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Lost and Found: Unexpected Revelations About Food and Money Hardcover – March 22, 2011
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The book shares many of her patterns of behavior and the shows how they sprang from core beliefs that were not right. It took a lot of courage to admit that she thought her husband was responsible to provide the necessities of their life, and her money was for play. She tells us how she conveniently "forgot" to bring he wallet when they went shopping at Costco, so he would have to pay. She works through many examples of this kind of thinking, where it came from, and how she addressed it. She makes it clear that she is still a work in progress.
I think this book is needed for many people, but I think Roth generalizes Her feelings to the general population. She has a left of center political approach which will dampen her message for some people. She does not even consider that moral people can differ from her values. Roth writes from a Buddhist perspective and refers to many Buddhist writers and their works, so it helps if the reader understands some of the beliefs beforehand.
I think this would be a great book for a book club, it is a good read. I wish there were a study guide with discussion questions. If people were able to tolerate the discomfort these subjects bring, the discussions could be enlightening.
I enjoyed this book and am very glad that I had a chance to read it this summer. Please do yourself a favor and read Lost and Found.... if you have not already done so,. Thank you Ms Roth!
Geneen, I have one more book for you. Write about our relationship with illness and pain. I work with people in pain and it's the same darn thing. It's really not about the injury. The injury is the easy part. It's how we see ourselves when we are injured or sick. You know. You had all those years after you had shingles and then after your near fatal accident. It's a whole nother arena for exploration. Pain and illness is yet another portal. You have such a gift with words and clarity to get this message out. Include both men and women. People, Pain and Illness...see, you'll have to even do the title.
Thank you for helping me change my life. You were able to help me see why I've been sitting on a cushion for 20 years! Doing inquiry has blown the lid off this underworld of concepts and believes that have driven me all these years. What an amazing exploration to just be curious and "see" what drives the me/mine. WOW!
This was an insightful look at the many comparisons that can be made about how we eat, and the way we spend our money. I found myself many times saying, "ah-ha", and understanding myself deeper. For that reason alone this book is worth the read. Plus, it will probably leave you thinking deeper about the other ways, besides just over-eating, that you can live unconsciously.
I gave this book only 4 stars because it "wow-ed" me less than her other books that I felt hit a sharp nerve in my life. However, if you are wondering if you should try this book, it's an absolute yes. And anything else by Geneen Roth for that matter. I find her to be so refreshingly authentic.