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What others are saying about Fit for Prayer – Learn how to fit prayer and physical activity into your daily routine


Fit for Prayer by Kimberley Payne
By Violet Nesdoly
In Fit for Prayer—Learn How to Fit Prayer and Physical Activity Into Your Daily Routine, author and lifestyle coach Kimberley Payne promises to help us “… gain insight into how to incorporate prayer and fitness into your daily routine”- Fit for Prayer, p. 5.

The book is divided into three sections. Chapters 1-3 talk about exercising our bodies. Chapters 4-6 deal with prayer. Chapters 7-8 are a self-test and action stops to take to incorporate exercise and prayer into daily life.

Though in Chapters 1-3 Payne doesn’t describe specific exercises in detail, the fourteen exercise strategies she lists (in Chapter 2) would benefit a person following any exercise program. Her example of an exercise goal plan (Chapter 3) is clear and the blank goal page along with five exercise-related questions would help anyone get started exercising regularly.

In the how-to-pray section (Chapters 4-6) Payne follows the chapter that defines prayer and its benefits (Chapter 4) with a chapter on what prayer consists of using P.A.T.H. as an acronym (praise, admit, thank, and help – Chapter 5). The last chapter in the section (6) describes how to set prayer goals.

The final section of the book, a multi-page True and False self-test (Chapter 7), is followed by “Action Plan,” (Chapter 8). That plan contains ordinary prayer strategies (like “Keep a prayer journal of answered prayers”) and strategies that combine prayer with exercise (like “Pray while walking” – p. 33).

Though short (only 36 pages of content) in Fit for Prayer Payne manages to deliver a practical and inspirational manual designed to motivate readers to cultivate physical and spiritual health simultaneously.

This is another book that would be useful for women’s groups and individuals. I expect I will be consulting my copy again in the soon-upon-us resolution making time of the year.
I received Fit for Prayer as a gift from the author for the purpose of writing a review. Visit Kimberley Payne’s website to check out other lifestyle materials she has authored and is offering as books, e-courses, and free programs.

Fit for prayer
By Elma Schemenauer
This book is about prayer, physical exercise, and the connections between them. I found helpful the author’s categorization of exercise as either cardiovascular activity or strength training. She gives examples of each and presents suggestions for making fitness a family activity.

New to me was the Talk Test, used to monitor the intensity of exercise. Apparently a person should always be able to hold a conversation while exercising, talking in at least two- to three-word phrases.

I found particularly meaningful the following comments about prayer:
-“When you pray, God hears you and fills you with the power to do things you never thought you could do.”
-“Nothing is too big or too small to bring to God.”

As in other books in this series, there are multiple-choice questions to help you test your learning.

Great Little Book of Encouragement
By Glynis Belec “Dinny”

Kimberley Payne’s book, Fit for Prayer, contains some generous nuggets. It’s a short book, but it’s packed with a lot of helpful and encouraging information about keeping healthy both physically and spiritually. Although it is not necessarily a book about weight loss, I’m thinking that if I follow the steps carefully, I will lose weight. I like the suggestion to make small goals from both the health and the spiritual aspect. Not only is this a book filled with good advice, there are tests to make sure I ‘get it,’ along with some interactive, fill-in-the-blank options. At the end of Fit for Prayer, there are options to sign up for other programs, books, videos and more.

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