read it because this memoir introduces one of Australia's most original and astonishing voices.

Anna's memoir is beautifully and artfully structured around motifs and metaphors of the body, using scripturally informed language that is startling in this context. It's a book about hurting and healing, and she doesn't hold back.

I have a few favourites when it comes to conversion/spiritual memoirs. Anna's book reminds me of how I felt reading Lauren Winner's "Girl Meets God" - plunged into a very different kind of life and way of meeting Jesus, and deeply touched by it. It also has parallels with Rosaria Butterfield's "Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert", because I found it challenging and I think it will change how I talk to others about faith, and more importantly how I listen.

Warning: Keep this one on your top shelf if you have kids around, and be aware it deals honestly and heartbreakingly with eating disorders and self-harm, and the emotional and physical impact of casual sex." - Goodreads Review

"I ate this beautiful book, it was delicious. I didn't realise how hungry I was. Anna McGahan writes gracefully and reflectively, with a rare sincerity. She holds our hand as she takes us on her journey, and it is, deeply, a heroine's journey. We need more stories like hers; honest, raw, naive in its sincerity. She reaches out to the world with an open palm and an offering." - Goodreads Review

Publisher Description

Perhaps we have done to our bodies what we have so long done to God?

We have demanded they conform to the image we find the most desirable.

We have treated them as rubbish bins, weapons and punching bags.

We have muted their wills until their voices have fallen silent.

At 23, Anna McGahan was wrestling with the rest of the world for ownership of her femininity, sexuality and physicality. As a young actor thrust into the spotlight as a poster girl for sexual liberation - intent on exploring the next relationship, the lowest weight and the wildest high - her path pointed her to chaos, starvation and isolation.

Until - unexpectedly - she met God.

In this memoir, Anna shares the story of reconciling with her body, mapping its journey from another product in a marketplace, to a vessel of inherent power and worth.

Metanoia is the cry of a body broken and resurrected, the song of a bird set free.

Koorong Code540363
ISBN0647519836
EAN9780647519837
Pages270
DepartmentBooks
CategoryBiography
PublisherAcorn Press
Publication DateAug 2019
Dimensions0 x 0 x 0mm