Every Body Matters explores how positively addressing our physical condition can lead to a fortified soul better able to serve and love others. Through confessional and engaging stories of people who intentionally got physically fit as a way to grow spiritually, Thomas draws a fresh, compelling, non-judgmental body/soul correlation
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.
You can read an excerpt of Every Body Matters here, in PDF Format.
About The Author:
Gary Thomas is a writer in residence at Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and an adjunct faculty member teaching on spiritual formation at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of several books, including Sacred Marriage, Sacred Pathways, Pure Pleasure, Sacred Parenting, and the Gold Medallion Award-winning Authentic Faith.
As we all know there are an abundance of books regarding healthy, weight loss and exercise on the market. So it is not surprising that Christian publishing and authors have written books on these subjects as well. As important as physical health and mental health are, our spiritual health is even more so important. Recently, I had the opportunity to review Every Body Matters written by author, Gary Thomas.
Every Body Matters is just the book to read to be reminded about how important our bodies our to God and His purpose for our lives. This is a book that all Christians, whether new or seasoned, need to read. It is very academic, but in a easy to read manner. It is a fantastic reminder that our body is a tool for God to use and that there is a definite connection between spiritual and physical health. A challenging and inspirational book for sure.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.
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