Are you dizzy with stress, frustration, and worry? All it takes is a few minutes a day to restore your equilibrium! Inspired by memory verses from First Place Bible studies, these encouraging readings from Carole Lewis and other First Place members will help you balance the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of your life so that you can more deeply experience God's peace.
Want to know the secret to living well? It starts with balance. If your life is in balance, you will feel the peace and contentment that God intends for every one of us. Perfect for individual study and gift-giving, "Living Well" is a 365- day devotional designed for anyone seeking inspiration and growth in a daily time of fellowship with God. For just a few minutes a day, readers can set the tone for their day and even for the rest of their lives. Inspired by Scripture memory verses from First Place Bible studies, these encouraging readings focus on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual areas of life. Find out how God can bring change and help you maintain a balanced life.
CAROLE LEWIS is the national director of First Place 4 Health, the Christ-centered health and weight-loss program. A warm, transparent and humorous communicator, Carole is a popular speaker at workshops, seminars and conferences around the country. She is also the author of several popular books, including Stop It!; A Thankful Heart; and Give God a Year, Change Your Life Forever. Carole and her husband, Johnny, have three adult children (one deceased), eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The intent of Living Well: 365 Daily Devotions for a Balanced Life is to serve as a supplemental text to the whole First Place style of living that is advocated by this book's editor and co-author Carole Lewis. That organization helps its clients lose weight, reduce stress, and enhance their relationships with God. To that end, the messages found here are useful to any Christian seeking inspiration and direction.
The book's daily devotions are written by 50 contributors, many of whom are either members of First Place or directors of the organization. This is not to say they are not highly competent. For example, Dr. Sybil Smith is a Ph.D. and a registered nurse; Rev. Jim Clayton is senior pastor of a Baptist church in Tennessee; and June Chapko is the author of the Bible study Making Wise Choices. Having so many different writers from so many different walks of life makes the daily offerings diverse, distinctive, and personal.
Each page is dated so that a reader can begin on any day of the year and use the book for 12 months. First, a passage of Scripture is presented, followed by a concise devotion of not more than 225 words, and then a closing prayer. Additionally, for those who have First Place weight loss journals and prayer books, at the very bottom of each page is a journal entry thought that works as an action item related to the specific theme or topic of that day's devotion.
One word of caution would be that readers will have to get used to the idea that many, many of these devotions are going to focus on weight loss. It can become a bit redundant after awhile, although some are quite clever. For example, Elizabeth Crews writes for the July 29th devotion, called "Staying on Track," that the Apostle Paul admonished Christians in Galatians 5:7 to "run the good race," and sometimes today that might mean not driving by the doughnut shop and not wheeling our shopping carts down the ice cream aisle. I had to chuckle at that analogy, as well as others that were equally clever.
Admittedly, this book is targeted at females, ages 25 - 60, but I found the stories, examples, Bible verses, and words of encouragement applicable to anyone with a desire to serve the Lord more obediently. Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, Christian Book Previews.com
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