This one of my review as a review reader for Hay House.
At the end of last year, I received serveral awesome books to review for Hay House, this is one of them. The other reviews will come soon.
“A course in weight loss, 21 spiritual lessons for surrendering your weight for ever” is written by Marianne Williamson.
The first time I heard of her was thanks to her famous quote I discovered in the excellent movie Akeelah and the bee (but it is misquoted in the movie, unfortunately). This quote about fearing our Light and success resonates deeply in me.
First of all, the book itself is beautiful; a green hardcover with golden embossed letters. And for me, even if i know i shouldn’t, the cover and outside of the book is what makes me pick it from the shelf at the bookstore or not.
When I was told I could receive this specific book, I felt it was right what i needed. Perfect timing as since a few months I am in a healing process regarding my body image.
Here are a few words by the author about the book:
This book is a retraining of your consciousness in the area of weight, turning your journey to weight loss into a spiritual quest. As you restore your spirit, your body itself is reminded of its natural intelligence. By getting back to the truth of who you are, you will get to a place where all your problems with weight have disappeared.
The book is divided in chapters that each corresponds to a lesson. But don’t worry: there is no timeline; you do it at your own pace. For example, it took me quite some time to digest lesson one. I am only at the beginning of lesson 4 right now.
I think that we all struggle with our body weight once in our life. Either it is because we think we are too fat, or because we would need to get some shapes.
It took me years to admit that I have eating issues. And it is hard for me to say it out loud publicly here because it is really a struggle. I used to eat very very little and then I started to overeat, which is still an issue I am fighting currently. Until a few months ago, I was sometimes eating compulsively for many reasons (from being bored to being in a Spleen period…).
But once you face it and want to take steps to fight it, having some support can be very helpful. This is what this book is for me.
I am someone who deeply believe in the power of intention and of positive thinking. I also know by experience that my spirituality and my body are linked.
In her book, Marianne Williamson exposes what the holistic and spiritual reasons of having eating issues can be and how to get rid of it forEVER. Yes. This is not another book with impossible diets.
I don’t tell you it will be quick and easy because it will not. This is a journey you begin. A journey to recover the body you want to have, the positive image you should never have lost.
If you are used to journal, this will be even better as writing along this sacred journey is highly recommended. There are white pages at the end of the book made for it, or you can of course use your own journal. Getting it out by writing is VERY helpful because it helps actually seeing what you were hiding to yourself.
I do believe that we can get over it and even if it takes time, even if it is a struggle, we can eventually get back to our “normal”.
I just want to talk to you a bit about one thing. Marianne Williamson refers a lot to the Divine, to God. I am spiritual but not religious. I am used to this kind of reference and to shift “God” by “The Universe”. So don’t let it block you if you don’t believe in the Catholic form of God. I really loved this passage in the book:
“In Alcoholics Anonymous, there is the notion of a Higher Power, or God as you understand Him. And that is fine for our purposes. It doesn’t matter what you call it, as long as you call on it. The point is not a name or a word or any religious doctrine or dogma. The point is a spiritual principle that becomes a living reality, affecting both body and soul: that a power greater than the mortal mind, in you but not of you, can do for you what you cannot do for yourself.“
You can learn more about the book right here: A course in weight loss
Here is Marianne Williamson talking about it:
I have two copies of the book so I really want to give one away to someone who would need it. Maybe this someone is you ?
Let a comment here. It will end in a week, on Monday March 7th at 12pm pacific time.
Only open to people in Canada and the USA, sorry but this is an heavy book.