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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Charisma House (November 7, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884198987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884198987
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Linda is a nationally recognized author and speaker with an impressive list of television and radio credits.

She is an Approved Supervisor and Clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Diplomat in Social Work. Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Social Worker, Dr. Linda has been in clinical practice for over 20 years with specialties in eating issues and relationships.

Dr. Linda is an assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics, Eastern Virginia Medical School. She has served as an adjunct in the School of Psychology and Counseling at Regent University and in the Graduate Psychology Department at Wheaton College. She also served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Eastern Virginia Medical School and held a clinical research position at the University of South Florida's Florida Mental Health Institute.

She writes professionally and for the mass market and hosts her own web site, A regular columnist and contributor to several magazines, Dr. Linda has published numerous print articles as well as written for academic journals.

Dr. Mintle is the author of sixteen books: Kids Killing Kids, a book about preventing teen violence; Getting Unstuck, a book to help free women from depression, anxiety and eating disorders; Divorce Proofing Your Marriage, a divorce prevention book endorsed by Dr. Laura and recently re-titled, I married You, Not Your Family; Breaking Free, a six booklet series covering the topics of depression, anger and unforgiveness, negative self-image, stress, anorexia and bulimia, and compulsive overeating; A Daughter's Journey Home: Finding a way to love, honor and connect with your mother, a book designed to help mothers and daughters develop more intimate connections; Lose it for Life, a book co-authored with Stephen Arterburn that presents a holistic plan for losing weight and keeping it off; Overweight Kids, newly retitled, Raising Healthy Kids in an unhealthy world, written to help parents deal with the current epidemic of childhood obesity and overweight; Making Peace With Your Thighs, a book designed to help women accept their bodies, get off the scales and on with their lives; and her latest Press Pause Before You Eat, a book to help you say goodbye to mindless eating and hello to the joys of eating.

Dr. Linda is a regular speaker at national and local conferences. In addition, she lectures at colleges and universities as a Staley Distinguished Scholar Lecturer. She has appeared many times on national television and radio programs and was the resident expert for ABC Family's Living the Life television show for seven years. She is currently a national news contributor.

Dr. Linda received her Ph.D. from Old Dominion University in Urban Health Services and Clinical Psychology. She has a Masters degree in Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Communications, both from Western Michigan University. Married for 31 years and the mother of two, Dr. Linda currently lives in Virginia with her family.

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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Dr. S on December 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
I thought this book was a wonderful addition to the huge arsenal of books written to help those struggling with compulsive eating and weight control issues. And, from a clinical standpoint, her ideas really do work. I will be recommending it to my patients who follow the Christian faith journey.

For the record, the book is written for the Christian niche, which is very sizeable market worldwide. It seems that her faith-based approach is offensive to some as reflected in the other reviews; and, because her faith approach differs from theirs, they clearly don't appreciate what Dr. Mintle is saying in her helpful book.

Interestingly, their response to their not understanding is to react in an angry manner. Maybe it would be more helpful to consider taking the pathway of acceptance and tolerance rather than hatred and rejection. And, perhaps these negative attitudes are saying something about what might be keeping them trapped in their own weight issues?

The truth can set you free, but it might have to hurt a little bit first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol M. Humphreys on August 1, 2011
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This little booklet was short and to the point. It really helped me in rethinking how I should eat and how to be healthier to my body. (With God's Help :) )
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By Linda D on July 26, 2014
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good information in a small package
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19 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Devra Kay on September 25, 2005
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If you want to exchange the worship of food for the worship of Jesus, then this is your dream book. The chapters are full of specially composed prayers deemed suitable for compulsive overeaters, together with Biblical examples of the values of eating. Be warned that in the introduction you are going to come across the following paragraph, which sets the tone of the book. I quote:

"Food does not have to rule your life...Self-control is possible when the Holy Spirit lives within you...It comes as you surrender your life to God, walk in His ways and allow His Spirit to direct you. As the Spirit leads you, He will renew your mind, take control of your emotions and bring your will into obedience."

So this is where I've been going wrong. If giving yourself over to Jesus works for you then I'm truly glad. I'm afraid this book just made me head for the chocolates -yes, naturally, the whole box!
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