I am a fan of Geneen Roth's work. Her book on Breaking Free From Emotional Eating was excellent. So I was looking forward to this new book. Unfortunately I was very disappointed.
While she does have some excellent points in the book - they are few and far between. And in the between you're forced to listen to the author spouting this feely-feely spiritual mumbo-jumbo nonsense (how you should meditate, you are the essence of god, etc., etc.).
I found myself getting frustrated many times going "What the heck is she talking about?". A lot of it really made no sense. As a reader, I felt insulted.
I think Ms. Roth has jumped the shark with this book. She should probably stick to writing about emotional eating instead of turning people off with all of her spiritual rantings.
I think whether you have food issues or not - this is a great read. I have listened to it 2 times now, with different lenses and both times have proven quite interesting. Love Geneen's work!
Author narrates a little monotoned, but the message is a good one. Anyone who uses food as an emotional crutch, or if you know of anyone like that, this book will offer a new way of looking at food and life. Keep an open mind and take a chance!
Looking at our emotional relationship to food forcing us to ask the hard questions of ourselves about WHY we eat WHAT we eat and why we can't get a grip on it.
I really looked forward to listening to this book because a trusted friend recommended it to me. I was so very disappointed.
The narration of this book was too distracting for me, I felt like I was at a poetry reading. I may try to listen again since I may have missed something due to the distracting way the book was read.
I do think Ms. Roth has a few valid points to bring up, especially for someone who's eating issues involve psychological issues such as in anorexia but she completely off the mark for overweight people. She ignores and washes over science by continuously saying "it's not about the food." Actually, for a good many people it is almost exclusively about the food. The desire to eat is a physical issue for most people, not a psychological one. Satiety is turned on and off by hormones in your body. Her suggestion to eat from the Food guide is interesting. How can she suggest someone who is having problems with storing too much fat eat a diet that is based on an insulin secreting(read fat storing) grain/starch based diet? It is impossible to follow the Food Guide and get in even the RDA's.
Please, if you have an overweight issue, this is the wrong book for you, you need to find the correct way to eat that will not store fat. You can't battle hunger pains by analyzing how you feel about a certain food.
Not all authors are the best suited for presenting their own work, but Geneen Roth is excellent. The book gave me truly new insight and tools with which to continue examining my own eating habits, and has brought almost immediate results. Much thanks to Ms. Roth and her publisher!
This book offers insight and warm and fuzzy feelings to many of my friends. I know it's generally well-liked and I wanted to hop on the bandwagon, but I just couldn't do it.
The author circles around a point and just when I think she's inches away from revealing a truly insightful thought, the floor drops out and the only thing left is hollow (albeit poetic) rhetoric. She certainly has a way with words and can easily convey emotions. No argument there. But I got the feeling this whole book was just a gripe-fest. I see the merit in some of what she says, I really do, but I started to become really annoyed with the pervading, cynical tembre of the book. As far as the audio version is concerned, Geneen's soothing, zen-like voice was too often punctuated with crude and negative language which I found particularly disjointed and at the very least unprofessional given her status in the industry. Instead of feeling inspired, I felt swindled. I want my time back.
I gave it a real shot, but I'm not a fan.
This books has too many stories about women who feel terrible about themselves. Story after story.....I was done with the book about half way through, but I pressed on. The author never really gives you anything concrete in this book. I kept waiting for the point or the instruction. The author also narrates this book and she shouldn't have!
I love Geneen's message. This book changed my life... not just the way I eat, but the way I love and the way I feel about myself. That's real power!