“Ask yourself this – Why do you want to get healthy? Why do you want to be strong? Why do you want to lose weight?” Beni Johnson questions the reader in her book, Healthy & Free: A Journey to Wellness for Your Body, Soul, and Spirit?
~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-ninety-two-page paperback targets those that seek to lose weight, become healthier, and rely on God more. After a dedication, foreword by Jordan Rubin, and introduction, eight chapters cover the topic of a healthy body, soul, and spirit, ending with an epilogue, recipes, questions and answers, resources, and notes. Using mainly the Amplified Bible, also referenced are the Message, Net Bible, Voice, NIV, NASB, NKJV, ESV, NLT, and TPT.
With the writer being diagnosed in 2004 as overweight with hypertension, she asked herself why as that is the key to her journey of getting well in three aspects of her life. While stating the most important health is that of the soul with a relationship with Jesus Christ, we should monitor and maintain our bodies and spirit as well.
Focusing on drinking filtered water daily, getting enough sleep, exercising routinely, and eating “clean” food, the book also discusses detoxing, nutritional supplements, adrenal and thyroid health, essential oils, and bulimia. She advocates organic green juices, sugar supplements, grounding, fasting, and peppermint oil to name a few.
~ Why ~
This is a quick read that reminds us our body is God’s temple, and we should treat it with care and respect. I liked the sections on essential oils and their purpose as well as the questions and answers regarding protein, remedies for sugar cravings, and menopause.
~ Why Not ~
With Johnson not being a doctor or in the medical field, this book is written from a layperson’s perspective of what works for her. Some may disagree with some of her suggested techniques or cures while others may consider trying them.
~ Who ~
A senior pastor with her husband of Bethel Church, Johnson has written books on prayer and intercession. She and her husband live in California and have three grown married children with nine grandchildren.
~ Wish ~
I wish an index were included so I could look up a topic quickly and research it instead of trying to guess where I read it later (example: salt – Johnson states she recommends a particular type, yet I cannot find it again). While the book does mention her journey of discovering a healthier lifestyle, I wish the Word of God was referred to more.
~ Want ~
If you want to learn a few organic and homeopathic tips to being healthy, this book has some good ideas while promoting a few Young Living products.
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