I am an agnostic, and don't let the word "God" deter you from reading the book. It's not an issue detracting from the valuable messages in the book. It was a bold word choice for the cover, maybe to get people's attention (?) ..... one can easily substitute the word "spirituality" -and whatever that means for you- for god:)
Thanks to you both. I didn't realize it was such a short book. I will probably pick it up and read it. I am pretty open minded but didn't want to read something I totally couldn't relate to. Thanks again!
What if you replaced God with Nature - you must admit Nature is much more powerful than you - I think she was asking you to seek out a "god or higher power" that is stronger and more powerful than you. You can look to nature in all its awe, beauty and destruction and know you are but one small being in NATURE.
For those above who were hesitant about reading the book because of it's reference to "God", go ahead and get the book. I on the other hand was looking for a book with "God" in the title by an author who actually believed in a "God" and was extremely disappointed. Not only do I think she is misleading readers by using it in her title, but then her one or two references to any kind of "God" or higher power in the book confirmed my decision to just send it back.
Don't read the Constitution of the United States. It's a quick read too, but it mentions God - as in the God of the Bible - quite often. You wouldn't like it. It made our country the best in the world but it might make YOU uncomfortable.
Quite the contrary. Freedom of religion is something I'd gladly fight for - in fact, I'll likely need to - as Clinton and Obama want to change it to 'freedom of worship' - an entirely different thing altogether. I just think that this whole thread is ridiculous in the fact that you (and most of the others) are concerned about the book actually referencing an element of the title (imagine that?)...instead of just NOT buying the book.(You have that freedom too!) Interesting concepts huh?; : a book that actually has material in it (though apparently not much) that relates to the title and ....NOT buying a book that might not be up your alley. This might interest you, it looks to me that an earlier book by this author is essentially this book w/o - dare I say it ?? - God. Remember, God (big G) loves you anyway...even if you haven't figured that out yet. Lighten up a bit too, halo. Life's more fun that way.
What Roth was alluding to was the concept of God that I entertain, and it does come from more Eastern modalities, though there are some Western practices that draw on it. This book is NOTHING like books written advocating using Christian philosophy to lose weight. I, too, was actually disappointed that she spoke very little about it nor seemed to explain how to let it play much of a role in liberation from food or anything else. Her emphasis on paying so much attention to the content of our thoughts is actually counter to Eastern practices. She finally admitted in this book that she has been married to her sensitivity and overly dramatic reactions to life's events for longer than she was caught by food.