Women, Food, and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything

Women, Food, and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything

by Geneen Roth
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michaelsjlrc More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like and get what she was saying, but it never quite made sense. It seemed like she might have been trying to get across the same message as Byron Katie in Loving What is, but if so, she didn't succeed. She kept giving examples of breakthroughs people had at her seminar/workshop thing, but what led up to the breakthrough was never made clear. This was one of those books, that I kept reading because I hoped it would live up to its potential, but it was ultimately disappointing. I couldn't recommend it.
FitnessAuthor More than 1 year ago
As a personal fitness trainer, I try to read as many books on the topic of diet, exercise, body-changing, and the like. This is such a good, easy read. The way it is written made me want to keep reading, and the messages are so applicable to so many people who seem to ride the dieting yo-yo. I will recommend this to my clients, friends, and family. I also recommend: "Build Your Mind, Your Body Will Follow" as THE MOST impactful book I have read on personal fitness/motivation/mindset. Check it out!!
TxReader31 More than 1 year ago
Readers will flock to this book, because of its catchy title and the desire for a magic answer to the difficult problem of weight loss. But there are no new answers here. The author deals with the issues of emotional eating and self-esteem, and how they affect our weight loss efforts. That is interesting reading. But, it's not anything new. In fact, this author has covered the topic well in previous books. Eat mindfully, eat only when hungry, stop eating when you're full, don't eat to solve other problems. If you need reminding, you may enjoy this book. Don't expect any revelations about weight loss or healthy eating. It's all been said before.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I have read all of Geneen Roth's books, this book spoke directly to me. In her funny, thoughtful, and completely honest way, Geneen challenges everyone who has gained and lost the same 10 pounds for years to look into yourself and find out the real reason for it. By creating the facade of a "diet" we escape from our true feelings and spend our time, effort, money, etc. on food and/or diets. Geneen is an exceptional writer, and this book has motivated me to be present and alive and feel the feelings I otherwise would hide or avoid through food.
MokiRidge More than 1 year ago
After having been of fan of Geneen's for decades, I think this book is a welcome addition. It is unfortunate that her title uses the word God -- it is so highly charged and means so many things to many people. For me the challenge is and has always been, how can I bring my understanding of spirit/God into my life in an immediate way to help me heal this food issue. Geneen's latest work bridges the gap between my sense of spirituality and the skin on my overweight body. Please don't jump to conclusions about this book. Sit with it. Work with it. It's like she says (paraphrased) "Either you want to wake up or you want to sleep. " There really is no middle ground. And the way to do that - - for me -- is to integrate my sense of spirit/god/God into my work.
Kim_F More than 1 year ago
I started reading 'Women Food and God' a few weeks ago because I was drawn by 'God' in the title. Several years ago, I battled binge eating and my weight increased up to 240 pounds. But I was healed of that issue and lost 85 pounds. I have kept it off for many years now. I give credit for my victory to my personal relationship with God. I learned that God is about restoration, not condemnation. He wanted to teach me and lead me in the way I should go every day. I came to know God as my Healer, Strength, Wisdom, and Truth. Once I learned about his character and knew I could trust him, then He became my source of comfort and I turned to him when I was emotionally upset rather than food. I was hoping to see the God who healed me in the book. Sadly, I did not. Early in the book, Ms. Roth says that it doesn't matter if you believe in one God, many gods, or no god. To me, that says a lot about how important she views God if she says it doesn't matter if you believe he exists. Then where is God is the process? Having God in the title is misleading if she views him as irrelevant. In my own recovery, it was critical for me to have a stable view of God - and trust in his strength, power, and ability to change my life. Not God as I chose to define him but as he defines himself in his word, the bible. So anyone looking for a Godly solution to healing binge eating will not find it in this book. If you want to read my weight loss success story and how I overcame binge eating, then please visit my Take Back Your Temple dot com website.
JoanieGranola More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical when one of my sisters told me to get this book. She mentioned that she had seen the author on Oprah and bought the book. I saw it at Costco, so I decided to give it a shot. The author proclaims to not believe in God, but this book has a lot of spiritual anecdotes and "instruction" in it. While I'm not opposed to doing yoga or meditating - and whether I believe in God or not is not a factor - I find the author's proclamation that what you have on your plate reveals all about you to be a little silly. There is some very sound advice in this book. A lot of it is common sense - eat when you're hungry, don't eat when you're not hungry. But the real gem in this book is how the author gets you to think. In a very simplified statement, her advice is to think before you eat. If you've had problems with emotional eating, boredome eating, or any other sort of eating disorder, if you stop to think before you eat and think while you're eating, you can solve your weight problem. Hence her claim that you can eat what you want and still lose weight. Geneen Roth's advice is good and I believe this book will help many people.
VivekaSpeaksUp More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by Geneen Roth and it happened quite by accident (if you believe in 'accidents') and it feels like the only book I'll ever have to read again . . . about anything. Her principles and inspirations - with the steps included to that freedom we all ache for - are not just for those frustrated by weight obsession of any kind, but just simply daily life obstacles. Buy a bigger purse, so you can carry this with you wherever you go. Thanks for this 'delicious' contribution to humanity, Geneen!
Catskillet More than 1 year ago
I'm not generally into self-help books but I read this one because of my book club. I'm one of those people who watch Oprah (and others) when she insists that overweight people always have past issues that remain ignored and that is what causes the extra weight they carry, and I think, "well you might Oprah, but I just like the taste of food and personally I would rather eat milk chocolate than an apple. I know why I weigh 20 pounds more than I should!" ....I haven't read any other of Geneen Roth's books but this book made me realize and I hate to use the term but it really was an "aha" moment, and that maybe I DO have some unresolved issues that I have been brushing aside. I found the first chapter a little ho-hum and there was another chapter later on in the book that I really could have done without, but for the most part, I found this book extremely helpful to read. Geneen Roth educates the reader about how important it is to let our emotions spread through our bodies and that it's okay to feel stress, boredom, loneliness, etc. She stresses the importance of respecting ourselves BEFORE we lose the weight and not to think that all our problems will be over when we achieve that magic goal weight. If we don't love ourselves before we lose it....we won't love ourselves after we lose it. I'm sure it's all been said before, but it struck a chord with me.
lucyjean More than 1 year ago
When I saw a new book by Geneen Roth and read some of the review I knew I had to read the book Women, Food and God. How inspiring! I wanted to know everything that Geneen taught in her workshops and retreats. I've been looking for something or someone to help me with my constant struggle with my weight and why I eat, when I eat and what I eat. It took me 2 days to read Women, Food and God. I am now rereading the book to review what she had said. I am so grateful to have found this book. My goal is to see Geneen in person and hear her speak. Learning Geneen's techniques and listening to my own body, will help me in my lifelong struggle of believing I have a right to be here no matter who I am or what I look like or what I weigh. Many tears were shed while reading her book, as I was able to relate to the feelings she was talking about and how my feelings were pushed so deep inside of me. Iwant to pull those feelings up and get them out and Geneen is helping me do this. Thank you Geneen! You and your book have been a wonderful inspiration!
Clicquet More than 1 year ago
When I dispair of another new edition from W.W. in January, Ms. Roth whispers in my mind,"do not buy into anything that does not honour you".This is another essential Guide to Balance. What we know and what others say ruefully,"if I can do it,so can you".That new adage should never cross anyone's lips.Ms. Roth captivates with real Passion with out screaming at anyone. There is a very real tug of war with food and emotions.Here is my experience:if I eat sweets I will be a nicer person. Sounds silly, yet it answers questions that many relate and Ms. Roth would definitely understand.She once offered a gentleman at a Business meeting dinner a piece of dark chocolate. (She had been keeping them in her purse for that "one perfect bite").That sealed the Deal. He found it charming,unusual and unpredictable from someone who writes about Foods and their Impact.This is the anti-diet book. A relationship with one's self and discoveries that unleashes the true ties that bind our mind in torture over a Need for sustainable Life and a Want.
maesharp More than 1 year ago
I love this book as it addresses the relationship we have with food and the psycholgical aspects of eating, but I found it falling short of talking about what to eat. Certain types of food also create craving by messing hormones and that we can't control. I have lost 20 pounds on this book together with a diet that gave me guidance and shut down my hunger hormones the Perfect 10 diet. I am now on track to value myself.
goldkisses More than 1 year ago
I have read all of her books through the last 10 years. I found this book to be even more insightful and informative. There is an attempt by the author to stoke the fires in seeking answers for oneself, not just to hope that she will tell you the proper answer for you. Her approach to God is far more encompassing of the material than I expected. I am far past wanting the same old "Christian" stories and am seeking a broader understanding. She gives the reader a full range of ideas to open them to be as broad in their search for the answers as God would be in giving them. I found it to be inspiring and at times, heart-stopping, where a passage spoke so plainly the truth that I had to put the book down and digest the passage. It really is not designed to be read cover-to-cover, there is so much of importance it takes time to comprehend the facets. Her writing is real, if a bit broken in it's use of the English language, but it does come off as though she is speaking to the reader directly, which once I got used to it, was fine. I find her energy and strength amazing and great wisdom in her words. Just the concept of "I am not Broken" was worth the whole read, though there are so many other treasures to be discovered.
tamster321 More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to read this book. When I started I did not want to put it down but did not read it all at once. I wanted to take it all in and give myself time to soak it in. I loved it. It make me realize that there really is a relationship with food and we need to truly understand this relationship. Food is for nourisment, not for selfishness to make us feel better because of our inadequcies. I will keep this book and keep refering back to it for motovation and to further help myself.
PiccoultFan More than 1 year ago
This book has some amazing advice and insights hidden amongst a lot of average writing. I did not like the author's writing style, I found myself having to read some rambling sentences over and over again to make sense of them. I also agree with many reviewers that the title is misleading and the suthor does not view God as many women who pick up this book might, but the main message of the book made up for it. Geneen Roth makes a lot of sense with what she says, especially if you are an emotional, compulsive eater. Every few pages I found one or two sentences that completely enlightened me and really made sense. I have read other books on similar theories of this way of eating and I liked this one for the fact that it had some really touching parts that will hit close to your heart. I would suggest reading other books on this topic along with this one...The Solution by Laurel Mellin is great and more straightforward. Overall, I was glad I read Roth's book and I know I will refer to the handful of inspriring points that made sense to me as I continue my weight loss journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I struggled with weight issues for 15 years. My friend gave me the book yesterday and I finished it by the end of the afternoon. Geneen Roth really understands the real source of these weight problems - poor self esteem and inability to deal with emotions in a constructive way. This book really drives home the issue of emotional eating and provides some nice useful strategies. I have to mention that the Optimal Thinking book and the Optimal Thinking Emotional Mastery Wallet Cards are what helped me the most. I would use all three for a fail-safe permanent solution.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't be misled by the title. Geneen Roth states several times early on that she does not believe in God, so if you are looking for a religion-based book, this is not for you. She leans more toward Buddhism. There are, however, some good aspects to this book and makes you think. I think the subject could have been covered in half the pages. The last two pages of the book were the most important.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never made the connections to food and my life. This book is more than an eye opener, it is quite a surprise. I am glad somebody shed light on such a powerful topic. I also recommend "When God Stopped Keeping Score" that takes a revealing look at the power of forgiveness. If you have ever been bound by anger, guilt, hurt or pain, this book is for you.
HealingMe More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book because it had been recommended by a client. I have to say that it has FOREVER changed the way I eat, the way I now see food, and the choices I am now mindful of. This book is not for those who are not ready to change their perspective. I came from a history of comforting myself with food, food used as a weapon, and the clean plate society. Needless to say, my perspective needed to be readjusted. This book helps you find your own lens on your personal struggle with food. And, if you actually apply her methods, you might find that what you were hoping to fill up with food, has been there the whole time...
Justsooze More than 1 year ago
"To say that Geneen Roth explores the complex relationship that women have with food, themselves and their spirituality is accurate, but "Women Food And God" is so much more. Although there does not seem to be any revolutionary information presented here, Ms. Roth's compelling writing and insight will have the reader underlining phrases and turning down pages to remember and wondering why such basic and logical ideas have taken so long to be understood. The author shares her own struggle with weight loss and her ability to once and for all step off the diet merry-go-round. Her personal journey and the guidelines that she teaches in her seminars unfold chapter by chapter, giving the reader time to reflect. This book is thought-provoking and empowering, and is about much more than our relationship with food. I did feel that the spirituality/God connection received too little attention, but perhaps that's a subject for another book."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read numerous books dealing with overeating; and this is the first one that struck home with me. Roth captures the essence of many of my problems. While I don't agree with all she says, I am always amazed how she puts into words what affects me the most. Definitely read it! My therapist agrees that it is a wonderful book.
Cherieberry More than 1 year ago
Very strange and totally not what I hoped this book would be. Nothing inspiring and almost an insult to the christian woman. Too bad, the title really reels you in. Don't waste your time and money on this one.
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DW77 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book not expecting any miracles, as some were saying it was. Many times while reading, I came to many realizations of myself and my "relationship" with food. I think Geneen has great points and solid advice, however I'm not sure how I'll be able to put the advice into action for myself personally. The book is based on her retreats and how she teaches at them, along with many stories from her students. While I found the book very helpful, I do not agree with calling it a miracle. Perhaps time will tell and maybe I'll figure out why and how it is that I don't really like licorice, that it has something to do with something missing in my life... Hopefully
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the author's other books and I find much new information here. The book discusses the importance of mindfulness, presence, and feeling my feelings. Experiencing my life in ways that allow for presence and awareness I am able to listen to my body and choose nourishing food based on self-care. I enjoyed the spiritual references. Intuitive eating (listening to my body) is a new concept. I found it motivational, and worthwhile. Descriptions of practices that can be used such as meditation, inquiry, and eating guidelines are described in detail. Another book I highly recommend, in the same category is, "Little Gifts of Sustainable Contentment." by C.J. Good. 365 daily affirmations about contentment. There are references to eating disorders and compulsive overeating that helped me enormously. In this book, a specific message emerges, and the book becomes very moving in unexpected ways. There is a lot of pertinent spirituality which should not put off those who have no interest in spiritual concepts. The open-mindedness of the author gives a richness and depth to ideas about beliefs and practical issues of being human. I found it a very subtle book, and one that slowly enthralled me. It never becomes monotonous. It is like a meditation on the nature of life and relationships. I found it quite extraordinary, and definitely to be recommended to anyone looking for a more thoughtful read. If you haven't read it yet you are in for an absolute treat! If you have, you don't need me to tell you how glorious it is. Leslie Robin (New York) Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, Writer