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God wants the best for our lives. It's like the Christian teenager who wanted to go to the party on Friday night. Everyone knew about it, and everyone planned to go. She came from a conservative, godly family and she wanted to go hang out with her friends. Ultimately, she decided to stay home. Her friends asked her why.
"What, are you afraid you'll get caught and your dad will hurt you?"
"No," she said. "I'm afraid I'll hurt him."
We should live for God not out of fear He will hurt us but out of fear we will grieve Him. Our parents want to be proud of us. They want us to succeed. I'm motivated by my desire to please my heavenly Father and to refuse to do anything that will displease im. That relieves the burden of the performance-based theology of my youth. Everything was how you looked, who your friends were, what you did, what you said, and where you went.
It’s not about doing. It’s about being. It’s about who you are in Christ. It’s not about dwelling on some back-and-forth battle between flesh and spirit. It’s about abiding in Jesus and learning to enjoy Him. My problem during the incessant war between Skinny Scotty and Supersize Scotty was misguided focus. I had my eyes on my gut rather than my God.
A focus on the Lord brings strength and resolve. Only then can we walk past any buffet line, hear the dumpling demon whisper, and answer in full confidence of the Lord, "Sure, I'd love to dive in. But that's not me anymore. I'm not my own. Jesus owns me. Jesus is my life."
From IF MY BODY IS A TEMPLE, THEN I WAS A MEGACHURCH by Scott Davis with Tim Luke. Copyright © 2011 Ampelon Publishing. Used with permission.
You’ll laugh out loud when you’re reading Scott Davis’ hilarious yet poignant story about how he lost 132 pounds without any exercise. And you just might be inspired to follow his amazing weight-loss plan and enjoy a whole new way of life.
If My Body Is a Temple, Then I Was a Megachurch serves up a funny bone, yet very serious, dose of reality about the correlation between the state of our hearts and the location of our waistline. Most importantly, Scott explores the spiritual depths and practical steps to losing weight and shows how you can adopt a healthy lifestyle too.
Scott tipped the scales between 260 and 290 pounds until, at the end, he huffed and puffed his way to 309. He tried to be funny about his situation, but it just wasn’t working, so he began the eating plan that changed him from the inside out. He went from 309 pounds to 177 pounds, and accomplished three goals: Get healthy. Honor God by taking seriously the biblical truth that his body is a temple. Bring positive-oriented discipline into his life.
Whether you need to lose 150 pounds or 5 pounds, Scott’s hilarious yet inspiring memoir will make you laugh—and start you on your own journey to a happier and healthier you.
Hardcover Book : 160 pages
Publisher: Ampelon Publishing ( September 20, 2011 )
Item #: 13-526910
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.375inches
Product Weight: 8.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I too have to agree with previous comments. Took half the book to get to the "meat" of the diet and then come to find out the location for his help is Atlanta and Florida...doesn't work for me in WI.
There are other books out there so I would keep looking.
Reviewer: Patti C
Although I got some laughs from Scott Davis' writing, I felt there was just too much written about the diet center and staff, as though it was a sales pitch rather than a guide to live and eat as the Word of God commands. His use of scripture reference was very good, but to someone like me, who is battling with their weight, it seems more like he is saying; "This is the program that worked for me, see if they are in your area."
Reviewer: Steven B
this book was a quick read and I had many hearty laughs.
I work with people who are making life style changes so this was one of the reasons I made the purchase. I did toward the end feel like it was a commercial for the diet center however he was helped so much by them, it would be hard not to acknowledge them. I liked the way he weaved scripture into his story and why some may feel less than open to those who are battling obvious weight issues yet telling them Christ has all the answers. In some ways he gave too much credit to the deit center and not enough to the Holy Spirit, that gave him rgw ultimate vicotry over his weight and to move forward with the diet plan. I have already shared the book and will share it will others.
Reviewer: Felicia A
Scott Davis is a fun writer, but I am concerned at his identity being so intermingled with the idolization of his friend, Mark Lowry, Mark's great, too, but I got tired of reading about how he "called Mark Lowry"...then a few pages later, "Then my best friend, Mark Lowry..." Like a Saturday Night Live skit about a hapless namedropper.
In addition, unless you live in Florida or Georgia, this weight loss program is not available to you, and even Mr. Davis discloses his success was based on his frequent visits to the QWLC in Atlanta and the staff there.
Although he makes some great points about our bodies being temples, I felt it had too many name drops and too much reliance on a specific weight loss program to really be beneficial.
Guess I had a different expectation of the book when I purchased it.