Start With A Plan- Body & Soul
I recently received Bethany Hamilton’s new book, Body & Soul from Family Christian for a book review. It’s targeted to young girls interested in living a fit and healthy life. It incorporates being spiritual fit with physical fitness. It’s definitely a must-have for teen girls, but I was pleasantly surprised how this book is a great resource for any woman wanting to embark on a healthy living journey.
Bethany Hamilton is the original Soul Surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack. It’s a miracle that she survived the attack at all, but she has since recovered and is back surfing, sharing her story and her guide to living healthy.
Appropriately, the first chapter is about Confidence. Whether you are a 13-year-old middle schooler or a 36-year-old mother of 2 boys (like me), it’s important to have confidence in yourself. Women of all ages struggle with confidence; Bethany explains that being confident in the person God created you to be is the key to becoming healthy. Being healthy starts from within, and when we love ourselves; we want to take care of ourselves by making healthy choices.
This book is actually my favorite fitness related review this year, and I did some fun reviews this year- O2 Fitness and Orangetheory Fitness to name a few. It’s interesting that this fitness review is about a book, yet it’s more than a book- it’s your go-to fitness plan. When you begin a new fitness routine or make a resolution to “be healthy”, you need a plan with detailed instructions. It seems so many of us begin with good intentions to be healthy, go to the gym, exercise, but then something gets in the way- a sick child, a busy time at work, your workout buddy moves. So what do you do when you fall off the healthy lifestyle wagon? Bethany understands when unplanned circumstances arise (i.e. her shark attack), and she encourages you to get back up and begin again. “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up,” James 4:10.
Each chapter is a detailed guide in healthy living from Accepting Your Body to Having An Amazing Outlook. There’s a chapter dedicated to eating healthy (it’s not a diet!), workouts (no gym required), and overcoming challenges for when you hit the wall of discouragement. Once you realize that the book is not a fad diet or the newest exercise craze, Bethany teaches you how to Go the Distance, “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come,” I Timothy 4:8. I love how she gently shows us the importance of feeding our spiritual side too.
The book also includes a section on Clean Green Recipes, Juices & Smoothies along with bright, colorful photos and descriptions plus a daily meal plan and workout schedule. You can also go beyond the book with the free HarperCollins Unbound App. There are icons throughout the book that can be scanned and will display additional information.