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The Body Is Not an Apology

The Power of Radical Self-Love
Written by: Sonya Renee Taylor
Narrated by: Sonya Renee Taylor
Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
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A global movement guided by love.

Humans are a varied and divergent bunch with all manner of beliefs, morals, and bodies. Systems of oppression thrive off our inability to make peace with difference and injure the relationship we have with our own bodies.

The Body Is Not an Apology offers radical self-love as the balm to heal the wounds inflicted by these violent systems. World-renowned activist and poet Sonya Renee Taylor invites us to reconnect with the radical origins of our minds and bodies and celebrate our collective, enduring strength. As we awaken to our own indoctrinated body shame, we feel inspired to awaken others and to interrupt the systems that perpetuate body shame and oppression against all bodies. When we act from this truth on a global scale, we usher in the transformative opportunity of radical self-love, which is the opportunity for a more just, equitable, and compassionate world - for us all.

©2018 Sonya Renee Taylor (P)2018 Sonya Renee Taylor

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Brilliant and revolutionary!

Loved this book! Sonya is like an older wiser sister whose advice will literally save your life! I live for the day when self-love is no longer radical but the societal standard. Brilliant and revolutionary!

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A must read!

A good read for everyone!! Whether is facing your own biases, challenging judgements or for education, you’re sure to get something powerful from it.

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Great concept

I found this book to be thought-provoking and bold. Just what I like! Because I listened while driving though, I found I wanted more time to ponder the thoughtful questions. I also think I would like to see it in print to let some of it sink in and to be able to journal with it. I will re-read for sure. Overall thumbs up!

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Tiny earthquakes of realization

So rich in bravery, inspiration and badassery. Radical self love is our birthright! So much here to absorb and put into practice.

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Appreciate the reminder

Loved it. it was a reminder that self love is an endless battle. Thank you

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Revolutionary

Beautifully written and narrated for every human- we need each other to read this and live it to be the change we need. Provides practical tools, with access to a community to boot, to support each other. It’s hard work that’s painful to admit to ourselves at times but Ms Taylor’s compassionate voice is there to guide you. I made so many bookmarks, I’ve ordered a paper copy to have & share. I recommend this book as an essential in your library.

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Excellent and insightful

So many things I could identify with, and for the stuff I was previously oblivious too...thank you!

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  • Jennifer Downer
  • 2018-10-26

Revolutionarily wonderful. But editors, take note!

I love this book and love hearing Sonya read her work, but to the producers of this audiobook --- you guys need to review this product for moments that needs editing. It seems like no one even listened to it before releasing it to the world. Every stumble over words is still in there and seems completely unedited.
Otherwise, this is a must read/listen for everyone!!!!!

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  • Sean Tulien
  • 2019-03-14

Love the One You're With (That's You!)

There’re so many great literary couples to love. Ygritte and Jon Snow! Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist! Eleanor and Park! Undeniably memorable pairs, all of them. But my personal favorite has to be Sonya Renee Taylor and… Sonya Renee Taylor! While my Midwestern sensibilities have always strongly favored self-criticism to an unhealthy degree, Sonya’s treatise on radical self-love is quickly winning me over. More than mere self-acceptance, which may be closer to resignation in the ways that really matter, Sonya advocates for a radical love for your body (and self) with a magnetic enthusiasm that reveals a startling truth: you’re better able to love others when you already love yourself.

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  • Melissa Sawyer
  • 2018-04-21

Listen to this!

I want to read this book over and over. It is absolutely amazing. Here are my takeaways: We cannot change the world without first changing ourselves. We cannot create a world of love and acceptance without loving and accepting ourselves. Our self includes our body. Sonya Renee Taylor is poignant and to the point. She gives you the whats, whys, and hows, but it's up to each of us to sort through our dislike, shame, and dissociate we have with our bodies. Despite the damage our capitalist society has wrought on each of us in distinct ways, it is up to each of us to mend and restore the relationship with our body. Radical self love is not only possible, it's necessary and urgent. Read this.

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  • Kayla Kestel
  • 2018-02-16

Absolutely EXCELLENT and urgently needed!

Sonya Renee Taylor’s words are exactly what the world needs right now. Her message of radical self love and the deeply compassionate, radically liberated voice with which she delivers it create stunning work. Get yourself a copy, and then get a copy for everyone you love.

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  • Amazing Customer
  • 2018-12-17

Alright

I liked most of the concepts in this book but I found the performance to be a bit annoying. Would have preferred to read hard copy instead of listening to the audiobook. Also some of the concepts felt so far fetched that they really didn't bite. Maybe if I listened to this a second time I'd be able to enjoy the content more but honestly I was just waiting for the book to end. I'm not against the content at all I think her idea of radical self love is so important and pretty well explained! I just didn't enjoy the audiobook that much.

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  • melinda
  • 2019-02-08

The story was lovely. The narration needs to be edited.

This is not edited for some unknown reason. The author is the narrator and reads her story beautifully but it could use some editing - some lines are repeated and there are many pauses. It may not seem like a big deal to some but it was distracting.

Still, it was a great book ✊🏽

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-08-02

Pretty....OK

There were some GREAT points and take-aways from this book. Some really important literature with really important topics that need to be broached in today's society. I was searching for some self-help on body image. This is definitely in that category. Not always super relevant to my particular situation. However, a book with topics that I think the world needs to hear. Great read, although hard to finish towards the end. Could have been a little shorter.

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  • Sandy Chang
  • 2018-05-07

Awe-inspiring!

This book was brilliantly written and narrated. I could not stop listening. The concepts, intelligent critiques, and valuable tools make this both inspiring and incredibly practical. I have been on a radical self love journey for years, but this book just really nailed every aspect of a process so desperately needed for not only myself but society at large. Thank you thank you thank you Sonya Renee Taylor!

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  • Amy
  • 2018-04-05

Thank you, Sonya Renee Taylor!

I am sure the hard copy is just as good but this spoken work of art is so raw and real it is one to keep at fingertips ready to hear again and share with friends.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-03-09

Truly Inspirational and transformational!

Loved IT! I get bored easily but this book grabbed hold of me and I couldn't stop. Recommend that everyone read this book!

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