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5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps, Just Perhaps Marianne Williamson May have Gotten It Right - 5 Stars !!!!, November 13, 2010
This review is from: A Course In Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever (Hardcover)
I found this book inspiring. Every page had something significant to say, and the author came at the topic of weight loss from an entirely different perspective from anything on the market. We all know that thousands of books on weight loss have been published. We also know that none of them really seem to work over time. If any one of them did work, then the scientific community would have no choice but to pursue that particular concept with all out zeal and we would all beat a path to the door of the person who created the system.

Now having said that, it seems to me that Marianne Williamson has latched onto something, and its breathtaking in its scope and the promise it holds for the tens of millions of Americans who are just carrying around too much weight. The Foreword by Dean Ornish is worth its weight in gold. Make sure you read it. Dr. Ornish has been a world renowned heart specialist for more than 20 years and a very prominent author in his own right.

Ornish mentions in this section that for years he could not understand how people could be addicted to overeating, smoking, drinking, substance abuse, and other maladaptive behaviors. One day a patient said to him, why are you saying maladaptive, the behavior is totally adaptive to me, not maladpative to me. These behaviors get me though my day. I have 20 friends in that pack of cigarettes. You know you simply have to look at it from the user's perspective. Another patient told him if he feels lonely, he eats. He coats his nerves with the food he consumes, it numbs his pain.

The Introduction is also a must read. It will set up the rest of the book for you. The third part of the book is "Embarking on the Journey", and in this section Ms. Williamson goes through the thrust of her presentation, and that in the end, it is your belief and faith in God that will help you shed the weight that you have carried for so many years.

I want to give you a flavoring of what she has to say from different sections of the book and you will see for yourself how different this book is from all the rest on weight loss.

* Unless your subconscious mind is enrolled in your weight loss efforts, your soul will find a way to reconstitute the excess weight regardless of what you do.

* Root out your fear, and replace it with inestimable love.

* Addiction is when you can't STOP.

* Freud felt that Intelligence will be used in the service of neurosis (an absolutely extraordianry statement)

* No matter how smart you are, or how much work you have done on yourself, you alone cannot outsmart the psychic force of compulsion and addiction

* God can outwit your insanity.

* The Great Lie is that food that is actually bad for you has the power to Comfort, Nurture, and Sustain you.

* Unhealthy eating is an act of Self-Hate. Overeating is a form of violence. You are taking up the Sword against yourself.

* You don't have the human capacity to fix this problem. If you did, you would have done so already.

How the book is Organized?

After the Preface, Introduction, and Embarking on the Journey, comes 21 different short chapters. It seems that they are to be read one a day, and over and over again, until you internalize them. The author has gone through considerable efforts to name these chapters with highly appropriate powerful phrases. It works.

My personal favorites were:

Chapter 1) Tear Down the Wall

Chapter 2) Thin You, meet Not-Thin you

Chapter 5) Start a Lover Affair with Food

Chapter 7) Love your Body

Chapter 10) Consecrate Your Body

Chapter 17) Forgive Yourself and Others

Chapter 18) Honor the Powers

Chapter 21) The Body Brilliant

Summary:

We all know that to whatever extent we believe, that faith has the ability to move mountains, to effectuate profound change and make it permanent. Everything starts with belief. Nothing is manifested in reality until it is first a belief in the mind. Marianne Williamson has now taken these concepts and applied them to the world of weight loss, insisting that only a belief in a divine power, and then giving yourself over to a divine force is the only way to effectuate a true re-design of your body and your spirit.

Now having read the entire book and having tried to internalize it, I think she may just have something. Everything else has seemed to fail through the years for so many. Why not try a little old fashion faith in the divine power of God to help so many transcend and finally conquer a problem that has caused so much pain and agony. I gladly give this book five stars, and thank you for reading this review.

Richard C. Stoyeck
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Initial post: Nov 23, 2010 7:47:02 PM PST
K. Kannan says:
Although I am sure Marianne Williamson has written a very nice and inspiring book. Since she has never dealt with weight struggles herself, I can't help but wonder if she is really speaking from experience or speaking from theoretical ideaology. I'd like to see reviews from people who have actually been helped by this book in losing weight. Self-Love must first be addressed, then weight loss can follow. Since Marianne Williamson has never had the weight struggles, I would be hard pressed to think she can actually connect with a person with weight issues from an authentic place of compassion. Try "Thin through the Power of Spirit" by Lucia Capodilupo instead. She has been there, done that and overcome her weight struggles. You could also try "Uncovering the Divine Within." Victoria Moran has written on the subject too and they all come from a place of changing their thoughts and approach weight loss from a spiritual perspective.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2011 3:53:41 PM PST
Marianne has had issues with food. Read the book and you will see. But alcoholics, drug addicts, and other addictions don't "have" to learn from a therapist who was an addict.
Marianne is extremely compassionate and is working with people on the web site www.acourseinweightloss.com and on the Blog. Amazing how much support she is giving her readers!

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 2:03:55 PM PST
"God can outwit your insanity." I really love that. Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2013 1:25:30 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 19, 2013 1:26:48 AM PDT
Suave Dave says:
"... outwit"? Yeah, right! God does stuff like that, tricky dude that He is. Can you imagine sitting down to play a game of chess with God? Jeez!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2013 9:08:38 PM PST
joyuslion says:
did you read the book?
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