Book Review: “Every Body Matters” by Gary Thomas

“All the proper doctrine in the world can’t save us from eating away our sensitivity to God’s presence or throwing away years of potential ministry if we wreck our heart’s physical home.”

Misty has started to use my Kindle and while looking at books one evening she ran across this one. As she started to read it she became pretty excited about what she was learning. As she started to share some of what she was reading I was pretty interested and ended up putting some other books aside so that I could read it.

Gary talks a lot about his own personal struggles with food and over eating and that is one things that makes this book such a winner. He admits that he runs a little more so that he can eat a little more of the things he likes that are not good for him. That describes me pretty well also.

The whole idea of the book is that God created us with perfect bodies that work well when treated well and fed well. It is when we eat the wrong things, which is almost everything with processed foods being the norm today. However, there are ways we can combat the wrong foods. They are exercise and eating well, not overeating and not always going for the easy foods.

This book has encouraged me to do a “Biggest Loser” in our church and preach a series of messages on the concepts of Biblical eating and care of our bodies. I can’t wait.

I would give this book 5 stars out of 5.


Here are a few great quotes from the book.

“God gave us souls — and bodies to go with them. To be fully alive, fully human, fully the people God created us to be, we have to care for our bodies, discipline them, and make them our servants in our service to God.”

“Staying in shape require a lot of work and even regular pain, not being in shape requires its own pains and labors.”

“Protecting your health is the same thing as protecting the vehicle through which God wants to change the world.”

“Sin can lead us to become overweight, but being overweight is not, in and of itself, a sin.”



One comment on “Book Review: “Every Body Matters” by Gary Thomas

  1. January 20, 2012 Misty

    This book convicted me of being down right lazy when it came to exercise! If I want to feel better, than I have to do the things that will make me feel better-eating right and exercising! I may not have a weight problem, but I am still out of shape. So, I have started doing a cardiovascular work-out and trying to walk when I can. I am excited to see how much better I am going to feel! And as Gary talks about in the book, physical health and spiritual health go hand in hand. To be the best God wants me to be, than I have to take care of myself!


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