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Shamblin follows The Weigh Down Diet with more encouragement for the 50% of Americans she declares are overweight. Shamblin's cure for overeating has two dimensions: physiological (eat only when you are hungry and stop eating when you're full) and spiritual (replace your passion for food with a passion for God). In this book, the spiritual dimension takes center stage. Shamblin's tone is unfailingly motivational as she utilizes the Bible to exhort readers to serve "The God" instead of "the food god." (She also addresses, not entirely satisfactorily, a wide range of other potential addictions, from overspending while shopping to indulging in pornography.) Shamblin is sometimes strangely dismissive of scientific research on the benefits of a balanced diet, but she plainly states what most diet books do not: that our relationship to food is a profoundly spiritual matter, not just an issue of calories, fat grams and carbohydrates. This conviction makes ancient biblical stories like the Exodus come to life in new ways, albeit with the help of a breezy style that sails by perennial problems in Christian theology with unflagging cheer. For example, Shamblin notes that America, a nation of "professional dieters," is enslaved by its obsession with weight loss. God can free us from the "Egypt" of this enslavement if we replace our love of food with love for God. Readers will have to go elsewhere to plumb the depths of such spiritual issues as idolatry, self-denial and the relationship of human works to God's grace--but here they will find excellent entry-level help for what is arguably America's least recognized spiritual problem. $500,000 ad/promo; 30-city author tour. (Jan.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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In The Weigh Down Diet, Shamblin, a registered dietitian with a Master's degree in food and nutrition, taught how "to transfer this passion for food to a passion for God." Here she picks up where that book left off, including basic information about the Weigh Down diet and advice on how to eat in certain situations. Shamblin discusses many ways in which a person can transfer love of food to love for God, offering instructions on how one must change one's focus and using scripture and testimonials to make her points. But her main purpose here is "to introduce a holy fear of God." Don't be mistaken: this book does not outline an eating program but instead gives spiritual guidance. It will appeal to those who are either already Christian and needing more guidance or to those who are searching and open to its teachings. Recommended for collections with Christian emphasis.--Mary J. Jarvis, Pampa, TX Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780785268765
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 1.15 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2000

    The Only Thing That Worked For Me!!!!

    I am unable to adequately express how deeply this book touched my life. I lost the weight I had put on with my first pregnancy (after my second) and shocked my husband by wearing clothes he hadn't seen in years. The most interesting thing, however, is that for four years I had been absolutely incapable of controlling my eating. No amount of willpower had prevailed for more than a couple of meals. The power of the scriptures were opened to me through this annointed book and suddenly I was free to enjoy life in a new way...a way that did not involve gluttony but rather thankfulness to God for His wonderful provision.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2000

    I'm Through With Dieting Forever

    After having attended the weigh down workshop for over a year, this book finally broke through to me. Gwen clearly explains how my overeating is actually a poor attempt to fill a void in my life that only God can fill. Despite church attendance and surrounding myself with Christian influences for several years,I had not experienced personal spiritual growth until reading this book. Thank you Gwen for sharing the message God gave you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2000

    Rise Above Will Change Your Life┬┐If You Let It!

    Gwen Shamblin's newest book, *Rise Above,* isn't fair. It's so powerful as to overwhelm the reader, but page after page she makes it clear that God expects the reader, to do all the work¿wait for Him and His leading, and all will be well. Waiting is SO HARD!! And she makes her point by providing tons of Scripture throughout the book. When you read those verses (then double-check them in your Bible) you discover that, by golly, Gwen is telling you the Truth, and you've read the Bible all these years without seeing the points she's making¿in the context she's making them. God has truly blessed Gwen and us by giving her a unique perspective of how to rid oneself of addictive behavior and how to personalize God. Although I have not read her first book, I have attended Weigh Down Workshop meetings for nearly a year. People who aren't familiar with Gwen's dietary and nutritional teaching would be advised to read the Appendices of the book; she fills in the blanks nicely. I had no problem grasping the concept of eating anything I'd like, and eating when I was hungry. However, stopping was another story. Years of dieting were ingrained in me. *Rise Above* changed all that; it opened my heart to the Lord like nothing else has, and weight began melting off. Once I could see progress in my heretofore silent (yet obvious) battle, my joy was, and is, limitless. I am so greatful to God for giving Gwen this gift and the burden to share it. This book is for anyone who would like to have, and who NEEDS to have a closer personal relationship with God. It doesn't matter whether or not you go to a Workshop, although those can be some of the best Bible studies you'll ever attend. Gwen Shamblin talks in Weigh Down Workshop videos about the *jewels* God gives us to help us through, out of, and to rise above difficult and challenging times. Gwen, herself, is one of those jewels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2000

    This is life changing!

    If you haven't read the first book 'Weighdown diet' (which I have not read), it can be a little confusing at first. But stick with it, there are so many bible verses that refer to over-indulgence. If you're tired of diets, read this book! You don't need to be religious to learn, but you must be willing to change.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2000

    Rise above: God Can Set You Free from Your Weight Problems Forever

    Gwen Shamblin's newest book is even better than the expectations for her 2nd Book. It is a refreshing look at the principles from her first book and then some. It is hard hitting and unapologetic for blowing away some of the current diet fads in today's world. Because Gwen through her newest book proclaims that Weigh Down is NOT a diet but a whole new way of losing weight and keeping it permanently off without the drudgery of any kind of dieting. Rise Above picks up where the basic message of Weight Down in her first book left off. As Gwen says in her 2nd book: 'Strugglers need more motivation and heartchanging information to help them climb out of this miry pit. We all need someone and something to live for that is bigger than ourselves. We need Jesus Christ. No worldly pursuit--food, alcohol, tobacco, antidepresants, money, the praise of man, sexual lust, or whatever--will satisfy the longing heart. It is not the fault of the food, the alcohol, the money, or the tobacco. It is the effort to use them to fulfill a need that only God can satisfy that is the problem.' For anyone who has been in Weigh Down things will be familiar and yet new in this 2nd book. Familiar statements like America Has a Crush on Food; the Exodus Symbolism; the Struggler, Backstroking the Red Sea will be known by any Weigh Down participant but Gwen goes yet a step farther to explain these things. Any Weigh Down participant will find this book a refreshing addition to things already learned. For anyone not familiar with Weigh Down, the adventure and new learning will be worth the investment of time and money. Old ideas about dieting will be blown away and new concepts of eating the way God designed will be a welcomed treat! I personally know that the principles of Weigh Down work. Since 1998 I have lost 113 lbs on my Weigh Down journey. In fact, part of my testimony and before and after pictures are found on page 77 of Rise Above. For me, reading Rise Above has renewed and reinvigorated my quest to the Promised Land!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2000

    A Must-Have!!

    This is an awesome book from Gwen Shamblin. I have both her first book and this one and while both are excellent, this is my favorite. The main focus on this book is getting to the heart of the matter of why we have trouble losing weight. While there are methods you can employ while on Weigh Down that will help you lose some weight, the overall 'heart of the matter' is that if you are overweight or have had trouble on Weigh Down, it is because you are loving the creation more than the awesome Creator. This book can help you become more aware of the spiritual battle that goes on in the fight to lose weight and how the win the battle for good. Losing the weight becomes a side issue as you are drawn into a closer and deeper relationship with our awesome Father who is more wonderful than any superhero or super plate of brownies! I highly recommend this book not only for those who may be overweight, but for anyone wanting to be free of any bad habit. Not only will you be set free, you will have developed a relationship with the most wonderful person there ever was...Jesus!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2000

    Some reasonable advice, but Romans out of context!

    I have lost a great deal of weight on the Weigh Down Diet, and I felt that the first book, 'The Weigh Down Diet,' was excellent, as is the workshop and corresponding tapes. However, I am deeply concerned by some of the assertions in this current book. Gwen's reinterpretation of Romans 7 and 8 deeply disturb me, as she seems to indicate that Christians who sin are under judgement. Christians who sin are not under judgement, but under grace, even though they may not escape the consequences of sin. The 'Heaven's Kiss' chapter was terrible! In it, Shamblin claims that using her free will to buy a specific jacket and to take a vacation placed her under the judgement of God. I was deeply disturbed by this teaching! As Christians, we do not fall in and out of God's favor, but we are His children saved not through anything that we do or fail to do. Salvation is God's gift; even when a Christian sins (and I hesitate to call buying a jacket or taking a vacation 'sin'), we are forgiven by the blood of Christ which He shed for us on Calvary. This is not to say that we should remain in sin, but the whole point of Paul's letter to the Romans is that we should respond to the love of God by resisting temptation which leads to sin. If we could work our way to perfection, we would not need a Savior! The ideas on how to eat between hunger and fullness become legalistic in this book, and I was not at all pleased with it. Some of the information is reasonable, but a great deal of it is poor teaching! Hopefully, the theology will be reviewed and revised in the next printing. I pray that Gwen can take a good look at these materials and think about how the teaching may impact the lives of potential seekers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 1999

    Gwen Shamblin Continues to Rise Above the Diet World

    Gwen Shamblin's newest book is even better than the expectations for her 2nd Book. It is a refreshing look at the principles from her first book and then some. It is hard hitting and unapologetic for blowing away some of the current diet fads in today's world. Because Gwen through her newest book proclaims that Weigh Down is NOT a diet but a whole new way of losing weight and keeping it permanently off without the drudgery of any kind of dieting. Rise Above picks up where the basic message of Weight Down in her first book left off. As Gwen says in her 2nd book: Strugglers need more motivation and heartchanging information to help them climb out of this miry pit. We all need someone and something to live for that is bigger than ourselves. We need Jesus Christ. No worldly pursuit--food, alcohol, tobacco, antidepresants, money, the praise of man, sexual lust, or whatever--will satisfy the longing heart. It is not the fault of the food, the alcohol, the money, or the tobacco. It is the effort to use them to fulfill a need that only God can satisfy that is the problem. For anyone who has been in Weigh Down things will be familiar and yet new in this 2nd book. Familiar statements like America Has a Crush on Food; the Exodus Symbolism; the Struggler, Backstroking the Red Sea will be known by any Weigh Down participant but Gwen goes yet a step farther to explain these things. Any Weigh Down participant will find this book a refreshing additional to things already learned. For anyone not familiar with Weigh Down, the adventure and new learning will be worth the investment of time and money. Old ideas about dieting will be blown away and new concepts of eating the way God designed will be a welcomed treat! I personally know that the principles of Weigh Down work. Since 1998 I have lost 113 lbs on my Weigh Down journey. In fact, part of my testimony and before and after pictures are found on page 77 of Rise Above. For me, reading Rise Above has renewed and reinvigorated my quest to the Promised Land!

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