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Friday, June 15, 2012

"Treasures of Healthy Living" by Annette Reeder & Dr. Richard Couey

Treasures of Healthy Living: A Journey Unveiling God's Plan for Ultimate Health and Relationships  -     
        By: Annette Reeder, Dr. Richard Couey

I haven't been this excited about a book in a long time.

For the past few years, I've been trying to learn about healthy eating - what God wants us to eat and why.  Mostly, I've wanted to know how to help my children make good food choices so that they can avoid my family history of heart disease and diabetes.

Treasures of Healthy Living has all the information that I need - and much more - for this journey, all in one handy-dandy book.

Annette Reeder's family was suffering from lots of aches, pains, and other medical issues when someone suggested that she find out what God had to say about food.  That launched her family's healthy eating journey, and this book shares what she learned.

Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of being healthy - a food group or issue - like proteins, sugars, or stress - and then breaks each topic down into segments of Bible study, short stories, and scientific explanation.  The information is very easy to understand but clearly shows both the Biblical basis for the information and  the science behind it.  It's rare to find both.

This book is super detailed and yet concise - the information is broken down well so that it's easy to find the information that you need, and yet Reeder's explanations are full of scientific information so that most laypeople will learn a lot about each topic.

Following Reeder's plan for a healthy lifestyle in American culture would not be easy; chemicals, preservatives, and fake stuff are all around us, from our clothing to our food to our cleaning products, but whether you follow every step or make the changes that you can, you'll find many ways to become healthier in this book.  Addendums in the back of the book make it easy to assess where you are in your health living journey and help you to reflect about what steps God might wish you to take to become healthier.

My only issue with Treasures of Healthy Living is that there is apparently a nutrition manual which is meant to go alongside this book.  It is referred to occasionally throughout the book, and I would have loved to explore that, as well.  There is also a Healthy Living class, but I don't have any information about it.

All in all, I love this book.  I've already shared it with several people and plan to show it off to several more. If you have any interest at all in living a healthy lifestyle, this is a must-read.

I received a free copy of Treasures of Healthy Living from Glass Road Public Relations in exchange for an honest review.

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