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Soul Workout - keeping your spirit healthy.  

Written by Janice Speddings:     Available directly from Janice at Footprints Connection (£10.00 +p&p) or online from  or Amazon  

 Using the words ‘soul’ and ‘workout’ in the same sentence may seem implausible and stretching artistic licence too far but in The Soul Workout Book the improbable becomes believable and the only stretching to be done is metaphorical.

An imaginary visit to the gym for a work out becomes a metaphor for the spiritual disciplines of Bible reading, prayer and contemplative reflection. Going to the gym may not be everybody’s cup of tea but when the idea is transposed into the metaphor, everyone can breathe a sigh of relief: lycra and dumb-bells will not be required.

What is needed is a willingness to be open to prayer, spiritual reflection and a desire to look for creative ways to deepen your faith journey: this is what Soul Workout offers.

By methodically guiding you through the metaphor, Janice shows how different aspects of the gym have their spiritual counterpart: so ‘cardiovascular exercise’ is likened to time spent building a deeper relationship with God (the heart and life-blood of the Christian faith) while spiritual ‘weight-resistance exercise’ is seen as a way of learning to carry life’s burdens with added strength and resilience.

You need no previous experience of contemplative prayer as all the exercises are fully explained and offered at Basic or Advanced levels.

PART ONE includes a helpful chapter for those with little or no experience of planning and running a group event while PART TWO works through the metaphor step by step, including spiritual reflections as ‘exercises’: extra tips are offered for group leaders. PART THREE deals with hanging on to the feel-good factor after the workout is finished.


As a tried and tested metaphor this inspirational book provides a down-to-earth, easy-to-read resource for groups and individuals alike – a valuable companion for your spiritual journey.