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Fit for Prayer: Learn how to fit prayer and physical activity into your daily routine (Fit for Faith) Paperback – July 1, 2015
About the Author
Kimberley Payne is the author of Fit for Faith – a 7-week program to improve spiritual and physical health and is a motivational speaker offering workshops and online courses based on her book. She hopes to inspire women to live happier, healthier lives that glorify God. Kimberley is happily married and lives with her husband in a village east of Toronto, Canada where she hikes and bikes. Visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com
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Top Customer Reviews
Taking Scripture from I Corinthians 3:16, the author reminds us that our bodies are the Lord’s temple in which His Spirit dwells. As with her books in the Fit for Faith series, we are shown what both exercise and prayer are and what they are not, as well as the benefits of both.
Exercise is not difficult, painful, or something that must involve going to a gym. Benefits include maintaining a healthy weight and uplifted mood. A series of strategies such as take time in small chunks, have fun, track your progress, and team up with friends or family may breathe new life into your routine. The books in this Fit for Faith series are also workbooks and have space for goal-setting and managing accomplishments. A list of many different types of exercises is included along with ideas for being specific about your goals.
Building your prayer life is like strength-training for your spirit.
From Philippians 4:6 we are reminded that setting our prayers before God results in a transcending peace. Prayer is not a one-time emergency call-out or something for spiritually mature folks who only talk to God in church. The author tells us that prayer is spending time both talking and listening to God, and a time of physical and emotional rest.
I have followed several types of acronyms for prayer, but the author introduces a new one to me: PATH – praise, admit, thank, help – to remind readers to be balanced in our time with God.
As with all the books in this series, there is a worksheet for reflection and personal goal-setting, lots of encouragement, and some great ideas for an action plan that works for each reader.
The book is divided into three sections. Chapters 1-3 talk about exercising our bodies. Chapters 4-6 deal with prayer. Chapters 7-8 are a self-test and action stops to take to incorporate exercise and prayer into daily life.
Though short (only 36 pages of content) in Fit for Prayer, Payne manages to deliver an inspirational and practical manual designed to help readers cultivate physical and spiritual health simultaneously.
This book would be useful for women’s groups and individuals. I expect I will be consulting my copy again in the soon-upon-us resolution making time of the year.
I received Fit for Prayer as a gift from the author for the purpose of writing a review
This book is about prayer, physical exercise, and the connections between them. I found helpful the author's categorization of exercise as either cardiovascular activity or strength training. She gives examples of each and presents suggestions for making fitness a family activity.
New to me was the Talk Test, used to monitor the intensity of exercise. Apparently a person should always be able to hold a conversation while exercising, talking in at least two- to three-word phrases.
I found particularly meaningful the following comments about prayer:
-"When you pray, God hears you and fills you with the power to do things you never thought you could do."
-"Nothing is too big or too small to bring to God."
As in other books in this series, there are multiple-choice questions to help you test your learning.