I’ve been trying to be a little healthier this year. It seems to be my New Year’s Resolution, and in fact, is my resolution every time I go to the doctor’s office. I am not always successful though, and many times I feel like a failure. So, I was attracted to The Healthy Living Handbook as a review because the subtitle was “simple, everyday habits for your body, mind and spirit.” I thought that perhaps, if I read this book, I might find a few habits that would stick with me and improve my overall health.
Smith divides her book into three sections: spirit, mind, and body. Each section has ten chapters or healthy habits to help you to make the simple changes that will allow you to have a more positive and healthier life.
Throughout the book there’s some good advice and some advice that I consider to be less than sound. For example, there’s a great chapter in the mind chapter on organizing your stuff. There’s another great chapter in the food section to help you to avoid fast food.
However, the chapter on prayer discusses praying in tongues as a normal thing to do, and she recommends practices such as lectio divina that I would consider to be suspect at best. I found these chapters very off-putting as well as the chapter on not being discouraged where she said she considers discouragement as being a sin.
In the end, this book is a mixed bag, and not one that I will be recommending. I did find some good stuff in the book, but the good stuff that I did find was tainted by the suspect advice that I found in a few chapters.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for an honest review. This has not affected my opinions and I was not required to write a positive review.