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Title:
This is my body : from obesity to Ironman, my journey into the true meaning of flesh, spirit, and deeper faith
Author:
Sutterfield, Ragan, author.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Convergent Books, 2015.
Physical Description:
x, 227 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
"Sutterfield brings us back to a biblical perspective--a freeing, corrective viewpoint that reminds us of the connection between spirit, mind, and body. Along the way, he shares his journey from overweight addict to Ironman competitor. He counts his success, though, not in his decreased clothing size but in his increased understanding of how much God loves the body and what it means to take care of his whole being"--Amazon.com.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781601425515
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Book

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"The cacophony of voices about our bodies is so loud, it's hard to hear the voices that matter. Some of us decide to forget it all and give in to one addiction or another. I've done that. Some of us decide to perfect our bodies and obsess over every muscle or wrinkle. I've done that too. Then I discovered the truth about my body: It is a gift. A sign of God's love. And so is yours."
 
Many of us think of our bodies as burdens that drag us toward failure and guilt. But what if God actually glories in the flesh? What if we had the same joy about our bodies as God does?
 
Ragan Sutterfield brings us back to a biblical perspective--a freeing, corrective viewpoint that reminds us of the connection between spirit, mind, and body. Along the way, he shares his journey from overweight addict to Ironman competitor. He counts his success, though, not in his decreased clothing size but in his increased understanding of how much God loves the body and what it means to take care of his whole being. This is a story for each of us.
 
As a teenager, Ragan Sutterfield tried extreme dieting to get rid of childhood chubbiness. As a young adult, he wrestled with his Christian culture's tenets about the dangers of the body. As a man, he became an obese smoker in a failing marriage. And he began a journey of understanding that changed his life.
 
Weaving together biblical insight, personal story, and thoughtful reflection, This Is My Body offers an inspiring look at God's creation of each of us as human beings, in the flesh. It is an examination of spiritual disciplines, sex, self-image, eating, environmental responsibilities, and the church's role in misunderstandings about the body. It is also a celebration of Communion--the moment when Jesus reminded his disciples that he, too, is flesh. Spiritually rich, this is an eloquent exploration of the body in all its God-given glory.


Author Notes

Ragan Sutterfield has been writing professionally for eight years about health, sustainable food, ecology, and Christian spirituality. He writes a regular blog for Patheos, speaks nationwide, and is in the process of becoming an Episcopal priest. He and his wife, Emily, have two children.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

A chubby evangelical Christian kid grows up, becomes a farmer, endures obesity and a failed marriage, and then trains to be an Ironman competitor. Sutterfield's memoir explores the relationship between body and soul, ultimately rejecting the idea within Christian teaching of a dichotomy between them that devalues the body because the soul is all that will live eternally. This concern is the unifying thread of alternating narratives, one about Sutterfield's history of unhealthy choices of food and tobacco, the other about preparing for an Ironman triathlon. While some chapters are underdeveloped, Sutterfield shows he can carry a story and turn a phrase. About his ex-wife's loss of desire for him, body and soul, he writes: "This didn't happen in one instant; it was a progressive deletion." Through returning to the roots of his Christian faith, training for triathlons, falling in love with an athlete, marrying her, and having a child, he discovers a joyful resurrection and comes to believe God wants to save not only his soul but also his body. Agent: Wendy Sherman and Associates Literary Management. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.