If I’m totally honest, I downloaded this book in March 2015. For four years and five months, this book languished on my Kindle. Ignored. Not forgotten, mind you. God brought it to my attention more than once over those four years. Yes, I ignored it. I didn’t want to read another book (like I’ve read dozens of them or something — I haven’t!) about how awful the state of America’s waistline is today and how much we need to deprive ourselves.

Isn’t that what most of us think when it comes to food and getting healthy? We must deprive ourselves. Sigh . . .

Finally while wrestling with a food allergy, I decided to give this book a try.

Just because some things are hard, slow and painful doesn’t mean that you should stop doing what you know in your heart is right. ~Steve Willis, Winning the Food Fight

Description from Amazon: Winning the Food Fight: Victory in the Physical and Spiritual Battle for Good Food and a Healthy Lifestyle

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver brought his mini-series, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, to Huntington, West Virginia, “the fattest city in America.” But long before the small town was on the chef’s radar, one pastor had already begun to pray for Huntington’s spiritual and physical transformation.

Winning the Food Fight is pastor Steve Willis’ insider look at the divine timing of Jamie Oliver’s visit and a backstage pass to the events that are changing the heart and health of an all-American city. Readers will encounter the stories of real people who have made the connection between spiritual wellness and physical health, and be inspired to begin their own journey toward God-honoring transformation using Pastor Steve’s practical, biblical plan.

What I Thought

God blessed Daniel and his friends for their obedience. It was no accident that these men, who were the healthiest physically, also became the healthiest mentally and spiritually. You cannot separate the physical from the spiritual. ~Steve Willis, Winning the Food Fight

This book surprised me in many ways. First, it’s very readable and non-food expert friendly! Look, I don’t want to know all the deep and hidden things about the food industry and agriculture and farming. However, I do want to know enough to make better choices for my life and health. Steve Willis does precisely that.

But he doesn’t just hit hard on eating better and exercising more. He takes a holistic approach that looks at multiple facets of our life, and he offers examples of where people tried it and found success.

  • The food industry and where they are falling short.
  • How our government assists in the problem.
  • Agencies that sound like they are helping when they really aren’t.
  • Big companies in the background that have a conflict of interest.
  • Even how our “help” around the world has led to an increase in unemployment and disease.

It gets personal.

And lest you think this is only a conspiracy book that doesn’t offer a look into our individual lives, he talks about that too.

  • School lunches and how that affects kids health.
  • Restaurants contribution, and our addiction to eating out.
  • The real cost of moving less and sitting more.
  • Why family dinners are critical to our family’s success.
  • He even touches on fasting and how America ignores this basic discipline.

The Bottom Line – 5 stars

Christians love to talk about stewardship. Far too often, though, the discussion is restricted to money — usually to the giving of a tithe (a tenth of our income) to God’s work. However, biblical stewardship encompasses much more, such as our time, talents and health. ~Steve Willis, Winning the Food Fight

Food affects us mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, yet we tend to focus on our weight and our strength when we talk about it. This book is an excellent introduction to the bigger issues surrounding it without drowning the reader in scientific data.


About the Author

Steve Willis is the lead pastor at the First Baptist Church of Kenova, WV and the Marshall Community Fellowship on the campus of Marshall University. He is most well-known nationally for his efforts to curb childhood obesity and his role on ABC’s Emmy-Award winning “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.”


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