Burdens Do a Body Good: Meeting Life's Challenges with Strength (and Soul)
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Are you dealing with heavy challenges in your life? Here are some "weight-bearing" exercises for a healthy body and soul! Lifestyle coach Howe and orthopedic surgeon Foetisch offer you inspirational wisdom and sound medical tips to help you deal with loss, parenting issues, financial setbacks, illness, and more. A practical guide for contemporary women! 133 pages, softcover from Hendrickson.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 133
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1598564331
ISBN-13: 9781598564334

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Being a woman in today's world means wrestling--physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally--with lots of weighty struggles. Lifestyle mentor Michele Howe and orthopedic surgeon Christopher Foetisch offer a well-rounded "training manual" filled with inspirational insight and practical advice for handling life's toughest battles with inner and outer strength. Thematic chapters begin with Howe's trademark real-life vignettes and essays on personal and situational topics: loss, sorrow, aging, job displacement, divorce, parenting issues, financial setbacks, illness, and more.

Women will identify with the experiences of other women, and how each found and developed the emotional and spiritual strength to meet the challenges she faced. Foetisch then provides practical weight-bearing "exercises" for body and soul health, and information on staying strong and well, no matter your age or circumstances. Valuable take-away action thoughts, meaningful quotations, and concluding Scripture verses complete the "workout."

Women will be delighted and surprised at the recommendations, choices, and options available to them. They'll discover new ways of dealing with old problems and develop the multifaceted fitness they need to fearlessly face all of life's challenges.


Combining inspirational with practical themes, Burdens Do a Body Good by Michelle Howe and Dr. Christopher Foetisch seeks to encourage women to face their challenges and get on with life. Each meditation looks at problems which often wilt the toughest of us: personal life challenges such as anxious uncertainty, exhaustion, deep regret, financial setbacks, divorce and widowhood, aging, setting boundaries, plus many more. All discussions follow a similar plan -- interesting quotes from special people; the author’s intimate thoughts on the subject, drawn from her own and others’ experience; some practical suggestions for relieving the problem, called Weight Bearing Exercises; and a helpful Bible verses. The section titled “Sorrow: Facing Difficult Situations with Courage, Strength, and Fearlessness,” reflects on how unexpected death of a loved one tears at a person. In this section, Howe speaks of the part time and faith plays in healing. The Weight Bearing Exercises include talking with trusted friends, understanding our own limitations, and preparing your inner strength before tragedy strikes. It ends with Psalm 56:8 (NLT), “You have collected all my tears in your bottle.”

More a practical book than a spiritual one, Burdens Do a Body Good is based in Christian thinking and provides some decent food for thought. The ideas are simple, relevant, and of the type that makes you wonder why you hadn’t thought of it yourself. One example is, “Count on it, if something’s worthwhile, worth going after, it will entail some degree of risk.” A book which fits easily in purse or lunch box, Burdens Do a Body Good will adapt to those moments when it is nice to have just a few paragraphs to read. – Donna Eggett, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Susan Titus Osborn
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 13, 2010
    Susan Titus Osborn
    In Burdens Do a Body Good, Michele Howe and Dr. Christopher Foetisch give insights for dealing with life's challenges. Their great advice is not only biblically based but is filled with practical applications for physical and emotional healing. The book is set up in an easy-to-read method with a Takeaway Action Thought, aWeight-Bearing Exercise, and a Scripture Verse at the end of each chapter. Susan Osborn, director of the Christian Communicator Manuscript Critique Service and author of 30 books
  2. Brenda Nixon
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    May 11, 2010
    Brenda Nixon
    I love the quotes opening each chapter. I re-read "Waiting: Choosing Calm over Control" chapter a few times to help me be more graceful and grace-giving when I must wait; was reading it while standing in a long line one afternoon.Howe and Foetisch collaborated to give women a personal yet professional guide on issues that challenge us throughout life. I like the delicate balance of inspiration and investigation, of practical tips with practiced medical input. Each short chapter gives quick nourishment for mind and soul, making this a marvelous gift for any girlfriend.Not every chapter applied to my situation but Id think of those who could relate. As a parent, chapter 18, What We Believe Shouts, was relevant. The only statement I disagree with is, practice makes perfect because practice makes permanent. When Im on stage speaking to parent audiences, especially about discipline, I remind them to practice the discipline technique (or attitude) they want to use on misbehavior; eventually it becomes a habit. Also page 114 about enabling or ennobling our offspring caused me to pause and think. In this chapter on childrearing, the Fact at the end served as a reminder to help me through a difficult situation I soon encountered. I want to invite Michele Howe as my guest on The Parents Plate radio show to share with my listeners more of her effective parenting wisdom.Page 106 on relational stress and silence was insightful. Silence is not defeat. The explanation and value of silence was itself calming and I hope to allow for stillness in my life. I shouldve had my highlighter when I read this book the first time. There were many ideas, sentences, tips, bonuses, body facts, and quotes I remember now but couldnt find when I read through the second time. My mistake. Burdens Do a Body Good is a versatile resource all the way through the many phases of a womans life.Brenda Nixon, M.A.Parenting Speaker/Author/Host of The Parents Plate radio show
  3. Judy Roberts
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 11, 2010
    Judy Roberts
    Relevant, Practical, Inspirational Howe has a gift for making connections, whether by introducing readers who are grappling with particular issues to others who share their struggles, or by establishing the link between womens bodies and their emotions. She applies this beautifully in Burdens Do a Body Good, written with orthopedic surgeon Christopher Foetisch. Howe provides the life situations she is so adept at collecting and relating along with the insightful spiritual lessons she gleans from them and Foetisch adds holistic suggestions for weight-bearing exercises. Their team approach makes for a sound, readable book that women of all ages and backgrounds will find relevant. If youre wrestling with something as minor as having to wait for a doctors appointment or a big-ticket item like a financial setback, Howe and her co-author have it covered with a well-thought-out approach that gives a fresh perspective and just the right dose of encouragement.
  4. Jennifer Bright Reich
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 24, 2010
    Jennifer Bright Reich
    A Book for All WomenBurdens Do a Body Good is a beautifully written book for women facing challenges, which makes it in fact a book for all women. Michele Howe and Dr. Christopher A. Foetisch have combined their strengths, wisdom, and experience to create a book that offers the best of mind-body medicine. Interwoven throughout this book, youll discover both the lessons of the soul and the knowledge of orthopedics. In this book, one plus one doesnt equal two, but rather ten or more. Perhaps the most insightful feature in this book is the aptly named Weight-Bearing Exercise sections. These sections offer simple, actionable advice that will help women facing lifes most difficult demands. Like a cozy blanket on a cold night, this book will comfort readers facing lifes challenges and give them the strength and the tools to continue on.
  5. Jill Faul
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 11, 2010
    Jill Faul
    Reading this book makes me reflect on how we can make positive deposits into our personal character or negative withdrawals that leave us bankrupt. It's our choicewe are building a life-long character account. I don't think this is a book that you read and then "you are finished". It's a book you'll want to pick up, and reflect on as you experience life.
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