Kiser shares her insights about food in this book, combining memoir with teaching. She chased bodily perfection, even as a young teen. She so misused her body she ended up in the hospital. She encourages readers to pursue a healthy view of food and worth. Our worth is found in God, not in what the world says.
I like that Kiser encourages us to embrace imperfection while at the same time pursuing the kind of excellence God desires. She wants us to find our self worth in how God made us. She includes periodic questions for deep thinking and suggests frequent life checks, including soul sleuthing.
Each chapter end includes Bible verses to help renew our minds, a recipe, and a detailed workout. I found it a bit odd that, at the writing of the book, Kiser was not going to the gym but was rather enjoying walks and yoga. It made me wonder why such detailed workouts were included in the book. But then, she is a trainer.
Kiser has given a good account of her struggle with the desire for control and her untimely surrendering to God. This is a good book for people who think they will be happy when they control every calorie they consume, every pound that shows up on the scale, and every curve found on the body. It would be especially encouraging for people battling bulimia and similar eating disorders. She admits hers is an ongoing journey. While she is not in the place of total victory, she does provide many practical ideas for winning each battle.
Food for thought: “To know who we are, we must first know who God is.” (Loc 1088/2245)
You can find many of Kiser's yummy recipes here.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Taylor Kiser is a trainer and nutrition coach and the popular blogger at the site, Food Faith Fitness. She believes in living a life with Christ at the center. Overcoming an eating disorder has led her to believe moderation is the key to health and well being. She and her husband live in Seattle. You can find out more at https://www.foodfaithfitness.com/
Zondervan, 224 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)