The Single Most Effective Exercise You Can Do… (With Help from New Author, Carol Bonura and her book, “Our God is a Big God—Personal Stories of Those Touched by the Bigness of God”) Part 1 of 4 on Fitness

Friends!  Let’s play Good News/Bad News….

Bad news first:  Yes, we’ll be doing a four-part series on fitness over the next few weeks which does involve exercise. But, here on the blog, you only have to read about it.  If you want to try it, well, that’s up to you!

Good news:  We’ll be starting out slowly (!!!), and some of the exercise is metaphorical vs. physical.  We’ll break halfway thru’ to talk about Book Club (Mark your calendars for February 27th when Branches Book Club will be discussing Beth Moore’s debut novel, The Undoing of Saint Sylvanus and will receive a personal video message from Beth.)

**Even BETTER news**:  There’s a brand new book out by my sweet friend, Carol Bonura.  It would be great for any age, male or female.  Checkout the title:  Our God is a Big God—Personal Stories of Those Touched by the Bigness of God.

51wtttctxal

The format is fantastic as is each, unique story by over forty different individuals.  As the title indicates, these friends of Carol’s share a story where God has revealed Himself.  Many of the stories are an only-God-could-pull-this-off kind, leaving no other possible explanation.

Prior to the contributor’s story, Carol shares how she knows this person.  Their story rolls, followed by that person’s favorite Scripture verse.  Carol then blesses each contributor with a verse which is not only fitting to the story, I believe it inspires that person to carry on. To see the Word of God “work together” so beautifully is another one of my favorite parts of Carol’s book.

I can’t begin to choose a favorite story.  I’ve loved them all.  (I happen to have a story in Carol’s book and while it’s my story, it’s still a cool God-incident, also irrefutable.)

Bob Russell wrote the Foreword and he has written a story.  Liz Curtis Higgs, Pat Day, Elizabeth Jeffries, Amos Martin, Dave Stone, and Joe Donaldson are just a few of the many contributors.

Bob said, “When we allow the Spirit of God to work through us, we have a positive story to tell to the nations, a story that can change lives and inspire others to be more than they can be alone.”

Carol’s book came about from a recent vacation she and her husband, Joe,  took with friends.  Carol tells us while on vacation, they all participated in Bible study every morning.

She was so moved by Ecclesiastes 3:11, she decided to ask these six friends to share “how they’d been impacted by the immensity of God.” After hearing their amazing stories, it was Joe who suggested she enlist more friends and family to share their stories on the Bigness of God, putting them together in a book.

eccl-3-11

Once you dive into the book, you’ll immediately say to yourself, “Oh my goodness, so-and-so would enjoy this!”  Take my advice and have a notepad nearby as one friend will lead to five.  What a beautiful gift this makes.

So, I’ve dodged exercise long enough…What’s fun about this week’s post is you can read Carol’s book and try this most effective exercise at the same time.

A fascinating book came out in 2010 entitled The Blue Zones—Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest by Dan Buettner (The 2nd edition is in paperback.)

51bjy1k2enl-_sx339_bo1204203200_

Dan used to write for National Geographic magazine.  His article on “The Secrets of Long Life” and its’ popularity, caused him to research the ends of the earth to find more concentrated areas of living centenarians. He studied the lifestyle of these people. They dubbed these parts of the world “Blue Zones”.

Dan also includes lessons enabling you to create your own personal Blue Zone. Happy to report one of the common denominators you’ll discover is these folks consume dark chocolate.

Every day. 

(Just on the off chance you need one more reason to consume chocolate.)

bigstock-167256389

Other common denominators include participating in a community.  Another one, across the board, is these folks walk everywhere.  Many times, logging miles and miles a day.  (One of our four exercise posts will discuss walking and jogging in detail…)

One of a handful of helpful take-home resources is where Dan reveals the single most effective exercise you can do for yourself :  Simply sit in a chair.  Followed by standing to get yourself up out of the chair. (These women in the picture are practicing!)

Senior Women Standing And Sitting For ExerciseWorking your three sets of thigh muscles faithfully will keep you out of a wheelchair. I know this to be true as this happened to my own Mother.  She quit trying, and kept sitting, causing her to be unable to get up out of that chair, sadly landing her in a wheelchair, immobile.

My proposition to you dear friends, today, is to suggest you grab a good book.  Preferably Carol’s new one, Our God is a Big God, and read one of the stories each day. 

Take it with you to your favorite chair.  Sit down, read one of the stories.  Then get up!  This simple act will help you stay mobile. Read another story, repeating this action the next day.  And the next…

Now see?  That wasn’t too painful!  This is a mere warm-up for next week’s post.  Much  more vigorous exercise lies ahead…

One more fun fact before we close:  I was blessed to meet Carol many years ago thru’ mutual friends plus we attended Book Club together.  One New Year’s Eve, John and I were with Carol and Joe and Liz and Bill Higgs over at Elizabeth Jeffries’ home.  Elizabeth and Stephen had asked us over for dinner to ring in the New Year.

We each shared something fun we’d done in the previous year.  I about fell out of my chair when Carol reported she’d read sixty-five books that year.  How wonderful for her she now has her very own book for us to read!  Congratulations, Carol!

‘Til next time!

P.S.  FYI, here are other interesting books by the Blue Zone guy,  Dan Buettner:

The Blue Zone Solution:   Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People

 51wegbs-el-_sx340_bo1204203200_

Thrive:  Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way

41tha04e5rl-_sx338_bo1204203200_

Advertisements

5 Comments

Filed under Book Clubs, Book Reviews, Life Lessons

5 responses to “The Single Most Effective Exercise You Can Do… (With Help from New Author, Carol Bonura and her book, “Our God is a Big God—Personal Stories of Those Touched by the Bigness of God”) Part 1 of 4 on Fitness

  1. What a lovely blog, Elizabeth! Thank you so much for suggesting my mother’s book. It was truly a labor of love — Mom did the gathering — and Dad did the encouraging. It’s such a sweet read, I’ve been giving out copies almost everywhere I go. Bible Study. My doctors. Car Washes. Hospitals. Sometimes I give them directly to a person. Sometimes I go into stealth mode and “accidentally” leave it in a waiting room. There’s something deliciously mischievous about that!

    I visited Beverly my former chemo nurse last week and gave her several. She started to tear up and said, “My friend suddenly lost her 24-year-old son a few days ago. Your timing is perfect. I think she will appreciate one.” We may never know how many people this sweet little book will touch.

    My mama took a step of faith and came WAY out of her comfort zone to put “Our God Is a Big God” together. My father is her biggest cheerleader. I am blessed beyond measure to have faithful parents who not only hear God’s call, but follow it.

  2. Shari Keen

    Elizabeth…..I am a long time friend of Betsy Heady’s (lucky me)….. and am so grateful she connected me to YOU. I look forward to your posts. i order and read some of the books you recommend. I so enjoyed Five Brides which I was happy to find at the library. Our Bible Study group has done several of Liz Curtis Higg’s study…love her. I am looking forward to Carol Bonura’s book. Thankful for your blog……Shari Keen

    • Well hey there, Shari! So nice of you to comment! I, too, adore Betsy. She wrote a lovely piece for my book I’m working on. Stay tuned…
      I, too, loved Five Brides! And of course, I’m a huge fan and friend of Liz Higgs’. Our Tuesday group is going to be doing her latest, “The Women of Easter” to take us thru’ the Easter Season. It can be done like a Bible Study, just FYI. =) Many thanks and would love to meet you in person sometime!
      Hugs,
      Elizabeth

  3. Elizabeth Jeffries

    Elizabeth this is so sweet! You honored Carol so beautifully! Love all the fitness ideas. Excuse me while I get up from my chair! Xxoo

    ej

    Elizabeth Jeffries, RN, CSP, CPAE, MM Keynote Speaker, Executive Leadership Coach 909 Tamarisk Ct Louisville,KY 40223 USA w 502-339-1600 c 502-314-1178 http://www.tweedjeffries.com

    Sent from my iPad

    >