Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | January 24, 2012

Physical fitness impacts spiritual growth

Lots of people struggle with their weight and never understand why.  Could it possibly be because pastors are uncomfortable preaching about gluttony and overeating?  Maybe it’s because every church activity is either followed or preceded by feasting.  Lots of books, both secular and Christian, discuss fitness and exercise offering diet advice and recipes but often fail to address the root cause.  In “Every Body Matters”, Gary Thomas blames our self-centered society on fooling us into believing that we aren’t hurting anyone with our poor eating and exercise habits.

Thomas forces us to confront our bad habits and convicts us into seeing our overeating as selfish and sinful.  When we change our habits to include exercise and better food choices we are better able to serve where God has called us.  If our bodies are suffering due to poor eating and exercise habits, then our souls will also suffer.

Thomas challenges us to face or overeating and lazy exercise habits and make drastic changes so we can be better servants for God.  By confronting the real reason why we are overweight we can make positive changes in our life which will help us lose pounds and maintain a healthy weight.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan as part of the “Every Body Matters” Blog Tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



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