This book was an incredible read. The combination of faith and fitness was excellent. We are seeing a whole new movement towards a more holistic approThis book was an incredible read. The combination of faith and fitness was excellent. We are seeing a whole new movement towards a more holistic approach to life across the Christian denominations and this one specifically speaks to Roman Catholics. Though to be honest, any Christian could glean much to be applied to their spiritual and physical disciplines. This short volume has much it can teach us and I highly recommend it.
Sections in the book: How to Use This Book Note from Kevin Vost, Psy. D Chapter I Thou shalt not forget Who gives thee strength Chapter II Thou shalt always give the glory of muscularity to God Chapter III Thou shalt use this time for self-realization and mortification Chapter IV Thou shalt use this time to train to be a warrior for The Queen Mother, Mary, Warrior of all warriors Chapter V shalt use this time to appreciate what masculinity is - truly a gift from The Almighty Chapter VI Thou shalt never use this time for Self-glorification - vanity is deadly Chapter VII Thou shalt pray before, during, and after one lifts Chapter VIII Thou shalt pray that one's strength is useful in the will of God Chapter IX Thou shalt listen for the Whispers of God in this Time of Reflection Chapter X Thou shalt rack the weights when finished - the one true God is a God of order Example Workout Routines Book Recommendations
I think the only thing I would have liked to see is a few 'Thou Shalt Nots' in the list but overall it was an excellent read. I know I will reread it and have already had a few friends read it who loved it. The book concludes with this prayer:
Ode of a Catholic Bodybuilder My body is a temple, Ready for war, I train to stay healthy, To better serve the Lord. My King desires perfection, In mind, body and soul, Through blood, sweat and tears My body will pay the toll. Strength and Honor, Discipline and Prayer, Unworthy of heaven, But my King wishes me there. I will prepare my body, Educate my mind, Through my loving Queen, My soul will thrive. My power will increase, My muscles will grow, Years of enemy temptation, But I will serve God alone.
So read the book to develop your mind, and use the information to strengthen both your physical and spiritual muscles. You will not be disappointed.
This book completely blew me away. It was an amazing read. I think it should be in every church library and on every pastor's desk. It is a wakeup calThis book completely blew me away. It was an amazing read. I think it should be in every church library and on every pastor's desk. It is a wakeup call to all Christians that we are body, mind and spirit and that in order to love and serve God to the best of our abilities we need to be nurturing and looking after all three areas of our life. Back when I was a student involved with Campus Ministries, I heard a talk that stated the human body is a like a car with three gas tanks - one physical, one spiritual and one intellectual and if any of the three run out of gas then the engine will have problems and not run well. This book brings to light the fact that Christianity often focuses only on the two and it is something that is costing us - it costs us in our witness, in our effectiveness and in our possible length of service to Jesus Christ.
This book is a series of examples from Gary's life and from a number of case studies. Another great strength of the book is the variety of examples and sources Gary uses to make his point. However this book is not a diet book, it is not a fitness guide, it is not a 'How to' this book is the theological argument for why we should look after and even work at improving or strengthening the body that God has given us.
This is one of two books I am reading during the Lent season in 2012. It is an amazing little book. It is available in booklet format from the publishThis is one of two books I am reading during the Lent season in 2012. It is an amazing little book. It is available in booklet format from the publisher or in eBook from various vendors for just $0.99. It is only the second week of Lent and already this book has moved me deeply. I find when I wake up each morning I am eager to get to my morning devotions to get to what Amy has written and reflected upon for that day. Some of they are so insightful I find myself going back and rereading them a few times throughout the day. This is a wonderful Lenten reader and I highly recommend it!