Baker Academic Fall 2021 Catalog


THE WISDOM OF YOUR BODY Finding Healing, Wholeness, and Connection through Embodied Living Hillary L. McBride

Psychologist and award-winning researcher Hillary McBride explores the broken and unhealthy ideas we have inherited about our body. Embodiment is the way we are in the world, and our embodiment is heavily influenced by who we have been allowed to be. Many of us feel disembodied due to colonization, racism, sexism, and patriarchy—destructive systems that rank certain bodies as less valuable, beautiful, or human than others. Embrac- ing our embodiment can liberate us from these systems. As we come to understand the world around us and the stories we’ve been told, we see that our perspective of reality often limits how we see and experience ourselves, each other, and what we believe is Sacred. The Wisdom of Your Body offers a compassionate, healthy, and holistic perspective on embodied living. Weaving to- gether illuminating research, stories from her work as a therapist, and deeply personal narratives of healing from a life-threatening eating disorder, a near-fatal car accident, and chronic pain, Mc- Bride invites us to reclaim the wisdom of the body and to experi- ence the wholeness that has been there all along. End-of-chapter questions and practices are included. HILLARY L. M c BRIDE (PhD, University of British Columbia) is a registered psychologist and a sought-after speaker who specializes in embodiment. She is an adjunct professor in the department of counseling psychology at the Univer- sity of British Columbia and has a private counseling practice in Vancouver. She hosts the Other People’s Problems podcast, is the author of Mothers, Daughters, and Body Image , and is the coeditor of Embodiment and Eating Disorders . Visit her website at

OCTOBER 2021 • 288 pp. • paper • $19.99 • 9781587435522

“Soulful. Joyful. McBride is the gentle and powerful voice that calls us back home to ourselves.” —KATE BOWLER, Duke Divinity School; author of Everything Happens for a Reason “McBride offers both permission and practices to get to know who you are in a holistic way. This book is an invitation to look deeper and to live a fully connected and embodied life.” —MORGAN HARPER NICHOLS, author of All Along You Were Blooming “McBride offers us a clear and practical road map out of the most painful and difficult schism in modern life: the division between people and their own bodies. A book offering profound healing and insight—the rare tome that can change not only individual lives but also our world.” —MIKE M c HARGUE, host of The Cozy Robot Show


An Invitation to Begin 1. Fully Alive: Exploring and Understanding Embodiment 2. How We Become Disembodied: Lies about Our Bodies and Finding Our Way Home 3. The Body Overwhelmed: Healing the Body from Stress and Trauma 4. Appearance and Image: How We See Our Body from the Outside 5. Feeling Feelings: Getting to Know the Emotional Body 6. You Are Not Broken: A New Perspective on Pain 7. The Body and Oppression: When Bodies Are Political 8. Pleasure and Enjoyment: The Sensual and Sexual Body 9. Holy Flesh: Reconciling the Spirit-Body Divide 10. Living as a Body: Embodiment Practices to Return to Ourselves Epilogue: A Letter to My Body


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