Friday, February 3, 2012

Every Body Matters by Gary Thomas ~ review

Product Details

  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310290813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310290810

Book Description

November 15, 2011
Few pastors or Christian writers have dared to approach the subject of how proper eating and an active lifestyle can affect how we serve God. Author Gary Thomas does just that. And he reaches all the way back to the apostle Paul, who wrote that we need to prime our bodies to become, 'an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.' To illustrate the body/soul correlation, Thomas presents engaging and diverse stories that include a young mom who got fit through volleyball and reaped spiritual rewards in her marriage, a 300-pound pastor who realized his obesity was eroding his ministry impact, and a woman who gained the spiritual strength to survive a contentious divorce by training for a marathon. In every instance, Thomas makes a direct connection between the physical challenge and its spiritual consequence. This book is a must read for anyone seeking new and compelling motivation for strengthening their bodies and fortifying their souls.

My take on this book:
What a wonderfully insightful book!  The author's approach on explaining how proper eating and being physically active can directly affect how we serve God made lots of sense. While I have always known that eating healthy and being active is vital if we want to be healthy, I never really thought about the spiritual aspect of healthy living,but this book really opened my eyes. I loved reading the personal stories shared in this book, and found them not only touching but motivational as well. I also found it quite helpful that the author placed Bible verses through out the story. I also found the questions included at the back of the book quite useful.

Overall I found this book quite useful. The author is able to get his message across without coming of as harsh or judgmental.  A down to earth book with a timely message that will inspire and encourage.

About the author:
Image of Gary ThomasGary Thomas is a bestselling author and international speaker whose ministry brings people closer to Christ and closer to others. He unites the study of Scripture, church history, and the Christian classics to foster spiritual growth and deeper relationships. Gary's unique message will help you:
* Embrace the unique way that you interact with God.
* Partner in the spiritual growth and character formation of your spouse.
* Build a closer, grace-based family.
* Enjoy God with a new sense of freedom and delight.
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A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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