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!
Didn't expect to hear the F word so many times, just in the first chapter considering God was in the title of this book. Didn't listen any further.
The foul languge
Not really. If you are over 40 and have simply gained some weight over the past 20 years this book is not the answer although it may help you understand other women and their struggle.
A lot of women have some deep psychological reasons for over-eating but fortunately or unfortunately, I am not one of them.
Confident, Calming, Condescending
No. It did not help Oprah and it will not help me either.
I have come to the conclusion that I am just not that nutty and my few extra pounds is a natural part of aging in my case. I am healthy despite feeling like I need to lose 20 pounds.
So I have forced my self to keep pushing through this book to see where are we going to land , But it is so boring i cant take it any more ..
And I really don't know who I should recommend this Book to, So then i will make it Easy For you.
Any women out there who is over weight , and bored to death , and who has nothing but time should get this book just for the hell of it , and i actually think it will make you more a miserable person then you already are .
I Hop I have made it clear to you
Just could not take this book seriously; but then, I've never been one that needed a guru to follow and worship.
Had I known the woman writing a book with the title God in it didn't even believe in God, I'd never have purchased this mumbo-jumbo self-help new age "enlightenment" crap that is the same ole same ole common sense approach to eating we've heard for years. (eat what your body wants... eat until you're fool... eat in a quiet place with no distractions and savor every bite). YawwwNNN. I could practically hear the cha-ching of Ms. Roth's cash register as the next Oprah-watching hopeful dumped her hefty credit-card laden wallets into seminars led by the author in the hopes of coming away an all new person. Perhaps they did but I sure didn't. This is an :Eat Pray Love" wanna-be. Now I live with baited breath for the next great book... "Ladies Groceries and Spirituality" or perhaps a male-spin on the now-way-too-familiar thesis "Men, Steaks and Buddah"
Having read "Eat Pray Love" and loving it I was hopeful this would be in the same vein. It wasn't. The title is extremely misleading and has absolutely nothing to do with spirituality or a connection with God in any manner whatsoever.. I feel so used.