Every Body Matters, by Gary Thomas. The quick version of the review is that it gets 5 stars. But, let me tell you why it's so easy to give those 5 stars. Simply put, it seems to unlock the mysterious connection between body and spirit, just as the sub-title "Strengthening your body to strengthen your soul" implies. Let me share a few quotes from the book to paint the picture. (Disclaimer: this book was written to Christians, who are the majority of my readers.)
"We are not angels, pursuing God without physical covering, and if we try to pretend we are - living as though the state of our bodies has no effect on the condition of our souls - all the proper doctrine in the world can't save us from eating away our sensitivity to God's presence or throwing away years of potential ministry if we wreck our heart's physical home."
"For most of our lives, we've emphasized growing our souls, not always realizing that a lack of physical discipline can undercut and even erode spiritual growth."
"The reason I want to get in shape, then, the reason I long for God's Church to get in shape, is not to impress anyone, not to make others feel inferior, not to demonstrate our own personal discipline and self-control. God forbid! On the contrary, it is to become, as Paul writes, "instruments for special purposes made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work."
I'll stop there for the sake of time, but there is so much motivating truth, I just want to ask you to read this book. Let me tell you this quick story to illustrate the need for and the value of a book like this. The other day I was texting with a friend who pastors a local church here in Tulsa. He asked me about this book because he saw I was tweeting quotes from it on an almost daily basis. I told him about it and I told him about FitPastors, an organization that has helped me and could help him get holistically fit. Once I told him all about FitPastors, he made a great statement. He said, "Cool. I know the "how to" options are there. Gotta have the "want to" that overcomes the want of food. Seems like this book may attack that!"
He was exactly right. If you're struggling with your weight or if you're struggling to be physically fit, this book is for you. If you're one of the many who believe physical fitness has little or no value, I would challenge you to read this. It may change your perception. And that change in perception may change your life. I know it's changing mine. What's stopping you from taking a potentially life-changing step?