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Trade Paperback
220 pages
Sep 2004
Harvest House Publishers

Ditch the Diet and the Budget…and Find a Better Way to Live

by Cynthia Yates

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So you are not exotically thin and you puncture your budget regularly. You have grown tired of ‘this maniacal push for perfection.’ Take heart, here is a book to give you comfort, hope, and many, big, healthy guffaws. Ditch the Diet and the Budget empathetically chuckles its way into the roots of our problems and helps us perceive deep, real cures for them. Entertaining public speaker, in-depth author Cynthia Yates writes from experience. Slightly pudgy, sometimes willing to spend more than she should, Yates has learned the only way out of our contemporary mess is to turn it all over to the Lord.

Making no reader-confusing detours, this straightforward book is written in a friendly style. The first section encourages you to look into the not-so-wonderful parts of your life, and then, as you unfold into the Lord's best for you, to begin to ditch all those useless bits cluttering up your real self. Those useless bits are very plainly delineated with humor, sorrow, and a wagonload of good suggestions about how to be rid of them. The second section overflows with Yates suggestions for implementing your new lifestyle, from reading the Bible and praying to how to get the best deal at the beauty salon, from being a good neighbor to a delicious sounding recipe for using those extra bits of cheese found at the back of your refrigerator (after cutting off the moldy parts, of course.)

Enjoy the hilarity; feel like you are chatting with a friend; but be prepared to face some difficult realities about yourself, and even more revolutionary, feel you are able to do something about them. Individual readers, reading groups, and Bible study groups will all find Ditch the Diet and the Budget useful. – Donna Eggett, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Who wouldn’t like a little more money and a little less weight? Award–winning humor columnist Cynthia Yates points readers to the heart of the problem: Striving frantically to arrive, many people have forgotten how to live. This refreshing invitation to a simpler lifestyle provides a plan for accumulating less and enjoying it more, and points the way to...

  • freedom from the guilt of not reaching unattainable goals
  • rest from the frantic pace of a driven lifestyle
  • satisfaction instead of a never ending desire for more

Yates offers practical suggestions with her trademark warmth, humor, and common sense.

Readers will enjoy more responsible money management and weight control—by finding a better way to live.