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Author: Ragan Sutterfield Narrator: Dean Gallagher Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781621884828
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“The cacophony of voices about our bodies is so loud, it’s hard to hear the voices that matter. Some of us decide to forget it all and give in to one addiction or another. I’ve done that. Some of us decide to perfect our bodies and obsess over every muscle or wrinkle. I’ve done that too. Then I discovered the truth about my body: It is a gift. A sign of God’s love. And so is yours.” 

Many of us think our physical natures are burdens that drag us toward failure and guilt. But what if God actually glories in the flesh? What if we had the same joy about our bodies as He does?

Ragan Sutterfield brings us back to a biblical perspective — a freeing, corrective viewpoint that reminds us of the connection between spirit, mind, and body. Along the way, he shares his journey from overweight addict to Ironman competitor. He counts his success, though, not in his decreased clothing size, but in his increased understanding of how much God truly loves us and of what it means to be stewards — not just of our souls, but of our skin and bones too.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “At a time when so many memoirs seem to be driven by a terminal narcissism, Ragan Sutterfield’s story of transformation lifts us out of relentless self-preoccupation.”

    Books & Culture

  • “I honestly don’t think there is a book out there that is quite so brave and honest about the complex, pain-filled, and beautiful experience so many of us have with our bodies as this one. I applaud Ragan Sutterfield for bringing to the light what has for so long been hiding in the dark.”

    Nadia Bolz-Weber, author of Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint

  • “Ragan Sutterfield has intensely lived a struggle in pursuit of fulfillment. In This Is My Body he rehearses this struggle in vivid and engrossing detail, from encroaching obesity to a broken marriage to completing marathons and a grueling triathlon. His story is unflinchingly honest and encouraging for all of us who want to be whole, body and soul.”

    Rodney Clapp, author of Tortured Wonders

  • “Ragan Sutterfield not only reminds us that we live our faith in our bodies, but he calls us to live with beauty, grace, and strength. This is My Body is the ideal companion as we seek to live whole, healed lives in mind, body, and spirit.”

    Doug Pagitt, author of Flipped

  • “Ragan has learned from experience what our best poets have been telling us—that the key to being human in our time is a ‘recovered body.’ This Is My Body is a memoir that threatens to up-end spiritual writing in the 21st century.”

    Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author of Strangers at My Door

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About the Author

Ragan Sutterfield’s work has appeared in a variety of magazines, including the Christian Century, the Oxford American, Men’s Journal, Triathlete, Gourmet, Fast Company, and Books & Culture. Sutterfield is an endurance athlete and long time naturalist who loves records, film, and seeking the good life with his wife, Emily, and their daughters, Lillian and Lucia. He has worked as a teacher, librarian, and farmer, but he is most of all a reader and writer. His work also appears regularly in the Englewood Review of Books.

About the Narrator

Dean Gallagher is a skilled narrator who has lent his voice to the works of a number of the world’s most celebrated authors, including Aurelio F. Barreto III, Eric Parks, and Gary Thomas. His audiobook credits include What a Difference a Mom Makes, and Heaven Is for Real. He has been doing audio recordings since early 2009, and is a trained actor who has been performing in professional productions for the past 20 years.