"Probably the best book on living with anxiety that I've ever read" Mark Manson, bestselling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
Sarah Wilson is a New York Times and Amazon #1 bestselling author, entrepreneur and philanthropist. She's the founder of IQuitSugar.com, whose 8-Week Program has been completed by 1.5 million people in 133 countries. A former news journalist and editor of Cosmopolitan, she was the host of the first series of MasterChef Australia and is the author of the international bestsellers first, we make the beast beautiful, I Quit Sugar: Simplicious, I Quit Sugar and I Quit Sugar For Life. Her latest book is I Quit Sugar: Simplicious Flow. She is ranked as one of the top 200 most influential authors in the world.
Sarah blogs in an intimate fashion - on philosophy, anxiety, minimalism and anti-consumerism - at sarahwilson.com, lives in Sydney, Australia, rides a bike everywhere, is a compulsive hiker and is eternally curious.
In first, we make the beast beautiful, Sarah directs her intense focus and fierce investigatory skills onto this lifetime companion of hers, looking at the triggers and treatments, the fashions and fads. She reads widely and interviews fellow sufferers, mental health experts, philosophers, and even the Dalai Lama, processing all she learns through the prism her own experiences.
Sarah pulls at the thread of accepted definitions of anxiety, and unravels the notion that it is a difficult, dangerous disease that must be medicated into submission. Ultimately, she re-frames anxiety as a spiritual quest rather than a burdensome affliction, a state of yearning that will lead us closer to what really matters.
Practical and poetic, wise and funny, this is a small book with a big heart. It will encourage the myriad sufferers of the world's most common mental illness to feel not just better about their condition, but delighted by the possibilities it offers for a richer, fuller life.
MORE PRAISE FOR FIRST, WE MAKE THE BEAST BEAUTIFUL
"at once a nomadic journey, a cri de coeur and a compendium of hard-won wisdom ..." Professor Patrick McGorry AO MD PhD FRCP FRANZCP FAA FASSA, 2010 Australian of the Year
"A witty, well-researched and often insightful book about negotiating a new relationship with anxiety." Andrew Solomon, Professor of Clinical Psychology and author of The Noonday Demon: An Anatomy of Depression
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Best-selling Aussie author and entrepreneur Sarah Wilson has helped more than 1.2 million people quit eating sugar. But although she’s made a career as a sought-after life improvement guru, Wilson has found herself incapacitated by anxiety. In First We Make the Beast Beautiful, she unpacks the assumptions about this mental health affliction and embarks on a quest to find alternatives to modern medicine’s prescription-based efforts to suppress it. Drawing on insights from the Dalai Lama, fellow sufferers, mental health experts, and philosophers, Wilson shows how to turn an illness into an exercise in personal development.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Hypocritical and repetitive
I have been picking this book up every once in a while in an effort to try and finish it. This has been going on for almost 2 years. Wilson loses track of her main points on a constant basis, adds unwanted foot notes about her editor which frankly no-one cares about and contradicts herself on almost every page. She also shamelessly self promotes her other book within this book, promising that her change of diet has changed her life. As someone who suffers with depression and anxiety I do not find anything helpful from her journey, in fact I felt annoyed listening to her go on and on about her life. It sounds cynical to say so but once you reach 3/4’s of the book you’ll understand why this is so.
Sitting in pieces
I enjoyed every page of this beauty, relating to sections with a knowing acceptance of my own anxiety and the growing need to sit in it and make lemonade. Highly recommended!
What an honest and completely vulnerable tale that provides many opportunities to reflect on my own experiences and to view my anxiety in a very different light. Thank you Sarah for the passion and sheer honesty you displayed in writing this book.