The New You: A Guide to Better Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Wellness

The New You: A Guide to Better Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Wellness


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How many of us are living up to our full, God-given potential? What's holding us back—and how can we overcome it?

These are the questions Nelson Searcy and Jennifer Dykes Henson want us to ask—and answer—with the help of The New You. With energy and enthusiasm, the authors take a holistic view of health that encompasses the physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental areas of our lives, giving us proven, systematic ways to dramatically improve each. Readers come away with specific strategies to

- lose weight
- get more sleep
- lower stress
- nurture better relationships
- connect with God
- and much more

Anyone who wants to trade in the frustration of average living and less-than health for the hallmarks of the new life God promises will find The New You an effective personal guide for the journey.


"People are looking for the big miracle or the one secret solution or the one answer to solve all their problems. This exciting book focuses on small steps . . . many small steps . . . to transform your life."—Elmer L. Towns, cofounder and vice president, Liberty University

"Are you tired, worn down, discouraged, and longing for a vibrant life—a new you? Then this book is the prescription you need. Nelson Searcy and Jennifer Dykes Henson have compiled a simple, yet comprehensive, list of biblical principles anchored in scientific fact that when applied energizes the tired, rejuvenates the worn down, and invigorates the discouraged. Because of God's design for life, if you do what this book teaches, you cannot avoid a healthier and happier life."—Timothy R. Jennings, MD, DFAPA, psychiatrist and author of The Aging Brain and The God-Shaped Brain

"The New You is like a handbook for life. The content is clear, concise, and compelling. And Nelson and Jennifer write in a style that is straightforward, biblical, and highly practical. Your life will be better if you read and do what this book says."—Lance Witt, founder, Replenish Ministries

"Having no vision for your life should be alarming. However, having a big vision with no plan is senseless. This book will help you cultivate both! I love what Nelson and Jennifer have done because they've made complicated concepts incredibly approachable. You're going to want to keep this book near you for the rest of your life."—Clay Scroggins, lead pastor, North Point Community Church

"The New You proves a timely book, as Christians are recognizing in increasing number the call to offer our bodies as living sacrifices (Rom. 12:1)."—Matthew C. Easter, assistant professor of Bible, Missouri Baptist University

"The best book in a long time about how to balance spiritual and physical health! Searcy and Henson give an easy-to-follow plan for improving health while growing your spiritual life. Keep this book on your nightstand, in your car, or in your bag to consult it often and learn how physical health and spiritual growth were intended to work together."—Bob Whitesel, DMin PhD, award-winning author of 13 books, coach, consultant, and speaker on church health and growth at

"Progress, not perfection! This approach to life keeps me sane and moving in the right direction. It is also what makes The New You such a valuable tool for making the most of your wellness. Read and apply this book and your total person will be transformed!"—Steve Reynolds, pastor of Capital Baptist Church in Annandale, Virginia, and author of Bod4God: Twelve Weeks to Lasting Weight Loss

"A refreshing and eye-opening read. Their practical and frank confrontation of the questions and unhealthy habits we often have encourages truthful reflection on how we serve as ministers and Christians. This is balanced brilliantly with the small steps to change, which provide motivation and are nonthreatening for persons who can become overwhelmed by just thinking about getting healthy."—Dwight Fletcher, founder and senior pastor, Transformed Life Church, Kingston, Jamaica

"I was not a healthy pastor. I was overweight, out of shape, stressed out, and headed for an early grave. Two years ago, I finally decided to put into practice the principles that Nelson shares in this new book, the same principles that he has been living and sharing with me through coaching. Nelson is right, it really is the small things, done consistently over time, that make a huge impact in every area of life. In the past two years I've lost over eighty-five pounds and kept it off. I have more energy than I've ever had and I'm healthier than I've ever been. I cannot wait to share this book with you! You really are one small step away from a brand new you!"—Pastor Chris Rollins, Coastal Community Church, Charleston, South Carolina

"Nelson has been my friend and role model for ministry for nearly thirty years. I have witnessed him excel in every area of life from school to family life to church leadership. The principles that have helped him to be a good friend, husband, father, and pastor are shared in The New You in order to take you from an average life to an abundant life!"—Michael A. Jordan, pastor, Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Axton, Virginia

"In The New You, Nelson and Jennifer not only give the reader a checkup but they also give strategies for improving the most important areas of life. If you desire greater energy, clearer thinking, and spiritual vitality, this is the book for you."—Brian Moore, lead pastor, Crosspointe Church Anaheim

"This book will strengthen your life, regardless of your faith. You will walk away stronger mentally, spiritually, physically, and emotionally. From the first chapter to the last, you will find big and small ideas you can use now. Don't wait, buy this book now."—Jimmy Britt, lead pastor, Rocky River Church, Charlotte, North Carolina

"Nelson and Jennifer have done it again! Having known Nelson for over a decade, I have personally benefited from the teachings in this book. I recommend this book to everyone! And I think it would be a great book for small group study too."—Dr. Rick Mandl, senior pastor, Eagle Rock Baptist Church, Los Angeles, California

"The New You is actually about reclaiming YOU! The YOU God envisioned . . . the YOU God created . . . the YOU God loves. In addition to physical health, Nelson and Jennifer delve into the spiritual, emotional, and mental dimensions of what makes for a healthy YOU. And that's where The New You really shines. Their holistic approach to your health provides insights galore and, at the end of each chapter, simple and specific strategies to help YOU reclaim more of what God intended for YOU all along!"—Pastor Kent Wilson, creator of 9Minutes2Fit workout program, certified functional aging specialist, and assistant to the bishop in the Northwestern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

"Wholeness and healing are at the top of God's priority list. By clearly explaining the biblical principles that point to full health, the authors make human wholeness not only understandable but, through a series of small steps, doable."—Stan Pegram, lead pastor, BMZ Regional Church

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801093302
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2019
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Nelson Searcy is the founding and lead pastor of The Journey Church. He is the bestselling author of many books, including The Generosity Ladder, Maximize, Connect, Ignite, and Launch. He is the founder of and the Renegade Pastors Network. Searcy lives with his wife and son in Boca Raton, Florida.

Jennifer Dykes Henson
is a writer, wife, and mom to two young girls. She has coauthored several bestselling books, including The Generosity Ladder and Tongue Pierced. Previously, Jennifer worked with Dr. Charles Stanley as the marketing communications manager for In Touch Ministries. She lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction 13

Part 1 Small Steps to the New You

1 Whose You Arc: Opening Up with God about Your Health 23

2 Drop the Excuses: Shifting Focus from Difficulties to Benefits 28

3 Small Steps: A Simple Process for Becoming the New You 34

Part 2 Small Steps to Better Physical Health

4 Your Secret Sin: The Spiritual Impact of What You Put in Your Mouth 45

5 Eating for Life: Three Small Shifts in Your Diet That Will Make a Big Difference 51

6 Avoiding Common Obstacles: How to Get Ahead of What Could Hold You Back 61

7 Drink Up: Water, Weight Loss, and How Much You Need 68

8 Made to Move: The Easy Exercise That Will Change Your Life 74

Part 3 Small Steps to Better Spiritual Health

9 Living the Fully Engaged Life' How to Assess Your Spiritual Health 83

10 Getting Connected: Four Ways Church Can Help You Become Your Healthiest Self 92

11 Finding Good Friends: The Health Benefits of Doing Life with Others 99

12 The Power of Serving: Seven Ways to Change, the World 109

Part 4 Small Steps to Better Emotional Health

13 Managing Your Emotions: What Is Emotional Health and How Do You Preserve It? 119

14 Energy in Motion: Practices for Increasing Your Productivity, Resilience, Focus, and Endurance 128

15 Defeating the Deadliest Emotion: The Necessity of Rooting Out Bitterness 136

16 The Sleep Connection: Why Sleep Is Vitally Important and How to Get More of It 148

Part 5 Small Steps to Better Mental Health

17 Sidestepping Stress: Practical Steps to Lower Your Anxiety 161

18 The Voice in Your Head: How Choosing the Right Thoughts Can Change Your Life 171

19 Renewing Your Mind: The Powerful Effects of Prayer and How to Do It 187

Conclusion 202

The Small Steps Challenge 211

Notes 217

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