Item description for Craving Hope: A Spiritual Companion on Your Weight Loss Journey by Joni Woelfel...
Overview 90 reflections to be used in conjunction with a credible weight-loss program Anyone who craves a healthier lifestyle (and wants to lose weight at the same time) will find Joni Woelfel"s 90-day program helpful. Her insightful and inspiring reflections will support you through the challenges of change and strengthen your spirit and mind as well as your body. -Bert Ghezzi, co-author of Everyday Encounters with God Countless books are published each year full of the latest fads and trends on losing weight, but few of them focus on spirituality and its role in weight loss. Acclaimed author Joni Woelfel has been through her own weight loss journey, however-a ninety-day pilgrimage in which she explored her relationships to food, exercise, family and God. Designed to be used in conjunction with a credible weight loss program, Craving Hope consists of ninety reflections, each containing an inspirational quote, daily progress notes on the challenges and opportunities faced, reflection questions, an affirmation, and a closing prayer. Craving Hope is also ideal for groups.
Publishers Description Countless books are published each year with the latest advice and hottest tips on how to lose weight, but few of them focuson the steadfast anchor of faith and its role in weight loss. Joni Woelfel offers her book Craving Hope as a resource of support and strength during the weight loss process. Consisting of 90 reflections, each containing an opening quote, daily progress notes, a reflection question, inspirational statement, brief prayer, and daily affirmation to repeat throughout the day, Craving Hope is designed to be used in conjunction with a trustworthy weight loss program. While this book can be used successfully by individuals, research has shown that trying a weight loss program with a friend or small group is typically more successful, and the workbook pages with discussion questions make Craving Hope ideal for groups.
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More About Joni Woelfel
Joni Woelfel is the author of five books. She is a featured author at Resurrection Press, and her work has appeared in The National Catholic Reporter, Ministry and Liturgy and other publications.
Reviews - What do customers think about Craving Hope: A Spiritual Companion on Your Weight Loss Journey?
An awesome book to help you with your weight loss program Nov 19, 2008
Hey, I'll take all the help I can get with my personal weight loss journey - and this is exactly what Woelfel's book is all about. This book provides extra motivation and makes you think about your emotional and spiritual state. I love the daily reflection questions and that fact that there is room in the book to write down your thoughts every day. I have tried many diets and know what I should & shouldn't be doing regarding diet and exercise. The problem is that you have to be mentally and spiritually ready to make the commitment, and more importantly, to stay with it. Woefel's book has been helping me and it will help you too!
Greater Reason for the Journey Nov 14, 2008
On her web site, Joni Woelfel explains that her work has always risen out of what she needed to learn. In the introduction to this, her sixth book, she writes of researching the spirituality of weight loss "through the lens of an investigative reporter." No question the material is well researched, but it is also presented in an organized format appropriate to the subject matter. As one would expect, Woelfel recommends using the book in conjunction with a sound program based on healthy diet and exercise. She has also included five workbook lessons for small group use.
Woelfel breaks her personal 90-day journey into 10 stages, starting with Becoming Ready. A single stage consists of nine days presented with a heading; quotation from scripture and various other sources; reflection question with space for notes; affirmation; prayer; and mantra. For example, Stage Five, Understanding Struggle, begins with a discussion of plateaus on Day 37. The day's topic, When Nothing Is Happening, opens with a quote from author Kathleen Norris who writes of the need to "wrestle" with the high plains region of the Dakotas "before it bestows a blessing." Woelfel's theme is "one of those blasé, it's-hard-to-get-up-off-the-couch type days when motivation has gone on vacation." She offers several suggestions, including visiting a friend and undertaking a craft project. The reflection question addresses physical and spiritual plans for dealing with plateaus. The daily affirmation reads: "Becoming despondent over a period where exercise and diet don't appear to be working ignores the greater reason for the journey in the first place." In her closing prayer, Woelfel asks God's help in grasping lessons and insights that arise from waiting. The daily mantra is "I will value the experience of "just being."
Woelfel's journal also reports on progress of a fascinating wall-building project inspired by her desire to "visually portray the spiritual interconnectedness we receive as we enter the fullness of God."
An Excellent Addition to the Library! Oct 21, 2008
Joni Woelfel has written an amazing selection of books about overcoming difficulties in her life. From chronic illness, suicide and living alone. This latest book is a worthy addition to the library. In her latest book Craving Hope, Joni Woelfel has another winner! It is full of the candid views into her life, spiritual struggles, and ultimate triumph we have come to expect from her books. A difficult subject to share on such an intimate basis, but Joni has done that successfully. In the beginning she evokes an image of the brick wall built by her spouse and son, intended to demarcate a sanctuary. She alludes to the wall throughout the book, both as a symbol of the journey and the sanctuary. It is the visual many of us need. The format is different from most of her previous books and we find a very interactive style. I highly recommend this book and encourage anyone thinking about, working on, or just needing encouragement about a weight-loss program to buy this book. You will find encouragement form a kindred soul!