Every Body Matters : Strengthening Your Body to Strengthen Your Soul

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  • Copyright: 2011-11-15
  • Publisher: Zondervan
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Few pastors or Christian writers have dared to approach the subject of how proper eating and an active lifestyle can affect how we serve God. Author Gary Thomas does just that. And he reaches all the way back to the apostle Paul, who wrote that we need to prime our bodies to become, 'an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.' To illustrate the body/soul correlation, Thomas presents engaging and diverse stories that include a young mom who got fit through volleyball and reaped spiritual rewards in her marriage, a 300-pound pastor who realized his obesity was eroding his ministry impact, and a woman who gained the spiritual strength to survive a contentious divorce by training for a marathon. In every instance, Thomas makes a direct connection between the physical challenge and its spiritual consequence.This book is a must read for anyone seeking new and compelling motivation for strengthening their bodies and fortifying their souls.

Author Biography

Gary Thomas is a writer in residence at Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas and an adjunct faculty member teaching on spiritual formation at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of several books, including Sacred Marriage, Sacred Pathways, Pure Pleasure, Sacred Parenting, and the Gold Medallion Award-winning Authentic Faith.

Table of Contents

Souls of Silverp. 11
Heads without Bodiesp. 27
"Your Strength Will Equal Your Days"p. 39
Healthy Humiliationp. 51
It's Not a Fair Fightp. 65
Is Being Overweight a Sin?p. 75
Socially Contagiousp. 91
The Silent Murdererp. 101
Let's Get Physicalp. 113
Muscular Christianityp. 123
The Three-Hundred-Pound Pastor: Changing the Church Culturep. 135
Stronger Shouldersp. 147
Purely Practicalp. 159
Meet My Friend Morty: Our Ongoing Battle against Sinp. 171
The Last Christianp. 191
Epiloguep. 203
Acknowledgmentsp. 209
Notesp. 211
Questions for Discussion and Reflectionp. 221
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