Scott Morris

(Church Health Center)

One of many resources available from the largest faith-based clinic of its type in the U.S., this volume provides clear, manageable steps to achieve maximum overall health through life-changing attitudes and actions. Although the approach of Optimal Health may seem simplistic to some readers, the accountability factor and clear focus may be necessary for persons requiring more discipline to make needed lifestyle changes. And, the 40-day plan makes it a good companion for this season’s Lenten journey.

The book’s colorful and inviting layout, practical advice, biblical encouragement, and stories of real people who’ve taken the same journey make it quite approachable. Each week’s section begins with a one-page real-life story and then follows this progression:

Day 1 = Beginnings

Day 2 = Directions

Day 3 = Goals

Day 4 = Expectations

Day 5 = First steps

Day 6 = One step forward, one step back

Day 7 = Celebration

Each day’s section starts with a short morning reflection, followed by practices in the 7-step model — faith, medical, movement, work, emotional, family and friends, and nutrition — and ends with an “evening wrap-up” and a prayer.