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Simple, Everyday Ways to Lifelong Health for Your Body, Mind, and Spirit These days we are living longer than ever, yet we're more run down, anxious, overweight, exhausted, stressed out, depressed, and all-around more unwell than ever before. The quantity of the days we live is up, but the quality of those days is down. Way down. What if there were a simple, everyday way t Simple, Everyday Ways to Lifelong Health for Your Body, Mind, and Spirit These days we are living longer than ever, yet we're more run down, anxious, overweight, exhausted, stressed out, depressed, and all-around more unwell than ever before. The quantity of the days we live is up, but the quality of those days is down. Way down. What if there were a simple, everyday way to change this? What if a healthy life were easily within your grasp--body, mind, and spirit? The good news is that it is! Going beyond over-hyped diets and complicated exercise routines, spiritual wellness expert and certified nutritional counselor Laura Harris Smith distills the essence of a healthy life into one simple, practical idea: change your habits, change your life. By showing that a truly healthy life is more than physical--it's mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual--Smith gives you easy, everyday ways not only to live well, but to live better, in every area of life. Accessible, practical, and grounded in real life, The Healthy Living Handbook is not a major lifestyle overhaul; it's just full of simple course corrections that will bring you the peace, rest, energy, connection, and clarity you've longed for. When you live from a place of true health, you will love more deeply, engage more fully, and participate with others more wholeheartedly.


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Simple, Everyday Ways to Lifelong Health for Your Body, Mind, and Spirit These days we are living longer than ever, yet we're more run down, anxious, overweight, exhausted, stressed out, depressed, and all-around more unwell than ever before. The quantity of the days we live is up, but the quality of those days is down. Way down. What if there were a simple, everyday way t Simple, Everyday Ways to Lifelong Health for Your Body, Mind, and Spirit These days we are living longer than ever, yet we're more run down, anxious, overweight, exhausted, stressed out, depressed, and all-around more unwell than ever before. The quantity of the days we live is up, but the quality of those days is down. Way down. What if there were a simple, everyday way to change this? What if a healthy life were easily within your grasp--body, mind, and spirit? The good news is that it is! Going beyond over-hyped diets and complicated exercise routines, spiritual wellness expert and certified nutritional counselor Laura Harris Smith distills the essence of a healthy life into one simple, practical idea: change your habits, change your life. By showing that a truly healthy life is more than physical--it's mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual--Smith gives you easy, everyday ways not only to live well, but to live better, in every area of life. Accessible, practical, and grounded in real life, The Healthy Living Handbook is not a major lifestyle overhaul; it's just full of simple course corrections that will bring you the peace, rest, energy, connection, and clarity you've longed for. When you live from a place of true health, you will love more deeply, engage more fully, and participate with others more wholeheartedly.

30 review for The Healthy Living Audiobook: Simple, Everyday Habits for Your Body, Mind and Spirit

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anna LeBaron

    This book by Laura Harris Smith will be perfect for the following groups of readers: 1. Fans of Laura Harris Smith 2. Those just beginning a journey to better overall health 3. People who have completed "The 30 Day Faith Detox", which is Laura's previous book by that name. The Healthy Living Handbook provides exactly what the subtitle says: simple, everyday habits for your body, mind and spirit. The book is divided into three sections, with ten chapters per section focusing on the areas of the body, This book by Laura Harris Smith will be perfect for the following groups of readers: 1. Fans of Laura Harris Smith 2. Those just beginning a journey to better overall health 3. People who have completed "The 30 Day Faith Detox", which is Laura's previous book by that name. The Healthy Living Handbook provides exactly what the subtitle says: simple, everyday habits for your body, mind and spirit. The book is divided into three sections, with ten chapters per section focusing on the areas of the body, mind and spirit. From the back over of the Advance Reading Copy: This book "...is not a major lifestyle overhaul; it's just full of simple course corrections that will bring you the peace, rest, energy, connection and clarity you've longed for." I read through the book quickly so that I could provide this review. That was a bit overwhelming, so my intention is to go back and begin applying the suggestions to the areas in my life that need focus. My recommendation to anyone that reads it is to go through it slowly, applying the instruction and suggestions as you go, little by little. There were some suggestions that did not apply to me or to the season of life that I am currently in, so I will just skip over those on my next go-round, along with the chapters where I had some theological differences with the author. I took notes in the margins, underlined and highlighted so much in the book. The following are a few of the phrases that I loved and that stuck out to me: "the law-breaking blessing of the supernatural" "employing the supernatural to transcend the laws of nature as a means of fostering faith" "when you use your words and actions to promote someone, you also get promoted!" "the discipline of divine health is within your grasp". That last phrase seems like a great place to end my review. :) I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book from the publisher, Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marianne Ziech

    I rated this book as 5, because I truly believe it's a lifesaver. After spending over 30 years taking care of my husband, family, friends, children at work and aging parents, I lost myself. Initially I thought my weight was the main problem, gaining 30+ lbs. throughout the years. However after reading Laura's book The 30-day Faith Detox, it dawned on me that what I really needed was to renew all three components: Body, Mind, and Spirit. The three go together and one without the other is just not I rated this book as 5, because I truly believe it's a lifesaver. After spending over 30 years taking care of my husband, family, friends, children at work and aging parents, I lost myself. Initially I thought my weight was the main problem, gaining 30+ lbs. throughout the years. However after reading Laura's book The 30-day Faith Detox, it dawned on me that what I really needed was to renew all three components: Body, Mind, and Spirit. The three go together and one without the other is just not good. I tried many different weight loss programs, and even have lifetime memberships to several different programs. I believe I dieted myself up the 30 + pounds. Even after losing the weight, I felt proud but also felt I was missing true happiness. I just did not understand why because I was blessed with a wonderful husband, three great children, great friends and a job I loved. After reading Laura's book, there was no doubt in my mind that I needed to read, The Healthy Living Handbook. I reviewed and re-read parts and found it to be so very helpful. This book is very informative. I plan to re-read allowing myself to absorb the material more thoroughly I suggest the reader take time to read each chapter and then put each section into good practice and make it a part of daily lifestyle and habit. I strongly encourage anyone who wants to live a healthy lifestyle to include comfortable weight, better sleep with increase energy, renewed mind and most of all, spiritual growth. I believe ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary-fulfilled life by putting Laura’s suggestions into good practice. Go for it! Read it cause you have nothing to loose and a lot to gain. I received an Advanced Reading Copy of this book from the publisher, Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jeana Wellman

    I’m a believer in the importance of the body, mind, spirit connection. This is an excellent handbook to help identify and remedy some issues that may be affecting any or all of those areas. I really identify with the poem The Wait that begins on page 121. I could feel Laura Harris Smith’s passion (that challenged me) and her compassion (that was quite comforting) in the pages of this book. “I received an Advance Reader Copy from Chosen Books.”

  4. 4 out of 5

    Erin Barry

    The Healthy Living Handbook was an easy and engaging read. It delivers exactly what it promises; simple, practical habits to consider that will help lead you to a more healthy life. I enjoyed that each habit has thoughtful questions after it is presented allowing you to ponder, personalize and apply each idea. A few takeaways were: “The supernatural is not safe for your ‘flesh’, but your spirit is right at home with it.”; understanding the importance of "color-coded foods" and including them in The Healthy Living Handbook was an easy and engaging read. It delivers exactly what it promises; simple, practical habits to consider that will help lead you to a more healthy life. I enjoyed that each habit has thoughtful questions after it is presented allowing you to ponder, personalize and apply each idea. A few takeaways were: “The supernatural is not safe for your ‘flesh’, but your spirit is right at home with it.”; understanding the importance of "color-coded foods" and including them in your diet, and the “blood-brain barrier” in terms of how our body absorbs or more importantly doesn’t absorb all medication. Laura Harris-Smith is knowledgeable, and encouraging. It’s a great book for anyone wanting to spend time realigning their own health, body, soul and spirit. I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book from the publisher, Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rachael Smith

    I loved the 30 Day Faith Detox book by Laura Harris Smith and hoped for another book to further my health! I believe she has accomplished it with The Healthy Living Handbook! If you have completed her detox or are new to her books, this book is a great start for anyone! It covers your health as a whole and is super simple that anyone could apply this to their everyday lives! I received an Advance Reader Copy from Chosen Books.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Laura Harris Smith has written a practical and compelling handbook that outlines three specific ways to transform your daily habits into healthy ones. The book is divided into three sections: body, mind and spirit, each section has ten chapters. Give yourself time to read a chapter a day over thirty days. Doing so, will allow the author's words of wisdom to really sink in. Each chapter has some reflection questions and ends with a prayer. This book is a great read for everybody regardless of whe Laura Harris Smith has written a practical and compelling handbook that outlines three specific ways to transform your daily habits into healthy ones. The book is divided into three sections: body, mind and spirit, each section has ten chapters. Give yourself time to read a chapter a day over thirty days. Doing so, will allow the author's words of wisdom to really sink in. Each chapter has some reflection questions and ends with a prayer. This book is a great read for everybody regardless of where you are on your health journey. I received an Advanced Reader Copy from Chosen Books.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Laura has done an EXCEPTIONAL job bringing the truth of how to live a healthy life spirit, soul and body. If you are wondering why your breakthrough hasn't come, then this book lays it all out for you and will help to empower you to help you live the life of your dreams. I received an Advance Reader Copy from Chosen Books. Laura has done an EXCEPTIONAL job bringing the truth of how to live a healthy life spirit, soul and body. If you are wondering why your breakthrough hasn't come, then this book lays it all out for you and will help to empower you to help you live the life of your dreams. I received an Advance Reader Copy from Chosen Books.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Raili Robbie

    The book is very informative. We all need to pay close attention to our spirit, soul and body. The author encourages us to do so and gives practical ways how to do it. I enjoyed the book very much and recommend to read it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth A. Byler

    The Healthy Living Handbook is unlike any book I've read on the topic of health and wellness. Laura Harris Smith focuses on the whole person - body, mind and spirit - and offers the "top ten" healthy living habits for each category. She writes in a style that makes you feel like you are sitting down for an afternoon chat as she shares wisdom and stories and practical advice from a wealth of knowledge and years of personal experience. Laura gives a lot of food for thought, and while it is a quick The Healthy Living Handbook is unlike any book I've read on the topic of health and wellness. Laura Harris Smith focuses on the whole person - body, mind and spirit - and offers the "top ten" healthy living habits for each category. She writes in a style that makes you feel like you are sitting down for an afternoon chat as she shares wisdom and stories and practical advice from a wealth of knowledge and years of personal experience. Laura gives a lot of food for thought, and while it is a quick read, it should not be skimmed! Chew on it! Take the time to read and ponder, and then go apply it to your life! I enjoyed Laura's poetry throughout the book and the prayers that she included at the end of each chapter. This is definitely a book I will read over and over again. I highly recommend it and encourage you to read it as well! “I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book from the publisher, Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing Group."

  10. 5 out of 5

    Julie E. Swanberg

    Laura Harris Smith has done it again! These tips will help to make you the healthiest YOU can be! It includes ideas for your spirit, mind and body. thoroughly enjoyed it!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carissa Johnson

    This book feels like sitting down with the loving southern mama from your church and receiving all her wisdom that she's collected from life experience and taking care of others. A lot of the advice is practical and truly will make your life happier, healthier, and more orderly. She incorporates an ancient yet fresh view of the body as triune: body, mind, and spirit. Laura Harris Smith has great advice and both personal experiences and research to back it up. In some ways, readers may find that This book feels like sitting down with the loving southern mama from your church and receiving all her wisdom that she's collected from life experience and taking care of others. A lot of the advice is practical and truly will make your life happier, healthier, and more orderly. She incorporates an ancient yet fresh view of the body as triune: body, mind, and spirit. Laura Harris Smith has great advice and both personal experiences and research to back it up. In some ways, readers may find that this particular book is a repackaging of information and advice that is either commonly known, trite and overdone, or readily available in other resources or online. There are promotions for her various products throughout the book as well--which is a welcome integration for those who are a fan of Laura's work and want to apply it to their lives, and a bit flashy for newer readers. The book is definitely aimed toward readers who are in a later season of life, new Christians, or those new to healthy living who might appreciate advice for laying the foundations of a healthy Christian life. I would recommend it to readers who fall in those categories, with the advice to sift through for the advice and suggestions that apply to your stage of life. I received an Advance Reader Copy from Chosen Books.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    I loved the 30 day Faith Detox book and was hoping to have a sequel - to answer the "what do I do now" question. This book does not really answer that question per se - well, it does in one of the chapters. All that being said, once I did a mind re-set - I really enjoyed the book and it gives great guidance on how to live a healthy, satisfied and productive life. I like that she addressed that we are body, mind and spirit - and that each are an integral part of the other. when one part is out of I loved the 30 day Faith Detox book and was hoping to have a sequel - to answer the "what do I do now" question. This book does not really answer that question per se - well, it does in one of the chapters. All that being said, once I did a mind re-set - I really enjoyed the book and it gives great guidance on how to live a healthy, satisfied and productive life. I like that she addressed that we are body, mind and spirit - and that each are an integral part of the other. when one part is out of kilter, it can affect the other two. Laura Harris Smith has great insight, gives good advice and a wonderful sense of humor. I have never met her - but would love too! Reading the book, I felt like I was sitting across from her with a nice cup of tea and having great conversations! I did not give 5 stars - I wish she had gone into more detail with certain areas such as the essential oils and nutrition - but the book would have probably been three times the size! Hopefully, she will do another book just on that. This is a good read, informative without being preachy and from my own personal experience, following this plan has indeed starting turning things around for me - both spiritually and physically. Well done Laura!!! I did receive an advance readers copy from Chosen Books.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Connie Steele

    I was honored to read The Healthy Living Handbook before it was released. I believe every Christian needs to read and own this book. Laura Harris Smith covers the Holy Spirit, the need for special prayer time as well as how your attitude is effected by changing your atmosphere. I was so inspired on the chapters of eating the rainbow and the purpose and different types of fast....I went on a 21 day fast eating only fruit and vegetables and as I am typing I am on day 7. I am encouraging all my fri I was honored to read The Healthy Living Handbook before it was released. I believe every Christian needs to read and own this book. Laura Harris Smith covers the Holy Spirit, the need for special prayer time as well as how your attitude is effected by changing your atmosphere. I was so inspired on the chapters of eating the rainbow and the purpose and different types of fast....I went on a 21 day fast eating only fruit and vegetables and as I am typing I am on day 7. I am encouraging all my friends to get this book, its an easy read but covers so much. How much more can we achieve if we have a healthy Mind, Body and Spirit. Order this book.....you will be so happy you did!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sara Gorman

    I received an Advance Reader Copy from Chosen Books. I found Laura's writing to be very conducive to reflecting on and thinking about practical next steps in my own life. I would recommend reading a chapter every day or every other day to be able to really think about each of these practices and to make changes if necessary, as well as to adapt to them without them being too overwhelming. Most of the 30 topics Laura talks about are things we are doing already, but maybe need to reflect on a litt I received an Advance Reader Copy from Chosen Books. I found Laura's writing to be very conducive to reflecting on and thinking about practical next steps in my own life. I would recommend reading a chapter every day or every other day to be able to really think about each of these practices and to make changes if necessary, as well as to adapt to them without them being too overwhelming. Most of the 30 topics Laura talks about are things we are doing already, but maybe need to reflect on a little more, or look at the reason why we are doing what we are doing. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is wanting to make lifestyle changes, but may not know where to start.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Beka Elizabeth

    This book is absolutely phenomenal. As a believer, I love that the Word was implemented into the chapter. It really made you think in a "whole minded" manner. This book has shown me different ways of taking care of myself that I knew of, but was too timid to try. Specifically, bringing the spirit into health. Unfortunately, I never thought about that way UNTIL NOW! This book has given me a different perspective and I encourage all to read it no matter your age! This book is absolutely phenomenal. As a believer, I love that the Word was implemented into the chapter. It really made you think in a "whole minded" manner. This book has shown me different ways of taking care of myself that I knew of, but was too timid to try. Specifically, bringing the spirit into health. Unfortunately, I never thought about that way UNTIL NOW! This book has given me a different perspective and I encourage all to read it no matter your age!

  16. 4 out of 5

    James

    We all want thrive at life. Certified nutritionist, co-pastor, poet and playwright, Laura Harris Smith wrote The Healthy Living Handbook to offer a holistic approach, helping us thrive in our spirits, minds and bodies. Building on her previous book, The 30-Day Faith Detox, Smith describes 30 healthy habits, to put and pray into practice over the course of 30 days. She organizes these habits into habits for the Spirit (i.e. the Christian life, and having a healthy spiritual life), habits for the We all want thrive at life. Certified nutritionist, co-pastor, poet and playwright, Laura Harris Smith wrote The Healthy Living Handbook to offer a holistic approach, helping us thrive in our spirits, minds and bodies. Building on her previous book, The 30-Day Faith Detox, Smith describes 30 healthy habits, to put and pray into practice over the course of 30 days. She organizes these habits into habits for the Spirit (i.e. the Christian life, and having a healthy spiritual life), habits for the mind, and habits for the body. Smith has some decent life advice to dole out, but I had issues with much of her approach. Smith begins her survey of life habits with a focus on the spiritual. Because her background is Pentecostal/Charismatic movement, this is where this section begins. The first three habits describe being open to miracles and the supernatural, praying in a prayer language (AKA tongues) and the experiencing the baptism of the Holy Spirit. She next focuses on cultivating habits such as: daily bible reading, respect for authority, weekly church attendance, guarding our personal salvation, trusting in Christ, choosing faith and 'dodging doubt', and having the assurance of salvation. The charismatic emphasis (and the Arminian emphasis on working out your salvation) may be off-putting to some readers. But my issues begin with her ideas about honoring authority. For example, in describing how spiritual healthy people crave opportunities to show honor, she writes, "I would rather be physically ill than to dishonor a pastor or other spiritual mentor, and I trust I will continue to reap honor from my own congregants as a result" (59). This sort of sentiment is really common in the charismatic movement, and sometimes results in an unquestioning obedience and reverence of the senior pastor. In a #metoo/#churchtoo age, I think this message of honor and respect needs to be balanced with a message of holding leaders to account. There are rebels without a cause, but just as often, and far too often is there abusive structures that need to be called to account. But another troubling side of the spiritual advice that Smith gives, is how me-centered it all is. I know, not a fair critique of self-help book, but following Jesus is a life on mission, announcing the Kingdom of God and transforming the culture. The charismatic signs and wonders side of the spiritual life, is framed by Smith, as entering fully into all God has for us. And she gives advice about practices that cultivate our spiritual lives (reading the Bible, praying, going to church, knowing we're saved). The section on knowing we are saved, does briefly talk about sharing our salvation story in evangelism, and that would be the whole emphasis on mission in the whole 'spirit' section of the book. If I wasn't reviewing this book, I probably would have quit reading this book at this point. It isn't that I don't value the spiritual aspect to life and faith in Jesus, it is that the message of the Kingdom of God is short-shrifted by Smith's approach to Spiritual health. But the other sections of the book did have some useful life advice to offer, however. The mind section focused on cultivating organizational habits, being kind and courteous, smiling and laughing, avoiding stress, 'refusing' discouragement, cultivating good boundaries, healthy relationships, and forgiving others. The 'mind' section didn't have much to say about cultivating the intellectual life, but there was practical tips for navigating life and keeping a positive outlook. Yay. The final section, draws more heavily on Smith's expertise as a nutritionist. She describes the journey of improving personal nutrition (e.g. eating a rainbow of fruit and vegetables, limiting meat, sweets and wheat, avoiding fast food, getting a good night's sleep, exercise and watching your weight, using essential oils, and drinking plenty of water. This is the section that is the most practical and helpful, and found myself far less disgruntled in this section than I was in other sections of the book. I am totally on board with healthy living, and like that Smith takes a holistic approach. However there was too much in this book I found problematic for me to feel like recommending it to others. I gave it 2 stars. Notice of material connection: I received a copy of this book from Chosen books in exchange for my honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    The subtitle for this book is "Simple, Everyday Habits for Your Body, Mind and Spirit." There is a good reason for this subtitle. The author believes that we are triune beings with a mind, a physical body and a spirit. So this book takes a look at all three areas in order to strive for complete health. In light of that, the book is divided into three sections. Each section includes a short chapter on each of the top 10 healthy living habits for that section. Altogether, 30 healthy living habits The subtitle for this book is "Simple, Everyday Habits for Your Body, Mind and Spirit." There is a good reason for this subtitle. The author believes that we are triune beings with a mind, a physical body and a spirit. So this book takes a look at all three areas in order to strive for complete health. In light of that, the book is divided into three sections. Each section includes a short chapter on each of the top 10 healthy living habits for that section. Altogether, 30 healthy living habits are discussed and explained. What this author does best is to simplify a process that could become overwhelming if we let it, into do-able steps with a simple daily plan. Everything you need to change your ordinary life into an extraordinary healthy life is in this book. I think of the book as a handbook, as it is called by the author, because this is a great resource to keep on hand for reference. The author has done much research into all the topics discussed in the book and includes many of these resources in footnotes in each chapter. What I like most about the book is that the author loves lists. Lists make it easy to find the topics and the resources, so that when you are ready to adopt another healthy habit, you can do some research of your own if you desire before adding the new habit to your lifestyle. This book has a plan for a complete makeover of your whole self, but it is up to you to carry out the plan. The pace is set by you, going at whatever speed you are comfortable with. That makes this book very do-able for most of us. My overall impression after reading this book is dynamite. The book is compact, pithy, and immensely practical. It's a small book with only a little over 200 pages. But each page is well worth the time taken to read it. She explains her reasons for what she includes in her lists but is not long-winded in those discussions. As a testimony to how thought provoking her book is, if you were to see my copy, you would find underlining and stars and marks to highlight what I wanted to find later. By the end of the book I realized I had a great overview of what it means to live a complete whole healthy lifestyle that encompasses mind, body and soul. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a review copy of this book from Chosen Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group on behalf of the author. I was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  18. 5 out of 5

    TheConsultingWriter

    I initially thought this was one of those “diet plan” books that laid out recommendations for daily consumption and maybe an exercise plan as well. Instead, I found it an all-encompassing book on the overall health of body, mind, and spirit. Author Laura Harris Smith spells out her recommendations not just for nutrition, but also in the areas of emotional and spiritual health. There is no question regarding the author’s faith. She makes it clear in her thoughts and examples. I think it’s refresh I initially thought this was one of those “diet plan” books that laid out recommendations for daily consumption and maybe an exercise plan as well. Instead, I found it an all-encompassing book on the overall health of body, mind, and spirit. Author Laura Harris Smith spells out her recommendations not just for nutrition, but also in the areas of emotional and spiritual health. There is no question regarding the author’s faith. She makes it clear in her thoughts and examples. I think it’s refreshing and honest. For readers that might not share the same belief, I recommend giving the later portions of the book a try. She really offers valuable information for healthy living. The only time I questioned her advice was on the subject of chewing and digesting food. She noted to avoid drinking liquid during the consumption of the meal. The idea is that the liquid would dilute the digestive juices. While that may be true, I’ve read conflicting information regarding this in medical journals and on sites such as the Mayo Clinic. I like drinking water. And if dietitians want to encourage me to drink plenty of water, then it will have to include during mealtime. And yes, also on my desk at work, near my bed while sleeping, on the counter while cooking, even on a table outside when gardening. For those who enjoy books that cover the benefits of essential oils, you’ll appreciate this book. In the later chapters, she lists the benefits of oils by ailments. Honestly, with the allergies my family has been suffering lately, I’m thinking of giving it a try. Laura covers the importance of a good night’s sleep. She provides ABCs for ZZZs. We already do some of this as a family, providing a curfew on tablets/computers for the kids an hour before bedtime. She isn’t the only one that has pointed out the effects of the light from these screens causing issues for preparing the body for sleep. And she offers a “to do list” for starting a nighttime routine before bed. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest opinion. I also found and listened to the audiobook available through my local library through Hoopla.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    The Healthy Living Handbook: Simple, Everyday Habits For Your Body, Mind And Spirit by Laura Harris Smith is a compilation of tips, suggestions, and personal experiences to help you form more positive and life-encouraging habits on a daily basis. Using a trinitarian approach, The Healthy Living Handbook features ten healthy living habits for each aspect of your being: your spirit, your mind, and your body (in that order). The section on your spirit focuses on things such as prayer, honor, everyda The Healthy Living Handbook: Simple, Everyday Habits For Your Body, Mind And Spirit by Laura Harris Smith is a compilation of tips, suggestions, and personal experiences to help you form more positive and life-encouraging habits on a daily basis. Using a trinitarian approach, The Healthy Living Handbook features ten healthy living habits for each aspect of your being: your spirit, your mind, and your body (in that order). The section on your spirit focuses on things such as prayer, honor, everyday idols, and leaps of faith. Healthy living habits for your mind include ideas like minding your manners, laughter, and forgiveness. Tips for the body address topics including healthy eating, fasting, and more. Each chapter includes interactive questions or suggestions and a prayer to help get you started. Including scripture, scientific studies, and personal experiences to back up these healthy living habits, Laura leaves the reader with enough practical and friendly advice to help you feel motivated to start on (or continue) the path toward a healthier life for yourself and those around you. While I did find certain sections of the book to be hard to relate to personally (such as speaking in tongues), I found the overall message and suggestions to be informative and encouraging. Yes, a lot of the suggestions in this book are "common knowledge", such as eating your veggies, but Laura presents new ways to view and address them in order to help you overcome any hurdles you might encounter while trying to incorporate these changes into your daily life. I'd recommend this book to any Christian that seeks to become healthier while strengthening their walk with God. 4/5 stars. *Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Chosen for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    My Review of: The Healthy Living Handbook: Simple, Everyday Habits For Your Body, Mind and Spirit By Laura Harris Smith A Great Resource for Living Well I have found a fantastic resource and guidebook for living a healthier, happier and more balanced life. The Healthy Living Handbook by Laura Harris Smith is that resource! This book is practical, easy to read, packed with information, and doable. It is a very useful and simple to follow. Anyone can easily apply the recommendations from Laura and se My Review of: The Healthy Living Handbook: Simple, Everyday Habits For Your Body, Mind and Spirit By Laura Harris Smith A Great Resource for Living Well I have found a fantastic resource and guidebook for living a healthier, happier and more balanced life. The Healthy Living Handbook by Laura Harris Smith is that resource! This book is practical, easy to read, packed with information, and doable. It is a very useful and simple to follow. Anyone can easily apply the recommendations from Laura and see great improvement in their health and well-being. With thirty short chapters, The Healthy Living Handbook addresses the whole person. By changing one's habits, these simple ideas are divided over three sections: spirit, mind, and body. Ten very important, yet doable new habits for each area are explained. As I read through The Healthy Living Handbook, I immediately found changes that I can make to improve my life. These changes are easily applied, and I can achieve greater health and wellness because I am caring for my spirit, mind and body. I love that Laura provides guidance for the whole person, not just one area. I can read a chapter per day or spend more time on a chapter. But either way, I will be greatly improving my health inside and out. I very highly recommend The Healthy Living Handbook: Simple, Everyday Habits for Your Body, Mind and Spirit. I am going to be reading through this book again and again to receive all of the important information contained in this book. I know I want to continue to live better and enjoy life fully. *I received an Advanced Reader's Copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. The opinion stated is my own. I have not been compensated in any way.*

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anni Welborne

    I really liked the author’s view that we are three-sided people (body, mind, spirit), and that to neglect any one side of our beings is to be incomplete at best and perhaps even treat ourselves harmfully at worst. It was refreshing to read someone actually acknowledge that one’s thoughts have direct impact on one’s health. However, there were many parts of the book that simply rubbed me the wrong way. For example, her insistence that one must pray in tongues or one isn’t really praying at all. Th I really liked the author’s view that we are three-sided people (body, mind, spirit), and that to neglect any one side of our beings is to be incomplete at best and perhaps even treat ourselves harmfully at worst. It was refreshing to read someone actually acknowledge that one’s thoughts have direct impact on one’s health. However, there were many parts of the book that simply rubbed me the wrong way. For example, her insistence that one must pray in tongues or one isn’t really praying at all. That came across as very judgmental and dismissive. I understand what she’s saying about allowing the Holy Spirit to pray on our behalf, but I don’t think the Holy Spirit is limited in ability to pray on my behalf in a language that I can understand. I also took issue with the author’s insistence that using her (shockingly expensive) essential oil blend was the only thing that would help a situation. Furthermore, she advocates using essential oils without dilution, which I and many others in the EO world believe to be unsafe. Both of these were in the beginning chapters of the book, and I honestly had a hard time continuing to read, although I did finish the book. There are a few more examples, but I think these two will suffice. Overall, the advice was fairly good. Building good habits in body, mind, and soul will lead to increased health overall. There were just too many smaller sticking points for me personally to be able to wholeheartedly recommend this book. I gratefully received this book as an eARC from the author, publisher, and NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    I wanted to love this book, but I just didn't. What I liked: The writing is easy to understand, and feels like you are being given advice from someone who has life experience and wisdom to spare. The chapters are short, so the book is not overwhelming to go through. There are plenty of scriptures provided throughout, so Christians will probably find that useful. For the most part, the advice is practical and seems simple to implement. What I disliked: While I liked shorter chapters, there were so I wanted to love this book, but I just didn't. What I liked: The writing is easy to understand, and feels like you are being given advice from someone who has life experience and wisdom to spare. The chapters are short, so the book is not overwhelming to go through. There are plenty of scriptures provided throughout, so Christians will probably find that useful. For the most part, the advice is practical and seems simple to implement. What I disliked: While I liked shorter chapters, there were some parts that could have used more explanation, and a greater fleshing out of the information given. It felt like the author held back, or gave up, on some chapters, and I wanted more. When I came across this book, I was expecting something to really help change my physical lifestyle, but instead, it felt like it was a rerun of a lot of advice I had already read. Also, the author and I share different perspectives on how to achieve health and overall wellness. I follow a much more traditional stance, and prefer to use seek out peer reviewed studies; and the author used quite a few dated studies, or those from sources that I would not typically trust as gospel. There were some sticking points where I think this book could do harm, if one has a mental illness, yet does not want to seek professional medical advice. Overall, the book is well written and an easy read, but I found myself doing what I do when I receive advice that I find dated or further evidence has proven untrue: I smile and nod, then discard. I received an Advanced Readers Copy from Chosen Books.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jacki Armstrong

    Laura Harris Smith definitely has a gift for writing. I have so appreciated her book ‘Seeing the Voice of God’. I use it all the time to help interpret dreams; my mother has benefited greatly from ‘30 Day Faith Detox’, as well. So, I was definitely excited to read her latest release ‘The Healthy Living Handbook’. However, while her writing itself is easy to read and she provides some good tools and insights for the reader, I found myself having a hard time finishing it (I read 94 pages). It was Laura Harris Smith definitely has a gift for writing. I have so appreciated her book ‘Seeing the Voice of God’. I use it all the time to help interpret dreams; my mother has benefited greatly from ‘30 Day Faith Detox’, as well. So, I was definitely excited to read her latest release ‘The Healthy Living Handbook’. However, while her writing itself is easy to read and she provides some good tools and insights for the reader, I found myself having a hard time finishing it (I read 94 pages). It was difficult to point out why, exactly, except that I found myself feeling guilt/condemnation and focusing on what I needed to DO rather than the freedom I have found in focusing on all that Jesus did for me.. I humbly submit that this is the fundamental difference between “legalism” and grace doctrine. There is so much more healing and freedom available to the believer who focuses on Jesus’ love and gift of righteousness for them rather than trying to change their behavior and prove their love for God (for more info reference Joseph Prince’s teachings). I pray that this revelation comes for every person reading my review. God bless Lady Smith for her good intentions and her heart to shepherd. I pray God bless her efforts and continue to lead her and her readers to the fullness of His Grace. I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    Let me start this by saying I do not read diet books, ever, but this book sounded different. It focused more on health, rather than just getting thin. I wanted something that made sense, and would have lasting results. The fact that this focused on mental and spiritual health also, was the big selling point for me. If you aren’t spiritually and mentally healthy, you will never stay physically healthy. I really wanted to like this book, but I found so many issues with it that I had a difficult time Let me start this by saying I do not read diet books, ever, but this book sounded different. It focused more on health, rather than just getting thin. I wanted something that made sense, and would have lasting results. The fact that this focused on mental and spiritual health also, was the big selling point for me. If you aren’t spiritually and mentally healthy, you will never stay physically healthy. I really wanted to like this book, but I found so many issues with it that I had a difficult time making myself keep reading. My biggest issue was with the “spirit” section. I felt as though it was telling me how to pray, and that I was doing it wrong, and how to communicate with God. I feel that everyone has their own way of talking to God that works for them. Making them feel bad for that isn’t healthy in the least. I thought the “body” section was mainly just a repeat of the same information most of us have heard a million times. I didn’t find much new information in this section at all. The premise was good, but I found most of the message either just repeated information or too condemnatory. I would be hesitant to recommend this book to anyone. *I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

  25. 5 out of 5

    Luly Hernandez

    This book started out as a 5 star read then decreased and decreased. The first part of this book is absolutely beautiful. The healthy habits for our spirits is something I could genuinely see myself implementing. Yet, once we hit the healthy habits for our minds, my opinion completely shifted. Most of the tips were generic and well known. What really got me here is that the amount of ignorance shown by the author on topics of divorce and respect. On top of that instances of slut shaming were per This book started out as a 5 star read then decreased and decreased. The first part of this book is absolutely beautiful. The healthy habits for our spirits is something I could genuinely see myself implementing. Yet, once we hit the healthy habits for our minds, my opinion completely shifted. Most of the tips were generic and well known. What really got me here is that the amount of ignorance shown by the author on topics of divorce and respect. On top of that instances of slut shaming were pertinent in the part of " Have a Heart (and Mind Your Manners)". After this section of the book I was ready to rate this 2 stars. In the last part there were some good points on healthy habits for our bodies. This is the reason it went back up to a 3 stars book. So while there are good tips and I plan to implement some into my everyday life, I definitely won't be looking back at this ANY time soon. Favorite Quote: " I have never met anyone who refused a present or gift from a loved one, and yet many people refuse gifts from God every day." ( Page 35) Least Favorite Quote: "You have no idea how any women's shirts I have gently 'yanked' up to cover cleavage or yanked down to cover their backsides at an alter." (Page 123)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Since I have been changing my eating habits I have become very interested in overall healthy living so when I saw this book I wanted to give it a read. It is divided into three sections. I found the first section very powerful and a great reminder for me of things I already knew but don’t walk in daily. I neglect Holy Spirit so much, I need Him and I don’t talk to or with Him enough. There are some powerful prayers at the end of each chapter that I fully embraced. The middle section was about orga Since I have been changing my eating habits I have become very interested in overall healthy living so when I saw this book I wanted to give it a read. It is divided into three sections. I found the first section very powerful and a great reminder for me of things I already knew but don’t walk in daily. I neglect Holy Spirit so much, I need Him and I don’t talk to or with Him enough. There are some powerful prayers at the end of each chapter that I fully embraced. The middle section was about organizing your home. I need to do this but I honestly have trouble caring enough. However, I did end up doing some cleaning this weekend and it does feel good have a home that is more organized, I just have trouble keeping it there. The last section is about physical health. I really enjoyed this section and it reiterated the things I have been learning about health and even has me thinking about some things I haven’t incorporated yet. Overall, if you are looking for ways to improve every area of your life this is a good book to pick up. A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I received an ARC from the publisher for review. This book is not for me. I did read every word it. I appreciate her inclusion of the spirit as something to be considered for health (which I think is commonly overlooked in today’s culture) but I was disappointed with the delivery. The author’s conversational tone combined with sentence fragments (she writes almost exactly as I imagine she speaks) comes across as unprofessional and erodes credibility. CNC means certified nutritional counselor and I received an ARC from the publisher for review. This book is not for me. I did read every word it. I appreciate her inclusion of the spirit as something to be considered for health (which I think is commonly overlooked in today’s culture) but I was disappointed with the delivery. The author’s conversational tone combined with sentence fragments (she writes almost exactly as I imagine she speaks) comes across as unprofessional and erodes credibility. CNC means certified nutritional counselor and BSOM means bachelor’s degree in original medicine—both are credentials Harris has. I would have preferred to read more about the expertise she can offer as a result of study in those fields instead of her views on yoga or how Hitler died or etymology lessons on words in Bible verses. The book is divided into three sections (body, mind, spirit) and the chapters are short. She quotes stats and references studies that agree with her point and doesn’t do a good job of representing other points of view. Good concept for a book but I left quite unsatisfied.

  28. 5 out of 5

    K Warner

    First off, I love Laura Harris Smith's writing style. She is so open and honest that the reader really feels like they get to know her through the course of the book. This book is no exception. It reads like a series of essays or mini-sermons/podcasts about positive life-disciplines. That being said, a couple of the chapters were not applicable to me (so I just skimmed through them...shh, don't tell). But the other chapters were chock full of wisdom, encouragement, and exhortation. She writes as First off, I love Laura Harris Smith's writing style. She is so open and honest that the reader really feels like they get to know her through the course of the book. This book is no exception. It reads like a series of essays or mini-sermons/podcasts about positive life-disciplines. That being said, a couple of the chapters were not applicable to me (so I just skimmed through them...shh, don't tell). But the other chapters were chock full of wisdom, encouragement, and exhortation. She writes as a mentor to a mentee, sharing her life experiences of pastoring a church, raising a family, as well as her faith and health struggles. I feel so blessed to have gleaned from her experiences. In short, a great read, excellent reference, and a good kick-in-the-butt for your faith! Excellent book to start the new year with. Thanks for another great book, Laura! I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book from the publisher, Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Childs

    I completed The 30 Day Faith Detox in January 2017 and was excited to hear shortly after that Laura was writing The Healthy Living Handbook. In this book Laura addresses the issue that we are body, mind and spirit, and that each of these areas need to be healthy, not just the physical. As you read the book, you come to understand how the 3 areas are interrelated and problems in one affect the other two. The Healthy Living Handbook is written in 3 sections (spirit, mind and body) and within each I completed The 30 Day Faith Detox in January 2017 and was excited to hear shortly after that Laura was writing The Healthy Living Handbook. In this book Laura addresses the issue that we are body, mind and spirit, and that each of these areas need to be healthy, not just the physical. As you read the book, you come to understand how the 3 areas are interrelated and problems in one affect the other two. The Healthy Living Handbook is written in 3 sections (spirit, mind and body) and within each section Laura gives you The Top 10 Healthy Living Habits for that area. I found each section informative, each healthy living habit helpful, and the entire book encouraging. We can experience true health. It was a privilege to receive and read an Advance Reading Copy.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    The Healthy Living Handbook is a practical and completely useful book to help give the reader tips on how to be more engaged with life, to live longer and to have a healthier lifestyle all together. This book encompasses your soul, mind, body and spirit. I love her nutritional information with a balance approached with helping the reader to understand that taking care of one's health is important. I think the way that Laura explains things in this book makes it very practical and allows the read The Healthy Living Handbook is a practical and completely useful book to help give the reader tips on how to be more engaged with life, to live longer and to have a healthier lifestyle all together. This book encompasses your soul, mind, body and spirit. I love her nutritional information with a balance approached with helping the reader to understand that taking care of one's health is important. I think the way that Laura explains things in this book makes it very practical and allows the reader to make lifestyle changes at their comfort level without feeling pushed. Overall, this book is very informative and has Biblical sound advice on health that you will not find in most places. I really thought this book had a great information. I give this book 4.5/5 stars.

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