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.
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About the Author
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 and Houston Theological Seminary in Houston, Texas. He is the author of 19 books, including When to Walk Away, Sacred Pathways, Cherish, Sacred Parenting, the award-winning Authentic Faith, and Sacred Marriage – over one million copies sold. He has a master’s degree from Regent College, where he studied under Dr. J.I. Packer, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in divinity from Western Seminary. Gary has spoken in 49 states and 10 different countries. He has appeared numerous times on various national radio and television programs, including CBN, Focus on the Family and Family Life Today.
Table of Contents
1 Souls of Silver 11
2 Heads without Bodies 27
3 "Your Strength Will Equal Your Days" 39
4 Healthy Humiliation 51
5 It's Not a Fair Fight 65
6 Is Being Overweight a Sin? 75
7 Socially Contagious 91
8 The Silent Murderer 101
9 Let's Get Physical 113
10 Muscular Christianity 123
11 The Three-Hundred-Pound Pastor: Changing the Church Culture 135
12 Stronger Shoulders 147
13 Purely Practical 159
14 Meet My Friend Morty: Our Ongoing Battle against Sin 171
15 The Last Christian 191
Questions for Discussion and Reflection 221