This nonfiction, healthy lifestyle book is written by Bethany Hamilton, a young woman from Hawaii who became famous after surviving a shark attack while surfing as a teen. Her story was told in both the book and a movie entitled Soul Surfer. Body & Soul is a collaboration with Dustin Dillberg (Bethany Hamilton’s trainer) and Kirby Dillberg (health food consultant).

Body & Soul finds its best audience with the high-energy, athletic high school girl. It outlines a lifestyle that requires perseverance and self-discipline. Bethany encourages a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat organic chicken, meats and fish, lots of water, whole grains, nuts, small portions, and no junk food. There is a chapter of delicious healthful recipes, including Bethany’s favorite green smoothie.

In other sections of the book she recommends specific kinds of workouts—complete with step-by-step photographs and instructions. The reader will also find  encouragement both to find a sport she loves and to exercise regularly with friends. There is a sample week-long diet and exercise plan to get girls started. Bethany points out the importance of a balanced life and of having a good relationship with God.

It sounds as if Bethany is speaking directly to the girls from her home or the beach, using surfing terms to emphasize her enthusiasm. The book is colorful and upbeat, full of scripture quotes, tips on healthy eating and exercise, “Soul Secrets” and “Challenges.” Bethany offers further advice through her website.

Body & Soul is 150 pages long, 10 ½ by 7 inches in size, and is published by Zondervan. It is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Christianbook.com.

Donna Fujimoto is a graduate of Alliance Theological Seminary. She has published both devotionals for adults and short stories for teens. Her children love to read.

Mrs. Fujimoto has a collection of short stories, 9 Slightly Strange Stories with an Uplifting Edge, available as an e-reader at Amazon. Find our review under “N” in the alphabetical listing: Titles We’ve Reviewed.

 

 

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