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Rise above : God can set you free from your weight problems forever
Shamblin, Gwen.
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Nashville : T. Nelson, [2000]

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x, 340 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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RM222.2 .S466 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Rise Above will encourage and motivate you to search your heart and strive for your ultimate goals: real freedom from the desire to overeat and a deep, lasting relationship with God. Gwen shares what she has learned through her relationship with God as she has watched The Weigh Down Workshop dramatically change and grow. She also includes stories of many people who, by replacing their focus on food with a passion for God, are experiencing a freedom and a joy they had never known.

Author Notes

Gwen Shamblin holds an M.S. degree in foods and nutrition from the University of Tennessee and is a registered dietitian. In addition, Shamblin is a consultant for state health departments and has taught nutrition at Memphis State University for five years. She has used formal training and religious convictions to develop a radically different weight loss program based on "God's power, not will power."

Readers rave about results from following the Weigh Down Diet: An Inspirational Way to Lose Weight, Stay Slim and Find a New You (1997). "The Weigh Down Diet is God's invitation to us to eat the way He wants us to eat." This book blends a just-eat-less philosophy with scriptural passages and suggests that real satisfaction comes from faith, not food.

Shamblin has incorporated Christ-centered counseling into her dietetics practice since 1980 and founded Weigh Down Workshops, Inc. in 1986. The workshops are specially designed classes of videos, audiocassettes, work books and Bible lessons and are located in all 50 states, Canada, and Europe, and Participants in them give glowing testimonials.

Gwen Shamblin lives in Nashville, Tenn., with her husband and two children.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Shamblin follows The Weigh Down Diet with more encouragement for the 50% of Americans she declares are overweight. Shamblin's cure for overeating has two dimensions: physiological (eat only when you are hungry and stop eating when you're full) and spiritual (replace your passion for food with a passion for God). In this book, the spiritual dimension takes center stage. Shamblin's tone is unfailingly motivational as she utilizes the Bible to exhort readers to serve "The God" instead of "the food god." (She also addresses, not entirely satisfactorily, a wide range of other potential addictions, from overspending while shopping to indulging in pornography.) Shamblin is sometimes strangely dismissive of scientific research on the benefits of a balanced diet, but she plainly states what most diet books do not: that our relationship to food is a profoundly spiritual matter, not just an issue of calories, fat grams and carbohydrates. This conviction makes ancient biblical stories like the Exodus come to life in new ways, albeit with the help of a breezy style that sails by perennial problems in Christian theology with unflagging cheer. For example, Shamblin notes that America, a nation of "professional dieters," is enslaved by its obsession with weight loss. God can free us from the "Egypt" of this enslavement if we replace our love of food with love for God. Readers will have to go elsewhere to plumb the depths of such spiritual issues as idolatry, self-denial and the relationship of human works to God's grace--but here they will find excellent entry-level help for what is arguably America's least recognized spiritual problem. $500,000 ad/promo; 30-city author tour. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In The Weigh Down Diet, Shamblin, a registered dietitian with a Master's degree in food and nutrition, taught how "to transfer this passion for food to a passion for God." Here she picks up where that book left off, including basic information about the Weigh Down diet and advice on how to eat in certain situations. Shamblin discusses many ways in which a person can transfer love of food to love for God, offering instructions on how one must change one's focus and using scripture and testimonials to make her points. But her main purpose here is "to introduce a holy fear of God." Don't be mistaken: this book does not outline an eating program but instead gives spiritual guidance. It will appeal to those who are either already Christian and needing more guidance or to those who are searching and open to its teachings. Recommended for collections with Christian emphasis.--Mary J. Jarvis, Pampa, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Special Thanksp. iv
Prefacep. v
Special Considerationsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
1. A Passionate Peoplep. 1
2. America Has a Crush on Foodp. 7
3. The Exodus Symbolismp. 23
4. The Weigh Down[dagger] Explosionp. 44
5. The Strugglerp. 57
6. Secret of the Prisonp. 82
7. Backstroking the Red Seap. 115
8. Hunger in the Desertp. 140
9. Save Your Heart for Mep. 169
10. Cloud and Firep. 197
11. Estranged from Godp. 225
12. Innocent in His Sightp. 241
13. The Remnantp. 269
14. Heaven's Kissp. 303
Appendix A Physiologicalp. 323
Appendix B Spiritualp. 333
Notesp. 339