Book Review: The Wisdom Of Your Body by Hillary McBride

I recently read The Wisdom of Your Body: Finding Healing, Wholeness, and Connection through Embodied Living by Dr. Hillary McBride and I wholeheartedly recommend you all do too!

The author is well-known in more progressive Christian spaces as a long-time part of the Liturgists podcast; she is a registered psychologist and counselor based out of Vancouver, British Columbia. I’ve been highly anticipating this book since it was announced as I’ve found her writings and podcast contributions to be highly informative, nuanced, and practical; this book did not disappoint.

Each chapter focuses on a specific area of relationship with the body and includes topics ranging from spiritualty to food and everything in between. The book is evidence-based with plenty of citations, and each chapters ends with practical exercises to incorporate what is discussed in that chapter.

The book is largely accessible to anyone, regardless of faith, gender, race, etc; the author does discloser her own faith background, views, and beliefs in the chapter on spirituality and focuses more on what she knows there, but is open about the reasoning behind making that choice, and the potential biases therein.

I highly recommend this book for everyone, especially in North American contexts, to read–whether you have been exploring embodiment for a long-time, are new to it, or are simply interested in finding out more, this book is an excellent resource and will help you to uncover biases, correct common misunderstandings, and possibly introduce you to some new concepts and practices.

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Published by Devin Hogg

My name is Devin Hogg. I was born and raised in Carnarvon, Ontario, Canada. I moved to Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 2009 for university and lived here ever since. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching TV and movies, going on long walks, swimming, and practicing Chen style Tai Chi. I love to write poetry and blog regularly about topics such as mental health, sci-fi/fantasy series, faith, sexuality, and politics.

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