The Edmond Sun

October 14, 2013

Edmond author discusses degrading physical health in church

The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Author Jake A. Merrick announces the release of his new book, “Bodies of Christ,” which tackles the middle of the sensitive and often-avoided topic of degrading physical health in the church.

Obesity in America is rampant; this is not to the exclusion of the church. Yet Christians are called to be set apart and different, so how does the obesity epidemic in the “Body of Christ reveal spiritual deficiencies, misplaced priorities and skewed perspectives?” Merrick understands that the Body of Christ is comprised of individual bodies, and the strength of the whole will be dependent on the strength of the parts.

In this book, Merrick examines the spiritual roots of physical deterioration in the church and the biblical reasons why it cannot be overlooked. Then, rather than offer another “weight loss secret,” he applies an approach that returns to the fundamentals of faith to reverse this destructive trend in the church.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.

com/bookstore, or by visiting or

Merrick is a personal trainer, owner of Balance Fitness Studio and co-founder of Kurios Nutrition. He and his wife Nicole offer worship and prayer at their studio and he teaches as a professor of theology at Southwestern Christian University.