Review of “fat and faithful: learning to love our bodies,our neighbors, and ourselves” by J. Nicole Morgan

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This is my review of fat and faithful: learning to love our bodies, our neighbors, and ourselves by J. Nicole Morgan.

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I loved the idea of this book and accepting people for who we are. And I agree with the idea that we should love everyone regardless of their shape, size or ability. I also agree we should demonstrate Christ-like behavior at all times. I also agree the church is full of sinners and none of us are perfect. I believe shape, size, age and other characteristics do not prevent God from loving us. I believe that He desires all to come into a relationship with Him. I agree that our approach and opinions about body image can damage those who do not meet what society indicates a person should look like. I also agree with the idea that body size or shape should not determine what people think of others. There should not be shame or ridicule associated with size. Instead, we should walk alongside one another in love.

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When I read the title of this book and was offered a copy to read for my fair and honest review, I wanted to love the book, However, as a conservative Christian, there were parts I could not agree with at all. I agree with the idea we should show Christ-like love; however, I can’t agree with the idea of loving the sin and the sinner both. Christ demonstrated over and over again that we are supposed to love the person, but not accept or encourage sinful behavior. After all, we see the best example of this with the adulterous woman whom Christ told to go and sin no more. So while I love the concepts of this book, I found it was a little to liberal in some of the theological aspects for me.

So you may want to check this book out for yourself.

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Review of “Survival Guide for the Soul: How to Flourish in a World that Pressures Us to Achieve” by Ken Shigematsu

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*****This post was originally created for and posted on my other blog – Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy.

As a person who loves to read, I enjoy having the opportunity to help authors by being part of their book launch teams.  I recently had the opportunity to participate in the book launch team for Survival Guide for the Soul: How to Flourish Spiritually in a World that Pressures Us to Achieve by Ken Shigematsu.  I have to say this book lived up to my expectations.

Ken Shigematsu is the senior pastor of the Tenth Church in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Prior to entering the ministry, he worked for the Sony Corporation in Tokyo, Japan.  His grueling work schedule at Sony caused him to investigate personal disciplines to help bring order to his life from those of his samurai ancestors to St. Benedict’s rule Christian communities.

Survival Guide for the Soul: How to Flourish Spiritually in a World that Pressures Us to Achieve is Ken’s second book.  His first book, God in My Everything: How an Ancient Rhythm Helps Busy People Enjoy God was published in 2013.  This latest book examines what prevents us from flourishing in our spiritual lives in order to accomplish more in the eyes of society.

I love how he discusses the  Striving Adam versus the Soulful Adam – referring back to Adam of Adam and Eve.  The Striving Adam is that part of us that wants to accomplish more and more.  It is the part of us that is driven to accomplish lofty dreams and ambitions regardless of what it might cost.  The Soulful Adam is that part of us that desires a connection to God and wants to draw closer to Him.

Ken Shigematsu draws on a variety of sources including Scripture, church history, psychology, and neuroscience, as well as a rich variety of stories from his own life in order to demonstrate how the gospel redeems our desires and reorders our lives.

This book is perfect for anyone who desires a closer walk and relationship with God, especially in the midst of the pressures of daily living.

One of my favorite quotes from the book is found on page 49 of the book:

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This book truly captured my attention and kept me focused on the message.  I wanted to read more.  This book truly caused me to think about the ramifications of a driven life versus a life lived at drawing closer to Jesus Christ and God.  The message is clear.  The style is engaging.  The words are powerful.  So if you are looking for a book about how to have a closer relationship with Jesus Christ is the midst of a world that believes power and success in the workplace are more important, this is the book for you.  I definitely recommend you check it out for yourself.

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