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6.16.2012

Book Review- Treasures of Healthy Living

Book Promo for Treasure of Healthy Living: "Get ready to get healthy God's way. There are dramatic health benefits when we eat the food God provides for us instead of the processed packaged food man provides. Since changing their diet in 2003, Annette and her husband have come off of all their prescriptions, lowered triglycerides from over 900 to 140, lowered cholesterol from 300 to 160, and lowered their blood pressure to normal." --from the publicist

I received a complimentary copy of the book Treasures of Healthy Living to review. I'll tell you a little more about it in my review. If you're looking for additional information, you'll find recipes, and lots of info on the Treasures of Healthy Living website.


Review of Treasures of Healthy Living

What does the Bible say about eating? Are there principles for general health to be found in scripture? In Treasures of Healthy Living, authors Annette Reeder and Dr. Richard Couey tackle the topic in a style that combines reference and Bible study.

This is a program in addition to a reference book. I'm reviewing this book, but there are additional books that make up the Treasure of Healthy Living program. There is a Healthy Treasures Cookbook, and a Treasures of Healthy Nutrition Manual that is available for the program. Throughout the book, the authors refer to topics to look up in one of these other books, as well as references to material on the website.

The program is divided into 12 weeks with each covering a topic related to nutrition and wellness. Those chapters are divided into daily assignments. Since I've only had the book for 2 weeks prior to the review date, I read straight through it without being able to actually take the time to do all the Bible study and do it as a 12-week program. It's also available with a DVD program and full leaders guide, as well as CD's (see the website).

Topics Covered:
•    Health
•    Beverages
•    Grains
•    Vegetables and fruits
•    Herbs, Spices, Vinegar
•    Protein and Meat
•    Fasting
•    Sweets
•    Toxins
•    Stress and Forgiveness
•    Exercise
•    The fullness of Christ and health

Daily assignments include reading and interactive assignments of filling in the blanks. Friday is a little different from the other days. It's called "Fabulous Foodie Friday" and it includes activities to do with a friend who is doing the same study and is an accountability partner.

I like the layout and the length of the studies for each day. It covers a broad array of topics and everything is well documented. I find a few of the Bible study questions to be just regurgitating the answers already given in the scripture I just read, but some ask the reader to apply the material to his or her own life. The scripture references relate to concepts about food, seasonings (salt, herbs, etc.), fasting, and more. The book talks about the "Daniel Challenge" where participants eat the way Daniel did for 21 days (fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, and water).

There are so many references to the other two books that it would have been helpful to have all of the materials in order to do a more complete review. This book in itself is not a weight loss book. Readers might lose weight be following some of the principles, but it isn't a diet book. It's more about examining what scripture says about food, eating and more.

It would be nice if there was a topical index in the back to make it easier to find specific topics in the book. But the chapter descriptions are helpful in relocating material that the reader wanted to see again.

Certain features are more helpful for the reader. The "digging deeper" sections contain additional assignments for ways the reader can continue to study the topics.

There are some topics in the book that readers will possible see as hot-button nutrition topics. For example, stevia and agave nectar. The authors promote both in the book, but I've seen research that shows these aren't the perfect foods either.

All in all, it's a pretty good book. The concept lacked a little pizzaz for me, but the content is helpful. The authors tried to lighten up some heavy topics by adding humorous anecdotes here and there. Since this book is just part of the whole program, I think I'd like to see the whole program in action to get an even better idea of what it's all about. 

About the Authors
Annette Reeder, a Biblical Nutrition Consultant, is leading people all around the country on an adventure with the power of food to change lives one meal and prayer at a time. Annette is a graduate of Liberty University and Huntington College Health Sciences and the founder of Designed Healthy Living a nutrition consulting ministry.

Dr. Richard "Dick" Couey is Professor Emeritus of Health Sciences as Baylor University. Dr. Couey has spent nearly 50 years studying the physiology of the cell. He has especially studies how nutrition, exercise, and stress affect the cell's biochemistry and physiology.

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