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Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything | [Geneen Roth]

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

No matter how sophisticated or wealthy or broke or enlightened you are, how you eat tells all. Geneen Roth's masterwork, Women, Food and God explores the relationship between how we eat and how we see ourselves in the world.
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Publisher's Summary

If you suffer about your relationship with food - you eat too much or too little, think about what you will eat constantly or try not to think about it at all - you can be free. Just look down at your plate. The answers are there. Don't run. Look. Because when we welcome what we most want to avoid, we contact the part of ourselves that is fresh and alive. We touch the life we truly want and evoke divinity itself.

After more than three decades of studying, teaching, and writing about what drives our compulsions with food, Geneen Roth adds a profound new dimension to her work in Women, Food and God. She begins with her most basic concept: The way you eat is inseparable from your core beliefs about being alive. Your relationship with food is an exact mirror of your feelings about love, fear, anger, meaning, transformation and, yes, even God. But it doesn't stop there. Geneen shows how going beyond both the food and feelings takes you deeper into realms of spirit and soul to the bright center of your own life.

With penetrating insight and irreverent humor, Roth traces food compulsions from subtle beginnings to unexpected ends. She teaches personal examination, showing readers how to use their relationship with food to discover the fulfillment they long for.

Your relationship with food, no matter how conflicted, is the doorway to freedom, says Roth. What you most want to get rid of is itself the doorway to what you want most: the demystification of weight loss and the luminous presence that so many of us call "God."

Packed with revelations on every page, this book is a knock-your-socks-off ride to a deeply fulfilling relationship with food, your body...and almost everything else. Women, Food and God is, quite simply, a guide for life.

©2010 Geneen Roth (P)2010 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Women, Food and God maps the journey from the darkness of obsession to the pure sense of being in prose so insightful and astonishing it left me breathless." (Gay Hendricks, Ph.D., author of Five Wishes and Conscious Loving)

"This is a hugely important work, a life-changer, one that will free untold women from the tyranny of fear and hopelessness around their bodied. Beautifully written, a joy to read, rich in both revelation and great humor." (Anne Lamott, author of Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith)

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    Annie M. 05-05-10
    Annie M. 05-05-10 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Couldn't put it down!!!"

    Narrated in the author's gentle, warm voice, I bought this book last night and read the entire thing in one sitting. I am starting over again tonight, hopefully slower this time, as every paragraph is filled with wisdom and insight that will make you hit the "pause" button to go, "Ohhhhh...THAT'S why I do that."

    If you obsess about food, are skinny, are overweight, are white, black, red, or anything in between, if you are Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Sufi, or whatever, grab this book.

    By the way, in the midst of some revealing writing, I also found myself cracking up. A lot. Roth is a very funny writer.

    One caution: if you are Christian (and I'm thinking here of my evangelical sister), do not be put off when Roth briefly explains her own beliefs. She does not try to sway anyone to her way of thinking, and her views on the God-food connection work for any woman, from any cultural background and any religious persuasion.

    This book has already changed how I look at food, and it's been less than 24 hours. Worth every penny and more!

    93 of 94 people found this review helpful
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    Paula In the Heart Land of America 05-24-10
    Paula In the Heart Land of America 05-24-10 Member Since 2006

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    "It is not the food, it is how you eat the food"

    As a long-time dieter with varying degrees of success, I liked this book.

    One of the tips regarding hunger is to really look at why you are eating. If it is not for hunger then you should follow the source of what is causing you to eat. I truly felt fearful as i looked inward.

    This travel to the source is helpful for anyone. I was never beaten or abused or suffered devastating losses but yet I can see the voids I created in my life.

    Even if you think your relationship with food is completely normal it will open your eyes to other areas in your life.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    L. Danehy 06-07-10
    L. Danehy 06-07-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Women, Food, and God"

    I really liked this book. I thought the most valuable parts of the book were the insights into how 'parts' of us have old messages, stories, and beliefs that we unconsciously act on. When I am eating past the point of full, maybe I am trying to sooth a uncomfortable anxious part of myself that might be be feeling lonely, or feeling unaccepted, or numbing out some other feeling. It's not that calories and exercise aren't important, they clearly are. But, it's just that people lose weight and then gain it back for all sorts of reasons. I find, for myself, that understanding my motivations helps me to make conscious choices, regarding food, friendships, or anything. I really felt the book was a good place to develop some insights and think about the deeper issues that might be affecting my eating choices.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Annette Bemidji, MN, United States 07-31-10
    Annette Bemidji, MN, United States 07-31-10
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    "Life Changing"

    I always thought that my eating whas something I had to fix and then I would be thin and the world would be beautiful. I was pierced through the heart by the woman in one of Geneen's workshops who said "I am not broken". It is true - we are not broken and our eating will lead us back to ourselves. I have listened to the book 3 times - and I have been practicing the guidelines. My eating has begun to change. My mind has begun to change. I don't know if my weight has changed - it isn't important anymore. I don't want to go back to my numbed out way of eating away discomfort/memories/you name the emotion. This way of eating/living is so much more than chocolate ever was.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Cypress, TX, United States 07-29-10
    Lisa Cypress, TX, United States 07-29-10
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    "Do NOT commit to a weight loss program this"

    I have tried everything and have recently become bored with the program that caused me to loose the most weight yet. I read this book and found out why I plateau, why I get bored, and why I continue to struggle. I have broken through the barrier and am loosing weight again without counting those stupid points!

    Read it, read it again and meditate on the information. It is best used along side of a journal to record your own experiences and make your own reflections.

    Love this book!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 05-31-10
    Robin 05-31-10
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    "OH. MY. GOD."

    Do NOT miss this wake-up call!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Bobbie Bluffton, SC, USA 05-22-10
    Bobbie Bluffton, SC, USA 05-22-10
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    "Food for thought"

    I really enjoyed this book. I recommend it to all women (men could benefit too) whether they are overweight or not. She is entertaining and fun besides being instructive and caring.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Chicago, IL, United States 05-13-10
    Thomas Chicago, IL, United States 05-13-10 Member Since 2004

    I struggled in the sixties to get a college education, barely graduated, spent a life in the phone company as a technician in a call center.

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    "Read this book."

    Awesome. This woman can write well. Very helpful.

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    marilyn orofino, ID, United States 07-18-10
    marilyn orofino, ID, United States 07-18-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Definitely worth a listen!"

    I listened to this book over two days while I was out walking. By the end of the 2nd day, I was ready to lose weight with the few simple tools that the book provides. We all know that if we want to make changes in our lives, it is up to each of us individually. "Women, Food and God" gives you strength, with a twist of humor, to make the decision to succeed. I will listen to this book again when I need to stay on track or to be reminded of my committment to change my habits. Enjoy!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanette Sydney, Australia 08-24-12
    Jeanette Sydney, Australia 08-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting but seemed to lack depth"

    I didn't find alot of useful information in this book. I only finished it two days ago but already I've forgotten most of it. I would have liked some clear steps to follow, maybe at the end of each chapter (yes I know she does outline them in one go). The blurb about the book says "If you suffer about your relationship with food - you eat too much or too little, think about what you will eat constantly or try not to think about it at all - you can be free. Just look down at your plate. The answers are there" If you are expecting the book to tell you how to look at your plate and work out how you are feeling by what's on it, you won't find that here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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