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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,537 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Geneen Roth Narrator: Geneen Roth Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781442336612
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No matter how sophisticated or wealthy or broke or enlightened you are, how you eat tells all.

If you suffer about your relationship with food—you eat too much or too little, think about what you will eat constantly or try not to think about it at all—you can be free. Just look down at your plate. The answers are there. Don’t run. Look. Because when we welcome what we most want to avoid, we contact the part of ourselves that is fresh and alive. We touch the life we truly want and evoke divinity itself.

Now, after three decades of studying, teaching and writing about what drives our compulsions with food, Geneen Roth adds a profound new dimension to her work in Women Food and God. She begins with her most basic concept: The way you eat is inseparable from your core beliefs about being alive. Your relationship with food is an exact mirror of your feelings about love, fear, anger, meaning, transformation and, yes, even God. She shows how going beyond both the food and feelings takes you deeper into realms of spirit and soul to the bright center of your own life, and reveals how your relationship with food is the doorway to freedom and what you want most: the demystification of weight loss, and the luminous presence that so many of us call "God."

A knock-your-socks-off ride to a deeply fulfilling relationship with food, your body…and almost everything else, Women Food and God is, quite simply, a guide for life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a hugely important work, a life-changer, one that will free untold women from the tyranny of fear and hopelessness around their bodied. Beautifully written, a joy to read, rich in both revelation and great humor.

    Anne Lamott, author of Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on faith

  • “Geneen Roth has written an extraordinary book—at once beautiful, moving, funny and searing. Most important, she gives us a practical way to use our bodies—along with some of the most difficult parts of our emotional lives—as gracious and transformative portals to our soul.”

    Rick Foster, coauthor of Happiness & Wealth and How We Choose to Be Happy

  • Women Food and God is daring, dazzling, funny, comforting, wise and profoundly spiritual. It maps the journey from the darkness of obsession to the pure sense of being in prose so insightful and astonishing it left me breathless. Geneen Roth is an international treasure, and her new book is a gift to us all.”  

    Gay Hendricks, PhD, author of Five Wishes and Conscious Loving

  • “Geneen Roth does it again! Women Food and God is absolutely mesmerizing. And loaded with insights which can change your life.”

    Chistiane Northrup, MD, ob/gyn physician and author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

  • “The author is earnest and intensely sincere in narrating her book. Her subject matter is clearly important to her, and she reads with the conviction that she can improve the listener's life.” 

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  • #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura Hayes cruz | 2/4/2014

    " Mmmmm...a lot of stuff I've heard before. Yes, I know I don't always eat because I'm truly hungry. Who does? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katieosborn | 1/17/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book, and I'm not really a fan of self-help books. This book really opened my eyes to some of the compulsions and obsessions that people (particularly women) have with food. I would recommend this book to any women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Lee | 1/15/2014

    " This was the first time someone, or anything, understood my obsessions and compulsions with food. While some of the text did make me squirm, the author, for me, touched a place that no therapist has ever been able to. I keep this book on my kindle and read a few passages each day. For the past several weeks my thought patterns about food have shifted and I remain hopeful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 1/8/2014

    " This book was amazing. I finished it in two days, with lots of journaling and thinking and tears shed in between. Roth is able to put into words things I have known about myself, but was never quite able to articulate. She was a yo-yo dieter for her whole life, and learned how to embrace food and her body in a way that has allowed her to help hundreds of women to do the same thing. I highly recommend this book for anyone with food and/or body image issues. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 1/6/2014

    " Took me a year to read half the book and 10 minutes to skim the rest. Relatively uninteresting and, frankly, totally self involved. Glad it's over!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandi | 1/2/2014

    " It was ok. Had some good parts.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anna | 1/1/2014

    " 200 page advertisement for her retreats. This book is full of contradictions, and is a hodgepodge of theories with no coherent vein. oh and ONE chapter on spirituality. bollocks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca | 12/29/2013

    " This book is the voice for the struggle I go through every day! I'm finally realizing that there isn't a magic pill or diet. Instead I need to look inwards. Great for anyone dealing with eating, weight, or just self-esteem. Whether you agree with her or not, I know you'll find it thought provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 12/23/2013

    " Great book on food, love how the author writes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 12/10/2013

    " The title is misleading, it should be Women Food And Spirit. New approach, pleasant read. Did it speak to me? No. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Licienne Sodano | 10/28/2013

    " to the point and once again I found myself in many parts of the book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri Osborn | 10/8/2013

    " Loved reading this very inspirational book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Therese | 10/3/2013

    " I learned some more tools for dealing with my emotional eating issues. I like her humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha Wilson | 8/4/2013

    " Great for anyone with emotional eating problems, which for most women, is what their issue with food usually is. It sounds cheesey, but I love how Geneen Roth's main message is just to love yourself, give yourself a break, take care of yourself by listening to what you need. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Teets | 3/16/2013

    " It list good reason why women eat when they aren't hungry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Humaira | 3/14/2013

    " waste of time:( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon Witt | 12/29/2012

    " made me think about the multi-million $ market on weight loss and how women feed it in an attempt to stop "feeding" themselves with the wrong stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Spina | 11/2/2012

    " Makes you think about your relationships and how they have effected the choices you make. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia Call | 6/9/2012

    " Picked this book up because it's on the NYT bestseller list. What a surprise and a book that is useful if you want to get ahead of any compulsion, bad habit in your life. The rules for eating at the end are easily substituted with the name of your favorite disfunction. Easy read -- not preachy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 5/17/2012

    " An interesting perspective, and probably right. Compulsive eating really is a symptom of everything else and not really the root problem in and of itself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marilyn Clay | 5/15/2012

    " A lot of mumbo jumbo. Started out OK, but became unrealistic and preachy./ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jantine | 11/19/2011

    " awesome, great, very deep, very true! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny Maillet | 11/3/2011

    " Have read this book twice...it is compelling and moving "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 10/10/2011

    " I've read all of Geneen Roth's books and really like her philosophy. This short book was a restatement of such, but with more god this time. Because it didn't include a magic pill to fix everything, I guess I'll have to start following her advice. Again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny | 5/22/2011

    " Though there is nothing new in this book - from her other books -- I still liked the reminder about eating (or any addictive/obsessive/ciompulisve behavior) -- and how it is a cover-up for actual feelings which you don't want to face. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca | 5/18/2011

    " This book is the voice for the struggle I go through every day! I'm finally realizing that there isn't a magic pill or diet. Instead I need to look inwards. Great for anyone dealing with eating, weight, or just self-esteem. Whether you agree with her or not, I know you'll find it thought provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debcrittenden | 5/18/2011

    " So many great insights. I just wish she didn't swear so much, because she has so many great things to say. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 5/11/2011

    " Some stuff in here really hit home, but I just felt like the book was randomly put together. I wouldn't even know how to begin to go about applying this system to my life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi | 4/22/2011

    " Not quite what I thought it was going to be, but not necessarily horrible either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish | 4/20/2011

    " The best book I've read on women's relationship with food. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 4/17/2011

    " Geneen Roth is starting to outdo herself, guys. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 4/17/2011

    " The title sounds interesting, but the books is really just about compulsive eating and self-help. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 elizabeth | 4/14/2011

    " Replace "food" with a different addiction/obsession and presto! this book could apply to anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/12/2011

    " Wow! I have been talking to everyone about the concepts in this book. For me it wasn't really about women, food or God---it was about why we eat when we are not hungry. And the answer to that question was pretty revolutionary and throws out most traditional dieting "norms". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 4/11/2011

    " This book had a lot of strong points but I wanted more. I enjoyed it well enough that I will be reading other works Geneen Roth has written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee | 4/10/2011

    " If you actually read past the first 70 something pages, you'll start to get some good stuff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gloria | 4/10/2011

    " It's like most self help books. Embrace yourself. Don't eat while distracted. Boom, that is the gist of it. "

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About the Author
Author Geneen RothGeneen Roth is a writer and a teacher who has gained international prominence through her work in the field of eating disorders. She is the founder of the Breaking Free workshops, which she has conducted nationwide since 1979. She is also the author of Feeding the Hungry Heart, Breaking Free from Compulsive Eating, and When Food Is Love. A frequent guest on television and radio programs, she has written for and been featured in Tie, Ms., New Woman, Family Circle, and Cosmopolitan. Her poetry and short stories have been published in numerous anthologies. Born in New York City, she now lives in northern California.