The aim of this book is to help us get on a path to health and wholeness, to renew our whole person, inside and out. It is an eight week journey in which Keeton teaches mostly about our relationship with God and gives a little nutritional information. The idea is for us to develop our own fitness and nutrition plan from the bits of information given.
Keeton lays the foundation of seeking God first. The issue is deeper than food so she spends most of her writing on the spiritual aspect of our lives. She writes about fasting and its benefits. She informs us about nutrition in week three and suggests a detox fast (sugar, white flour, alcohol). Week four addresses activity after another spiritual lesson. The rest of the weeks have a spiritual emphasis.
This is a book for people who are serious about changing their life, both spiritually and physically. Keeton has us starting the program by signing a contract with God. This is serious business and requires a commitment to do the work. Keeton does not give a specific diet nor a prescribed exercise routine so we need to be self starters to make this program effective. Workout videos are available at the Revelation Wellness website.
The material in this book is really nothing new. I have seen it many times before in books for Christians on establishing a healthy lifestyle. I think the strength of this book is the material at the end of each chapter. Questions are included for use by individuals or in a group. A Renew section emphasizes spiritual questions. The Relate questions helps apply the information in the chapter to our daily lives. There is also a success story included. Those aspects of the book would make it a good choice for a small group study.
Keeton quotes a study that says in 2014 it was determined that seventy percent of Americans were overweight. If you are one of them and are ready to make the commitment to renew your spiritual life as a foundation to recreating yourself physically, this book has some information and lots of encouragement to get you on your way. You can find out more about the book and the program at www.revelationwellness.org.
You can read an excerpt here.
Food for thought: “God is less concerned about change in our outer lives than He is about change in our inner lives.” (Loc 3102/3287)
My rating: 3/5 stars.
Alisa Keeton had been a fitness professional for more than twenty-five years when she launched Revelation Wellness, a nonprofit ministry using fitness as a tool to spread the gospel. She and her husband live in Phoenix with their two children.
Tyndale Momentum, 272 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.