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The Life of the Body

Physical Well-being and Spiritual Formation

by Valerie E. Hess, Lane M. Arnold

What does exercise have to do with our souls?

How do our sleeping habits relate to being conformed to the likeness of Christ?

What do our bodies have to do with spiritual formation?

Valerie Hess has taken up these questions with her spiritual formation graduate students. And Lane Arnold has processed them with others as a spiritual director. They have discovered that the life of our bodies has quite a bit to do with the life of our souls.

Together they have written a book that helps readers explore:

choices about what we eat

worshiping with our bodies

seasons of life for body and soul

caring for the planet

and more...

Each chapter has reflection questions and creative exercises to help you engage body and soul with these themes. This is not just a book to read. It's an invitation to a new way of experiencing God.

Rejecting the body-soul dualism to which Christians have often succumbed, authors Valerie Hess and Lane Arnold reflect on the many ways fitness, nutrition, and other aspects of bodily care can aid or impede a relationship with God
Matt Reynolds, Christianity Today