Review by Ellen Gable Hrkach
Have you ever wanted to know more about the rosary AND get in better shape at the same time?
If so, “The Rosary Workout” by Peggy Bowes is the ideal book for you to shed excess pounds and be edified spiritually as well.
For the past five years, I have almost always recited a rosary (or part of it) while walking on my treadmill every day. So I was thrilled to hear there is a book which combines physical activity with spiritual well-being. The Rosary Workout can be used by anyone: those who have never exercised, those who occasionally exercise, as well as the seasoned athlete.
This is a book which should be on everyone’s shelves as a great resource not only for learning about the Rosary, but also for educating about better health. It is filled with helpful information and references.
In Part 1, the author gives an overview of the Holy Rosary including the History and Devotion to the Rosary. Part II includes beautiful reflections on Mary as our Advocate and Teacher. Part III lists the many benefits of regular exercise as well as exercise fundamentals. Part IV lists the Prerequisites for beginning the Rosary Workout and includes sub topics such as proper time and season, discipline, setbacks and solutions, keeping track of the rosary prayers while exercising and role models. The author advocates examination of one’s body AND soul before beginning any exercise routine. This is such an important part of the book because many secular health enthusiasts only focus on the body. Part V includes the different level workouts.
I highly recommend The Rosary Workout as a book which can benefit everyone both physically and spiritually!
Copyright 2011 Ellen Gable Hrkach
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