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A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  1,003 ratings  ·  86 reviews
"If your 'weighty thinking' does not change, then even if you lose weight you'll retain an overwhelming subconscious urge to gain it back. It's less important how quickly you lose weight, and more important how holistically you lose weight; you want your mind, your emotions, and your body to all 'lose weight.' Weight that disappears from your body but not from your soul is ...more
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Published January 1st 2012 by Hay House (first published November 2nd 2010)
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Joanna Vaught
ugh you guys. i'm sorry. i know you are like, "joanna. why did you read this?" i don't even know. i am an agnostic! i don't know what i was thinking. i read part of it in o magazine (i know!) and it was nice! it was about reclaiming the healthy aspects of yourself and letting go of the self-sabotaging part of yourself that thinks an appropriate way to fix a bad mood might be a cookie and a hot toddy, and i was like, "oh hey this is nice. and is stimulating some thoughts," and i never imagined th ...more
Feb 23, 2011 Maral is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I am almost done reading this book. It is very interesting and inspiring so far. I recommend this book to anyone who believes in Spirituality, not necessarily organized religion but believes in God. The book reminds you how mind and body are connected and how much God and connecting to him could help you in your weight loss journey. The book also awakes your subconscious mind inviting you to heal your inner fears that may hold you back from being dedicated to losing weight.

What I enjoy the mo
Jennifer Huddleston-kelley
I didn't want to like this book, actually I'm not sure I like it at all. I am reading it because my over eating is making me uncomfortable and unhappy. What I am doing is fighting to keep an open mind and making an effort to do the exercises and as a result, I'm making better choices and I haven't been bingeing. I have been surprised that thus far it hasn't been a struggle. I know there are those who dislike the book because of the focus on God--some might appreciate the approach used in many 12 ...more
I have loved reading many things by Marianne Williamson in the past. So I looked forward to reading through this to see how I can better help myself as I attempt yet again to lose weight.

What I wasn’t expecting was how emotional this book would actually be. One of the core concepts behind this book is to get in touch your spirituality and healing your inner self. And you do this through exercises and journaling. If you are completely honest with the exercises and the journaling you can start to
Love it! Totally amazing! I hv been dealing with my weight since I have been a teen. I have been dealing with finding myself since I was 30. Now at the sweet age of 49 I am doing the fun stuff aka the really hard stuff of removing the carpet and clean up years and years of unneeded unwanted dust ;) and thinking its time to go with the natural floor look. Heck! Let's get rid of the floor too ;D

If you are curious...get this book. It may not be what you can handle today but one day, if you are read
I checked this book out because I was about to start an 8 week challenge that included diet change, exercising and spiritual habit changes. I'm no stranger to emotional challenges when it comes to change especially when it comes to weight loss. This was a difficult book to get through because of the strong insights that I gained from it. It made me realize a lot of new things about myself. I don't agree with all her viewpoints and some of the activities were not in my taste (ie building a weight ...more
N.L. Riviezzo
I wasn't sure what I was expecting from a book with '21 Spiritual Lessons' as part of the sub-title. I primarily picked up the book because it touted combating compulsive overeating and a holistic approach to such. However, very little of it is of any use to someone who suffers from COE.

If you are one of those people who believe that God has the potential to cure you of anything that ails you, you'll probably get a lot from this book. (I am not one of these people but have all respect for those
Christine Theberge Rafal
According to this book, obviously I am not living completely up to A Course in Miracles or I wouldn't have added this extra poundage. But this book gives me hope that as I rededicate myself to connecting to the divine perfection in all people, offering only love and keeping vigilance for thoughts only of the divine, which is my truest deepest longing, my physical body will return to its true and original size. How wonderful that I *don't* have to try to think of these (spiritual growth and physi ...more
I found this book to be interesting with several good ideas but not exactly what I need. It suggests that you do one lesson a day and includes assignments or activities with each lesson. I did not do that. I can see how that could be effective, but it was not something I wanted to do. I especially liked the prayers in the book.
Ellen Davies
I knew the book was a spiritual journey to weight loss, however, I didn't know it was going to be such a prayerful book. Some points are very valid, loving yourself enough to fuel your body with good foods and exercising and not being so ashamed of yourself that you pack on the pounds to become invisible. Just a little too much of the Diving Mind for my taste. Not what I expected.
Subtitle says it all: 21Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering your Weight Forever. Teaches taking care of our bodies as the holy temples that they are. Will change the way you think of what, how, & why you eat. High recommendation.
An amazing self-help book for women who find it difficult to lose weight due to emotional issues. Don't read this until you're ready to do the work though.
A book for Christians who want to do more spiritual work than physical to lose weight. It was very well written and I will agree that it has nothing but good intentions but I gave it three stars as it simply doesn't cover enough. The book also eventually begins to drag a bit. I liked a good portion of it. Spiritual is after all where I believe it should start. You can do all the physical work of dieting and exercising but the truth will always be that if you do not want it enough, you simply won ...more
Lezlee Hays
An excellent book with some very good lessons which really do aid in re-thinking a view of weight and food. A few of her suggestions I found slightly unhelpful, but only a few, the majority of her insights are very good and the course of actions she recommends are truly helpful and worthwhile. I'm starting over reading it again because there is a lot to digest even though it's not a very big book. Really processing the information takes time. But is worth it. I wouldn't let the title "spiritual" ...more
Andy Nieradko
This is a beautifully written, spiritual approach to weight loss. Marianne Williamson has taken her years of study of A Course In Miracles, and applied them to the subject of losing weight and keeping it off. Even though I, personally, come from a more atheistic perspective, I was still able to get a lot out of these 21 lessons. The cognitive dissonance, and "food hell" of overeating and food addiction are thoroughly examined. Marianne does a fantastic job of explaining that binge eating is not ...more
I think this is a fantastic approach to weight loss from a holistic perspective. My three star rating is not so much about content as it was that I listened to this book on audio while driving. I am glad I did, though, because I know I want to revisit the book at some point. There are guided meditations that would be nice to listen to on audio, as opposed to being read, but not while driving! I love Marianne Williamson's approach and style and feel she has a lot to teach me/us. I will re-visit t ...more
Connecting spirituality to weight loss, Marianne Williamson, shows the reader how to find the emotional roots of being overweight. For me this book was more about figuring out the emotions/reasons behind self abusive behaviors like compulsive overeating and less about dieting. Williamson spends all of the chapters directing the reader to do an introspective look at themselves, write about it and then surrender it to God. She also works on guided imagery of how to live a healthy, happy, and balan ...more
Amber Carter
This book is AMAZING. I seriously cannot say enough good things about it. It takes the struggle with weight and shines a light on how it's really, at its core, a struggle with self-love. And at every step, when I was struggling with something, I would turn the page and there, in perfect timing, would be a chapter that dealt with the exact thing I was struggling with. It was miraculous. The applications that Williamson has you do in order to put the concepts into practice were meaningful and some ...more
Christine Jolley
I liked this book and had a lot of aha moments. However I found all the prayers and writing exercises laborious sometimes.

I think she hit on a point that was incredibly is heavy in spirit before being heavy in body. Totally me. I also think the connecting with something greater is a big deal too and that there's only really two emotions in life: Love/Fear and if you are loving yourself truly then you won't eat.

I did a lot of the exercises albeit not all of them and I found it helpful
Overall, I loved this book! What I liked: Some of the exercises were powerful and eye-opening and helped me see a part of myself that I had not explored before! I love her overall message that the only way to transcend fear is to replace it with love, and only unconditional love can heal and produce miracles. I also loved the idea of God being a partner in the process.

What I didn't like: Some of the exercises were ceremonious and weird... I skipped those! Some of the exercises seemed more like "
My function on this earth is to be love's hands, feet, words and actions...I do not function well outside the circle of God's love.
Leigh  Kramer
This is a solid resource and I'd recommend it to anyone struggling with their weight. I read it for other reasons and found myself crying after the first lesson. Other subsequent lessons also hit home. It's not a Christian book but it works within the Christian framework, though some of the spiritual language may be off-putting to those who prefer a more direct approach.
Michael Hentrich
This book is a welcome latest addition to my library of health books. Up til now, I've been reading mostly about the physical and practical causes of weight gain and health deterioration. This book approaches health and weight from a more spiritual perspective, which after reading this book, I have to admit that there is definitely that component. For that reason, I'm glad that I read this book. I feel that it broadened my knowledge as well as reaffirmed my belief that physical problems are ofte ...more
Williamson makes a good case that until you deal with the emotional issues that lead you to overeat or hold onto weight, losing and keeping weight off won't work.

And that applying spiritual concepts to the issue can help you ease up on the self-violence that often accompany body image issues.

There are a lot of writing prompts. I would have sucked it up and purchased the book if is was in a format more conducive for that much journaling, such as a spiral, workbook format, there are lined pages in
Tracye Dukes
I am working through this book with a friend and must at that I love alot of what Marianne has to say about the issue of excess weight. What I am not necessarily enjoying are some of the ceremonial things she suggests. As a Christian, I don't feel comfortable with some of them. Even with that said, this book and the shared journey have been life changing for us. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is sure about what they believe and kind sift through the parts that resonate without bei ...more
Williamson may not for everyone, but one of her earlier books (A Return to Love) is the source of the famous "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate..." quote that I find deeply inspiring and powerful, and she reprints it within this text as well.

There are several prayers, meditations, and activities within Williamson's lessons - I found some helpful and some just plain silly. Still, I recommend this to anyone wanting to improve their relationship with their body and with food. I am now
Lynn Lewis
Wow! This was just as perfect for me as I could have hoped. It has always been my deep-down belief that weight loss is more than calories in-calories out. This confirms that belief. This wonderful how-to manual for losing the energy of extra weight so that you can lose the actual weight shows you how to change your life by doing your forgiveness work. The weight falls off as a result of cleaning up your own spiritual closet

Highly recommended for those who are drawn to it.

Highly discouraged if y
Couldn't finish. I'm sure it's a good book, just not my taste.
Lois Hughes
This book examines excess weight from a new perspective, a spiritual one. I believe that we do hold on to weight for emotional reasons - and that people who have weight issues are people who tend to feel too much and don't have the tools for dealing with those feelings. So, instead of letting the feelings flow through them they bury the feelings deep - and the excess weight starts to build.

There's lots of interesting, though-provoking ideas in this book. Highly recommended.
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Marianne Williamson is a spiritual activist, author, lecturer and founder of The Peace Alliance, a grass roots campaign supporting legislation currently before Congress to establish a United States Department of Peace. She is also the founder of Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area.[2] She has published nine books, including f ...more
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