Tending the Temple – Book Review

Tending The Temple
Three Catholic authors/physical fitness enthusiasts: Dr. Kevin Vost, Peggy Bowes, and Shane Kapler got together and prepared a book which holds an abuundance of saintly inspiration combined with practical tips promoting physical health - cleverly connected to each saint of the day. 

Saints and Activities
In Tending the Temple, you will meet the once slave, St. Josephine Bakhita on February 8.  St. Josephine grew to love the Catholic Faith while spending time with the Canossian Sisters in Venice, Italy.  The challenge for readers on the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita is to spend a bit of time doing some imitation slave labor … for a healthy amount of time, like carrying two buckets of water for a short while, working in times of rest as needed.

On May 28, readers meet St. Bernard of Menthon – the person St. Bernard dogs were named after.  This humble saint established monastic safeways for pilgrims and hikers crossing through the snowy Alps.  Also on this day is a nudge to get out and walk your dog or take a hike, working in some prayer or meditation along the way.

The September 5 entry shares about the generous life of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and prompts readers to perform one active act of kindness for the day in memory of the small yet great lady who constantly and very energetically gave of herself.

Biblical Inspiration
Tending the Temple gives persistent prods toward spiritual and lively living.  Workouts tips, nutritious recipes, practical nutritional advice, and encouragement to maintain a healthy self-image are also included.  All promptings and suggestions help readers to maintain an awareness of the importance of carefully tending to their personal Temples of the Holy Spirit.

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?  For you have been purchased at a price.  Therefore glorify God in your body.   ~1 Corinthians 6:19-20

A Perfect Tool For A Spiritually-Based Health Plan
Whether you are looking for a New Year’s resolution, a spiritual and healthy plan for Lent or Advent, a strategy to keep fit during the summer, or if at any point during the year you feel a need to work on your spiritual and physical health, Tending the Temple might be the perfect tool.

Authors’ Websites
Tending the Temple was published by Bezalel Books.