Monday, July 21, 2008

Book Discussion Coming Up--Who Wants To Join Us?

I read "The Diet Alternative" by Diane Hampton about 2 months ago and it has been really helpful for me to see my eating issues as something that God wants to be Lord over just as He wants to be Lord over all of my life. As I read, I felt empowered, not condemned. It is a short book and chock-full of truth. I want to read it again. :-)

I already have at least two others who want to read it with me and participate in a weekly discussion (yeah!) I have stopped the discussions for Love To Eat/Hate To Eat because people (including myself) seemed to lose interest. Don't get me wrong, it is great book and I have read it before, but I digress...

A word about this book that can be applied to many books. I gleaned a LOT from this book ,but I did not follow all of her advice. For example, she suggests people who have a bondage to gluttony should fast a meal daily. I won't go into why, but I just wanted to say from the beginning that I don't do this because a. I am not trying to lose weight anymore b. I am hypoglycemic and it's very difficult for me to fast and c. God didn't lead me to. I don't see anything wrong with it and think it could be a really good thing for some people. Just wanted to point out that you don't have to do all that she suggests in order to benefit from the book.

If you are interested in learning more, click on the picture of the book, "The Diet Alternative" to the left and it will take you to Amazon.com where you can "see inside." You can almost read the entire first chapter. (Thanks, Honey for being my techie!) By the way, this is the original version. There is a newer version out that has a study guide. I have the original version and just plan to make up my own questions. :-)

If after prayerful consideration, you are prepared to buy the book and participate in a weekly discussion for 10-12 weeks, then let me know so in the comments. I'd love to have you join us. In order to participate in this book discussion, you will need to:

1. Buy the book.
2. Read weekly.
3. Participate weekly (I know there are occasionally times you will need to miss, but I would like a core group that will discuss every week.)

I am open to suggestions on the day we have discussion. I will post the question the night before or that morning. The discussion will actually take place on another page which will be password-protected so that only those of us participating in the discussion will be able to read the comments.

So, if you are interested in joining, let me know so in the comments. Also, let me know how soon you would be able to start. I am thinking of starting in 1-3 weeks, depending on the response I get.

10 comments:

Missy said...

You know I'm in. :)

This book has been a blessing to me already, in that it opened my eyes to a sort of self-induced bondage to food I have. I look forward to learning what you and others have gotten from it.

I am open to starting as soon as everyone else can.

Thanks, Brandi!

Layna said...

I would love to participate. (I just need to buy the book...)

Brandi said...

I am looking forward to it as well, Missy!

Layna, do you think you can get the book in time to start discussion a week from Monday? The 4th of August? I am glad you will be joining us!

Layna said...

That sounds great! I just ordered the book on amazon so it should definitely be here by then.
I'm so excited that I have this opportunity to study and retrain my eating/fitness habits. I see this as a wonderful way to grow closer to God and give Him my everything.

Nikki said...

Hey Brandi, I think I am in. I am doing bad on the beach and need to try something new. I have to stop serving myself and start serving the Lord. I think this sounds great. Thanks for doing this!

Brandi said...

Hi Nikki! Have you had a chance to preview the book on Amazon.com? That will give you a good idea if this is what you are looking for. If so, go ahead and order it. We will start a week from Monday. If you decide to join us, we will be glad to have you! I will be praying for the Lord to show you what to do.

I am sorry it has been a rough season for you...don't give up. Obviously I believe in the plan outlined in "The Diet Alternative," but I do also believe that God will bless your discipline sticking to South Beach or whatever plan He shows you.

Nikki said...

Thanks Brandi. I did preview the book and ordered it. I am really looking forward to reading it. Thanks for doing this group. I think you and I have the same mental issues with food.

Cindy said...

Would love to join the discussion. Already have the book. I'm not a blogger just someone who reads the blogs. Is that still okay to participate. Thanks,
Cindy

Cindy said...

Would love to join the discussion. Already have the book. I'm not a blogger just someone who reads the blogs. Is that still okay to participate. Thanks,
Cindy

Brandi said...

Hi Cindy,
You are welcome to join us. Can you send me an e-mail so I will have your address in order to send you the password for the discussion? Also, do you mind telling me a bit about what you are hoping to gain from the discussion? You can answer here or in the e-mail. Glad to "meet" you!