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This Is My Body

This Is My Body

From Obesity to Ironman, My Journey into the True Meaning of Flesh, Spirit, and Deeper Faith

by Ragan Sutterfield

"I honestly don't think there is a book out there that is quite so brave and honest about the complex, pain-filled, and beautiful experience so many of us have with our bodies." —Nadia Bolz-Weber, Lutheran pastor and author of Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint

About the Book and Author

About the Book and Author

Ragan Sutterfield brings us back to a biblical perspective—a freeing, corrective viewpoint that reminds us of the connection between spirit, mind, and body. Along the way, he shares his journey from overweight addict to Ironman competitor.

From Obesity to Ironman: A Q&A with Ragan Sutterfield

From Obesity to Ironman: A Q&A with Ragan Sutterfield

"I hope that my story will resonate with anyone who has tried to make sense of his or her body, whatever his or her physical condition."

Praise for This Is My Body

Praise for This Is My Body

"At a time when so many memoirs seem to be driven by a terminal narcissism, Ragan Sutterfield's story of transformation lifts us out of relentless self-preoccupation." —John Wilson, editor, Books & Culture

Read an Excerpt From This Is My Body

Read an Excerpt From This Is My Body

"That standard meal of the church gathering, coffee and doughnuts, is catching up with us. Even more so is our denial of our bodies as objects of God's love and salvation."

Author Blog: Word + Flesh

Author Blog: Word + Flesh

When he's not penning books or delivering talks, Sutterfield writes on his Patheos blog where he hones the tenets of faith and reports on his life as an Episcopal seminarian.

Read More About Ragan Sutterfield

Read More About Ragan Sutterfield

Access a virtual bibliography of his written works and find out how you can schedule Sutterfield to speak on faith and the body, creation care, food and faith, and holistic living at your next event.

Following Rocky Balboa into the Wilderness of Lent

Following Rocky Balboa into the Wilderness of Lent

On his blog, Sutterfield writes, "As we follow Jesus into the wilderness this Lent, we should go as he did, not to wander in aimless searching for ourselves, but for purposeful training."

Book Roundtable: Continue the Conversation with our Bloggers

Learning an Incarnational Faith

Learning an Incarnational Faith

Chris Smith

Sutterfield’s journey, as chronicled in This is My Body, is a poignant reminder that though the way will be grueling, there is a deep joy in the health we experience in thoughtfully and faithfully caring for our bodies.

Believing with our Bodies

Believing with our Bodies

Ellen Painter Dollar

Sutterfield’s This is My Body is one of several new books about putting the human body back at the center of Christian theology and practice, where it belongs. As someone whose faith has always been complicated by my life with a literally broken body, I’m grateful for this trend.