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Wellness for the Glory of God: Living Well after 40 with Joy and Contentment in All of Life (Dunlop)

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What Is True Wellness?

From dieting cookbooks to workout DVDs, our culture is obsessed with getting healthy and staying fit. But what does true wellness really entail, especially as we get older?

In this comprehensive book, a Christian doctor explores the six areas of life that contribute to a holistic vision of health: physical, mental, social, financial, spiritual, and emotional. With questions for personal reflection and group discussion, this book offers older Christians the guidance they need to view aging as an opportunity for continued learning and growth in all areas of life.


Table of Contents:

  1. What Is Wellness?
  2. Physical Wellness: A Healthy Lifestyle
  3. Mental Wellness: Develop Your Mind
  4. Social Wellness: Focus on Others
  5. Financial Wellness: Worry-Free Finances
  6. Spiritual Wellness: Press on to the Goal
  7. Emotional Wellness: Feel Well



John Dunlop (MD, Johns Hopkins University) practiced geriatric medicine for thirty-eight years and taught in the bioethics program at Trinity International University. He now lives in New Haven, Connecticut, where he taught at the Yale School of Medicine. Dunlop is the author of Finishing Well to the Glory of GodWellness for the Glory of God; and Finding Grace in the Face of Dementia.



“This is a fascinating book filled with rich, practical wisdom from the Bible and from a lifetime of treating thousands of patients. Highly recommended!”
Wayne Grudem, Distinguished Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary

“Wisdom comes from great knowledge and long experience, and this book is full of strategies for life’s second half from a physician who has both. Its advice is practical and priceless. Everyone over fifty should read this book!”
David Stevens, CEO, Christian Medical and Dental Associations

“Dr. Dunlop speaks from a wealth of personal experience as a beloved physician to countless older people, watching them live and die well—and poorly. A lifelong and careful study of the Bible has given him an invaluable perspective on how to ‘run with endurance the race that is set before us.’ We long to keep up, and even to excel, but how? If you want a wealth of biblically sound and immensely practical strategies for staying well, you’ve come to the right place. This book is a treasure!”
John F. Kilner, Professor Emeritus of Bioethics and Contemporary Culture, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“In today’s busy medical practice, doctors rarely have the time to sit down and share all the advice needed to keep patients well. Here, in one volume, Dr. Dunlop has collected everything I wish I had time to teach my patients. With advice that is seasoned, solid, and medically sound, he provides all you need to know to keep you out of the doctor’s waiting room!”
Harry Kraus, MD, board certified surgeon; bestselling author, Lip Reading and Domesticated Jesus

“A deep reading of the book reveals many pearls that the disciplined and attentive physician John Dunlop has uncovered over the years of taking care of elderly patients and observing their lives, as well as his own. This book will challenge your thinking and your doing.”
D. Joy Riley, MD, MA, Executive Director, The Tennessee Center for Bioethics and Culture; author, Outside the Womb and Christian Bioethics

“The desire to be well and the reading of Dunlop’s book run on parallel tracks. Heading into their senior years, readers who don’t have the time or expertise to thoroughly research the issues facing them, issues about which they must make decisions before it’s too late, will find this a well-organized and right-sized aid. I found his brief section on dementia and memory loss especially helpful.”
Sam Crabtree, Executive Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota; author, Practicing Affirmation 

“Refreshingly holistic and consistent with the biblical concept of shalom, rather than the material-spiritual dualism so common in contemporary Christian thought, Dunlop addresses not only physical and mental wellness but also social, financial, spiritual, and emotional wellness. I’m already applying some of its lessons and pray many others will use it to help them improve the extent to which they live well for the glory of God!”
Sharon A. Falkenheimer, MA, MD, MPH, Associate Fellow of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, Trinity International University; Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventative Medicine and Community Health, The University of Texas at Galveston

“Drawing from decades as a caring and compassionate physician, Dr. Dunlop shares insights and strategies about life choices that result in successful aging. He provides actual patient vignettes, which clearly illustrate the biblical basis for wellness and wholeness that go beyond just physical health. He challenges readers to prayerful self-examination that can lead to sound and lasting change. His tone is pastoral and personal, as if he were sitting alongside the reader and gently counseling. The chapters are sprinkled with humor and include many good references for those who want deeper understanding. This book encompasses all we need to hear from someone who is wise and godly.”
Clydette Powell, MD, MPH, FAAP, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Child Neurology, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health

“Writing with spiritual depth and richness, medical expertise, relational saavy, and godly common sense, Dunlop gives insights and strategies that will prove invaluable to those seeking to stay well as they age. Dunlop’s writing is filled with a refreshing combination of sober realism and hope-filled optimism. Both his commitment to holistic human wellness and his passion for God to be glorified throughout are infectious. A must read!”
Steven C. Roy, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School