Review: Food, Fitness, and Faith for Women: A 21 Day Journey to a New You, by Freeman-Smith. 239 pages. ($9.99 on Amazon.com or $6.95 on FamilyChristian.com)
This book is a quick and enjoyable read! I would highly recommend it for anyone! If you read one chapter a day, it should take you 5 minutes or less each day. It subscribes to the adage that it takes about 21 days to form a habit. It’s full of practical tips to help you start or continue your journey towards a healthy lifestyle in every aspect of your life, beginning and focusing on biblical truth and principles. Freeman-Smith uses lots of Scripture references from multiple translations for ease of understanding and application. The last few pages of the book contain a suggested “Read the Bible in a Year” plan.
This book is NOT…
- A workout guide
- A meal plan
- Or even a spiritual road map
- And it’s not just for women (in my opinion)
This book IS…
- For Anyone! (would make a great stocking stuffer)
21 chapters, each consisting of…
- Practical tips for emotional, physical, and spiritual health
- Page of Scripture passages
- Page of Motivational quotes
- Page for Journaling with a thought-provoking question at the top
A few of my favorite quotes from the book:
“Healthy living is a journey, not a destination, and that journey requires discipline” (p. 12).
“Food ought to be a refreshment to the body, and not a burden” (St. Bonaventure, quoted on p. 48).
“Regular exercise allows you to build your muscles while you’re clearing your head and lifting your spirits” (p. 59).
“Measure the size of the obstacles against the size of God” (Beth Moore, quoted on p. 68).
“Physical fitness is not the result of a single decision that is made ‘once and for all.’ Physical fitness results from thousands of decisions that are made day after day, week after week, and year after year” (p. 90).
“Remind yourself that on every step of that journey, you have a traveling companion: your Heavenly Father” (p. 95).
“God wants you to get enough rest. The world wants you to burn the candle at both ends. Trust God” (p. 125).
“He does not believe who does not live according to his beliefs” (Thomas Fuller, quoted on p. 151).
“You don’t have to be perfect to be wonderful,” and “If you’re a woman who has become discouraged with your inability to be perfectly fit, remember that when you accepted Christ as your Savior, God accepted you for all eternity. Now it’s your turn to accept yourself” (p. 220).
PS – They have one for men too: