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Prayfit: Your Guide to A Healthy Body and A Stronger Faith in 28 Days Hardcover – December 6, 2010
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Each day contains seven components, Faith (the daily reading and devotion), Pastors Point (which are personal reflection questions based on the devotion), Today's Prayer, Walking with Him (a spiritual exercise for the day), the Workout, Firm Believer (a fitness tip) and Food Byte (nutritional info). There are also recipes thrown in once a week. In the back of the book you'll find a breakdown of the exercises, menu options, a sample menu week, PrayFit nutrition basics and a few essays. The book actually contains two 28 day programs.
Starting with the "Faith" portion, I was pleasantly surprised to see how much emphasis was placed on the spiritual side. I somewhat expected the book to be mostly about fitness with a little 'faith' thrown in for good measure, after all, it's written by an Exercise Physiologist. But there is equal attention given to one's spiritual health. I particularly liked the follow-up questions (Pastor's Point), because as someone who enjoys fitness I can easily 'read' the devotional just to get it done to get to the 'important part.' The Pastor's Point forced me to slow down and really reflect on what I had just read. And what I found is, the questions will do me a load of good if I force myself to answer them, not just read them and move on.Read more ›
Each of the days is a wonderful encouragement to give the Lord your best in every area of your life. The body resistance exercises are doable...push to failure and then the next day push further.
One of the most innovative elements of the book is the ability to have Jimmy Pena, trainer to Mario Lopez. LL Cool J and others, train you for the price of the book! You can access training videos through a web link. What a great idea! Exercise done right; life done right.
Buy this book...you will change...spirt, soul and body.
My grumble is that I don't always feel the order of exercises and the number of rounds are explained well. You go from two exercises with one round the first week to seven exercises and four rounds the fourth week. That's a big leap! Because I'm in decent shape doing some of these to exhaustion requires a lot of time, especially the body squats (sometimes over four minutes of this for each round) and it gets kind of mental.Read more ›
I am thankful that this book is not about conforming to the world's standards of weight loss but is focused on a whole person experience of fitness. Each day has four sections: 1. The Exercise: daily scripture readings with a study to help you dig deeper into scripture, 2. Pastor's Point: a few questions that make the reader think more in depth about the scripture passages, 3. Walking with Him: This is the spiritual exercise designed to help the reader develop a closer walk with the Lord, 4. Journal space for your thoughts on the passages and bible study. This is all followed by the fitness part.
I have greatly enjoyed the bible study part! However, the exercise was a bit intimidating to me. I am not physically fit at all. So when day one opened with an inclined push up my mouth dropped open! I did it though, and intend to keep trying to do more (I don't think 3 is a great number to start at, but three is good for someone who has had no previous exercise regimen other than chasing after toddlers all day. I do not think this book is discouraging in anyway. Rather it creates in the reader a desire to seek physical fitness as well as spiritual fitness.
In fact I found that the main emphasis is on the spiritual fitness, with the follow-up being the physical.
Thank you Gospel Light for this review copy.
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Jimmy Pena hits it out of teh park again, great stories and scripture references intertwined with a physical program that anyone can do anywherePublished 5 days ago by PjcostaBgrt
Exercise yourself spiritually and physically with this books of daily devotionals. Includes Scripture verses, daily exercises you can do at home or anywhere, tips on eating food... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Heidi
Very good book that I needed for a class. It is more for the person that wants to an Olympian.Published 20 months ago by George02
Awesome book! Everyone should read this, it is important to realize that the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual are all important parts of our being.Published 23 months ago by Cq