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Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver brought his mini-series, Jamie Oliver?s Food Revolution, to Huntington, West Virginia, ?the fattest city in America.? But long before the small town was on the chef?s radar, one pastor had already begun to pray for Huntington?s spiritual and physical transformation. Winning the Food Fight is pastor Steve Willis? insider look at the divine timing of Jamie Oliver?s visit and a backstage pass to the events that are changing the heart and health of an all- American city. Readers will ...
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver brought his mini-series, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, to Huntington, West Virginia, “the fattest city in America.” But long before the small town was on the chef’s radar, one pastor had already begun to pray for Huntington’s spiritual and physical transformation. Winning the Food Fight is pastor Steve Willis’ insider look at the divine timing of Jamie Oliver’s visit and a backstage pass to the events that are changing the heart and health of an all- American city. Readers will encounter the stories of real people who have made the connection between spiritual wellness and physical health, and be inspired to begin their own journey toward God-honoring transformation using Pastor Steve’s practical, biblical plan.
Foreword Jamie Oliver 9
Round 1 The Call 15
Round 2 Weighed Down 29
Round 3 Does God Really Care? 43
Round 4 A Biblical Plan for Change 61
Round 5 The Man in the Mirror 75
Round 6 There's No Place Like Home 89
Round 7 Our Church Isn't Growing (And We're Happy About It) 107
Round 8 It's Taking a Village 123
Round 9 Back to School 139
Round 10 The Politics of Food 153
Round 11 Life in the Fast(ing) Lane 173
Round 12 It's Not Business; It's Personal 191
Recipes Jamie Oliver 207
Posted September 25, 2012
What amazing insight to what everyone should already know and practice daily. Willis has been given Holy Spirt-inspired tips into taking care of our bodies the way we were intended to do. It is so useful to be reminded of how taking the right steps towards healthy nutrition can give us time back instead of wasting time we do not have. This intriguing, simple read kept me focused on proper nutrition and exercise--even through my second pregnancy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 11, 2012
Last month, I read Winning The Food Fight by Pastor Steve Willis, and I am so thankful for its content.
I am an Emergency Room physician at a local hospital in Huntington, WV. Our hospital is touted for its excellent care in heart disease and strokes. The truth is that our hospital is the busiest in the state of WV. We excel in heart/stroke care because we see it EVERY DAY.
Steve's book has come at a very needed time. Churches and pastors often spend time condemning certain vices in the community, but largely ignore that of gluttony. Instead, some boast about the restaurant buffet lunch that follows a Sunday morning service. Rather than treating our body as a temple of God, we ignore it and abuse it by filling it with literal garbage.
In health care, I occasionally hear those who report, "I don't know what happened. My body fell apart when I hit 50." The truth is our bodies don't just fall apart. Instead, it happens over time. If we don't care for our bodies on a daily basis, we are only asking for an eventual collapse.
I have been personally encouraged to change my own habits of eating and physical activity. One would think that a physician would be the most attentive to his personal wellness, but this is not typically the case. We are often some of the worst offenders, as we fail to practice what we preach. I have been challenged to treat my body as the temple God has created it to be. I am excited to use each day to serve my Savior and I do not want to lessen my potential contributions to the Kingdom. Thank you Steve for your excellent book.
Posted February 28, 2012
The entwining of the practical and physical (food and our lifestyle choices) and the spiritual (our attitude toward God and our reliance on Him) make this one of the best "get healthy" books I have read. It always seems that faith-filled books forget the human side of the equation, that we are people with temptations, who have been taught how to eat incorrectly, who have formed bad habits. And food/health books disregard our spiritual selves. How nice to find authors who recognize the importance of balancing both. I love the anecdotes and the practical advice. It's just icing on the cake that the book is so well written--great advice, presented extremely well. I highly recommend this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 17, 2012
Just finished the last chapter of "Winning the Food Fight" by Pastor Steve Willis. Feel strongly that everyone who holds their faith in God, should read this book. Pastor Steve challenges us to recognize the sin of gluttony...not a popular subject...but if we're to be the hands & feet of Christ to serve the needy and the poor...we need to be an example. Did you know statistics reflect that people of faith have a higher percentage of obesity? Look around our congregation....it's not about pointing fingers, but supporting our fellow brothers and sisters in this physical and spiritual battle. It has 12 Chapters...perfect for a 3 month, weekly Bible Study that will have a powerful effect on the entire church body. Thanks Pastor Steve, for being the vehicle to touch my heart for change!! If you are struggling with your health, embrace Pastor Steve's book...this is not your battle alone? This is a community battle...take a stand, get the book and make a difference where you live as a living legacy for your children's children. I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me!! Phil 4:13Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 9, 2012
Steve Willis' recently released book, Winning the Food Fight, (Regal, 2012) is more than a book about eating right. It's a book about the physical, social, spiritual, political, economic, personal and corporate facets of food. You look at the list of things that Dr. Willis covers and you may think it would be a rather boring read. It isn't. It's full of stories. He shares stories of how Huntington (America's "fattest" city) became a center for increasing health in the Food Revolution. He shares stories about individuals that have had their lives and families changed as they acquire better food and exercise habits. There are plenty of facts and studies that back up Steve's claims. But it's the stories of changed lives and changing communities that are inspiring.
While this book is written by a "preacher," he never becomes preachy. You can see why chef Jamie Oliver found a friend and ally in Steve. Together they call us to a Food Revolution. This book makes the reasons for this revolution accessible to all. The stories make it inspirational so others can join in.
Posted January 9, 2012
Having read many books, viewed lots of programs and heard just about all the reasons why our society has lost control of our food priorities, I have found a fresh, enlightening perspective on this frustrating topic. Steve Willis provides an informational, inspirational and common sense approach to addressing the 'runaway food system' in this county. And he does so in an easy to read manner (Something I find is not always the case in some publications on this subject). The book's first hand stories of real people, dealing with real issues and how they took step by step physical, spiritual and courageous action to retake control, really puts things in perspective. Whether it's calling out big business/the food industry whose interests are usually driven by profit rather than health, or recognizing the champions of the school food movement, this book clearly shows significant research, a love for humanity and a grounded connection to doing 'the right thing.' Thank you Steve Willis for providing a fresh look at a frustrating problem. I believe we can win this fight. One day at a time!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 4, 2012
This is a book about weight loss, but different than anything else I have seen. It is both a 'how to' book, and a true story of what happened in Huntington, WV. It's a good story which makes the book quite readable. At the same time, it's a 'how to book', but not so much a 'how to' diet, but how to stay on the diet; to make your diet a way of life. The author gives you motivation to do so from a spiritual point of view as well as the usual positive/negatives of calorie intake and nutrition. There are practical tips that I hadn't thought of before. So put down the spork, pick up the book, you'll find it very helpful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 1, 2012
As an educator in today¿s society it is vitally important to know the facts about obesity and health issues that face our world today. The decisions that we as adults make shape how we will teach future generations. It is a shame that we have gotten so lazy and lax with our health and I appreciate that ¿Winning the food fight...¿ doesn¿t sweep this issue under the rug. This book is a real-world approach to reality and the steps that need to be taken to fix the problem. Steve Willis places the facts in front of the reader and gives a Godly, and realistic approach on how to make America better. This is a must read for anyone that works with the youth of America. It is a personal challenge to me and I think to anyone who reads it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 24, 2011
It¿s my pleasure to spread the good news of the soon to be released, Winning the Food Fight, by Steve Willis. Since the Huntington Health Revolution began, families are learning the proper use of food and its intended design. Changes are being made to make our bodies stronger and healthier. I believe we are now ready to learn more. Living in the Huntington WV area and being a part of the Huntington Food Revolution, I was offered a press-kit version of the book to read and review. From the preview of this book, I can see that there are ideas and suggestions made that can give us the health and strength that our Creator designed us to have.
There are many people in the Huntington WV area that accepted the challenge to make significant changes in their lifestyles for the benefit of their health. I was one of those people. My medium frame was carrying about 70 extra pounds and I was afraid that I would soon suffer from diabetes if I didn¿t change my habits. I had turned fifty years old and I felt much older. With prayer and anticipation, I began to change the kind of food and the amount of food I ate. My husband and I looked forward to daily walks where we strengthened our bodies and enjoyed the time spent together.
I¿m convinced that God has given us what is needed to fuel our bodies so that we can live the lives He intended us to live for Him. Winning the Food Fight takes a look at food and health from many different perspectives. Pastor Steve¿s concern should be taken serious and personally. I look forward to being able to read the book in its entirety and to continue the progress in my family¿s healthy lifestyle.
Posted August 6, 2011
This is a foundational book for understanding our issues with food. Every individual, mom, dad, church member, pastor, school administrator, even government workers need to read this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.