Women of Strength - a devotional to improve spiritual & physical health

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I created this devotional book out of a desire to become more physically healthy. As a former personal trainer, I knew all about exercise and nutrition, however, I still missed something. Or should I say, Someone. More

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About Kimberley Payne

Kimberley Payne is a motivational speaker and writer. Her writing relates raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Kimberley, who lives near Peterborough, Ontario, offers practical, guilt-free tips on improving spiritual and physical health. Her energetic and enthusiastic workshop presentations have encouraged listeners at churches, women's retreats and conferences.

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Review by: r mccauley on Feb. 16, 2013 : star star star star star
Do you want to be a woman of strength--physically, emotionally and especially spiritually? Then let Kimberley Payne guide you along the path to a stronger you as she shares her personal life-lessons, devotionals, and exercises with you.

This book takes you through the whole year with various suggestions for each season, so order it now, and get started whenever you want. Reading one segment a day will keep you encouraged to continue on with your exercise program.

You can order this ebook on Smashwords under her name and the title.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Debra A. Newell on Dec. 24, 2012 : star star star star star
Whether one is a novice at exercise, or just a little rusty, readers will find the organization and tips throughout to be useful and at times humorous. If one takes the exercise instructions seriously, adding one new exercise per week, by the time you have read the book, you have a full-blown killer routine down.

The multi-faceted, real human being perspective to health that Kimberly incorporates – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual – is a refreshing change from a more main-stream approach. Readers of all ages, though primarily adults will enjoy this book.

Kimberly writes with a good understanding of challenges faced by those who do/would like to regularly exercise. Take time to read this refreshing how-to book.

By Debra A. Newell, BS, MS, PhD

Author and Creative Director of “A Strand of Pearls” http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/101230
http://www.writingforthespirit.com
http://DrDebra.posterous.com
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Violet Nesdoly on Nov. 03, 2012 : star star star star star
Women of Strength - a devotional to improve spiritual and by Kimberly Payne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Kimberley Payne takes us through the year in her devotional e-book Women of Strength. No, that’s not through the year as in 365 devotions, but through it in twenty-four, six each in sections devoted to the seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn.Each devotion is further divided into several parts. In the first, Payne talks frankly about some aspect of her life, relating her everyday experience to her spiritual journey and encouraging us to do the same.The next section, “Exercise Your Funny Bone,” contains cute chucklers like: “The Best Vitamin for a Christian: B1” – (Kindle Location 108).In “You Asked” she answers a common fitness or exercise question.“Faith Lift” is a prayer.In “Reflection” Payne talks about how she’s putting her exercise and diet resolves into practice in everyday while life—taking into account the season.“Top Tip” is a cautionary tip for readers. For example, the tip for the first devotional is to check with your doctor before making significant changes in your physical activity level.“Bible Truth” is a Bible verse to read and/or memorize.“Challenge” contains a diet or exercise challenge, e.g. “Drink one less caffeine beverage per day” (KL 125).And in the final part, “Praise Move,” Payne describes a physical exercise readers can try, along with advice on what to avoid when doing it.I found this a great little devotional for several reasons. For one, Payne’s writing style is warm, friendly and easy to understand. She often tells on herself, reassuring us that we’re not the only ones that fall off the diet and exercise wagon.The seasonal aspect of the book gives us an opportunity to see Payne in action throughout the year. Especially in the “Reflection” part, we see how she deals with seasonal challenges like exercising outside in winter, the changing schedule of summer holidays when the whole family is underfoot, and incorporating exercise into days when her children need her attention.I really like her emphasis on living life in balance, which includes balance in exercise—she encourages a combination of flexibility, strength, and aerobic exercises—balance in eating, balancing the needs of family with personal needs, and balance in not allowing secular demands choke out spiritual life.I found the “You Asked” sections informative. And though all the “Funny Bone” jokes were amusing, several were really quite hilarious.This book would be great for personal use. I can also see it being a good resource for a woman’s Bible study group in the way it brings up a variety of topics for discussion, deals with seasonal challenges, encourages healthy living, and has a built-in activity (exercise) component. You’ll make fit ladies out of us all yet, Kim!

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Review by: Carol Round on Oct. 27, 2012 : star star star star star
Kimberly Payne writes from the heart as well as experience. Her devotional book, Women of Strength, was born out of her desire to become physically healthy. As a former personal trainer, Payne knew about exercise and routine but began to realize that something or, as she says, “Someone” was missing in her health and fitness plan. That missing piece of the puzzle is God. Payne felt led by His spirit to include God in every part of her life, including something as small as losing a few pounds.
Payne has divided her devotional book into four sections to reflect the four seasons. She has further divided each season into six sections to include an inspirational devotional, a common health fact and fitness questions, a reflection, a prayer, scripture, top tips, a challenge and an energizing exercise.
She also includes “Exercise Your Funny Bone” with each devotional. For example, “Seven days without prayer makes one weak.” We need to laugh each day to exercise our insides too!
This unique, practical, inspirational book reflects the author’s quest to help other women improve their spiritual and physical health through the seasons. Get your copy and get healthy, physically and spiritually. I give it a 5-star rating!—Carol Round, author of Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God, and the companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Penny Henry on Oct. 13, 2012 : (no rating)
I enjoyed walking my way through “Women of Strength - a devotional to improve spiritual & physical health” written by Kimberly Payne. I love the way she divides each devotion!


Devotion – speaking of physical health


Parallel to spiritual health


Exercise Your Funny Bone – joke concerning health


You Asked – a question and its answer


Faith Lift – prayer


Reflection – look back


Top Tip – a health tip


Bible Truth – Scripture


Challenge


Praise Move – a quick exercise and how to do it


I would DEFINITELY recommend this book as a devotional for women who are trying to keep their bodies (God’s temple), minds, and spirits, healthy.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Body and Soul Publishing on Oct. 08, 2012 : star star star star star
I really enjoyed this devotional. It is different than any other devotional I currently have and enjoyed the change. Each devotional is broken down into several sections as follows:

Devotional - I liked the personal stories she shared.
Exercise for the funny bone - a short joke or pun.
Exercise Q & A - she answers questions she has received on exercise and fitness.
Faith Lift - short prayer.
Reflection - short refection.
Top Tip - usually a fitness tip.
Bible Truth - a scripture that relates.
Challenge - an application either physically or spiritually.
Praise Move - an exercise to incorporate.

Just reading this devotional inspired me to be more physically active and exercise as well as spend more time with God. Recommended!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: MaryAnn Koopmann on Aug. 18, 2012 : star star star star star
Our strength is complementary and shines through our compassion and adaptability to the people in our world. We are motivators to friends, family, co-workers, bosses and employees. We are peacemakers, harmonizers. We are the glue that knits families together. A must read!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: MaryAnn Koopmann on Aug. 18, 2012 : star star star star star
Our strength is complementary and shines through our compassion and adaptability to the people in our world. We are motivators to friends, family, co-workers, bosses and employees. We are peacemakers, harmonizers. We are the glue that knits families together. A must read!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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