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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

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