Sunday, August 26, 2012

Are You Fit For Life? - a book review

I was pondering which book to read when in the mail there came three books. This one popped out at me because the idea of the Bible having plans to keep up healthy sounded intriguing to me.

 "Your mental and emotional health is also dramatically improved. If you exercise regularly, you are less likely to be depressed and anxious...So without a doubt we should all get off the couch and begin moving. But, of course, there is more to life than being physically fit. God created us body, soul, and spirit, and therefore we must take care of the mind as well as the body and the spirit."

Which isn't exactly the style of book I was hoping to read, but it was a good read all the same.

"My purpose of this book is to help you understand and apply the truths of the book of Philippians in a way that will truly help you be fit for life."

Which made it a good read. Jack Graham dissected the book of Philippians and related it to our every day today. He also helps us understand Paul better at the time that he wrote this letter.

Jack Graham splits up the learning into three parts: Gearing Up, Getting Started, and Going the Distance. Kind of sounds like what my brother-in-law just went through to win his latest marathon.

In Gearing Up, Jack Graham talks about what matters most, being totally alive, being far better, and honoring God with our bodies. He discusses how to build better relationships. He discusses our need for a purpose in life and our great desire for heaven. "Enjoy each day to the full, knowing that it will get even better later."

In Getting Started, Jack Graham talks about your life's message, the might cross, Jesus the Lord of life, muscular Christianity, a band of brothers and sisters, and keeping it real. "Your life's message needs to be centered in the gospel." "Let's take off the masks and live authentically for Jesus Christ." He shares what LIFE means to a Christian: God LOVES you and has a wonderful plan for your life; we are ISOLATED or separated from God by our sin; you can be forgiven of yours sins by putting your FAITH in Jesus; and God gives you the gift of ETERNAL LIFE. He discusses how we need to focus on happiness and joyfulness while supporting others, not being selfish.

In Going the Distance, Jack Graham talks about winning habits, the ultimate extreme makeover, contented Christians, and live to give. "If you want to know how to succeed, then you should study the habits of successful people, whether we're talking about the sports or business world or life in general." He discusses the sowing of the proper seeds and having the patience to wait for the harvest.

I think one of my favorite quotes of the book is this: "You only have to worry about your own "one thing." In the christian race, no one has to lose; so you and I can both win. We're not in competition with other Christians, and we don't run to impress others. So you can run your own race without having to keep looking around to see how everyone else is doing. Stay in your own lane, do what God has called you to do, and your prize will be waiting for you at the finish line when Jesus says, "Well done, good and faithful servant.""

It was a well written dissection of the letter to the Philippians. I enjoyed reading it and am about to hand it off to share with others. I hope you get a chance to pick it up and enjoy it yourself.