Jesus affirmed that the greatest purpose of our lives is to love God. But how do we express love to a God we can’t see or touch?

Each of us has a body, and our bodies and senses provide ways for us to know and love God. Author Wendy LeBolt writes, “We are made to move in God’s direction, by God’s initiative, and at God’s pace. Our bodies will speak to us if we listen. Our bodies will teach us if we pay attention.”

Made to Move is a 6-week daily devotional book designed to help you experience God through your body and senses. The scripture meditations, activities, reflection questions, and prayers remind us that God gave every person a unique body that is wonderfully made. This creative resource invites us to put our love for God in motion by incorporating all of our senses as well as our imagination.

Made to Move can be used by individuals and groups, including intergenerational groups. Includes a Leader’s Guide.

Available for purchase @Upper Room Books,  and through other major bookstores. A limited number of copies are also available here. Head to my shop page.

I loved Made to Move!

I loved Made to Move! The idea of movement signaling God’s presence is beautiful. Made to Move is a spiritual workout for the body and soul! I can imagine its adaptation as a supplement to traditional Bible study at the Lamb Center.

Tara Ruszkowski
Chair of the Board of Directors at the Lamb Center, a non-profit facility in Fairfax, VA, working to serve the poor and homeless, transform lives, and share God's love.

Wendy LeBolt will help you learn to connect your mind, body and soul

Jesus commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Often Christians neglect themselves, and then find it hard to love others. With creativity and insight, Wendy LeBolt will help you learn to connect your mind, body and soul, to discover what it truly means to love yourself, and show that love to others.

Tom Berlin
Lead Pastor at Floris United Methodist Church and author of Bearing Fruit, Ministry with Real Results, and many other titles.

Designed to help people of all ages know God and see the movement of God in, around, and through us

Made to Move: Knowing and Loving God Through Our Bodies is a 6-week study for the whole family, and specifically designed to help people of all ages know God and see the movement of God in, around, and through us.

Through daily prayer, meditations, and physical activities, “Made to Move” helps individuals and group participants see the masterpiece God made each of us to be.

Each day contains a scripture passage, a reflection, space and questions for response, and an easy-to-follow activity.

On weekdays, LeBolt coaches readers and participants to consider what it means to “love the Lord our God with heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.” The focus for Saturdays is God’s loving obedience and how it shapes and orders our lives. Sundays are set aside for claiming rest and renewal.

Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, Made to Move: Knowing and Loving God Through Our Bodies is an inspiring instructional manual that is unreservedly recommended to all members of the Christian community regardless of denominational affiliations.

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief Midwest Book Review

Made To Move surprised me with its freshness, energy and creativity.

Made To Move surprised me with its freshness, energy and creativity. Wendy takes really seriously that ‘in God we live and move and have our being” and helps us to do likewise. Offering the reader a helpful balance of meditations, activities, reflections and prayers, she invites us to encounter God in a more real, down-to-earth and embodied way. I look forward to exploring this treasure along with others.

Trevor Hudson
Author-Beyond Loneliness and the Pauses series published by Upper Room

the most doable and real devotional book I have ever read

Made to Move is the most doable and real devotional book I have ever read. In it Wendy LeBolt offers daily exercises and activities to move users from talk about God to linking God with daily life. Tied as we humans are to our five senses, we need help to see a God who is invisible, to touch the truth of a God who is intangible, to hear a God who has no physical voice. This book offers six weeks of training in doing exactly that. Leaders of small groups will find in it a wealth of experiential exercises to help groups move from talk to embodying their prayers.

Mary Lou Redding
Author of The Power of a Focused Heart and various other books Retired editorial director, The Upper Room daily devotional guide

Reconnect body, soul, strength, and spirit with the life of loving God

Made to Move: Knowing and Loving God Through Our Bodies is Wendy LeBolt’s guide to loving God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength – without making half of them metaphorical. An expert in cardiovascular physiology and exercise science, LeBolt really wants readers to put their heart’s amazing pumping abilities, and the strength of their limbs as well as their will, to work at loving God.

The result is a 7-week program that seeks to reconnect body, soul, strength, and spirit with the life of loving God – with prayer. Videos online, a leader’s guide, a guide to playing through the program with children – all enhance the use of the book, which offers varying levels of engagement (e.g., offering different levels of activity and plenty of modifications) so that most will find a way to participate most, if not all, of the time.

Rosalind C. Hughes, Rector, Church of the Epiphany, Euclid, Ohio Contributing Editor, the Episcopal Café

I have been constantly amazed at how in a few paragraphs you can catch my attention and point me to a truth

But I have to say this – I have been constantly amazed at how in a few paragraphs you can catch my attention and point me to a truth – such that I am conflicted: compelled to continue reading yet at the same time wanting to stop and really “think” it through.

Stevie Glor

“Made to Move” reminds us that we are a miracle, inside and out.

Throughout scripture, God encourages us to love Him with everything we have: mind, body, soul and spirit. While many Christian devotionals engage the mind and spirit, the body often gets left out of the equation. Author and fitness expert Wendy LeBolt has written a unique resource that reminds us God created us to move. In “Made to Move,” Wendy offers creative, accessible and thoughtful guidance on nurturing mind, body and spirit. Through scripture readings, insightful stories and hands on activities, “Made to Move” reminds us that we are a miracle, inside and out.

Kelly Johnson
Coach, Speaker and Author of “Being Brave: A 40 Day Journey to the Life God Dreams for Us.

Dr. LeBolt has given us a devotional book for our times

With deep spiritual insight and clarity of expression, Dr. LeBolt has given us a devotional book for our times. “Made to Move” offers a gracious invitation to relate to God in the same way we that we relate to the world, through our bodies.  These meditations on scripture and the accompanying exercises will be a blessing to all who choose to experience them.

Dr. Jim Noland
Retired United Methodist Elder

Wendy LeBolt guides us in using our bodies as a form of spiritual practice

Wendy LeBolt guides us in using our bodies as a form of spiritual practice—whatever our physical condition.  You do not need to be physically conditioned already to find the gifts of this wonderful book.

Dr. LeBolt takes you step by step through a series of physical experiences that bring you closer to your own body and closer to the God who made that body.  First comes the acceptance: I am fine as I am in the form I am. Then come the everyday examples that we have all experienced from childhood play to resisting and sometimes doubting our faith.  Daily pages offer thought-provoking questions, doable activities, Scripture, Meditation, Reflections, and Prayer. This consistent structure builds deep understanding, and LeBolt is especially good in showing us Scripture in a fresh, new light, making us connect physically with God in ways we had not considered, through all our senses. It is clear that the author has truly lived the words she writes.

The Reflections lend themselves to distilling the wisdom of each section, and each reflection question offers itself as a possible writing prompt in a journal, for example, a new perspective on “What does it mean to love God with your whole heart?”

As a coach, I work with people who are facing major transitions and seeking resilience and renewal.  Physical well-being and its connection to spiritual well-being are often overlooked, and Made to Move helps fill that void.  It will be an important resource that I can offer to coaching clients.

One outstanding feature of this book is the clarity, accessibility of language, and carefully selected examples and Scripture.  The writing is consistently strong yet fluid. It will appeal to a wide variety of readers and groups.

Leia Francisco
CCE Board Certified Coach and author of Writing Through Transitions: A Guide for Transforming Life Changes

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May your way be lit, just so. Thank you, Jan Richardson.In the turning of the sacred year, Epiphany Day, with all its mystery and light, is a favorite of mine. Here on the eve of the day, this blessing is for you, in celebration.

An Epiphany Blessing

If you could see
the journey whole
you might never
undertake it;
might never dare
the first step
that propels you
from the place
you have known
toward the place
you know not.

Call it
one of the mercies
of the road:
that we see it
only by stages
as it opens
before us,
as it comes into
our keeping
step by
single step.

There is nothing
for it
but to go
and by our going
take the vows
the pilgrim takes:

to be faithful to
the next step;
to rely on more
than the map;
to heed the signposts
of intuition and dream;
to follow the star
that only you
will recognize;

to keep an open eye
for the wonders that
attend the path;
to press on
beyond distractions
beyond fatigue
beyond what would
tempt you
from the way.

There are vows
that only you
will know;
the secret promises
for your particular path
and the new ones
you will need to make
when the road
is revealed
by turns
you could not
have foreseen.

Keep them, break them,
make them again:
each promise becomes
part of the path;
each choice creates
the road
that will take you
to the place
where at last
you will kneel

to offer the gift
most needed—
the gift that only you
can give—
before turning to go
home by
another way.

—Jan Richardson
from Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons

Image: "The Wise Ones" ©

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Creator God, the knowledge that you made me is too great for me and too much for me to understand. Yet, I am here. I live and breathe. My heart beats and my mind thinks. You loved me before I took my first breath. I am your expression of love, alive. Teach me to love in a way that loves you back. Amen. ... See MoreSee Less

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Friends of the KC,
I'm hosting an online group to read and respond to
my devotional workbook, #madetomove.
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