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The New You (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Recently I received a couple of new books to review this month and one of them is titled The New You by Nelson Searcy and Jennifer Dykes Henson. For me, even though I'm doing all I can to be better in both a healthy sense as well as living a healthier life, overall, I find this book to be more of a reward than simply something worth reviewing. Yes, reviewing books can be profitable. On one hand you're looking for errors: grammar, typos, and so on. At the same time you ask yourself, "What is it I'm looking for in this book I'm reading?"

           The New You by these two is, in my opinion, very well-written. I obtained this copy in the mail Tuesday this past week and set about reading it and delving into its pages. What I find is more than simple advice on how to do things better. Rather, it comes across as a supplemental book to the Bible.  As far as I can see within the pages of this book it is very practical, keeping our eyes and focus on God in terms of maintaining a healthy walk with Him as well as developing better personal habits and even building and reconnecting with those who matter the most.

           The intent of this book, The New You, is to help the reader--such as myself--find a way to balance daily life with common sense as well as with God's word, the Bible. Within these pages you will find advice on how to lose weight, lower stress, get more sleep (as well as to honor those times of rest), to connect better with others as well as with our Lord and Savior--Jesus Christ, and there are other pieces of great advice within the pages.

           Nelson Searcy, from what it looks like, is founding and lead pastor of The Journey Church. He has also written many books that have hit the bestseller list. These titles are The Generosity LadderMaximze, and Connect to name a couple of those titles.

          Jennifer Dykes Henson has helped coauthor several bestselling books including one of Nelson Searcy's books, The Generosity Ladder, as well as with Dr. Charles Stanley as the marketing communications manager for In Touch Ministries.

          I received a complimentary copy of this book from Baker Books to review it, to give honest feedback, and to explain the purpose of the book.