"At one time or another you've heard the adage, "no pain, no gain." This simple but yet revealing statement brings to mind that without effort you will have no gain or have the end results you hope for. The act of suffering as revealed by Christ in His crucifixion communicates to all humanity the following point: unless we take up our cross and understand the role of redemptive suffering in our lives, we will never truly understand the free gift of grace God has given us through His Son Jesus Christ. In his book The Ten Commandments of Lifting Weights Jared Zimmerer deftly touches upon an area of life not often associated with living a moral virtuous life e.g. lifting weights. Jared clearly articulates to the reader the profound impact weightlifting can have in our lives when applying the basic principles of the Ten Commandments as guideposts to spiritual and physical well-being. This book is a "must read" for every coach, trainer, young man or woman desiring authentic, Catholic Christian principles in a weightlifting environment." - Marlon De La Torre MA, MEd. Director of Catechist Formation and Children's Catechesis, Fort Worth Diocese; Author of Screwtape Teaches the Faith"In a world that is filled with one fitness craze after another and where the temptation to glorify the body is a constant battle for many, it is necessary to have a perspective that sees through the lens of God's truth. The Ten Commandments of Lifting Weights is an excellent resource that raises the bar and challenges the weightlifter to rise above narcissism and selfishness while training for the honor and glory of God. Jared Zimmerer sets a strong benchmark for all those who appreciate fitness of both the body and the soul." - Doug Barry, Founder/Director RADIX; Seen on EWTN's Life on The Rock "When a 6'5," 265 pound Texan gives you some firm suggestions, it's probably a good idea to follow them. When you find those suggestions are also Commandments from God Himself, then all doubt has been removed, and it's time to get down to business. I thank God that he has provided us with such a great big Texan, in the person of Jared Zimmerer, to remind us of God's will for us regarding our own human bodies. As Christians we know that our bodies are good. God created us as ensouled bodies, as miraculous blends of the material and the spiritual..." - from the foreword, written by Kevin Vost; best-selling author of Tending the Temple, Fit for Eternal Life and Memorize the Faith.
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