This updated text examines wellness from a holistic perspective, delving into how students can thrive in body, mind, and spirit. Students will learn how to
- more fully understand God, themselves, and their purpose in life;
- have strong and healthy relationships with others;
- develop cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular fitness, and flexibility and mobility;
- have a healthy attitude toward their bodies, eat well, and manage weight properly;
- understand and apply good sleep hygiene to maximize alertness; and
- adopt emotionally healthy habits and deal with stress in a constructive way.
Written by highly respected Christian academics, the text includes chapter objectives, a glossary that defines key terms from each chapter, and easy-to-read charts that highlight specific information. This latest edition also features a new web study guide that makes Christian Paths to Health and Wellness a particularly valuable and unique resource. For each chapter in the text, the web study guide supplies readers with
- an introductory self-assessment activity on the chapter’s topic;
- application and learning activities;
- self-reflection writing prompts to help students process the chapter’s content;
- suggested websites and readings for further exploration of the topic; and
- an interactive key terms quiz.
Christian Paths to Health and Wellness offers instructors free access to online ancillaries, including an instructor guide, a presentation package, and a test package.
“This text,” says coauthor Peter Walters, “is a book about accepting our God-given roles and capacities. Then empowered by the Spirit of God, we can make healthy choices regarding our mind, body, and soul. The end result is what ancients called ‘the good life,’ current academics call ‘human flourishing,’ and what scriptures call ‘shalom’.”
“Personal wellness is often achieved through mental and physical discipline,” adds coauthor John Byl. “However, it is also important to open yourself to the power of God through the Holy Spirit. It is written in Bible that ‘the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control’ (Galatians 5:22–23). Ideas related to the fruit of the Spirit have been woven through the text, and a couple of chapters offer brief vignettes on a particular fruit of the Spirit, which demonstrates how the Spirit heals and makes one well.”
Christian Paths to Health and Wellness, Third Edition, will equip students with the knowledge and tools they need to adopt healthy lifestyles in all aspects of their lives. And that lifestyle will be pleasing to God and help them live out their purpose.
AudienceText for undergraduate students attending Christian universities and students being homeschooled.
Chapter 1. God’s Purpose and Your Life’s Mission
Part II. Accepting and Caring for Your Body
Chapter 2. Body Image and Eating Disorders
Chapter 3. Weight Management
Part III. Moving Your Body
Chapter 4. Cardiorespiratory Fitness
Chapter 5. Muscular Fitness
Chapter 6. Mobility and Flexibility
Part IV. Restoring Body and Soul
Chapter 7. Nutritional Health and Wellness
Chapter 8. Emotional Health and Wellness
Chapter 9. Sleep Habits and Wellness
Chapter 10. Personal Relationships and Wellness
Conclusion: Offering Our Lives as Living Sacrifices
Instructor guide. Includes a sample syllabus, a course outline, application activities, and additional suggested readings and websites. For each chapter, objectives, a summary, and an outline are also included.
Test package. Includes hundreds of ready-made test questions—in multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and short-answer formats—covering the content from all chapters.
Presentation package. Includes more than 200 PowerPoint slides of text, artwork, and tables from the book that can be used for class discussion and presentation. The slides in the presentation package can be used directly within PowerPoint or printed for distribution to students. Instructors can easily add, modify, and rearrange the order of the slides.
Web study guide. Features forms, figures, and tables from the book as well as additional assessments.