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My Top 5 Books on The Body

Born Again Bodies: Flesh and Spirit in American Christianity

R. Marie Griffith (University of California Press)

This is a serious yet largely accessible scholarly study on the long history of American Christian body projects—from 19th-century health food evangelists to more recent evangelical weight-loss programs. Griffith talks to Christians involved in these projects, seeking to understand how they view the relationship between their bodies and their souls.

The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection

Robert Farrar Capon (Modern Library Paperbacks)

Capon, a priest and amateur chef, offers a theological treatise on the goodness of the body and its appetites, and the astounding creativity of the God who has so richly provided not simply for our sustenance but also for our satisfaction and pleasure. This book is well on its way to becoming a spiritual and culinary classic. There are even recipes to get you started.

Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family: How to Eat, How to Raise Good Eaters, How to Cook

Ellyn Satter (Kelcy Press)

Satter's concept of "eating competency," while not explicitly Christian, has helped me understand the goodness of the body and of its needs and appetites. Satter urges us to give ourselves "permission to choose enjoyable food and eat it in satisfying amounts." But she also urges us to have "the discipline to have regular and reliable meals and snacks and to pay attention when eating them."

Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body

Susan Bordo (University of California Press)

Scholarly and challenging, this book has me returning for its insightful analysis of the meaning of eating disorders and the social pressures that conspire to ...

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