Now Featured in the Patheos Book Club
This Is My Body
From Obesity to Ironman, My Journey into the True Meaning of Flesh, Spirit, and Deeper Faith
by Ragan Sutterfield
Praise for This Is My Body
"I honestly don't think there is a book out there like this one that is quite so brave and honest about the complex, pain-filled, and beautiful experience so many of us have with our bodies. I applaud Ragan Sutterfield for bringing to the light what has for so long been hiding in the dark."
—Nadia Bolz-Weber, Patheos blogger and author of Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint
"Ragan has learned from experience what our best poets have been telling us—the key to being human in our time is a 'recovered body.' That the 'soft animal of your body' will teach you, like the wild geese, if you give it your attention. What Ragan makes so beautifully clear is how Jesus longs to love and redeem us in and through our bodies. This Is My Body is a memoir that threatens to upend spiritual writing in the twenty-first century."
—Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author of Strangers at My Door: A True Story of Finding Jesus in Unexpected Guests
"Ragan Sutterfield not only reminds us that we live our faith in our bodies, but he calls us to live with beauty, grace, and strength. This is My Body is the ideal companion as we seek to live whole healed lives in mind, body, and spirit."
—Doug Pagitt, author of Flipped: The Provocative Truth That Changes Everything We Know About God
"'We are practicing for forever.' That's the last sentence of this remarkable book, in which Ironman meets the Jesus Prayer, and every preceding word leads up to it. 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
"Ragan Sutterfield has intensely lived a struggle in pursuit of fulfillment. In This Is My Body, he rehearses this struggle in vivid and engrossing detail, from encroaching obesity to a broken marriage to completing marathons and a grueling triathlon. His story is unflinchingly honest and encouraging for all of us who want to be whole, body and soul."
—Rodney Clapp, author of Tortured Wonders: Christian Spirituality for People, Not Angels