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Every Body Matters: Strengthening Your Body to Strengthen Your Soul Paperback – November 7, 2011
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About the Author
Gary Thomas is writer-in-residence (and serves on the teaching team) at Second Baptist Church, Houston, Texas and author of 18 books that have sold over a million copies worldwide and have been translated into a dozen languages. He and his wife Lisa have been married for 30 years.
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Top Customer Reviews
Gary Thomas, in Every Body Matters has something for everybody: whether you are a fitness guru, or regrettably sedentary. He reveals how the physical is connected with the spiritual, emotional, and mental. I honestly went into this book, thinking that I would not get anything out of it (because I am a fitness nut), but I learned some extremely valuable principles. Although I am a healthy, active, 17 year old, I found out new principles that I can hold on to for the rest of my life.
Here is a brief outline of what I picked up from the book, by chapter:
1. "...true grace doesn't kill effort; it motivates and empowers it."
2. The whole man: "..soul and body, mind and heart." "...people whose souls reside in bodies that can hinder or help this [spiritual] pursuit."
3."Your strength will equal your days." "A weak belief produces weak commitment." "Being unhealthy is being selfish. Being healthy is being loving."
4. In this chapter Thomas explains some of the spiritual benefits of being fit: Fitness has spiritual, emotional, and physical benefits.
5. Here, Thomas explains some of the ways food marketers and producers, trick us into unhealthy habits.
6. In this chapter Thomas tackles the big question of, "Is being overweight a sin?" And explains the subtle dangers of gluttony and sloth.
7. The concept of 'trading food for your years' is introduced.
8. "... the lazy man loses this world and the other, without doing any good to himself or others."
9. "Those who avoid suffering by sinning, sin themselves into worse suffering."
10. "...taking the gospel to the body."
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We were puzzled by another review stating that they were bothered by Gary's apparent theological vagueness. As a graduate of Wheaton College (the Harvard of Christian Schools, as we are known) who has studied under great minds such as Gary M. Burdge (Primary Translator for the New Living Translation's Gospel of John and Author of three books in Zondervan's Ancient Context, Ancient Faith series), John Walton (Primary Translator for the New Living Translation's Book of Isaiah and one of the world's leading authorities on Genesis and Prophetic Literature) and Mark A. Noll (Author of Scandal of the Evangelical Mind and the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame) I can say with conviction that Gary's presentation in this book is directly in line with mainstream christian thought, and the theological underpinnings are strong.
Both of us being who were are (as Physicians and as Christians), were are always interested in taking "book" knowledge and applying it on the "front lines" of the battle.Read more ›
Gary Thomas addresses this issue, reminding us that we need to watch our weight and get into shape for reasons other than our physical health.
A person who is physically fit has the stamina necessary to go out and further the work for God's kingdom. Mr. Thomas maintains that you'll have increased sensitivity to God's voice, renewed energy for God's work, a greater joy for living, and a fortified soul better able and more willing to serve and love others.
I am not in the best physical condition, and this book has motivated me to get out and try to do something about that--for the kingdom, as well as for me. I encourage every believer who struggles with food or the unwillingness to exercise to read this book. It's written in a nonjudgmental way, but will remind us that we are created for a purpose and we can better serve this purpose if we are physically fit. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book making it ideal for small groups.
One of the best parts of the book is how Thomas directly or indirectly mentions that exact purpose for our staying in shape in just about every chapter. Chapter 8, THE SILENT MURDERER, on laziness, is perhaps the best in the entire book.
He points out that eating right and getting enough exercise is really a matter of discipleship and obedience. One of the best points he makes is that hunger needs to be listened to, but not always obeyed. (pg.57)
And, as Thomas is fond of doing, he introduces us once again to some of the ancients who offer us wisdom for the 21st century: John Climacus from the 7th century, Johannes Tauler from the 14th century, and Lorenzo Scupoli from the 16th.
Another great resource from a gold medallion writer!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved every bit of it. Gary is so Biblical in the way he addresses this issue. He brings the issue weight forward in s way that honors God and the Church. Read morePublished 14 days ago by L!S_!!!
It was a good read, I think the author needs to stay writing books about relationships.Published 1 month ago by Ricks_Warrior
I liked the basic idea the author was trying to present, but the book is a mixture of terribly inaccurate metaphors and selective presentation of information to present a fairly... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JD
I really enjoyed this book. It opened my eyes to a biblical perspective of maintaining physical health. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
My brother read this book last year and right away recommended it to all of his friends. I bought a copy (cause my brother hardly ever recommends books) and read it right away. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Aidyl
have finished the book but what I have read it is super great information to help spiritual growth.Published 4 months ago by Miss Julie
Gary Thomas is a gifted writer. This book is another example of his God given ability to put into perspective why we should be concerned with how we treat this vessel of the Lord... Read morePublished 4 months ago by R. Briggs
Great motivation. Loved the biblical perspective for getting healthy. Good stories of real people. Inspired me to keep moving forward growing in my faith.Published 6 months ago by Julie L. Morris