By Christine McParland
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably made some healthy resolutions for the new year. But a healthier lifestyle isn’t just about diet and exercise. Addressing mental, emotional, and spiritual health is vital to your overall wellbeing as well. If you need some motivation, this list of our favorite health and wellness books to read in 2022 can help inspire you to set healthy goals as well as equip you with the practical tools to achieve them.
Books for Physical Health
The Daniel Fast by Susan Gregory
In this authoritative guide, Susan Gregory, “The Daniel Fast Blogger” and an acknowledged expert on the popular partial fast inspired by the biblical book of Daniel, guides readers toward a successful fasting experience. Join Susan as she shares the secrets to:
- Fasting in a safe and healthy way
- Following the 21-day plan to physical and spiritual health (adaptable for a fast of any length)
- Creating healthy meals using Daniel Fast foods
- Participating in a group fast with your church, family, or friends
- Learning how to hear from God and discover His purpose for your life
Susan also offers recipes and devotionals for each day of a 21-day fast, and a FAQs section for those seeking quick answers. As she walks you through each step of the Daniel Fast, you’ll discover an infinitely richer and more abundant life.
Your Good Body by Jennifer Taylor Wagner
Discover a fresh approach to moving, fueling, and loving your good body well!
So many of us feel as though accepting our bodies means abandoning any effort to improve. We look in the mirror and tell ourselves that we are going to love the skin we are in, but most days our inner self-critic is all we can hear. We constantly ask ourselves
- How can I have a healthy lifestyle that will keep me motivated and inspired?
- Why does it even matter how I think about my body? Can’t I just lose weight and be happy?
- What is it going to take for me to be content with the way I look, even if I’m not thin?
But there is hope! Pursuing the healthiest version of you means learning to love the reflection in the mirror, and Jennifer Wagner understands this all too well. From looking at her today, you wouldn’t know that she used to weigh 336 pounds. During her 16-year health and wellness journey, she has felt the deep anguish of torment from peers and strangers, let the scale dictate her moods, and cried herself to sleep all because of her “imperfect” body. But ultimately, Jennifer realized that to overcome the overwhelming negative feelings about her body, she needed to start with her mind and let go of all the expectations of perfection that were keeping her from being the best version of herself.
Embark on this journey with Jennifer as your guide and learn to live a life of healthy habits and positive motivation to take care of your good body.
Books for Mental Health
The Anxiety Reset by Gregory L. Jantz, PhD
If you or someone you love has lost hope of ever getting free from occasional, persistent, or overwhelming anxiety, take heart. The Anxiety Reset offers a fresh, personalized plan for overcoming the fears that are robbing you of joy and peace. In this compassionate guide, you will discover:
- Your anxiety type and triggers
- Common myths about anxiety
- Hidden causes and catalysts of anxiety and what to do about them
- The pros and cons of medication and possible alternatives
- How to develop your optimism muscle
- How to eat for better emotional health
- How to get started on a personal anxiety reset plan
Combining the most up-to-date scientific research, real-life stories, and practical strategies, The Anxiety Reset empowers you to understand and overcome the fears that have been holding you back.
Check out the companion workbook for even more tools to help you or a loved one overcome anxiety!
Your Brain is Always Listening by Daniel G. Amen, MD
New York Times bestselling author Dr. Daniel Amen equips you with powerful weapons to battle the inner dragons that are breathing fire on your brain, driving unhealthy behaviors, and robbing you of joy and contentment.
Your brain is always listening and responding to these hidden influences and unless you recognize and deal with them, they can steal your happiness, spoil your relationships, and sabotage your health. This book will teach you to tame the:
- Dragons from the Past that ignite your most painful emotions;
- Negative Thought Dragons that attack you, fueling anxiety and depression;
- They and Them Dragons, people in your life whose own dragons do battle with yours;
- Bad Habit Dragons that increase the chances you’ll be overweight, overwhelmed, and an underachiever;
- Addicted Dragons that make you lose control of your health, wealth, and relationships; and
- Scheming Dragons, advertisers and social media sites that steal your attention.
Dr. Daniel Amen shows you how to recognize harmful dragons and gives you the weapons to vanquish them. With these practical tools, you can stop feeling sad, mad, nervous, or out of control and start being happier, calmer, and more in control of your own destiny.
Healing Depression for Life by Gregory L. Jantz
Finally, there is new hope for those who suffer from depression.
For decades, standard treatment for depression hasn’t changed. Sufferers typically are prescribed antidepressant medication and talk therapy. Period. But at least 30 percent of depression sufferers aren’t helped by standard treatment. Instead, they are left still searching for true and lasting relief.
In Healing Depression for Life, Dr. Gregory Jantz offers a new way forward. Drawing on the innovative whole-person approach that has made his treatment center one of the top 10 depression treatment facilities in the US, Dr. Jantz reveals the treatments, practices, and lifestyle changes that can provide lasting relief from depression—by addressing its chemical, emotional, physical, intellectual, relational, and spiritual causes. Not all depression is the same, and not all people with depression are the same. Healing Depression for Life will help you find the missing puzzle pieces that could make all the difference in overcoming your feelings of helplessness and hopelessness and put you on the path to lasting joy.
Books for Emotional Health
Try Softer by Aundi Kolber
Aundi Kolber believes that we don’t have to white-knuckle our way through life. In her debut book, Try Softer, she’ll show us how God specifically designed our bodies and minds to work together to process our stories and work through obstacles. Through the latest psychology, practical clinical exercises, and her own personal story, Aundi equips and empowers us to connect us to our truest self and truly live. This is the “try softer” life.
In Try Softer, you’ll learn how to:
- Know and set emotional and relational boundaries
- Make sense of the difficult experiences you’ve had
- Identify your attachment style—and how that affects your relationships today
- Move through emotions rather than get stuck by them
- Grow in self-compassion and talk back to your inner critic
Trying softer is sacred work. And while it won’t be perfect or easy, it will be worth it. Because this is what we were made for: a living, breathing, moving, feeling, connected, beautifully incarnational life.
Check out The Try Softer Guided Journey as well!
The Daily Guide to a Joy-Filled Life by Tommy Newberry
Have you ever known the right thing to do but struggled to actually do it? So often, we say we want to live a life filled with joy—but instead find ourselves dwelling in messages of despair and defeat. Is there a way to activate our goals and motivate us toward a more fulfilling experience? New York Times bestselling author and life coach Tommy Newberry shows you how to think, speak, and act in ways that increase your joy and equip you to handle the most desperate times and the most difficult people.
In this 40-day activation plan, you’ll discover how to challenge what’s holding you back and amplify what’s not—allowing you to spread your positive energy to everyone around you.
Books for Relational and Spiritual Health
Designed to Heal by Jennie A. McLaurin & Cymbeline Tancongo Culiat
In their groundbreaking debut book, physician Jennie McLaurin and scientist Cymbeline T. Culiat write Designed to Heal: a fascinating look at how the restorative processes of the body can model patterns we may adapt to heal the acute and chronic wounds of our social bodies. Through engaging patient stories, imaginative travels through the body’s microcellular landscapes, accessible references to current research, and reflections on the image of God, Designed to Heal offers a new perspective for healing our social divisions. By learning how the body is created with mechanisms that optimize a flourishing recovery from life’s inevitable wounds, we are given a model for hopeful, faithful, and enduring healing in all other aspects of our lives. Our wounds don’t have to have the last word.
Soul Care by Gregory L. Jantz, PhD
Feeling anxious? Worried? Sad? You’re not alone.
We live in stressful and uncertain times, leaving many of us feeling overwhelmed and overcome. Soul Care by Dr. Gregory Jantz, psychologist and author of Healing Depression for Life, is a healing collection of inspirational quotes, Scriptures, and prayers to help you or a friend get through times of emotional turmoil. Whether purchased for yourself or as a gift for someone you care about, Soul Care is a calming and comforting resource to help cultivate a healthy, faith-filled emotional life.
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