Oh, it seems cruel to me to post this review right after the holidays, but I promised Hay House I would, and I like to keep my word. That said, as weight loss books go, this is a fascinating one.
I have to say upfront that when I heard that Marianne Williamson had written A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever, I cringed. I’ve only ever seen slender Marianne at a size four at most. What the hell could she know? I asked myself. Well, dear one, she does know. Marianne had her own food crazies for ten years.
Truth to tell, this is so not a book about weight loss, and it is totally a book about weight loss at the same time. What it really is is a book about surrender. About surrendering control that we don’t really have, but kid ourselves that we do over things, behaviors and ideas that make us go unconscious.
All of Ms. Williamson’s work, no matter the issue she’s tackling, is about getting and staying conscious, and that makes this book worth its cost and more. As she writes, “The purpose of this course is to root out your fear, and to replace it with an inestimable love.” This is code, dear one. That “inestimable love” means God, and for Marianne, that God is a He, and it doesn’t bother her. It bothers me.
And, if it bothers you, change the language! The ideas in the book are invaluable, and if the software bugs you—translate. I do it all the time. I don’t need God to be She, but I need It to be, at the least, neutral. God/It, if you will.
Anyway, she had me from Lesson Two onward: Thin You meet Not-Thin-You. Each chapter is designed to create an encounter with your version of that fear she references in the introduction. And each chapter has an exercise designed to confront that fear lovingly, gracefully, and permanently. The tools Marianne offers are offered elsewhere, but not in quite this format. [Consider the stellar work of Geneen Roth, based more in Buddhism, than in the Christian metaphor of A Course in Miracles which Marianne uses.]
No matter, those of us who struggle with the bodies we inhabit and what we do or do not weigh will be benefited by this book. I’m grateful to Hay House for publishing it, and to Marianne Williamson for writing it.
Surrender to what is is always, always, always a good idea. Only when we surrender to what’s so right now can we make the changes we desire.
For spiritual nourishment, visit Dr. Susan Corso’s website and blog, Seeds for Sanctuary. Follow her on Twitter @PeaceCorso and Friend her on Facebook. And discover your own Inner Peace at, To Me Peace Is … What is Peace to You?