Anna McGahan

Metanoia: A Memoir of a Body Born Again


(Shortlisted for 2020 Australian Christian Book of the Year and 2020 ECPA Best Biography/Memoir)

Perhaps we have done to our bodies what we have so long done to God?

We have let vessels of peace be used as rubbish bins, weapons and punching bags.

We have asked them to conform to our image. The image we find the most desirable.

We have vanquished their significance, until finally, they have no power at all.

By the age of 23, Anna McGahan was wrestling with the rest of the world for ownership of her femininity, sexuality and physicality.

As a young actor suddenly thrust into the spotlight as a poster girl for sexual liberation - intent on exploring New Age spirituality, the next relationship and the wildest high - her path continuously pointed her to chaos, consumption and isolation.

Until she met God.

In this memoir, Anna shares the story of reconciling with her body, mapping its journey from a cheapened product in a marketplace to a vessel of astonishing worth.

This is a deeply personal and radical story, of a body rescued, redeemed and set free. Of holy pain and undeserved healing. Of a life completely and irrevocably changed.

- Publisher

Contains strong themes.