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enLIGHTened: How I Lost 40 Pounds with a Yoga Mat, Fresh Pineapples, and a Beagle Pointer Hardcover – May 1, 2009
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"Jessica Berger Gross occupies that rare space on the bookshelf of writers I want to become and befriend. She can be both funny and very honest about her journey, and her plan for becoming the best and truest version of herself was inspiring. And doable!"-Suzan Colon, author of Cherries in Winter: My Family's Recipe for Hope in Hard Times
"Jessica Berger Gross is movingly honest about her struggles with weight (and motherhood). The key to her success? Thinking about yoga as a whole life practice. This beautifully written, intimate, and upbeat book inspired me, and will inspire others, too."-Kristen Rentz Lewis, author of YogaNap: Restorative Poses for Deep Relaxation
"A charming testimony to yoga's ability to heal the body and mind." -- Neal Pollack, author of Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude
“Recipes, philosophy, yoga poses, compassion, pineapple cutting lessons, and practical tips about diet and health. (Catherine Newman, author of Waiting for Birdy)”
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It is extremely well written, with honesty and I love that Jessica was completely opened about her weight issues, as well as some of her relationship issues with her parents. This book feels like a girlfriend and I talking -
I love the subject matter and Jessica touches on Ayuverda which is something that I have developed an interest in as well. Its almost as if Jessica was reading my mind.
I even love the quick and healthy recipes that are in the book. I have to say though, that, at times, Jessica makes the whole overeating thing a little too simplistic. As someone with an eating disorder (binge eating( its not always quite enough to talk to yourself or go for a long walk - but Jessica is right about trying to get to the root of the problems.
One of the things that I felt a little off about was the fact that Jessica always seems to have the time AND money to do all the things she wants to do. ALthough she and her hubby sounded as though they were not necessarily stable in the finance dept, especially since he was looking for another job - she goes ahead and becomes a yoga teacher and from the rest of the book, I did not get the feeling as though Jessica really ever had a full time job other than that of teaching yoga. Yet, she seems to be able to benefit from everything from Kripalu retreats to invitro, etc. I felt a disconnect there - what about the rest of us who have to hold down full time jobs, juggle kids and are just making ends meet???
I know that Jessica claims that you don't need a lot of $$$ to be healthy, etc.Read more ›
Since reading her book, and the few books she recommends in her pages, I have moved from a committed vegetarian to a passionate, and compassionate vegan. I have never felt healthier, happier or looked better. Reading EnLIGHTened, I felt I had made a friend for life, and will enjoy every re-read of Jessica Berger Gross' words. I have purchased this book for friends and family, and highly recommend it to everyone and anyone!
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Inspirational, healing, and true. Thanks, Jessica, for writing this. You will help others on the path to "enLightenment".Published 7 months ago by MG
Find author to be snobby and pretencous. Makes you feel worse about overeating, not hopeful or helpful.Published 10 months ago by Mrs.S
I do not usually write reviews. I just don't like the thought of my own opinions influencing anothers to the point of even whether or not they would read a book they might be... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
The author presents a realistic view of the struggles encountered in pursuing a balanced life.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a perfect book that came to me at a perfect time in my life! Very good suggestions about living a mindful life, transitioning to plant-based foods, and yoga poses. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Lady Lola
The book fell very short for me. Throughout reading it, I had this on and off relationship with the author. Likable at times, lofty and a bit condescending more often than not. Read morePublished on July 6, 2014 by Sylverina
very relatable main character. Fun quick read. I would suggest Yoga teachers read books of this nature to help them understand the deconditioned population of students.Published on March 16, 2014 by Ms. Wood
I have been trying out yoga classes and this book is a nice read to along with. Yoga is truly for the mind body and soul.
This book brings it all together.