Metanoia: A Memoir of a Body, Born Again

Anna McGahan


Chris Swann, The Gospel Coalition AU, 19 November 2019.

Joy Lawn, Joy in Books, 8 January 2020.

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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.

About the author

Anna McGahan is a professional actor and writer working in Australian televisionfilm and theatre. In 2012 she was awarded the Heath Ledger Scholarship and the Inside Film Out of the Box