I just finished reading Lost and Found by Geneen Roth – a brutally honest account of the author’s financial tragedy when an investment scam left her, and a handful of her friends, in monetary ruin. While working her way through the flip-flop of having a nice fat bank balance to the sudden uncertainty of whether or not she can even pay her bills, Geneen is forced to take a good hard look at her relationship with money. Coming from a background of eating disorders and an imbalanced view of food, Roth makes a number of connections between her behavior with spending and her behavior with food. Roth digs deep into the reasons behind her money and eating habits and comes away with some valuable insight and self awareness that, ultimately, leads to the strengthening of her character in the face of a crisis.
Having never been “rich”, I can’t identify much with Roth’s lifestyle before her financial tragedy, but I appreciate her candidness about her situation and her willingness to “put it all out there”. It made her real. Her honesty regarding her food disorders, her endless battle with her weight, and her avoidance of caring about money made this an enjoyable read. Roth’s reactions to her new situation, whether expressed outwardly or in her head, included things that most of us would do but maybe not all of us would admit. I found myself finishing the book and wanting to take a good hard look at areas in my own life with which I struggle, and inspired me to want to turn a crisis into a learning experience.
We’re discussing this book all month over at the Blog Her book club, and I’d love for you to join us! Just follow that link to chime in on the conversation. Hope to see you there!
This book has been sent to me for review as part of the BlogHer Book Club. Opinions expressed are, as always, my own.