Archives For Health

 

A Christian Heart Beating for Health Equity

A Review of

How Neighborhoods Make Us Sick:
Restoring Health and Wellness to our Communities
Veronica Squires / Breanna Lathrop

Paperback: IVP Books, 2019
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Reviewed by Kendra Stanton Lee
 
A nurse practitioner and a non-profit development professional seem an unusual author pairing unless your go-to book is a public health manual. How Neighborhoods Make Us Sick: Restoring Health and Wellness to our Communities is not a manual, per se, though it does offer a variety of definitions and diagnoses for the state of public health in America.

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A Review of 
 

Fat and Faithful: Learning to Love
Our Bodies, Our Neighbors, and Ourselves
J. Nicole Morgan

Paperback: Fortress Press, 2018
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Reviewed by C.S. Boyll

 

Bam! A book gets my attention whenever a writer shows how American culture influences the church more than the church influences culture. J. Nicole Morgan hits this mark in Fat and Faithful: Learning to Love Our Bodies, Our Neighbors, and Ourselves.

Morgan, in her thirties, declares she finally accepts her lifelong fat body as Christ accepts her–totally, all XXXX size of her. She wants the Body of Christ to accept her and others like her at the Table of Grace without body judgment and shaming.

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A Review of
 

Four Gifts:
Seeking Self-Care for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength
April Yamasaki

Paperback: Herald Press, 2018
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Review by Danielle Davey Stulac
 
 
It was the second year of graduate school, and I was four months into a grueling regimen of eight-hour per day reading sessions for which I sacrificed meals, fresh air, exercise, sleep, and friendships. I had grown accustomed to ignoring my body and its basic needs in order to stuff my mind with as much knowledge as possible. But that day, as I finished a lunch break and mounted the stairs of the library for the second half of my daily reading session, I sensed a nudge from God: “go get a massage.” Though my back ached and exhaustion had already set in, I resisted. Surely, I didn’t have time or money for something as frivolous as a massage. After a short wrestle with these thoughts, I decided to do it (having learned from experience the folly of ignoring such nudges). To my surprise, as the masseuse pressed her hands against my tense shoulders, I began to cry—long, heaving sobs. That such a small moment of care elicited tears that woke me up to the self-destructive nature of my attempt to be a disembodied mind for the duration of my exam year. I realized that I could not ignore my body, let alone soul. For my mind to function, I needed my whole self to be well. I needed to live wholeheartedly.

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Running Books

June 6, earlier this week, marked Global Running Day!

Here are our 25 favorite running books… 

Divided into these four genres… 

[ Narratives ]  [ Philosophy ]   
[ Fiction ]   [ Training Guides ] 

Narratives:

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A Review of 

Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything
Anne Bogel

Paperback: Baker Books, 2017
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Reviewed by Sara Sterley

 

I have been a junkie for personality types since I first took a Myers-Briggs assessment, probably at some point in high school. I loved the idea of many of my personality traits – as well as those of my close friends and family – falling into consistent patterns that I could study and learn from. So when I heard about Anne Bogel’s first book, Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything, I was excited about how Bogel (also known as Modern Mrs. Darcy, the much-loved book and lifestyle blog, or MMD, as I affectionately call her) would tackle this subject.

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Well-Being of all People

 
A Review of 

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CCHF
Foreword by John Perkins

Paperback: 3rd Edition, 2016
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Reviewed by C. Christopher Smith
 
 
The Hebrew prophets described the flourishing that God intends for creation as shalom, which we could today translate as health in the deepest and most holistic sense.  And nowhere is the lack of shalom more evident today than some of the most broken and economically-deprived places.  We would do well to work toward to health and shalom of these places.  Indeed, the Christian Community Health Fellowship (CCHF) has been working toward this end for almost 40 years, and they have just released the third edition of their helpful book Upholding the Vision, which articulates why working for the health of our poorer neighbors is vital, Kingdom work.

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

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By Phyllis Tickle

Read an excerpt from this book...

NEXT BOOK >>>>>

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A Feature Review of

The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World
Christina Crook

Paperback: New Society Publishers, 2015.
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Reviewed by Ryan Johnson.

 

The gentle sounds emanating from my smartphone alert me to the fact that it is time for me to wake up. I go ahead and disconnect it from its power source and crawl out of bed. Throughout the day my phone will serve to remind me what meetings I have, emails I need to respond to, and texts that are vying for my attention. On top of that, it will serve as an entertainment source for when I’m bored (or for when I want to procrastinate) and a way to keep in touch with friends through social media. For all of these services it demands only one thing… my unwavering fixation.
 
In her book, The Joy of Missing Out, Christina Crook explores this unwavering fixation that has grown out of the technology boom of the modern era. The compulsive checking of emails and the incessant check-ins on Facebook have become the norm for society. As Christina points out in her book, the very definition of compulsive behavior is an irresistible urge that is often against one’s own wishes. Our phones are within arm’s reach, our inbox remains open on our computers and our latest tweet was only a few minutes ago, yet we find ourselves drained with little desire or ability to interact with others face to face. Ultimately, it is us who have been disconnected from our power source.

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A Brief Review of

24/6: Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life

Matthew Sleeth

Paperback: Tyndale House, 2012.
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Reviewed by Leslie Starasta.

 

Dr. Matthew Sleeth’s newest book 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life is the most recent book on the topic of keeping the Sabbath.  Many books on Sabbath keeping read like a technical manual describing in detail how to keep the Sabbath.  Sleeth differs in his approach by emphasizing the health aspects of keeping the Sabbath, as befits his training as a doctor, in addition to the spiritual benefits.

 

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There’s a number of us here at Englewood Christian Church, who have been thinking recently about churches’ role in nurturing the health of our places (Reading essays like Wendell Berry‘s “Health is Membership” and books like Making Healthy Places, one of our Best Books of 2011). So, we were undoubtedly excited when the review copy of this book arrived in the mail yesterday:

Health, Healing and the Church’s Mission: Biblical Perspectives and Moral Priorities.

Willard Swartley

Paperback: IVP Academic, 2012.
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