3 out of 4 stars
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God, Science, Food: Right-sizing the Body Through Principled Nutrition and the Divine Universal Order by Linda D'Nise is a faith-based wellness program that is modeled after the author's successful weight loss strategies. Using the principles laid out within this book, Ms. D'Nise reduced her weight by over one-hundred pounds. Unlike many weight loss and wellness programs, the author does not promise quick fixes or fast results; rather, she emphasizes the importance of structure, discipline, and accountability in reaching and maintaining a healthy weight.
Although the God, Science, Food Program has its foundation in Biblical teachings, the author is not concerned with the personal beliefs of participants and there is no pressure to convert or accept teachings from a specific religion. While Ms. D'Nice stands firm in her Christian faith, she respects all other spiritual viewpoints and only requires that participants engage in a 90-day trial period of the program and refrain from engaging in bullying, gossip, and other forms of negative behavior.
My favorite aspect of this book, and what I also believe to be its strongest point, is the overall detail that Ms. D'Nice provides about the God, Science, Food Program. The author gives clear, specific information about what must be followed to successfully complete this program, leaving the reader with absolutely no questions. Ever forward-thinking, Ms. D'Nice even anticipates the excuses and "what-if" scenarios that may arise among participates in a detailed FAQ section toward the end of the book.
The author speaks with strength and confidence, but also with compassion. There is no doubt that Ms. D'Nice cares very deeply about others and is committed to helping people develop healthy relationships with food. Although her story is one of weight loss, she stresses that the methods within this book can be applied to help anyone, regardless of their weight, procure better eating habits and a more realistic attitude toward food and appetite. I personally do not need to lose a significant amount of weight, but I have found some of her strategies to be very helpful in situations that could lead to overeating. The goal of this book is not to help anyone reach a specific clothing size, but rather lasting health.
My sole criticism of this book is that it does not appear to have been professionally edited. There are enough typographical and grammatical errors to not go unnoticed. The author's message is sound, but the errors detract from some parts of the book and were personally bothersome. I also would have appreciated the inclusion of a bibliography or references section. Ms. D'Nice has clearly done quite a bit of research, and it would be fascinating to learn more about her sources.
Editing issues aside, I enjoyed reading this book and I award it 3 out of 4 stars. God, Science, Food is a detailed plan for better health, and I would recommend it to anyone who wishes to lose weight or improve his or her quality of life.
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