Thursday, 26 June 2014

Thoughts on Thursday - On The Bookshelf

I am an avid reader and I think it is important to be ever expanding ones knowledge and exercising our brains muscle. It is especially important when we are working with children. If we are not open to learning new things and passing on that information how can we expect the children to want to learn?

This week I have been reading a book by one of my biggest religious influences, whom I have mentioned several times before.

Body and Soul is the latest book from the inspiring shark attack survivor Bethany Hamilton. In this book which is aimed at aspirational teenage girls, but is a great read/reference for any age, Bethany encourages you to get yourself healthy.

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With the help of her personal trainer Dustin Dillberg Body and Soul is divided into easy to digest chapters with eye catching pictures illustrating some of the exercises Bethany uses in her training as a professional surfer.

Together they offer a few mouthwatering recipes which make me want to hop onto a plane and move to Hawaii - who wouldn't. Most of the ingredients are accessible here in the UK and can be easily adapted - for example I have never seen a purple sweet potato so I would just use your average sweet potato bought at a super market or local fresh produce market. The fresher the better.

There is a chance to get to know Bethany a little better with a Q and A chapter. I relish in her honesty and open answers. My particular favourite was:

Page 84
Q: I absolutely hate the gym. I know it's good for me, but I just can't drag myself there. Any advice for what I can do instead?

A: Girl, there's a whole wide world of awesome, body-blasting activities out there. While It'd be great if you loved to hit the gym daily, it's not for everyone (trust me)

Then there is a small list of healthy and fun exercise activities which don't require a gym membership, such as Water sports, Zumba and Aerial Yoga.

Bethany is a voice for Jesus Christ. She uses her experience of surviving losing her left arm to a Tiger Shark to educate and inspire people in God's word and spreading God's love. Throughout this book there are some of Bethany's favourite Scripture passages for example:

Page 25
Therefore, I urge you, brothers ad sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship.
Romans 12:1


Page 102
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interest of others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.
Philippians 2:3-5

I personally like reading a book where there is a verse or Scripture passage besides it which helps me relate the experiences and my emotions to that of The Lord and how I can implement them in every day life.

The Bible is full of illustrations that we should look after our bodies and cleanse our soul in order to keep our promise to God and worship Jesus Christ. For example:

First Corinthians 6:19-20 says, "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body."First Timothy 4:7b-8 says, "Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come."

How do you keep you and your family happy and healthy in body and soul?

Until Next Time
Every Blessing

Kate at S-T-O-C-K-S

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