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Flex Your Spirit: Discover a new way to express yourself with God through journal writing and stretching (Fit for Faith) Diary – July 3, 2015
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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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She does this in three sections of the book. Chapters 1-3 deal with physical stretching. In Chapters 4-6 Payne talks about spiritual journaling, something she suggests will benefit us spiritually in the same way physical stretches help our body. Chapter 7 & 8 are a review of what we’ve learned and an “Action Plan” of how to fit regular stretches and journaling into our lifestyle.
This book is short—only 24 pages of content. But in that small amount of space Payne manages to say plenty. Her writing is always easy to understand. With efficient simplicity she dispenses information, encouragement, and inspiration. The examples and worksheets she includes show us how to succeed in the “Flex Your Spirit” program.
This little booklet would be an excellent manual for women’s groups, whose goal it is to develop more than just a toned body. It would also be a great addition to any personal library, and a fine companion to that list of New Year’s Resolutions that need reworking every year.
I received Flex Your Spirit as a gift from the author for the purpose of writing a review
Using scripture from I Timothy 4:8, the author lays out the guiding principle behind staying healthy for added energy and for honoring God.
The author lets us know that stretching exercise is not the same as warming up before a series of strenuous exercises, that it’s a good regimen to keep our muscles in shape, especially if we have sedentary work or lifestyles. The benefits of these exercises are numerous and reduce stress and risk of injury.
The book includes reminders to make sure you’re cleared by your doctor to do a physical routine, as well as space to write down personal goals. While the authors offers advice about flexing your muscles, there is no specific exercises to practice. This is a guide for encouragement, not a “how to” book.
The author combines flexing your physical body with your spiritual self. Keeping a journal helps keep us on task by being honest and real, and is a good outlet for our feelings, goals and prayers. There are also write-in spaces for journal-writing goals.
This book discusses losing weight and developing a deeper relationship with God.
It connects physical and spiritual health. Stretching exercise is an example of the first. Journal writing is an example of the second.
I found the following comment particularly meaningful: "When you write in a journal, you are listening for God. God reveals himself to provide solutions or ideas, but most often peace."
As in other books in this series, there are multiple-choice questions to help you test your learning.