Bethany Hamilton has become a fitness expert by virtue of being a professional athlete who has excelled---and she's done it while overcoming incredible challenges. Whether you know Bethany or not, whether you surf or not, everyone has challenges, and in Body and amp; Soul, Bethany shares some of her core experiences with body, mind and spirit. Sharing her expertise as an athlete, Body and amp; Soul helps young girls develop a healthy lifestyle, understand their changing bodies, gain confidence, and establish a pattern of healthy living starting at a young age. This book includes workouts specially developed for young girls by Bethany’s personal trainer, recipes and information on healthy eating based on “Bethany’s food pyramid,” which follows the Mediterranean diet, and advice on deepening your spiritual health, for a total body wellness book perfect for growing girls. This isn't a book about Bethany, this is a book about wellness, becoming your best “you,” through physical and spiritual balance, because spiritual health is just as important as physical health.
I am a pastor's wife and as one I am always trying to find books that I can recommend to young girls that will encourage them to get in the Bible, help them with their true identity through Christ, and encourage them to live and eat healthy.
I recently bought a Vitamix blender and was excited that this book had several great recipes to try. I am still a little unsure about one ingredient that is needed in one of the green smoothie recipes.... Spirulina a powdered algae. I have not gone to a health food store looking for it yet as it sounds strange to me.
Overall this book is a great one to recommend teens as long as you remember to add to the spiritual end of things with encouragement. This book does not go very deep with God but you can take a teen deeper in discussions!
One feature I really like in the book is the "Bethany's Soul Secret" a side bar in the shape of a surf board with advice and encouragement.
Overall this book is going to help many girls build self esteem in a life giving way with God, balanced diet, and movement!