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.