You never know when I might play a wild card on you!
Today's Wild Card author is:
and the book:
Barbour Books (September 1, 2011)***Special thanks to Audra Jennings, Senior Media Specialist, The B&B Media Group for sending me a review copy.***
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
From the time Scott Morris was just a teenager, he knew he would do two things with his future—serve God and work with people. Growing up in Atlanta, he felt drawn to the Church and at the same time drawn to help others, even from a very young age. It was naturally intrinsic, then, that after completing his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia he went on to receive his M.Div. from Yale University and finally his M.D. at Emory University in 1983.
After completing his residency in family practice, Morris arrived in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1986 without knowing a soul, but determined to begin a health care ministry for the working poor. He promptly knocked on the doors of St. John’s Methodist Church and Methodist Hospital in Memphis inviting them to help, and then found an old house to refurbish and renovate. By the next year, the Church Health Center opened with one doctor—Dr. Scott Morris—and one nurse. They saw twelve patients the first day and Morris began living his mission to reclaim the Church’s biblical commitment to care for our bodies and spirits.
From the beginning, Morris saw each and every patient as a whole person, knowing that without giving careful attention to both the body and soul the person would not be truly well. So nine years after opening the Church Health Center, he opened its Hope & Healing Wellness Center. Today the Church Health Center has grown to become the largest faith-based clinic in the country of its type having cared for 60,000 patients of record without relying on government funding. The clinic handles more than 36,000 patient visits a year while the wellness center, which moved to its current 80,000-square-foot location on Union Avenue in 2000, serves more than 120,000 member visits each year. Fees are charged on a sliding scale based on income.
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SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:
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!
The 40 Days to Better Living series offers clear, manageable steps to life-changing attitudes and actions in a context of understanding and grace for all people at all points on the journey to optimal health. With plenty of practical advice, spiritual encouragement, and real stories of those who have found a better life, this simple and skillfully crafted book inspires readers to customize their own path to wellness by using the 7-Step Model for Healthy Living as a guide:
- Nutrition: pursuing smarter food choices and eating habits
- Friends and family: giving and receiving support through relationships
- Emotional life: understanding feelings and managing stress to better care for yourself
- Work: appreciating your skills, talents, and gifts
- Movement: discovering ways to enjoy physical activity
- Medical care: partnering with health care providers to optimize medical care
- Faith life: building a relationship with God, neighbors, and self
Along with tips from the Model for Healthy Living, the easy-to-read format features a Morning Reflection and an Evening Wrap-Up as well as a place for documenting plans, progress, and perspectives. Targeted scriptures and prayers that undergird the focus of each day’s message make this compact book an excellent choice for a daily devotional.
Subsequent titles in the Better Living series will be released bi-monthly and address key health topics including hypertension, diabetes, depression, weight management, stress management, aging, and addiction. All promise substantial support to those who are ready for a newer, better way of living—body and spirit.
List Price: $7.99
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Barbour Books (September 1, 2011)
My Take: I really appreciated the SHORT daily readings in here. Each week starts out with a personal story, in a couple of paragraphs. Then each day includes a wee bit of a morning reflection, and then little tidbits in a lot of different areas - medical, movement, faith, work, emotional, family & friends, nutrition. Each day wraps up with an Evening Wrap-Up, which includes scripture.
I loved the format. I loved having the medical information doled out a little bit at a time. I loved having the exercise and nutrition suggestions happening gradually. I loved the "healthy lifestyle" approach. Really, this book can be used by practically anyone.
I don't have high blood pressure, but my husband does. While he isn't going to benefit as much from me reading the book as he would if he would work through things himself, I am using this as a way of thinking about a healthy lifestyle in general, and taking in the medical info and tips with him in mind.
I am impressed. I will look for the title on weight management, and I may look for others as well.
AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER: