Who isn’t concerned about wellness? Wouldn’t you like to know how Kathleen LeSage went from chunky child to beauty pageant winner, to 240-pound office worker, to finding the secret to health and wellness?
I did. Especially when she gave credit to God.
LeSage, co-owner of a “top wellness retreat”, writes well with an engaging voice, but offers generalities. I expected a how-to book, but it’s not. Readers get a nice overview of living well.
Short Chapters and Bible Verses
Short chapters, beginning with a relevant Bible verse, include introductions to the benefits of exercising in natural environments, bodywork and massage, quiet time, fasting, essential oils, eliminating GMOs and other toxins, surrounding yourself with good people, and being active in a church group.
While little in the book was new to me, I was intrigued by the information on dry cleaning chemicals. A reference to obesogens also piqued my interest, but no illustration was offered. So, I looked it up.
Obesogens are both natural and man-made chemicals that may cause people to gain more weight than their diet and exercise programs suggest makes sense. The jury is out, but the linked article is readable and gets you mostly caught up.
“Nature is an immense gift that bestows us with loads of mental, physical, and emotional rejuvenation.” – LeSage
I loved LeSage’s presentation of the benefits of exercising outdoors. It included facts, illustrations, and witness for “Vitamin N” – Nature. I contend that people don’t think big thoughts anymore because they don’t think about big things or in big spaces. Outside is the essence of big – encouraging creativity and well-being.
Her chapter on “naturally packaged” foods, in shells or skins, was my second favorite. Especially the specific suggestions for healthy snacking!
LeSage writes, “Most people may argue that you do not need regular massage and bodywork therapies. This could not be further from the truth.”
The author credits twenty-weeks of massage and rolfing with forgiveness. Emotional baggage melted away with her muscular or structural issues. It was an interesting revelation, but I wondered, “How many people can afford twenty weeks of rolfing?”
An Overabundance of Recipes
The book offers sixty pages of content followed by another thirty of recipes. The author doesn’t introduce the reason for including the recipes or why she selected the ones she did. There is no nutrition information provided or reference to the book’s content. Are they low fat, tasty, satisfying? The reader is left to guess as there is no narrative. Just recipes.
Some chapters offer scientific facts or statistics about wellness and a bit of why, but not much on how. A light, refreshing book. One can nod in agreement, then put it down with little reason to pick it back up.
Perfect as a general introduction to wellness from a Christian perspective. The author deftly ties what works for her to representative scriptures without getting preachy. I applaud the topics she covered, but expected more depth, specificity, and practical application.
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