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The Enlightened Smoker's Guide to Quitting: Learn to Forget to Smoke Paperback – March 11, 2008

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About the Author

Bear Jack Gebhardt is a stop-smoking coach who currently works with a northern Colorado health district to help smokers quit and train health professionals in the finer points of working with clients who smoke. An award-winning journalist, he has contributed to Christian Science Monitor, Columbia Journalism Review, The Fitness, and Reader’s Digest. He is the author of Help Your Smoker Quit and the coauthor of Now Hiring! Finding & Keeping Good Help for Your Entry-Wage Jobs. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 241 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books (March 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933771372
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933771373
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,384,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In these, my silver-haired years, I'm lucky.
I spend most of my days writing, reading, hiking in the mountains (both alone and with friends), tweaking my stock portfolio, puttering in the yard, lunching and dining with old friends and with Suzy, my wife of a hundred years, and working with a few select clients. And oh yea, as often as possible, doing my part to foment non-violent revolution, trying to bring more political, economic and spiritual power back to ordinary people.
It's a great life.
Relative to vocations, I seem to have about a seven year attention span, although I have basic interests that have waxed and waned throughout my life. Those interests include how to outgrow our addictions, how to drop the poverty mindset, how to demilitarize the planet, how to succeed in the stock market, how to enjoy life more and, most especially, how to more consistently experience and share the free, loving non-dual reality that is at the heart of all experience.
I live in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Suz and I have grown children and growing grandchildren. I have published seven books, with several more on the way. I have also published stories, essays articles and poems in such places as Reader's Digest, The Columbia Journalism Review, The Christian Science Monitor, Modern Maturity (AARP), Hardboiled, American Legion, American Express On-Line, Fitness, Whole Life Times, Jive, Income Opportunities, RV West, Senior Living, Hallmark, and numerous others. (I already confessed I enjoy to write!)
I would love to hear from you. My personal e-mail is bear@beargebhardt.com. Hope you enjoy my books. In peace. --- Bear

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 2000
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Jack has a lot of credentials to his name. He has his own school for those trying to quit smoking as well as years of studying under the government and private agencies. I had a wonderful time learning how to "Forget to smoke. Jack teaches you how to stop the cycle of guilt in the quitting process and how to stop trying to quit and simply forget! His 7 step program worked for me better than all of the programs from the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association because they use slight scare tactics to accomplish quitting. Well worth the money!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 2002
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I have searched for a long, long, long, long, long (need I go on?) time for a way to stop smoking and have finally found it! Gebhardt's book focuses on ways to change your thinking - not only about smoking but about the zillion other things we all have in our life. He recognises that all smokers berate themselves day after day about their smoking and asks the question: Has this negativity ever helped you to quit? Step by step, he helps his readers bring more joy into their thoughts and this, seamlessly, brings more joy into their smoking. Paradoxically, by feeling joy when smoking, we are able to "forget" how to smoke. Suddenly quitting seems like a fun and graceful next move.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is able to open their heart to feeling joy. If you're steeped in logic and cynicism then even you might like to give it a try. However, if you're already on the way to letting spirituality into your life then get this book and watch a controlling addiction slip away gently.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sherril L. Johnson on July 4, 2008
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Full of fun facts and exercises and no pressure! Today is my 4th anniversary and NOPE - Not One Puff Ever in that time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John P. Gascoyne on April 27, 2008
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We've all seen them, the smokers huddled at the doorway of a smoke-free building. For the most part, they seem furtive and possibly embarassed - our society has decided to make smoking a shame-based activity. Enter Bear Gebhardt and his revolutionary approach that emphasizes the inherent dignity and essential worthiness of the smoker. Gebhardt doesn't point fingers, doesn't assign blame. Rather, he employs a message of self-worthiness and practical behavior patterns. If you're a smoker, or care about one, check out this helpful book.
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