The Life of the Body – Physical Well-Being andSpiritual Formation
What does exercise have to do with our souls? How do our sleeping habits relate to being conformed to the likeness of Christ? What do our bodies have to do with spiritual formation? Valerie Hess has taken up these questions with her spiritual formation graduate students. And Lane Arnold has processed them with others as a spiritual director. They have discovered that the life of our bodies has quite a bit to do with the life of our souls.
Together they have written a book that helps readers explore -choices about what we eat -worshiping with our bodies -seasons of life for body and soul -caring for the planet -and more
Each chapter has reflection questions and creative exercises to help you engage body and soul with these themes. This is not just a book to read. It's an invitation to a new way of experiencing God.
About Valerie E. Hess (Missoula, Montana Author)
Valerie Hess is a musician, retreat speaker, former instructor in Spring Arbor University’s Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Leadership (MSFL) program, and an author. Her writing and speaking primarily focus on issues related to spiritual formation through music and through the spiritual disciplines. She has been involved with Renovare, the small group movement that grew out of Richard Foster's book, Celebration of Discipline, for over twenty years.
Valerie received her Masters in Church Music and Organ from Valparaiso University. She has a B.A. in Music and Psychology from Metropolitan State College in Denver. She was the Coordinator of Music Ministries for Trinity Lutheran Church in Boulder for over twenty years. Additionally, she is a music reviewer for the American Recorder Society.
She and her husband, live in Lolo, Montana. They have two adult daughters and two grandsons. Her hobbies include playing American Mah Jongg and knotting pearls.
About Lane M. Arnold (Co-Author)