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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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