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Women of Strength: A Devotional to Improve Spiritual and Physical Health Paperback – January 22, 2013
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**Women of Strength has been combined with Fit for Faith to create a new 60-day Spiritual & Physical Challenge! Join the next challenge for a balanced approach to health and weight loss, while improving your spiritual walk with God. Visit Kimberley Payne's website for more details.
About the Author
Kimberley Payne is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live their life to glorify God. You can visit her website at kimberleypayne.com
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But instead I was encouraged. Ms. Payne gives practical advice on how to get back on track and overcome some of the obstacles that get in the way of all of us - like lack of time, setting realistic goals, and developing a plan of action.
Women of Strength also integrates a spiritual message, recognizing that our outward physical body is a manifestation of our inward beauty. By taking care of all aspects of our nature--heart, mind, soul and limb--we can glorify God and stay on the path of a healthy lifestyle.
I am encouraged to get back on track. Now I realize, by starting and not condemning myself (which is really more painful), I can work toward being a woman of strength and even enjoy the process!
Each devotion is further divided into several parts. In the first, Payne talks frankly about some aspect of her life, relating her everyday experience to her spiritual journey and encouraging us to do the same.
The next section, "Exercise Your Funny Bone," contains cute chucklers like: "The Best Vitamin for a Christian: B1" - (Kindle Location 108).
In "You Asked" she answers a common fitness or exercise question.
"Faith Lift" is a prayer.
In "Reflection" Payne talks about how she's putting her exercise and diet resolves into practice in everyday life--taking into account the season too.
"Top Tip" is a cautionary tip for readers. For example, the tip for the first devotional is to check with your doctor before making significant changes in your physical activity level.
"Bible Truth" is a Bible verse to read and/or memorize.
"Challenge" contains a diet or exercise challenge, e.g. "Drink one less caffeine beverage per day" (KL 125).
And in the final part, "Praise Move," Payne describes a physical exercise readers can try, along with advice on what to avoid when doing it.
I found this a great little devotional for several reasons. For one, Payne's writing style is warm, friendly and easy to understand. She often tells on herself, reassuring us that we're not the only ones that fall off the diet and exercise wagon.
The seasonal aspect of the book gives us an opportunity to see Payne in action throughout the year. Especially in the "Reflection" part, we see how she deals with seasonal challenges like exercising outside in winter, the changing schedule of summer holidays when the whole family is underfoot, and incorporating exercise into days when her children need her attention.
I really like her emphasis on living life in balance, which includes balance in exercise--she encourages a combination of flexibility, strength, and aerobic exercises--balance in eating, balancing the needs of family with personal needs, and balance in not allowing secular demands choke out spiritual life.
I found the "You Asked" sections informative. And though all the "Funny Bone" jokes were amusing, several were really quite hilarious.
This book would be great for personal use. I can also see it being a good resource for a woman's Bible study group in the way it brings up a variety of topics for discussion, deals with seasonal challenges, encourages healthy living, and has a built-in activity (exercise) component.
You'll make fit ladies out of us all yet, Kim!
Payne has divided her devotional book into four sections to reflect the four seasons. She has further divided each season into six sections to include an inspirational devotional, a common health fact and fitness questions, a reflection, a prayer, scripture, top tips, a challenge and an energizing exercise.
She also includes "Exercise Your Funny Bone" with each devotional. For example, "Seven days without prayer makes one weak." We need to laugh each day to exercise our insides too!
This unique, practical, inspirational book reflects the author's quest to help other women improve their spiritual and physical health through the seasons. Get your copy and get healthy, physically and spiritually. I give it a 5-star rating!--Carol Round, author of Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God, and the companion workbook, "The 40-Day Challenge."
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