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Total Temple MakeoverHow to Turn Your Body into a Temple You Can Rejoice In
By Greg Jantz
Howard BooksCopyright © 2004 Greg Jantz
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Kale's Story -- And Yours
Sundays were always my favorite day of the week. We would go to church and sit together as a family - four generations of us. We had been one of the founding families of that church. Dad and Grandpa had helped to lay the stones, build the walls, and even shingle the roof. It was a place where God's family met together - a place where we all felt we belonged.
Sundays were always my favorite day of the week. We would go to
church and sit together as a family - four generations of us. We had
been one of the founding families of that church. Dad and
Grandpa had helped to lay the stones, build the walls, and even
shingle the roof. It was a place where God's family met together -
a place where we all felt we belonged.
After church we would gather at my grandparents' farmhouse for dinner. The smells that came from that kitchen! Thick, juicy ham, mashed potatoes covered with gravy, delicious homemade rolls and hand-churned butter, fresh vegetables from the garden - it all seemed to flow from that kitchen like a bounty from heaven itself. We would eat until we were stuffed, with more than one man in the family having to loosen his belt in recognition of the wonderful meal.
for dinner. The smells that came from that kitchen! Thick, juicy
ham, mashed potatoes covered with gravy, delicious homemade
rolls and hand-churned butter, fresh vegetables from the garden - it
all seemed to flow from that kitchen like a bounty from heaven itself.
We would eat until we were stuffed, with more than one man in the
family having to loosen his belt in recognition of the wonderful meal.
Afterward we would gather in the living room. Most of the men would nap; the women would meet at the piano to sing favorite hymns. It was the one day we all seemed like family. No one yelled. No one was angry. And no one called me fat.
Afterward we would gather in the living room. Most of the men
would nap; the women would meet at the piano to sing favorite
hymns. It was the one day we all seemed like family.
No one yelled. No one was angry.
And no one called me fat.
Since you are reading this book, it's a fairassumption that you
have three things in common with Kale and most other readers:
- You strive to follow a Christian life.
- You struggle with a weight issue.
- You feel guilty.
After all, why should you as a Christian struggle with weight
issues? Does your struggle mean you're not “spiritual” enough?
Shouldn't the self-discipline that comes with following and obeying
God equip you to say no to a hot fudge sundae? If you're such a great
Christian, why aren't you a thin Christian?
Part of the answer, of course, is that as hard as we try, none of us
are “great” Christians. We are striving, falling, groping, stumbling-inthe-
dark Christians who need God's assistance on a day-to-day - even
a moment-by-moment - level. We have our periods of successes . . .
and our times of failure. Our very human nature, thanks to Adam and
Eve way back in the Garden, ensures that we're imperfect. And that
lack of perfection manifests itself in a variety of ways - including our
Another part of the answer is that we tend to associate God only
with the intangible things, the spiritual aspect of our lives. We think,
whether on a conscious or subconscious level: “God is somebody we
talk to on Sunday; He isn't around when I'm standing in the mall
choosing between a fat-free pretzel and a hot fudge sundae. He is worried
about my soul, not my cholesterol count. Right?”
Wrong. God, who created us, cares about all aspects of our
lives - spiritual, mental, and physical. Yet we do not seem to seek
His guidance as we make choices about how we treat our bodies.
We treat our physical health as less important than our mental and
But God Himself calls our bodies His temple and makes it clear
that He wants us to take care of them: “Do you not know that your
body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have
received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a
price. Therefore honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
Your body is the only “house” you have all the years you are on this
earth. It isn't until we are taken to heaven and transformed that we
receive a different sort of house. So why not make the body you have
right now the absolute healthiest body possible?
Almost all of us would like to have a healthier body.
The trouble comes when we try to do something about it. We get
frustrated and think, “I've tried everything, and nothing works. If God
wants me to be healthy, then why doesn't He help? Why isn't losing
weight, balancing my food intake, and exercising easier?”
The Total Temple Makeover is designed to make it easier. It's a
twelve-week program for real people who are struggling with weight
issues. In three months not only can you transform your body into a
healthier temple, you can change your lifestyle and thinking - the
only way to insure that your weight loss is permanent.
Over the last twenty years, after helping thousands at The Center
for Counseling and Health Resources in Seattle, I've found that quick
fixes always lead to disappointment and pain. I'm more convinced
than ever that treating the whole person is the only approach that
gives whole health. No matter how many times you've tried (and I've
worked with people who've been overweight most of their lives), I
want you to know that there is hope. Really.
But it isn't enough to be at a healthy weight; you have to learn to
live at a healthy weight.
Is this doable? Yes! Many have undertaken this program and succeeded.
Each of them stepped out in faith, hoping for success, yet
fearful of another failure.
Take Karen, for example. Her entire being seemed to revolve
around her three children's needs. She desperately wanted to be thinner,
but the pounds continued to creep onto her five-foot-four-inch
frame. Always considered “chunky” as a child, Karen was, as an adult,
fast approaching obese. After a particularly difficult shopping trip
where she couldn't find any clothes to fit her, Karen realized she just
had to lose weight. She wanted a fast-track diet. Instead, the Center
helped her focus on health, rather than weight; on long-term, rather
than on short-term; on nutrition, rather than calories. Today Karen
has returned to a healthy weight. She no longer is obsessed with being
thin but has learned to appreciate her body - not as a physical representation
of who she is but as the temple given to her by God to serve
Him and her family. She's healthy, she's happy, and she's free from
bondage to her flesh.
When Mike started on the program, his concern wasn't his weight.
It was his health. The report from his annual physical was sobering.
“If you don't do something different, you're headed for serious health
problems,” this forty-three-year-old was told. It came as a bit of a
shock to Mike that something he thought was OK needed “fixing.” It
didn't help that he really didn't want to do anything different; Mike
was content with his life and his habits. So he fought the doctor's
advice. One day, however, he realized that his struggle with weight
was simply a mirror of an ongoing spiritual struggle. When Mike was
able to frame his weight problem as a spiritual battle, he was able to
surrender his weight to God's sovereignty. Now day by day Mike is
winning by giving the battle over to the Lord.
Like Karen and Mike, you have to come to a personal decision to
allow God to take over your battle with weight and make the temple
He has blessed you with the healthiest one possible. This requires a
change in focus, awareness, priorities, and trust. Can you give yourself
three months? Can you dedicate yourself to health for the next
This book is divided into twelve chapters, to fit the twelve weeks
of this program. Each chapter has seven sections:
- Thoughts for Food
- What You Eat
- The Journey Journal
- Make It Real
- A Voice along the Path
You can choose to read the chapter in one sitting once a week or you
can read one section each day of the week, depending on your schedule,
temperament, and preference. Either way is fine. Along the way
you'll find practical advice, encouragement, specific tips to help you
understand what you're eating (and why), and exercises (don't groan
yet -- they're not as bad as you think!). You'll also get a sneak peek at
the thoughts of Kale, a person who is also walking through the program.
Are you ready for a healthier body? The time to start is now.
Let's do it -- together!
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