Raw: My Journey from Anxiety to Joy


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$16.95  $15.59
She Writes Press
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5.5 X 0.8 X 8.5 inches | 0.86 pounds
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About the Author

Bella Mahaya Carter is a writing teacher, developmental editor, and coach with a lifelong passion for creativity, health, and healing. She is the author of Secrets of My Sex, a collection of narrative poems. Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in MindBodyGreen; The Sun, Lilith; Calyx; Literary Mama; and elsewhere. Her work has been anthologized in The Magic of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writing Journey; Grandmothers' Necklace; and Writing Our Way Out of The Dark: An Anthology of Literary Acts of Bravery. She's a featured columnist on SheWrites.com and maintains her own blog, Body, Mind, Spirit: Inspiration for Writers, Dreamers, and Seekers of Health & Happiness. Visit Bella online: www.bellamahayacarter.com.


2019 IBPA Ben Franklin Awards Silver Medal in Body, Mind, & Spirit "These chapters convey a deeply human message--that we are all works in progress, changing day to day--and drive the book's tale of resilience to a satisfying conclusion. [An] Indie Groundbreaking book."
--Independent Publisher

"Carter's decade-spanning quest covers countless forms of therapy and self-help. Her relentless unease is palpable throughout, deftly portrayed through effective dialogue and memorable recollections." --Kirkus Reviews
"I love this book, and--as a writer/dancer/seeker who has struggled with the swing between self-doubt and grand dreams--resonated with so much of it. Bella writes with great honesty and heart, and invites the reader to share her journey in a lovely, intimate way." --Gayle Brandeis, author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write
"Written in spare, elegant prose, Raw guides rather than preaches, and reveals rather than moralizes. The result is a bracing look at how bodies, food, relationships, emotions, and beliefs interweave to make us who we are." --Jill Jepson, author of Writing as a Sacred Path
"Informative and heartwarming, Bella Mahaya Carter's story is about what we carry inside of us, not just physically, but spiritually. I came away from this book feeling nourished in all the right ways." --Claire Bidwell Smith, author of After This: When Life is Over Where Do We Go?
"Bella understands internal landscapes, which she has learned to navigate with self-forgiveness and compassion. Her transformational healing memoir will speak to anyone wanting to live a healthier, happier life! A supportive and inspiring read for anyone on the path of consciousness."
--Christine Hassler, Best-Selling author of Expectation Hangover, Master Coach, Speaker

"These chapters convey a deeply human message--that we are all works in progress, changing day to day--and drive the book's tale of resilience to a satisfying conclusion. INDIE GROUNDBREAKING BOOK"
--Independent Publisher

"Sometimes, we heal the spirit and the body follows. Sometimes, it's the other way around. Bella's search for health as detailed in this marvelous, uplifting memoir, reminds us that there is a rawness to the spirit that parallels the rawness of the foods we put into our bodies. I ate this book in one sitting, then went back for seconds. You will too." --Jack Grapes, author of The Naked Eye
"This memoir will resonate with readers seeking alternative paths to health and healing. We love how Bella complements her approach to healthy eating with an equally nourishing approach to thinking and feeling. This book is indeed a living embodiment of 'food for thought.'"