Item description for First Place 4 Health: Discover a New Way to Healthy Living (1st Place 4 Health) by Carole Lewis & Marcus Brotherton...
Overview Based on proven techniques and a track record of 25 years of experience, First Place 4 Health will show how to create balance in the four core areas of life: spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical. All leading to weight loss and positive life change. With weight loss at the core of healthy living, readers will be encouraged and inspired to participate in personal life transformation from the inside out.
Publishers Description Based on proven techniques and a track record of 25 years of experience, First Place 4 Health will show how to create balance in the four core areas of life: spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical. All leading to weight loss and positive life change. With weight loss at the core of healthy living, readers will be encouraged and inspired to participate in personal life transformation from the inside out. The improved and easy to follow format will inspire readers to get on the road to health, making small choices for positive change every day. Accessible and filled with success stories, First Place 4 Health will motivate, inspire and educate readers to make changes for total, lasting health.
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Studio: Regal Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.35" Width: 6.24" Height: 0.82" Weight: 0.99 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2008
Publisher GOSPEL LIGHT PUBLISHERS #9
Series 1st Place 4 Health
ISBN 0830745238 ISBN13 9780830745234
Availability 0 units.
More About Carole Lewis & Marcus Brotherton
CAROLE LEWIS is the national director of First Place 4 Health, the Christ-centered health and weight-loss program. A warm, transparent and humorous communicator, Carole is a popular speaker at workshops, seminars and conferences around the country. She is also the author of several popular books, including Stop It!; A Thankful Heart; and Give God a Year, Change Your Life Forever. Carole and her husband, Johnny, have three adult children (one deceased), eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Carole Lewis currently resides in Houston, in the state of Texas. Carole Lewis was born in 1942.
Carole Lewis has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about First Place 4 Health?
"Dieting" with Jesus Apr 6, 2010
This books places so much emphasis with getting yourself "fit" in all areas of your life... physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Very good read!
Good Source Dec 2, 2009
Book arrived in great shape and on time. I would order again. The book was interesting but most of the content I already knew.
great to read and apply. Jun 27, 2009
I feel if people apply this book they can achieve healthy weight, eating habits and most important Bible understanding.
It's when we strive to fulfill God's purpose in our lives that we find that life is about so much more than food. Feb 9, 2009
If you've ever tried to lose weight it probably went something like this: You made up your mind to find the newest fad diet out there and signed up. You drastically reduced your calorie intake, threw out all the food in your pantry and fridge (because it was "bad"). Maybe you even signed up to buy pre-packaged meals. You know you're supposed to exercise, so you picked the hardest exercise you could think of, even though you hate it. You forced yourself to workout for hours, leaving you sore and miserable. You actually lost a few pounds, which was great, so you celebrate at the all-you-can-eat buffet. Somehow within a short time it was business as usual, and you gained all the weight back in a few weeks.
Sound familiar? This is the pattern most people follow every year or so. First Place 4 Health shows us that God has a better way - "If you want to lose weight, start on your knees." Carole Lewis writes with love for her readers because she's been there, too. She joined a First Place group in 1981. The program is built on the foundation that we "seek Him first and His righteousness and all these things will be added to us as well." The real answer to our weight problem is that we need to live a balanced life - spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. This kind of multi-faceted change takes time, so they ask us to "give God and First Place 4 Health one year... and your life will change forever."And it can take that long for us to finally uncover the emotions that can lead us to food and overeating.
Three quarters of this book is not about calories, fat grams, or maximum heart rates. It's about seeking balance in every area of our lives. It's about developing a vibrant prayer life and reading the Bible every day to center us. It's even about memorizing Scriptures every week. It's full of testimonies by people who had been overweight all their lives. Many came to their local First Place meeting looking for a quick fix. What they discovered was that by focusing on the Master's Plan for them, their sedentary lifestyle and old eating habits gradually transformed.
Early on Lewis addresses a hurdle for many: understanding that God is good, and that HE wants to help us with our weight and our health. She explains the First Place program, which can be found in thousands of churches across the country, and she makes it clear that it's a group of imperfect people supporting each other and supplying some accountability. There are weekly meetings, and a "Live It Tracker" to keep a journal of your progress. But the group also provides knowledge about diet and exercise (though she tells us it's not a "die - it" but a "live-it"!) "The body wants to do what the body wants to do", and by knowing that we are able to better understand our weaknesses. We realize that we are not our body; we have a body that we can control with God's help.
Each chapter has some workbook type spaces where we can write in answers to questions like: "Because God is sympathetic to me, that means I don't need to fear.....". There are Scripture verses that take on a whole new meaning, providing a healthy perspective for losing weight. "Checklist for Success" is a summary of the key points presented after each chapter.
Rather than asking for commitments to work out regularly, the program offers invitations to exercise as a positive part of our day, not a punishment for bad eating. The book is loaded with personal stories from formerly obese and First Place 4 Health Starter Kitdiscouraged people, complete with amazing "Before and After" photos. Their stories are not about a quick fix. Some of them were in the program for months or even years before they "got it". But there doesn't seem to be any pressure to drop the weight quickly. It's more about encouraging and supporting each other to get closer to God and find the wonderful balance in our lives between the spirit, the mind, and the flesh. Life is about more than Me now. It's about Him and about helping others.
Finally as the number of remaining pages dwindles, Lewis gets around to the nutrition and exercise plan. (It's no accident where the emphasis of this book lies.) It's surprisingly simple and straight forward. No tricks here. No gimmicks. Even our eating has balance - every meal should have some fat, some protein, and some carbs. That's it. No saying good bye to all your favorite foods. It's about eating when you're hungry (hmmm never thought of that) and only eating until you're getting full (portion control). Foods fall under three categories: foods you eat often, sometimes, and rarely. There isn't a "never" category! Moderation is the answer to staying on track for the rest of our lives. It's the most refreshing plan you'll ever find.
It's possible to start this program with just this book alone. But since an integral part of it is friendship and support from others who share the same goals, finding a First Place group would be optimal. You can find one in your area on their website. I did, and I'm looking forward to attending a meeting. Whether you need to lose a lot of weight or you just want to find balance in this area of your life, it looks like a positive way to grow closer to God in all areas.
The core of First Place 4 Health is spending time with God every day, reading the Bible, praying, and studying and memorizing. It's when we strive to fulfill God's purpose in our lives that we find that life is about so much more than food. We find our joy fulfilling our calling and "doing the next right thing" over and over again. What a breath of fresh air.
--Reviewed by Carol Kurtz for TitleTrakk
It's not a diet! It's a lifestyle! Aug 28, 2008
"First Place 4 Health" by Carole Lewis is inspiring. It's not a diet. It doesn't PROMOTE weight loss - that is merely a byproduct of the healthier lifestyle described in this book. Basically, it shows the reader how to love the Lord with your heart, soul, mind and strength - the clever section breaks carry those headings. There are loads of successful testimonials and pertinent scripture verses. I love that the book doesn't promise a quick fix. Yes, certain results will appear quicker than others, but the author asks you to commit a year to the lifestyle. EXCELLENT!
The only thing I don't necessarily embrace is that the cover says, "discover a new way to healthy living." I disagree. This way has been around since the dawn of time. People just don't tap into its power in this way. Overall, this is an outstanding read.