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
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.
"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."
"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
"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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.