cover image Look Great, Feel Great: 12 Keys to Enjoying a Healthy Life Now

Look Great, Feel Great: 12 Keys to Enjoying a Healthy Life Now

Joyce Meyer, . . Warner Faith, $22.99 (196pp) ISBN 978-0-446-57946-9

Beloved Bible teacher and prolific author Meyer blends self-help with Scripture in this peppy guide to getting fit. You wouldn't want to attend a church with chipped paint or threadbare carpeting, says Meyer, so by the same token, your body, the temple of the Holy Spirit, should be well cared for. After rehearsing her autobiography (a classic conversion narrative in which Meyer had a "poor relationship" with her body but then saw the light), Meyer offers 12 unoriginal steps to healthy living. She promises that if you follow her instructions, you will learn to love your body; boost your metabolism by drinking water and getting lots of sleep; eat more mindfully; envision feeling "fit, comfortable, and happy"; exercise; avoid fad diets; and even have a better relationship with God. The most important part of the book may be the epilogue, which addresses the rising rate of childhood obesity. Occasionally, Meyer seems out of touch with reality. For example, she says that one of the main reasons people fail to care for their bodies is that they are "pathologically selfless," so caught up in altruistic deeds that they forget to care for themselves. All in all, there's nothing here that hasn't been said many times before. (Apr. 4)