iWant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life

iWant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life

by Jane Velez-Mitchell
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iWant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life by Jane Velez-Mitchell

'This is the story of my ch . . . ch . . . changes, which took me from insanity to clarity, from egocentricity to altruism, from alcoholism to activism. These changes have marked an evolution in what I want from this life. I am what I want. What I seek to consume, possess, and achieve is a mirror that reflects my lusts and cravings, values and priorities, and moral boundaries or lack thereof. I am happy to say that what I want today is much less toxic and self-centered than what I used to want. It's taken decades of selfexamination to peel back the layers and figure out what really makes me happy. And while I'm still searching for my ultimate bliss, I know for sure it's not what I once thought it was. It's not alcohol, cigarettes, money, food, sugar, or status symbols: I've consumed all of those in massive quantities, and they've just made me miserable. Now, I want what can't be tasted, smoked, worn, seen, or counted. It's the opposite of material. As sappy as it might sound, what I want is spiritual.'

—From the Introduction

In iWant, Jane Velez-Mitchell shares her candid and engaging story of the true adventure of her life, a journey of self-discovery that is still in full throttle. As she searches for the ultimate joy and freedom that come from living a compassionate life, she challenges all of us to learn from her examples to end destructive behaviors and embrace a meaningful existence alongside one another.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780757396083
Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 587,237
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jane Velez-Mitchell is an award-winning television news journalist and host of Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell on HLN. She is a nationally recognized expert on addiction and recovery and has commented on substance abuse and addictive behavior for a variety of cable channels, including CNN, HLN, Court TV, Fox News, and MSNBC. Jane rose to cable news prominence in her role as substitute host on HLN's Nancy Grace. She has been featured on CNN's Larry King Live on several occasions, discussing high-profile criminal cases and the roles addiction and obsession play in those sagas. Visit http://iwant.hcibooks.com

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iWant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The bits about Alcoholism are good enough. However the rest of the book trails into a self righteous preachy rant about just about everything. Also, I don't understand how someone can be working the AA program yet live a life where she takes the inventories of people every day. Just not for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book iWant is a heart-filled story of a woman, Jane Velez-Mitchell, and her personal struggles with addiction. Jane reveals that throughout her lifetime she has had a variety of addictions and obsessions. Throughout the story, Jane dedicates each chapter to an individual obsession or addiction she has experienced. Also, she incorporates encouraging and uplifting chapters giving the reader advice as well as an insight to her current outlook on life. The story of Jane Velez-Mitchell is intriguing in that it starts from her childhood influences (her parents) and progresses all the way to the development of her thoughts after recovery. Jane first struggled with alcohol addiction, which then triggered a variety of other addictions such as work and sugar. She also tells the story of how she came out as gay and her beliefs towards animal activism. iWant is a story that allows the reader to connect with the emotions Jane has gone through in her lifetime. Although this book is honest and heart-filled, Jane seems to repeat her opinions and thoughts numerous times throughout the story. Jane's personality is very quickly developed early on in the book, which makes the rest of the story somewhat predictable. Personally, after the first few chapters of the book I lost interest because psychologically I understood Jane's thought process. In the future, I would not recommend this book to anyone unless they have struggled with similar addictions themselves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting person, full of caracter. Intelligent too!
superbookworm_glo_ More than 1 year ago
As Jane State's 'bombshell tonight',I just enjoyed this book,I just liked her openness and i hope this book help's people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so looking forward to publication of this book, and was not at all disappointed when it came out. In fact, it is better than I expected. The book would be interesting and helpful even to people who do not watch Jane every day, which I do. I learned more about her and more about myself through the reading of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jane drops this earth-shattering story in our laps, and it far exceeds any expectations. A must-read; sure to be a chart-topper! Cudos, Jane!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! At times I think she may have been a little redundant, but I appreciate her compassion and beliefs. I would definitely recommend this book and will read more from this author,
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emilywilliams81 More than 1 year ago
A well-written and engaging read. Gives an insightful and honest perspective on the addictions and compulsions that we all struggle with. It reminded me a lot of The Disease of More by Eleanor R. Definitely worth a read!
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gmiller More than 1 year ago
This book changed my life. It made me start opening my eyes in regard to the environment, eating habits and much more. Thanks to Jane for opening up and telling her story about recovery and daily struggles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
thiss is a good book to read.it has lots interesting thing about aa which i didn't know.i had people in my family in aa and some friends,i think this book helps you to better understand them.it holds you interest.
CHEFFYBEARY More than 1 year ago
I remember Jane Velez-Mitchell as a TV news reporter in New York. If you want to find out asbout courage, brutual honesty, and a woman that knows a deeper truth about chnge than read this book. If someone you know is going through a rough patch, buy them a copy of this book. The hardest thing to do is to ask for help when that is something you give and not readily receive. The first step is admitting you need help and then go ask for it.
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Janpen More than 1 year ago
It started out as an OK book then it just seemed to drag on and on. I actually didn't finidh it and just set it up on my bookshelf. I admire her for all she has been through and it might have just been me that couldn't seem to get into it enough to finish it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
iWant her to stop writing. This book was less enjoyable that a botched Afghan histerectomy. I would rather be fed a casserole of Ron Jeremy's body hair and roofing tar than re-read this book. The author is clearly delusional. Even her haircut angers me. Pure garbage, she should personally apologize to every tree harmed in the making of this book.