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The Fat Jesus: Christianity and Body Image [Paperback]

By Lisa Isherwood (Author)
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We are living in a food and body image obsessed culture. We are encouraged to over-consume by the marketing and media that surround us and then berated by those same forces for doing so. At the same time, we are bombarded with images of unnaturally thin celebrities who go to enormous lengths to retain an unrealistic body image, either by extremes of dieting or through plastic surgery or both. The spiritual realm is not immune from these pressures, as can be seen in the flourishing of biblically and faith based weight loss programs that encourage women to lose weight physically and gain spiritually. Isherwood examines this environment in light of Christian tradition, which has often had a difficult relationship with sexuality and embodiment and which has promoted ideals of restraint and asceticism. She argues that part of the reason for our current obsession and bizarre treatment of issues around weight, size and looks is that secular society has unknowingly absorbed many of its negative attitudes towards the body from its Christian heritage. Isherwood argues powerfully that there are resources within Christianity that can free us from this thinking, and lead us towards a more holistic, incarnational view of what it is to be human. The Fat Jesus provides a fascinating study of the complex ways that food, women and religion interconnect, and proposes a theology of embrace and expansion emphasizing the fullness of our incarnation.

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Studio: Seabury Books
Pages   158
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.66" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2008
Publisher   Seabury Books
ISBN  1596270942  
ISBN13  9781596270947  

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More About Lisa Isherwood

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lisa Isherwood is Professor of Feminist Liberation Theologies and Director of Theology at the University of Winchester.

Lisa Isherwood has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Winchester, UK.

Lisa Isherwood has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Controversies in Contextual Theology
  2. Postmodern Ethics
  3. Queering Theology
  4. Scm Controversies in Theology

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The Fat Jesus  Jul 28, 2008
Isherwood is incredibly intelligent and well-educated--and that shows in the book. Both scholarly AND immensely readable, it manages to educate and inspire. This is one of the best books I've read on body image.
read again  Jun 27, 2008
The Fat Jesus: Christianity and Body Image A really interesting and enlightening book which lays bare the real story behind body image in our culture. Although the title is a bit shocking the book is honest and not vitriolic as the title may imply. I would recommend it to any woman and mothers and fathers would do well to discuss this with both boys and girls. The sooner and younger the better.I am keeping it around to remind myself what I have lived through all these years, and remind myself not to get caught in the insidious trap of body image.

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