Be encouraged! You can choose to be healthy, strong and vibrantly alive! Making good, healthy choices isn’t always easy. Sometimes you need someone special, a best friend, to help and guide you through the surplus of diet and exercise options and walk with you through the journey. Michelle Medlock Adams is that best friend, wellness coach, and encourager who will walk beside you on your journey to better health and caring for the one and only you. Michelle’s 52 devotions and accompanying Scriptures are power packed and uniquely designed to help keep you on track and move you toward your ultimate goal. Whether you need to lose five pounds and increase your stamina or if your goal is much greater, this companion will keep you moving forward and remind you how valuable you are to God and to yourself.
As part of my relationship with Worthy Publishing as a First Look Blogger, I was included in the book tour for Michelle Medlock Adams’ book, Love and Care for the One and Only You.
I started reading this book on a recent air flight from Florida to Ohio and I couldn’t believe how short the flight seemed when I arrived at my destination. It was due to the fact that I couldn’t get enough of this book. I won’t give you a chapter by chapter blow of the book, but I will highlight just a few chapters to give you an idea of what you’ll be missing if you don’t start the new year off with this great book!
Chapter 1 of Love and Care for the One and Only You starts out warning us to avoid the “Comparison Trap”. The Bible verse for the chapter is Proverbs 14:30 (NLT): A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones. The chapter discusses how we can sometimes be envious of others’ results – whether airbrushed or earned – and it causes us to stop before we’ve even started our healthy journey in life. It warns us to stay away from self-loathing and the fear of judgment, among other things. The chapter ends with a “Power Prayer”, as do all the chapters, followed by “Work Your Words” which, in this case is this: “I will not get caught in the Comparison Trap. Instead, I will strive for progress, not perfection, and I will enjoy the journey on the way to a happier, healthier me.” Not too shabby to start out, huh? The chapter then ends with a “Healthy Hint” suggesting that we celebrate our little victories and to start a Progress, Not Perfection Celebratory Journal to track your positive changes.
As readers move on, we read in Chapter 5, Keep Looking Forward, where the Bible verse shared is Proverbs 4:25 (ESV): Let you eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. This chapter addresses those jeans you’ve been saving in your closet – your “goal” jeans that very honestly, if they actually fit you, they’d be so out of style you wouldn’t want to wear them anyway! The chapter asks us if there’s something from our past that we need to release to God that might be holding us back and if so, we need to let go, and let God.
Okay, one more chapter to share here is Chapter 6 and that’s entitled Watch Your Words. The Bible verse is Proverbs 18:21 (MSG): Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit – you choose. WOW! How’s that for the beginning of a chapter? The chapter goes on to share a story of a mother’s words and how they affect her young daughter. The Bible says that faith comes by hearing, and saying negative things about myself day after day will not build faith in the right area. The “Work Your Words” says “I will stop saying ugly things about myself. Instead, I will say good things. In fact, I will start now: ‘Girl, you are looking fine today!'”
As I glance back at the book, I almost wanted to start sharing Chapter 8 called Exercise is Worship, but I’ll just give you the title and let you dig into the book yourself so you can see how much Michelle Medlock Adams helps us put a better perspective on how God gives us one body and how it is up to us to take care of it. This book is about caring for the body God blessed you with, the body where the Holy Spirit dwells.
It’s easy to read, it touches the very essence of how to get and how to maintain the body we want with the right attitude and while walking with God. In addition to 52 awesome chapters to help you on your journey, Love and Care for the One and Only You also contains a chapter at the end full of great Recipes. After the Recipes chapter, there is an appendix that contains Scriptures to Stand on While on This Journey which is great to jump back and read when you’re struggling on your journey.
Don’t miss out on this 52 week devotional while you can still catch up. As the author tells us, “Change your mentality and you will change your reality.” Get the book now, read the first three chapters, and you’ll be ready to head through the rest of the year! This is an inspirational devotional that encourages women to become the best version of themselves; to strive for progress, not perfection; and to live a happier, healthier life.
MICHELLE MEDLOCK ADAMS is an award-winning journalist and author, earning top honors from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Hoosier State Press Association. Author of over 70 books and a popular blogger for Guideposts, Michelle also helps others write their message, serving as a ghostwriter for some of today’s most effective ministers, celebrities, and fitness experts. And, Michelle served as the health and fitness columnist for Christian Single magazine for several years; wrote articles for Fitserv.com; and developed many health/fitness stories for magazines such as Energy, Christian Health, HomeLife, The Dollar Stretcher, American Cheerleader and CBN.com online.As a former AFAA certified fitness trainer and aerobics instructor, Michelle taught fitness at the Bloomington, IN., YMCA, the Indiana University Fit program, Downtown Fit in Bloomington, and Fit For Life in Bedford, IN. Today, Michelle is a certified Group Fitness and Bootcamp Instructor through American Sports & Fitness Association and enjoys teaching various fitness classes at Priority Fitness in Bedford, IN.
Michelle is also a much sought after teacher at writers’ conferences around the nation and has served as an adjunct professor at Taylor University twice over the past few years. She also loves speaking to women’s groups, youth groups, and congregations, encouraging others to follow God and discover their destinies in Him. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Jeff, and they have two daughters, Abby and Allyson, as well as one miniature dachshund and four cats.
I was provided with a digital copy of this book as a First Look Blogger for Worthy Publishing without cost in exchange for this, my honest review and unbiased opinion.