Friday, June 15, 2012

Treasures of Healthy Living by Annette Reeder and Dr. Richard Couey

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Annette Reeder and Dr. Richard Couey and their publisher for sending me a copy of "Treasures of Healthy Living" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

“Treasures of Healthy Living” by Annette Reeder and Dr. Richard Couey is a Bible study unlike any other and it has reached my hands at the absolute perfect time, as God’s appointments do in my experience. Sadly, the review for the book is due in only nine days, so I will barely get the study started before I must critique it. So I skimmed the workbook. I like the format. The idea of the Bible containing a treasure map for how to eat well excites me. I noticed a website (designedhealthyliving.com) listed in the introduction to the study, and visited it. There are great recipes and health resources, evaluations and videos. I immediately downloaded my “Daily Bread Handout” and printed it. I’ve been wanting to make healthier bread than what I’m buying in the store.

My desire to make these changes stems from being overweight for several years and finally getting the push I needed to do something after being diagnosed with cancer in 2010. I immediately made changes to my diet to include more fruits and vegetables. After completing treatment in 2011, I needed to do something to get my energy back so I started doing Zumba at home with DVDs and joined a class at the local YMCA once I had learned the basic steps. Four months later, I began counting calories and losing weight, and here I am 10 weeks later, having established good exercise habits and watching what I eat, so I now want to change the foods I’m currently consuming for even better choices. And I suspect that knowing what God’s Word says on the subject is key to making those changes.

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