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Every Body Matters

Strengthening Your Body to Strengthen Your Soul
Narrated by: Gary Thomas
Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
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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.

©2011 Gary Thomas (P)2011 Zondervan

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-09-15

Wow, what a challenge! Thank you.

This book is awesome! It made me take a good hard look at myself and see that I can't give up, I can't just accept where I am. I can be healthy and honor God and finish the work He has called me to do. Thank you!

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  • AddieCakes
  • 27-09-15

The Necessary Truth...

Loved it. It made me think and also confirmed a lot of what I already felt.

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  • Robinsonswife
  • 02-10-19

Life changing

I needed to hear this ! I will be listening to this book again. It’s that good ! The information inside of this book is very important.

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  • HisQ
  • 17-07-19

A Very Needed Message!

Gary gives a very balanced message to Christians. I've believed that as representatives of Jesus, our lives should be examples of peace, balance and health, in every aspect of life. The use of scripture throughout the book was appreciated and motivational. This motivation encompasses all areas of our earthly journeys to honor God, not limited to our physical bodies.

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  • Dexter Longley
  • 22-01-19

Great read for the true motivation for fitness

The true motivation of physical fitness is to better equipped us to have a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. This book also gives some great spiritually practical outcomes of being healthy.

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  • roxi
  • 21-09-18

Life changing!

Just finished listening to this and I'm about to push play again. So very encouraging, convicting, and inspiring!

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  • G. Hamlin
  • 06-05-18

Encouragement for Self Discipline

This book is enthusiastic encouragement for Christians facing the daily discipline of maintaining their physical body. The last quarter ties this disciplined physical effort to spiritual humility and holiness. It's not a how-to book, it's a why-to exhortation.
Enjoyable listen, recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-17

Great book

great book to hold me to a high physical and spiritual standard. he also helps you believe you can achieve it!

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  • Rochelle Walker
  • 25-04-17

Great motivation for healthy lifestyle

Submitting to the Lordship of Jesus is always a pleasure. I'm so glad He inspired Gary Thomas to write and narrate this book!

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  • Brian brawley
  • 05-03-17

Life changing book!

As a man in my early to mid thirties, former college athlete, father of two, husband and friends to many, I struggle with balancing life, fitness and ministry. At times I would go at working out like crazy, but never for the right reasons. My reasons were more Vain or for relieving stress, never for the reasons Gary described in the book as using my body as a temple for God's work. This book changed my thoughts on working out, eating right and just living a happy, healthy lifestyle. Gary helped me to understand I need a healthy body to do God's work and the longer I am healthy the longer I get to do God's work. Since listening to this book my attitude has changed, I look forward to working out and pushing myself harder, because in those hard moments I find myself talking to God more. This book help define "life in balance" for me. I surprisingly was recommended this book by my doctor after some bad blood work and now I have recommend this book to everyone I know. I hope you give this book a try too.