40 Days to Better Living: Hypertension   -     By: Scott Morris
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Barbour Books / 2011 / Paperback

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Do you have high blood pressure? This book could change your life! Accompanied by biblical encouragement, practical advice, and personal stories, a 7-step model for healthy living---faith, medical, movement, work, emotional, nutrition, and family and friends---will help you bring your hypertension down and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Barbour Books
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 7.50 X 5.25 X 0.25 (inches)
ISBN: 1616262656
ISBN-13: 9781616262655
Series: 40 Days to Better Living

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Millions experience high blood pressure—and 40 Days to Better Living: Hypertension provides clear, manageable steps for you to manage it, through life-changing attitudes and actions. If you’re ready to really live better, select one or more elements of the 7-step Model for Healthy Living—Faith, Medical, Movement, Work, Emotional, Family and Friends, and Nutrition—and follow the 40-day plan to improve your life, just a bit, day by day. With plenty of practical advice, biblical encouragement, and stories of real people who’ve taken the same journey, this book—from the Church Health Center in Memphis, the largest faith-based clinic of its type in the U.S.—may be the most important book you read this year!

Author Bio

Dr. Scott Morris is a family practice physician and ordained United Methodist minister who founded the Church Health Center in Memphis, Tennessee. The center, formed in 1987 to provide quality healthcare for working, uninsured people, has grown to become the largest faith-based clinic of its type in the United States.

Editorial Reviews

I would highly recommend anyone who has to wrestle with the condition of hypertension to go through this journal.  It gives daily guidance on what to do. It gives encouragement by its motivational true life stories and quotations from Scripture. It gives the needed extra push to help one progress from experiencing physical and emotional setbacks to gaining optimal health. 
I am not a person with hypertension, but this journal gave me enough wisdom and encouragement to do what I need to do in order that I can have control over my lifestyle, thus lessening the risk of having hypertension in the future.

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  1. St. Paul, MN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Lowering Your Blood Pressure
    October 4, 2011
    onedesertrose
    St. Paul, MN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Having learned that I now have hypertension, I wanted to find a way to work on it in a sensible way. Now, I'm a ‘type A' personality that wants to get it done yesterday! This book, however, does not get you there yesterday!

    40 Days to Better Living: Hypertension is a book that requires a balance between medications, lifestyle, emotions, family and friends, diet , exercise, stress, nutrition, and most importantly, prayer and meditation on God's goals for healthy living.

    The book holds you accountable, yet doesn't condemn if you fail. In fact, it encourages you from the morning reflection to the evening wrap-up. It sets the tone by taking time to pray and/or meditate and plan some goals for your day. It's divided into six individual weeks, based on six different individuals, in a 40-day journey. Two days are left for reviewing what you did or didn't accomplish, rejoicing in the good changes, and reflecting on your continuing future goals.

    Now you are ready to begin working on a lifestyle of wellness, changing and adding exercises, foods, and eating habits for the better. As we are admonished, "Remember to take time to pray or meditate each day."

    A quick reminder: these six different people came to the Church Health Center for assistance. I don't think this book was necessarily meant to be used without medical supervision. I would look at this book as a work-along with your physician's advice, as each person's health is different. I know my health is way different from the six patients described here in the book, so I would need some guidance and direction.

    This book is not the ‘let's get this done yesterday' book, but it is sensible and useful. As an aside, the photos themselves are stimulating and encouraging as you go through the book, uplifting and edifying you throughout!

    This book was provided by Audra Jennings of The B&B Media Group, Inc., in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was received.
  2. Bridgman, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Seven Step Model for Healthier Living
    October 4, 2011
    richard r blake
    Bridgman, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Dr. Scott Morris helps the reader with practical pointers and Biblical guidelines in a step by step plan for healthier living in the series "40 Days to Better Living." This book subtitled "Hypertension" is especially important in a day when so many are victims of high blood pressure.

    Each day in this 40 day plan includes suggestions in areas of using faith, medical, movement, work, emotional health, nutrition and the importance of family and friends. Each week of the plan introduces a real life person with the story of how their lives have been changed as they applied these principles. I identified with Marcus as I tackled cleaning out the clutter in my life and with Arthur as I reexamined the importance of nutrition in relation to my hypertension.

    I especially enjoyed the inspirational nature of the "Morning Reflection" and the "Evening Wrap Up." The carefully chosen scripture the guided thought for prayer add to the uplifting sense of satisfaction I experienced at the end of another fulfilling and meaningful day.

    "40 Days to Better Living: Hypertension" is an important

    seven step model toward experiencing a healthier lifestyle.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

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  3. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    encouraging daily steps
    September 16, 2011
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Dr. Morris, founder of the Church Health Center, wants you to be healthier. He has created several booklets to help you do so, to improve your life, just a bit, day by day.

    Each of the 40 days of readings begins with a morning reflection. He frequently relates the stories of people who have gone to his Church Health Center and have had positive results.

    Each day also has short readings and practices on faith, medical, movement, work, emotion, family and friends, and nutrition. The daily reading ends with an evening wrap-up including Scripture, encouragement, and a prayer.

    In the faith section, we are encouraged to get a journal and record our faith progress. We are helped to discover our habits, to be joyful, be thankful...

    In the medical area we jot down all our medical concerns, learn to take our pulse, list the medications we take, record our family medical history, recognize the symptoms of stroke and heart attack, quit smoking, drink enough water, determine your BMI, and many more.

    For movement, we are encouraged to get moving, go for a walk, stretch, get more vigorous in our activity, do jumping jacks, dance, exercise while waiting in line, use weights, and more.

    Considering work, we are to journal what we like and dislike about it, use a stress ball, listen to music, prepare healthy lunches, walk during lunch, and more.

    The emotional area is an important aspect of overall wellness. We are encouraged to journal our feelings, practice deep breathing, relax, and sit in the sun are a few of the suggestions.

    We need family and friends and are encouraged to ask for their support, ask one to go along on the journey, journal how they have helped, and more.

    Under nutrition, we are to keep a food journal, develop a healthy shopping list, learn to read food labels, regulate our salt intake, eat some raw vegetables and whole grains, reduce our meet consumption, among others.

    Most of the days center on a specific theme, carried through the seven areas. Topics include motivation, goal setting, first steps, setbacks, habits, triggers, seasons, sound, balance, and endurance are some of them.

    I received an egalley of this book for the purpose of this review.
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