Exploring fitness, family and faith over 40

Books by Kimberley Payne

Kimberley Payne is a prolific non-fiction writer with works ranging from activity books to devotionals to workbooks. She writes to equip women for faithful living.

To purchase any of Kimberley’s books, visit her My store on Amazon

If you don’t have a KINDLE, you can purchase Kimberley’s books at her SMASHWORDS Storefront. Smashwords e-books are available on APPLE iPAD/iBOOKS, NOOK, SONY READER, KOBO, and most e-reading apps including STANZA, ALDIKO, and ADOBE DIGITAL EDITIONS.

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Children’s Books

Trees of the Book – Learning From God’s Creation

Trees of the Book

Trees of the Book is a 26 page children’s activity book, #1 in the Science & Faith Matters Series. It explores the trees discussed in the Bible in a way that is both fun and informative for children ages 7-9.

Buy as Paperback:

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What people are saying about Trees of the Book:

Deb Elkink, former home educator and assistant editor of HSLDA’s Court Report and Communique, says “Fascinating subject – I would have purchased this book when I was homeschooling my kids years ago.”

Julie Connolly, Separate School Librarian, says, “Activities are fun, challenging and age appropriate.”

Kate Winn, teacher in a Catholic school says, “It’s a nice supplement to our study on plant life.”

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Devotionals

Night Stories

Night Stories

Night Stories is a collection of eight devotionals about the author’s personal dream stories and what she felt God spoke to her through them.

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Review of Night Stories:

“A gifted inspirational writer with a simple and clean style, she vividly retells eight dreams she had and incorporates them into short lessons. Payne also has an excellent memory for details and she adeptly pulls her memories apart to find each dream’s deeper meaning. Best described as an inspirational book, each dream in this book holds a lesson of wisdom which can be treasured and applied to one’s life and is capped off with a scripture verse.”

Where Fitness Meets Faith

Where Fitness Meets Faith

Where Fitness Meets Faith is a fresh, insightful collection of devotional articles with reflections about the similarities between the challenges of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and building a relationship with God.

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Review of Where Fitness Meets Faith:

“For years I’ve read Kimberley’s devotional thoughts and they’re always relevant,challenging, encouraging and uplifting. She has an incredible knack for sharing everyday “stuff” and mixing in her personal faith.”

Where Family Meets Faith

Where Family Meets Faith

Where Family Meets Faith is written and compiled especially for families. It is a collection of devotionals that show the similarities between the challenges of raising a family and building a relationship with God.

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Review of Where Family Meets Faith:

“I wanted to let you know your devotional that you gave to me for new believers I passed on to my sister out west. She only gave her heart to Christ last year and would love the devotions. I was reading it and immediately knew they would touch her heart. Thank you for that blessing.”

Where Life Meets Faith

Where Life Meets Faith

Where Life Meets Faith is a collection of devotional articles, which explore the challenges of living life and building a relationship with God.

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Review of Where Life Meets Faith:

“The author did an amazing job putting together a compilation of life principles/topics on life, faith and God. Each devotional has her unique story that applies to the topic and she ends each one with a correlating scripture to reinforce the message. This book is an inspiring weekly devotional that draws you closer to God.”

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Non-Fiction

Fit for Faith – 7 weeks to improved spiritual & physical health

Fit for Faith

Fit for Faith is a 7-week program designed to strengthen the believer’s Christian walk. It’s a motivational tool to empower women to improve their physical health to live balanced, whole and joyous lives that glorify God.

Buy the hard copy:

CreateSpace – hardcopy

Buy the e-book:

Amazon Kindle – e-book
Smashwords – e-book

What people are saying about Fit for Faith:

“In Fit for Faith, Kimberley Payne offered me no quick fixes or tricks for weight loss. Instead, this program caused me to consider my lifestyle and apply godly principles, nutritional wisdom and scriptural guidance to achieve my goals. Fit for Faith gave me the freedom to experience the joy of a healthier and more spiritually fit life.”

Women of Strength – a devotional to improve spiritual & physical health

Women of Strength

Women of Strength is the perfect companion for your health program. Each season is further divided into 6 sections that include an inspirational devotional, a fact on common health and fitness questions, a reflection, a prayer, a Bible verse, and an energizing exercise.

Buy the hard copy:

CreateSpace – hardcopy

Buy the e-book:

Amazon Kindle – e-book
Smashwords – e-book

Review of Women of Strength:

“Firstly, I want you to know how much I enjoy your book! It’s so important to keep fit while we keep the faith. I have MS and I know all too well how easy it is for muscles to atrophy if we don’t use them. I strive to exercise, and keep my muscles as toned as the disease allows. Blessings.”

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Fiction

Tooth for Tooth

Tooth for Tooth

Tooth for Tooth novella. Dumped into single parenthood, Heather Williams has found a part-time job as a dental receptionist and a cozy apartment with her four-year-old daughter. Life finally looks safe and secure until her daughter reveals a terrifying secret that she’s been molested by her own father. While struggling with her feelings towards her new boss, Heather tries to get the help her daughter needs, navigate the court system, and protect the child from further harm.

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Review of Tooth for Tooth:

“The author has done a wonderful job of giving the reader a glimpse into the world of the Children’s Aid Society and what is involved when something like this happens. She has done her research and it shows. The nonsense that our main character endures within the legal system are realistic and I’m sure will ring true to anyone who has had to live through such a nightmare. Which makes this story all the more poignant. While this is hard to read because of the subject matter, the end result is a book that will leave you with a good feeling. A highly recommend it!”

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Gourmand or Gourmet? – Brenda Wood

Our summer series of articles from guest bloggers continues with Brenda Wood author of God, Glutton and You, a Bible study

“I ate a bunch of chocolate bars because I couldn’t get my hands on a bottle of whiskey. I stopped overeating because it gave me the same effects as the booze.” (A Recovering Alcoholic)

That statement opened the eyes of this long-time gourmand. A gourmand is a greedy, ravenous eater, a glutton, a slave to appetite, eating only because food is available. Such was I. Cold turnip, gravy by the quart or delicate desserts were all the same to me. Like my alcoholic friend, I learned that food was a drug. It calmed and satisfied me with its quantity, seldom with its taste.

When I asked Jesus into my life, He began to sort out my eating issues. Gradually he wooed me from 16 years of bulimia. Gently, he spoke to my lack of self-control. He whispered that everything was permissible, but that not everything was beneficial. He explained that He alone would be my master. (1 Corinthians 6:12-13)

When I tried to ignore my physical health while steeping myself in the spiritual, God pointed out that I do not have the right to neglect my bodily health.

‘He who is loose and slack in his work is brother to him who is a destroyer and he who does not use his endeavours to heal himself is brother to him who commits suicide’ (Proverbs 18:9,AMP).

Oh.

So then you might well ask, “Brenda, are you thin?” No, I am not, but I am thinner. (Anyway, the sin is gluttony, not overweight. The Bible says we are ‘light’ in the Lord, Ephesians 5:8)! Little by little, God is changing me. I no longer binge and purge. I think of myself now as a gourmet, a connoisseur, one who carefully selects and savours every bite.

Most of the time, I’m in command of my taste buds and hunger because I have self-control. The Holy Spirit gives us the spiritual fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control but we have to live them out in the physical. The fruit of the Spirit is……………… self-control (self-restraint, continence). (Galatians 2:22-23, AMP)

The gourmand me used food as my comforter. The gourmet me delights in the comfort of the Holy Spirit. I want Him to fully enjoy His home. My body. His temple. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

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Brenda Wood, Innisfil, Ontario
Author – God, Glutton and You, a Bible study
-Heartfelt, 366 Devotions for Commonsense Living

Fit for Prayer

Fit for Prayer

What cardiovascular exercise and strength training do for building a strong body, prayer does to build spiritual strength.

There are many similarities between exercise and prayer:

To be physically and spiritually healthy requires discipline. You need to practice them both daily and use this strength or you will lose it.

The effects can be both immediate and/or long term. You may see the results right away or the effects can be cumulative.

Both are significant in improving balance in your life, improving your quality of life and boosting your mood.

With a pure motive, they both delight God.

(Excerpt taken from Fit for Faith – 7 weeks to improved spiritual and physical health)

Follow the F.I.T.T. Principle
F. Frequency (how often?)

Myth: I have no time to exercise.

Fact: Exercise means active living. You can walk your dog, go for a short bicycle ride or take the stairs instead of an elevator. It all adds up. For a more formal program, schedule time for yourself to exercise with the same amount of respect and consideration that you would schedule an appointment with your doctor.

Myth: I must pray only in the mornings.

Fact: Like exercise, prayer is not a one-time thing. You can pray everyday, anywhere and anytime. It is important to spend time in private prayer each day – just you and God. It is important to not only find time for prayer, but to make time.

I. Intensity (how hard?)

Myth: Low-intensity exercise will not promote weight loss like high-intensity exercise.

Fact: The most important exercise factor for losing body fat is the total calories burned, regardless of the rate at which they are burned. The benefit of working out at a lower intensity is that you won’t get as tired as quickly.

Myth: Prayer is only for highly spiritual people.

Fact: Prayer is not just for highly spiritual people. God delights to have you come to Him with your requests. You do not have to be “good enough” to pray.

T. Time (how long?)

Myth: I need to spend hours in the gym to see results from an exercise program.

Fact: Even if you don’t have time for a formal workout during your day any exercise is better than none. Try to take three 10-minute walks. For strength training, three 20-minute sessions a week will do the job.

Myth: I must pray for at least one hour at a time.

Fact: Prayer can be as short as a “Lord, help!” or it can be planned time every day at the same place. It can be that you pray as you breathe or you can kneel on your knees and pray for a full 20 minutes. Or you may shoot a quick prayer of thanks as it comes to you. It does not need to be a specific time limit.

T. Type (how?)

Myth: If women lift weights they will bulk up.

Fact: Women have less of the hormone needed to build muscle bulk easily. Very large muscles are most likely not in their genetic potential. Generally, women can’t develop huge muscles without spending hours a day lifting very heavy weights.

Myth: I must say the same prayer each day.

Fact: Prayers change as your needs change, your moods change, your heart changes.
God does not want a “canned” prayer, but one that is sincere and comes from the
heart.

Some ideas to combine active living with a healthy prayer life:

Pray while walking
Exercise while watching a Christian program on television
Read a Christian magazine/newspaper while working out on a treadmill
Read the Bible while doing floor warm-up stretches
Reflect on Scripture during exercise class
Read a daily prayer from a devotional book before eating
Listen to the Bible on tape while riding a stationary bike
Keep a prayer journal of answered prayers


Learn more about how exercise is to the body what prayer is to the spirit in Fit for Faith. Get your copy at Smashwords or Amazon.

Blessings on the road to health!

Making Peace with My Body – Kate Wicker

Our summer series of articles from guest bloggers starts today with Kate Wicker of In God’s Image.

Making Peace with my Body
By Kate Wicker

Like many women, body angst has been a stubborn companion of mine. When I was younger, I suffered from both bulimia and anorexia and received counseling for over a year. Even when my clinical eating disorder was reigned in, the scale — instead of my God — was too often a barometer for my self-worth. During my first pregnancy, I found respite from my body hatred. Throughout this nine-month interlude, the way I looked was far less important than the gift of heaven growing inside of me.

Then, a few weeks after the birth of my daughter Madeline, I found myself scrutinizing my postpartum body. All the relics of my unhealthy body image suddenly came rushing, falling through me like an avalanche of hate.

But, like He does so often, God gave me a wake-up call, a moment that forced me to take a good, hard look at something other than my gelatinous, postpartum belly. I watched as Madeline started kissing her reflection in a mirror when only minutes before I was grimacing before my own. That’s when I realized that for the first time in my life this self-loathing wasn’t only hurting me, it had the potential to hurt my daughter. Each time I punished myself for not being thin enough, each time I stood in front of the mirror just to berate my body, I was transferring my hate to Madeline and failing to be a healthy role model.

I also recognized that while I’d put an end to my self-destructive behaviors and was physically “recovered,” I was still spiritually sick. It was time for a body image makeover and this time, instead of turning to counselors or even my husband or family for help, I looked to my God for inner healing.

God Formed my Inmost Being
Parents have a responsibility to be healthy role models — to eat well, exercise and take care of ourselves. But we should focus on health and happiness — not flat abs or narrow hips. After all, our children are not concerned with the amount of cellulite on our thighs. We’re beautiful in their eyes. My physical imperfections have no power over my children’s love for me. My babies love me because I feed them, cuddle with them, wipe their heinies, read to them and tend to their every need. Kids couldn’t care less about what size jeans I wear.

God is like our children, except He doesn’t throw tantrums and He loves us with an even deeper unconditional love. Remembering God not only loves me always but that He designed me goes a long way in silencing my inner demons. He “formed my inmost being…knit me in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13) . “Wonderful are your works!” (Psalm 139:14). And I am amazingly one of His works. That should be enough to make me see my body in a new light.

My Body Is a Temple
We all have ugly days. Days when that zit on our nose looks like Mount Kilimanjaro or days when we feel blimpish. However, I’ve learned that it’s in these moments, above all, that I must remember that my body is a “temple of the Holy Spirit who is in [me], whom [I] have received from God…Therefore, honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

My body isn’t really mine. It’s on loan from God. That’s humbling enough. What’s more, my body is only a vessel for a far more valuable good — my soul. I should be devoting more energy into making sure my soul is in good shape than worrying about whether or not I have sculpted arms.
At the evening of life, this body — love it or hate it — while deserving of respect, is ephemeral, something I’ll trade in someday, if all goes well, for a new “look” that will be like Jesus’ “glorified body” (Philippians 3:21).

This Is my Body
Every time we make love to our husbands, carry an infant in our womb, nurse a baby or hold an older child until our arms begin to ache, we’re saying, “This is my body. It has been given up for you.” This is a powerful Eucharistic analogy, but it can also be disconcerting if I think of it in terms of when I berate my body. Whether we eat too much or too little, ignore the dignity of the body by partaking in physical acts outside of marriage, or abuse drugs or alcohol, we’re saying, “This is my body. It has been given up for things other than you, my God. It’s been defiled, dishonored and disrespected.”

There are still times when I’m tempted to obsess over my body. But if I meditate on the Christ’s words, I’m reminded that weight gain and saggy breasts are sacrificial signs I’m using my body for what God intended — to be a mother.

Made in the Image of God
Anyone who’s ever wished they were taller, thinner, curvier, etc. (and who hasn’t?) ought to think about this: We’re made in the image of God, not the media. My body may not share the measurements of Hollywood’s ideal (and often distorted) view of beauty, but it does share in the dignity of the image of God. When I’m feeling particularly vulnerable to body angst, I’ve learned to fast on media and to reflect on this statement from the Catechism: “Being in the image of God the human indvidual possess the dignity of a person, who is not something, but someone”(CCC 357).

He Who Comes to Me Will Never Be Hungry
When I used to starve myself, I was physically hungry. But eating disorders are not just about being hungry for food or a desire to look a certain way. They’re an external, measurable scale of self-worth that offer a means of coping with fears and insecurities. For me, being a master of what I ate and the number on the scale was an easy way to feel like I was in control and was “good enough.” Looking back, I know I was trying to fill a void that couldn’t be filled by anyone or anything other than God.

The best way to fully recover from body image problems is to fill up on the on the Lord. He offers all the sustenance we’ll ever need. He truly is the Bread of Life and if we “feed” on Him instead of food or negative thoughts about our bodies, we’ll be filled with peace and never be hungry.

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This article was originally published in Canticle magazine. Kate Wicker is a wife, mom, and freelance writer who blogs at http://www.KateWicker.com and explores the connection between faith and fitness with Cathy Adamkiewicz at In God’s Image.


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